Authorities in Ireland have implemented tougher laws for those caught texting and driving.

Authorities in Ireland have implemented tougher laws for those caught texting and driving.

The law came into effect at the beginning of the month and those who are caught texting & driving for the first time will receive a 1,000 EUR fine and a mandatory court summons. Those who are caught for a second time will have to pay a 2,000 EUR fine and they could even receive a three-month jail sentence. These harsher laws are also applicable in the case of hands-free phones so the only legal way to send and receive a message while driving in Ireland is via voice activation.

Conor Faughnan, director of consumer affairs for the Automobile Association in Ireland, says these new rules are amongst the toughest on the old continent but he justifies the law by saying "there is anecdotal evidence that the Irish are among the worst offenders when it comes to texting while driving."

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