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Time to toughen mobile penalties
10:43am Monday 24th September 2012 in Opinion
TOO many of us are doing it. And some of us don’t seem to think it’s a problem. We are talking about using mobile phones while driving.
A recent survey showed that a staggering 42 per cent of 21,000 drivers polled admitted to some kind of mobile use while they were behind the wheel. In Dorset, as in other places, the excuses given when offenders are absolutely hilarious.
One woman told police: “I was just putting my calories into my iPhone slimming app.” A man handed a ticket explained: “I wasn’t using it. I was just taking photographs with it.”
But you don’t need the evidence of an opinion poll to tell you how bad the problem is. Take a drive around, even for a short while, and you’ll see with your own eyes.
Our lawmakers were slow to catch up with the dangers of mobile phones in cars. They now need to legislate to toughen up the penalties. Clearly the deterrent effect isn’t working.