The police have warned that vapers caught using their e-cigarette at the wheel could face points on their license, a fine of up to £2,500 or even disqualification from driving.
Whilst under the law, vaping while driving currently is not illegal, police can adjudge the use of an e-cigarette at the wheel as a distraction and then impose penalties.
Cops believe that blowing excessive amount of vapour whilst driving can cause fatal accidents and collisions by temporarily blinding motorists, and the police have subsequently said that vaping at the wheel could cost vapers their license.
“The smoke caused by vapes are a distraction and the consequences of them can be dire, all it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash and even worse, a fatality,” said Sergeant Carl Knapp from the Sussex Road Policing Unit, who has been working with the police for 22 years.
“I strongly advise people to pay 100 per cent attention to the roads when driving as anything that takes that attention away has the potential of severe consequences.”
“There are no laws prohibiting vaping, however, you need to be in full and proper control of your vehicle at all times.”
“If you are going to vape I advise that you open your windows and blow the vapour directly out, just ensure that you are in full control of your vehicle before doing so.”
Sergeant John Davis of the Surrey Police added that anyone distracted whilst driving can be guilty of an offence, whether it’s smoking, vaping or eating.
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