Monday, 22 September 2008

Text and driving

On BBC Breakfast last week, they reported on the 'youth of today' and how they think that writing/sending a text while driving was acceptable and not dangerous. The piece stated that tests have shown that texting impairs motorists more than being under the influence of drink or drugs. [Insert sarcastic voice here] Well who would have thought it?!

Nearly 50% of drivers aged between 18 and 24 texted while driving, the research said. Now I cant quite believe that people in this age bracket are so stupid as to think the practice is not dangerous.

Anyway, the penalties are now a little more harsh (a small fine and 3 points on the license). When people start losing licenses after accumulating points, the word of mouth will hopefully get around and make scummy people think about what they are doing. However, I think we should be even harder on those who give little thought to those around them!

1 comment:

  1. I am totally with you on this point, Mr C. As you may or may not recall, I favour a common-sense approach and am a bit of a hardliner when it comes to social issues in this country!
    If someone is texting or making a call whilst driving, they should be given 3 and 6 point endorsement respectively. Don't bother with petty fines, as that will only lead to calls of being labelled a money-making exercise. Their sharp increase in insurance premiums will take care of the financial penalty.
    Another point is that after being caught making a call twice, they will be banned from driving and will making a huge saving through no longer paying out for Road Tax, servicing costs, MOT's and petrol!!
    This gets dangerous and inconsiderate drivers off the road, and saves them from having to pay out for ever-increasing petrol costs!...In my view, the ultimate win-win situation!