The Coronation Street actress has admitted that she didn't realise it's illegal to take photos while a vehicle is stuck in traffic...

Coronation Street‘s Kate Ford learnt a very important lesson this week.

The 39-year-old actress – who plays Tracy Barlow in the ITV soap – was slammed on Twitter after taking a photo at the wheel of her car.

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She’d shared the image while stuck in traffic on the school run with son Otis, eight.

Judging by the picture, her speedometer was on 0mph, so we’re guessing her car was stationary when she whipped out her mobile. However, it’s still illegal for motorists to use their phones when they’re at a standstill.

A spokesperson for road safety charity Brake told The Sun: ‘Perhaps Kate Ford has been too influenced by the corrupt character that she plays in Corrie.

Kate Ford in Coronation Street

Kate Ford plays Tracy Barlow in Coronation Street

‘Taking photographs from behind the wheel means you aren’t in full control of your car and are not paying full attention to the road – it’s dangerous and illegal behaviour.

‘At Brake, we see first-hand the suffering caused by distracted drivers – it only takes a couple of seconds to wreck someone’s life. Don’t do a Kate – put your phone out of sight and on silent when you’re driving, and stay focused on the road.’

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Followers were also quick to point out her error. One Tweeted: ‘Kate Ford dont you know how dangerous it is to drive with your phone in hand?’ while another wrote: ‘Shouldn’t be taking pics with kids in the car [sic].’

Kate Ford

Her representative has since explained: ‘Kate had been at a stand still in traffic for some time when the photo was taken. With hindsight she realises this was not a wise move.’

She’s since admitted that she was in the wrong, Tweeting: ‘Thank you @Brakecharity @thesun for raising my awareness. Had no idea taking a photo on my phone whilst at stand still in car was illegal.

‘I hope my mistake Ultimately raises awareness and saves even one accident from happening @Brakecharity @thesun [sic].’

Brake responded: ‘FACT. Its illegal to use your mobile phone when behind the wheel. We’re sure Kate understands that now.’

On a positive note, it seems she already has educated others. Replies include: ‘I didn’t know that either Kate. Xx,’ and: ‘Oooops, I had no idea this was illegal either!’

Let’s hope everyone pays attention to this. For more information on road safety, visit Brake.