Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Hands free

Today brings higher penalties for using a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving. There is much discussion over whether this will have any affect on the problem. I have my doubts, personally. This is clearly an attempt to encourage drivers to adhere to a law which is unenforceable. Were it possible to enforce this law, it would have been done, and all these drivers would have been stopped and fined. I reckon the being stopped is more of a deterrent that the fine, personally. The increase only raises the bar in theory, as the culprits know they won't be caught.

I find myself wondering whether the use of mobile phones is really such a problem. Certainly it reduces the driver's ability to concentrate - but as has been discussed before, this true whether the phone is hand-held or hands-free. So: what could be worse than using a mobile phone when driving? I suggest (in no particular order):

  • Having a screaming argument with a passenger - particularly a passenger in the back

  • Applying make-up

  • Listening to an engaging radio show - especially very funny ones

  • Programming a Sat-Nav

  • Taking clothes off - e.g. a coat

  • Following too close behind the vehicle in front

  • Erratically and frequently switching lanes in slowed traffic in a desperate attempt to get ahead or other vehicles

  • Driving right behind the vehicle in front to prevent another vehicle merging into your lane

  • Being too tired

  • Blogging

Here, I lay down the gauntlet: top these!

OK .. that last one isn't a common problem, to my knowledge.

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