Mobile phones & driving
Here’s the text of a letter I had published in the Coventry Evening Telegraph towards the end of July:
Seen at the roundabout at the end of the North South Road (Binley Road) – a man at the wheel of a driving instructor’s car, elbow on the window sill jabbering into a mobile phone.
Doesn’t he know that’s illegal? It not only takes a hand away from the steering wheel but also distracts the driver’s attention. It’s as dangerous as drink-driving.
With driving instructors like that, is it any wonder that driving standards are so low?
After publication, a woman rang me and told me of an incident where she saw a motorist using two mobile phones at the same time – one for each hand/ear. He used his elbows for the steering wheel. He was driving a big 4×4 – I expect he thought he’d walk away from any crash.