Janet Jackson caught holding her phone while behind the wheel of her £80,000 ...

Janet Jackson was caught holding her phone while behind the wheel of her £80,000  car in London earlier this week.

The legendary singer, 54, appeared animated as her mobile device rested in her palm during a trip around the capital's Sloane Square. 

In the UK, it is illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone or similar device - such as a sat nav or camera - while driving a car or riding a motorcycle, and offenders could be hit with six penalty points and a £200 fine.

PICTURED: Janet Jackson was caught holding her phone while behind the wheel of her £80,000 car in London earlier this week

PICTURED: Janet Jackson was caught holding her phone while behind the wheel of her £80,000 car in London earlier this week

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Michael Jackson's sister drove around in her flashy Range Rover, which can vary in price from £70,000 to £120,000. 

The dancer was dressed in a patterned scarf and shades as she was marked a rare outing. 

Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart criticised Janet's recent appearance in an interview with The Sun.

Policy and Research Director Neil Greig said: 'It's really shocking to see such a high profile celebrity flouting the law and putting herself and others at risk on the road. 

In conversation? The legendary singer, 54, appeared animated as her mobile device rested in her palm during a trip around the capital's Sloane Square

In conversation? The legendary singer, 54, appeared animated as her mobile device rested in her palm during a trip around the capital's Sloane Square

Offence: In the UK, it is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving a car, and offenders could be hit with six penalty points and a £200 fine

Offence: In the UK, it is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving a car, and offenders could be hit with six penalty points and a £200 fine

Flashy: Michael Jackson's sister drove around in her Range Rover, which can vary in price from £70,000 to £120,000

Flashy: Michael Jackson's sister drove around in her Range Rover, which can vary in price from £70,000 to £120,000

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Elegant: The dancer was dressed in a patterned scarf and shades as she was marked a rare outing

Elegant: The dancer was dressed in a patterned scarf and shades as she was marked a rare outing

'It's really shocking': Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart criticised Janet's recent appearance in an interview

'It's really shocking': Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart criticised Janet's recent appearance in an interview

'IAM RoadSmart research shows that using a handheld mobile phone while driving leads to closer following, weaving across lanes and reduced reaction times.

'If the driver doing it were to be involved in a collision that led to death or injury the courts would treat it as an 'aggravating factor'... no one can multi task behind the wheel and no call is ever worth risking someone's life for.' 

Drivers were previously banned from using their phones for the purposes of 'interactive communication', but earlier this year, the law was dramatically expanded to prohibit a wide variety of actions. 

Tougher restrictions see drivers face a total ban on touching their mobile phones at the wheel. A representative for Janet declined to comment when approached by MailOnline.  

What does the law say on using a mobile phone behind the wheel? 

Drivers were banned from using their phones for the purposes of 'interactive communication'. This included:

Holding a phone to make a call at the wheel; Holding your phone or touching the screen to send a text or photo, either via SMS or using platforms such as WhatsApp; Holding your phone to send or receive emails; Holding your phone to

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