You may have seen vaping hitting the headlines again recently. ‘Drivers could lose their license for vaping at the wheel’ is an example. This gives the impression that if you are seen vaping and driving you will be prosecuted. This is not exactly the case.
No Law Against Vaping and Driving.
There are currently no laws that prohibit vaping while driving. As with eating, smoking or drinking, it can be factored into a careless driving charge.
Sergeant Carl Knapp of the Sussex Roads Policing Unit said:
“The smoke caused by vapes are a distraction and the consequences of them can be dire, all it takes is a moment to become distracted and potentially cause a crash and even worse, a fatality.”
“There are no laws prohibiting vaping, however, you need to be in full and proper control of your vehicle at all times. If you are going to vape I advise that you open your windows and blow the vapour directly out, just ensure that you are in full control of your vehicle before doing so.”
Sergeant John Davis of Surrey Police helped to explain that this offence is not exclusive to vaping. He said:
“With regards a scenario where someone could potentially be either distracted or have reduced visibility then there is potential for a crash.”
It is an important point from the police which vapers should consider. The misleading headlines, however, are not helpful. These headlines, at a glance, make vaping less appealing, particularly to smokers. Smokers may see the headlines and think they can smoke while driving but cannot vape. This could, therefore, dissuade them from making the switch to vaping.
Nevertheless, we mirror the police’s concern for drivers’ safety which is paramount. We recently brought you Vaping and Driving, which outlines some tips to help you vape safely while driving. If you do vape, eat, drink or smoke while driving, please ensure you do so carefully and within the law.
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