So.. you have been told that it dangerous and that you can get someone, other than yourself, killed by doing it but there are those who continue with the practice. Don’t say you weren’t warned when you are, quite rightly, chucked in jail.
Read this Guardian report – Jail risk for motorists who use mobile phones while driving – of the latest attempts to get people to stop driving and using their mobile phones at the same time makes interesting reading:-
Motorists who use mobile phones while driving could be jailed for up to two years under new guidelines published by prosecutors yesterday.
Endangering drivers and pedestrians while using a handheld mobile phone, satellite navigation system or iPod at the wheel will now be treated as dangerous driving rather than careless driving. The change means that drivers face up to two years in prison, the maximum penalty for dangerous driving, instead of the £5,000 fine and penalty points under a careless driving prosecution.
And it goes on:-
According to the Transport Research Laboratory, driving while on the phone is more distracting than talking to a passenger or tuning the radio. Using a mobile phone at the wheel was banned in 2003 but it has not stamped out the practice, with 129,700 drivers caught breaking the rule in 2005.
TRL estimated that half a million drivers a day still make hand-held calls, while mobile phones were cited as a factor in 13 fatal accidents and 52 serious crashes in 2005.
We really shouldn’t need a law for this sort of thing but it is obvious that we do! Especially given the idiot I saw yesterday at the wheel. The idiot in question was driving a mini-bus with children aboard. He approached a mini roundabout to make a very sharp right hand turn. In his LEFT hand he had a mobile phone which he was holding to his RIGHT ear. As he made his way through the roundabout every driver caught on the approach lanes held their breath. By good fortune he made it but we all lost a couple of years of our lives in worry as he went on his merry way to kill on some other junction.
The only thing I will say is that having the law is one thing… making sure the police enforce it is another. Let’s make this happen and stop the unnecessary carnage.