Let me explain...
I've just got back from work, which is a 4 mile journey. In those 4 miles, I saw no less than 3 drivers using a handheld mobile phone. In all three cases:
- Their driving was erratic
- There was someone in the passenger seat who could have taken/made the call
- The driver was smiling/laughing, suggesting that this was not an important call
Now, this so-called legislation is not due to come into force until 1 December 2003. So what do we do in the meantime? Put up with drivers who persist in driving without due care and attention? I tell you, we have to do something, because the police certainly aren't.
What can the average Joe (or Jo) do to stop this from happening, because I'm getting seriously fed up sharing the road with people who refuse to respect other road users. Everyone, by now, should be aware of the risks faced by using a handheld mobile phone whilst driving, and with the cost of handsfree kits as low as they are, I can see no reason whatsoever why people would want to intentionally put their own lives, as well as the lives of other roads users, at risk in this way!
Am I the only one who feels this way? I certainly hope not. So what can the 'collective' do about the problem? Well, I'm going to write to my local MP as well as the local Police Commissioner and ask them what we, as the general public, can do when it's perfectly clear that the local authorities aren't going to do anything about it.
Thoughts and opinions welcome.