New EU driving law to launch in the UK could lead to more motorists zoning out

A new driving law is expected to launch across Europe from next year with the UK set to follow.

Despite leaving the European Union, a regulation could see Intelligent Speed Assistant (ISA) limiters released from July 2022.

The technology uses sign recognition cameras and GPS tools to detect legal limits.

Audio and visual warnings will then be given to drivers to alert them to slow down.

When it is first launched, the tool can be switched off completely or overridden by pressing down the accelerator.

But Donna Jones, the newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, raised her concerns of the new tech.

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She warned the new tool will mean drivers' "minds will wander" which could create more risk on the roads.

The commissioner also demanded the UK does "not blindly follow EU rules" and urged officials to instead take a new approach.

Donna added: "Speed contributes to fatalities on the road, but so do drivers not paying attention.

"Limiting everyone to the same speed will in practice mean that many drivers just sit with their foot to the floor all the time, with their vehicle's speed going up and down automatically."

She continued: "When people have little to do when driving, their minds will wander. That is human nature.

"We risk creating a generation of zombie drivers who do not pay attention to the road and that could mean more accidents, not less.

"Now that we are out, we should not just blindly follow the EU's rules.

"At a minimum, we should wait and see how the experiment works out in the EU and then make a decision based on facts rather than just good intentions."

However, it was recently revealed the law could see the speed limiter tech installed to "end fines".

Speed limits will be mandatory in all new cars sold in the EU from 2022 making it difficult for drivers to break rules.

The tech could be better for the environment as CO2 emissions might also improve, Confused.com said.

Some firms have launched their own versions of the speed limiter tools ahead of the 2022 rule change.

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