texting while driving

Texting while driving
Mar 7 '18 16:00

Motorists are allowed to touch their cellphone while they're driving, but only if it is in a holder. Holding a phone while driving is forbidden, the court in Leeuwarden ruled on Wednesday in a case about a traffic fine, RTL Nieuws reports.

A motorist was fined 230 euros in Sneek for using a mobile phone behind the wheel. The phone was in a hands-free holder. The subdistrict court ruled against the motorist, finding that touching the phone is the same as holding it. But now the court in Leeuwarden ruled differently.

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Mar 2 '18 10:10

A truck driver that caused a fatal accident at Joure late in 2016, was looking at porn sites on his phone at the time of the accident, was revealed in the trial against the 40-year-old trucker from Mijdrecht on Thursday, AD reports.

The man crashed into a traffic jam at high speed near the Friesland town, killing a 31-year-old man. The Public Prosecutor demanded a prison sentence of 9 months and a license suspension of 3 years, half of which conditionally suspended, against the man. 

Texting while driving
Dec 19 '17 15:40

The Netherland's word of the year is 'appongeluk' - a traffic accident in which at least one of the involved parties were busy on their smartphones, . Nearly 70 thousand votes were cast for the word of the year. Appongeluk won with 20 percent of the votes.

Texting while driving
Nov 28 '17 11:40

Dutch politicians want to intensify the fight against texting while driving. The VVD wants the police to always check a smartphone's history after a traffic accident, to see if it was being used during the accident, parliamentarian Remco Dijkstra said to the Telegraaf.

According to the VVD parliamentarian, the police can already check smartphones to see whether a driver had both hands on the wheel, but they rarely do so. The VVD also wants stricter punishments for smartphone use while driving. The party calls for the punishment for this to be the same as for drunk driving. 

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