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Phoning while driving will cost you!
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Phoning while driving will cost you!

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Luxembourg seems to be a pretty bad country when it comes to mobile phone use while driving. In an attempt to address the problem, Monday was the start of a week-long police crackdown campaign.

(ADW) Luxembourg seems to be a pretty bad country when it comes to mobile phone use while driving.

In an attempt to address the problem, yesterday was the start of a week-long strengthened police crackdown campaign.

For the whole week, as part of a "coup de poing" campaign (on-the-spot crackdown), police will stop drivers they spot making and receiving calls or texting while driving.

It is Article170B of the law that states the only time mobile phone use is permitted while driving, is when a speaker phone is used. Since June 2009 appropriate ear plugs to make phone calls are permitted, but only if both of the driver's hands remain on the wheel.

While driving, not only is it dangerous to use a mobile phone, but it could prove expensive. An on-the-spot fine of around €74 will be enforced by police on the look out for offenders.

Although the main focus of the controls is mobile phone use at the wheel, police will also be checking for seat belts too.

The campaign continues until next Monday.