The festive season is here and as we should, we’re all feeling a bit jolly. For many of us, the month of December includes driving home for Christmas to see our family and sometimes, the journey can be something of a tradition in and of itself.
Blasting your favourite Christmas songs, having a loved one in the passenger seat (snacks in hand, of course) and singing at the top of your lungs together is not only enjoyable but can often make a very slow and long journey feel like a swift breeze. So what if we told you that your in-car rendition of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ might actually be a crime?
News has come to light that people who play loud music and sing while behind the wheel could be hit with whopping fine of £5,000 if they get caught. According to experts, drivers who have a bit too much fun with music whilst on the road could pick up a ‘driving without due care and attention’ or even a ‘dangerous driving’ charge.
Speaking to the The Mirror, Mark Tongue, director of hire firm Select Car Leasing, warned the drivers ahead of the Christmas period saying: ‘Listening to music in your car is one thing, but if you’re singing loudly, dancing in your seat and generally getting into the groove, then you’re at risk of being distracted from the job at hand – which is keeping your eyes on the road.’
He continued: ‘If there’s evidence – either dashcam footage or testimony from a police officer – that you were dancing and singing prior to an accident, you could ultimately be prosecuted for dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention. And the penalties can be severe – up to a £5,000 fine and nine points on your licence in the most serious of circumstances. You’ve also got to consider the implications of having your music too loud.’
So, there you have it. Looks like our in-car music volume will be significantly lower from here on out.