A motorist has been pictured driving on a motorway with an iPad in front of the wheel. The picture was posted of Nichaila Flower, 24, from Trowbridge, Wiltshire, on Facebook by her half-sister Liffe Pritchard with the caption ‘On the M4 and she’s on her iPad’.
Pritchard later claimed that this was a joke and that the pair were stuck in traffic; however, another user commented that the speedometer could clearly be viewed in the photograph showing a speed between 70mph and 80mph.
Use of hand-held phones and similar devices, such as iPads, whilst driving is illegal, even when stopped at traffic lights or stuck in traffic. A recent study showed that the effect of using smartphones is worse on driver’s reactions than those who had reached the legal limit of alcohol or had taken cannabis.
Those caught using a device while driving or riding a motorcycle face an automatic fixed-penalty notice of three points on their licence and a fine of £100.