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Old 28th Sep 2007, 10:39
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west lakes
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As with anything in regard to the media, go to the source

From the introduction to the highway code

Many of the rules in the Code are legal requirements, and if you disobey these rules you are committing a criminal offence. You may be fined, given penalty points on your licence or be disqualified from driving. In the most serious cases you may be sent to prison. Such rules are identified by the use of the words ‘MUST/MUST NOT’. In addition, the rule includes an abbreviated reference to the legislation which creates the offence. An explanation of the abbreviations can be found in 'The road user and the law'.
Although failure to comply with the other rules of the Code will not, in itself, cause a person to be prosecuted, The Highway Code may be used in evidence in any court proceedings under the Traffic Acts (see 'The road user and the law') to establish liability. This includes rules which use advisory wording such as ‘should/should not’ or ‘do/do not’.
The actual section

Safe driving and riding needs concentration.
Avoid distractions when driving or riding such as
· loud music (this may mask other sounds)
· trying to read maps
· inserting a cassette or CD or tuning a radio
· arguing with your passengers or other road users
· eating and drinking
· smoking
My understanding is that unless you do something stupid whilst doing the above there should be no problem.
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