Driver caught on phone whilst driving in Sussex 'saw no issue' with using Google Maps

A driver who was stopped by police on the A27 said he thought looking at his phone was fine 'as long as it’s just Google maps you’re using'.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 11:27 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 11:28 am

Sussex Roads Police officer Tom Van Der Wee said on Tuesday evening (April 13) that a van drove past him on the A27 in Arundel, West Sussex, 'with the driver tapping away at a phone mounted in the windscreen'.

"I proceeded to pull him over, in my bright big police car," PC Van Der Wee wrote on Twitter.

"He genuinely saw no issue as 'it’s fine as long as it’s just Google maps you’re using'. Unbelievable. Ticket issued."

Speaking to this newspaper, the police officer added: "Using a mobile phone is one of the top causation factors in collisions resulting death or serious injury.

"It only takes a momentary lapse of concentration for potentially devastating consequences."

Sussex Roads Police