I’m taking a break over at mine for a while so I thought I’d pop over there with this one since it’s been a while since I’ve been around.
Dicing with death, the teenagers who use Facebook and tweet while at the wheel
Let’s see how many folk agree with me on the difference between actually doing harm and doing something that ‘could cause’ harm but doesn’t.
Facebook addicts would argue that the social networking site is a harmless pursuit.
But that may depend on just how addicted you are.
Notice the modern propensity to call anything remotely pleasurable, an addiction. I rarely use Facebook myself, I know a lot of people that do use it very often but it certainly isn’t an addiction.
Thousands, it seems, are using smartphones to log on as they drive, as well as sending emails, tweeting and texting. A fifth of young drivers admit to using their smartphones to access Facebook or Twitter while behind the wheel.
Eleven per cent of all drivers also looked at apps and websites, listened to music or even played games on their phones.
I’ve never paid much heed to what teenagers ‘admit to’ in a survey. It would be a lot better if this report was based on actual accident statistics from crashes caused by doing all of the above, but I doubt that would make such an emotional, hard hitting story.
RAC technical director David Bizley said: ‘The growth of the new breed of motoring offences, like drug-driving and social networking behind the wheel, is highly concerning. These offences don’t yet have the same social taboo that drink-driving holds.’
These are not ‘new’ offences, they are simply new ways of committing an existing offence – dangerous driving, or driving without due care and attention.
Using a mobile phone did not need to have it’s own separate offence. Using a phone while driving can often be done safely. When it’s done in an unsafe manner there are existing laws to deal with it.
Smoking at the wheel is also due to have it’s own special law. Again, this can be done safely, as in in nearly all cases, or it can be dealt with under existing legislation.
Studies by insurers show that drivers using hand-held phones are twice as likely to crash,
Twice as likely? Twice as likely as what though? I’ve been driving for years and have never caused a crash. I don’t know anyone who has caused a crash. How many of you reading this have caused a crash?
Twice nothing is still nothing.
Police figures suggest phone use is a contributing factor in 2 per cent of road fatalities.
So not huge figures then. And only a contributing factor at that.
However, the RAC report says too few offenders are prosecuted, adding: ‘Only 124,700 people were given a fixed-penalty notice for driving without a hands-free kit last year.
Only 124,700? Well I’ll go t’t foot of our stairs! At £30 a ticket, that’s a lot of kerching!
Of course that is far from enough for the morons in the comments section. I was beginning to develope a tiny bit of respect for the DM readers after they pulled apart the DM’s campaign to censor the internet, but this load of drivvel has reminded me that the average DM reader is as thick as pig shit and wants us all bagged and tagged.
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Driving is a privilege not a right. Minimum age to drive? 25!