Using phone while driving is almost a daily occurrence on the Montenegrin roads, which grew into a very dangerous habit that needs to be changed as soon as possible. According the Road Safety Law of the Montenegro, driver is not allowed to use a telephone device, as well as audio and video devices, in manner which distracts his attention during the driving. This includes when waiting at traffic lights or stuck in traffic. You must be parked out of the line of traffic to use your phone in any way.
• Studies show that drivers using a hands-free or handheld mobile phone are slower at recognizing and reacting to hazards.
• Even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text – and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash.
Even the smallest distraction at the wrong time can be deadly
An unexpected event can happen at any time – so even the smallest distraction can be deadly. Using a mobile phone when driving can often result in taking your eyes off the road – a distraction that may have consequences.
Even when your eyes are off the road for just two seconds, a vehicle moving at 60km/h travels more than 33 metres – the average person’s time to react to an event is 1.8 seconds. This means nearly four seconds can pass before the average ‘distracted’ driver can react to a hazard, increasing their risk of a serious crash.
Switch off before you drive off
Park safely before using your mobile phone
Do not park on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
Don’t call other people when they’re driving
If you call someone and they tell you they are driving, ask them to call you back when they have parked up safely.