Frequently Asked Questions
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Providing there are no children in the car (see Q921), it is not an offence in itself to smoke, eat or change the CD or radio whilst driving but you could commit the offence of driving without due care and attention or not being in proper control of the vehicle. These are some activities that distract driver's attention from the road. Others include reading maps, talking on a hands-free mobile phone and having very loud music in the car.
Distracted drivers are more likely to have/cause accidents.
Please see 'Related Information' for further information on smoking in cars if children are present.