France bans drivers from using a phone except in a designated spot, or for accidents and malfunctions

France bans drivers from using a phone except in a designated spot, or for accidents and malfunctions
In France, a ruling made by the high court makes it illegal to use your smartphone to text or make a call while driving. Even if you pull over to the side of the road, which in the U.S. is considered to be the preferred option if a call needs to be answered or made, you could find yourself fined 135 euros ($167 USD) and have points added to your driving record. The country is a bit paranoid over a rise in fatal road accidents, and while smartphone use might not be the reason, a scapegoat was needed.

The ruling from the high court is the law of the land, and allows only those drivers involved in an accident or in a car that has mechanical problems, to use their handsets. The court made the ruling after hearing an appeal from a driver who received a ticket for using his phone while parked at a traffic circle. The ruling only pertains to phones being held by the driver of a car. Handsets that are placed in a hands-free car kit can be used by the person behind the wheel.

The French version of the AAA, the Automobile Club Association, weighed in on the ruling, and it believes that not allowing motorists to use their phone while pulled over to the side of the road might not be a good idea. Spokesman Yves Carras said that it would be better to encourage a driver to pull off to the side of the highway when he/she need to use the phone. Under the court ruling, doing that without a equipment malfunction or an accident could result in the driver getting fined.

source: LeFigaro (translated) via TheLocal



1. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1579; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

It's illegal to text or use a phone in my state unless it's hands free while driving yet plenty of idiots still do it and little is done to enforce it. So good luck to France enforcing this, many people would rather risk their life than wait a few minutes to check a text.

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I am surprised they took so long to ban it. In my country, they even thinking of making it a criminal offence just like driving under the influence. Meaning you could lose your license or do jail time. Which I think is a good thing.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Silly. It should be illegal to text in a MOVING vehicle. Ticketing someone stopped on the side of the road for what the cop thinks is texting is stupid...ticket a person with engine trouble for looking up the number of a towing service? How is this going to cause accidents in traffic?

4. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

don't think you read the whole article. someone with engine trouble is 1 of the 2 exceptions to why you WOULD be able to use your phone.

5. smoked_2na unregistered

Silly noise which will be reversed, this won't stand.

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