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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Running before we can Walk

Ha ha ha. You've got to laugh.

Here in the UK, there has been a law against using a phone while you're driving since 2003. The purpose, obviously, is to reduce accidents happening because a driver is distracted by their phone. The rule is basically that if you have to pick a handset up, then it is illegal. But if you use a device in hands-free mode, there's no problem.

But they've noticed that, since 2011, the number of accidents which happen where a phone is involved has gone up!

They've done a study - MPs, no less, the people we trust to run the country. They found that at the same time that this increase was happening, only a third as many tickets are issued now compared to 2011. So, drivers must be pretty confident that they can use their phone without consequences.

It might seem blindingly obvious to most of us, that enforcement is an issue.

But instead of recommending enforcement, the study is recommending extending the ban to hands-free devices.

Another law which won't be enforced.

I mean, by all means, if it's going to make a difference then extend the ban. But let's get the basics right first - unless you're prepared to enforce whatever rule you come up with, how do you hope it'll make a difference?

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