Friday, August 01, 2014

Driving home the texting dangers

This month across Europe, there are various new road-safety campaigns aimed at the usual dangers: speed, drink-driving, looking out for bikes and pedestrians – and especially texting!

On the whole, drivers in Spain resist the urge to go for the mobile. The latest research suggests that “only” 20% of drivers on Spanish roads text while behind the wheel.

In the UK that figure is 40%. America is 33% and the naughty Portugese register a head-shaking 59%.

But even 20% is too high. If you get caught using your phone, you can be fined anywhere from 100 euros to 500 euros. And you even run the risk of being banned.

The standard texting fine when driving in Tenerife is 200 euros. You will also lose three points from your licence.

Driving home the texting dangers

Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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