Thoughts, News and Banter from PowerPackXL
Most of us either have or do. It’s easy to do in seconds without thinking about it. What is it?…. Texting while driving.
Many of us spend long periods of time in our cars and in many cases use it as a mobile office. Mobile phones are such a HUGE part of our daily lives, it’s easy to just pick up and text, tweet or email while on the move, but statistics are truly shocking. A massive 18% of drivers admit to sending a text ‘regularly’ from behind the wheel with 13% admitting to surfing the net while behind the wheel!
This week the UK media carried a shocking picture of a mobile phone screen with half a text message shown, issued by the family of a teenage girl who had been texting behind the wheel and was tragically killed. A shock reminder of what can happen in a split second.
Meanwhile in India, the below shocking picture is being used in government adverts to highlight the problem.
Now if your stupid enough to ignore the warnings and end up killing someone while using your phone, the penalties are quite rightly huge. Police are now checking with mobile networks and drivers phones the data of when a device is last used, as if found that the driver has send OR even received a message / email / call seconds before an accident the penalty can be causing death by dangerous driving which carries a PRISON sentence of upto 14 years: Section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (as substituted by section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1991), creates the offences of causing death by dangerous driving:
“A person who causes the death of another person by driving a mechanically propelled vehicle dangerously on a road or other public place is guilty of an offence.”
Now I don’t know about you, but I often hear all this advice about don’t do this and don’t do that, but I’m genuinely concerned about the thought of killing someone in my car. I am going to make an extra conscious effort to either ignore my phone or just turn it off. Business can wait – a text or email certainly is not worth a life and not worth 14 years at her majesty’s pleasure!
What do you think? Has this made you think about how you use your phone? I’d love to read your comments and stories, so please comment below…