People who vape while driving could face prosecution, police warn – The Independent

Police are warning motorists who smoke e-cigarettes while driving that they risk losing their license if their vision is obscured by clouds of vapour. 

While vaping while driving is not in itself illegal, police say that an e-cigarette will be treated the same as any handheld electronic device. As such, motorists who are distracted by them, or the clouds of vapour they produce, could face prosecution for driving without due care and attention. 

If a police officer deems a driver to be distracted by the e-cigarette they could receive three to nine points on their license, a fine of up to £2,500 or disqualification. 

The warning comes as latest figures reveal over three million people in the UK now use e-cigarettes, with the majority of them driving.

“Any person who is distracted in any way could be guilty of an offence – whether that be smoking, vaping or eating,” said Sergeant John Davis of Surrey Police.

“With regards to a scenario where someone could potentially be either distracted or have reduced visibility then there is potential for a crash but

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