The Government Is Considering Blocking Your Phone Signal In Moving Cars

The Department for Transport isn't messing about

There are certain places we'd be better off without the distraction of having a mobile phone - restaurants, theatres, your nan's funeral – and according to the Department for Transport, a moving car is very much one of them.

To that end, they are considering new technology that actually blocks your mobile signal and prevents you from being able to retrieve texts and emails when in a vehicle.

"We are determined to crack down on mobile phone use at the wheel," a DfT spokesperson said, "and will continue to explore what more can be done to tackle this crime."

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The exploration will involve sitting down with network providers and handset manufacturers to explore software options in the New Year.

As a measure it may seem a little extreme – particularly given using the phone behind the wheel can already land you an automatic band, a fine of £200 and six penalty points – but the saved lives will hard to argue with.

It will also mean – shock, horror – families will be forced to converse with one another again on long journeys. We recommend a round of 'I spy'. Classic, that one.