More On Philippa Curtis
So after her sentencing earlier this week, there was a bit of a public outcry - it seemed that killing another driver in a journey during which she’d sent 20 text messages is deemed to be worth more than 21 months inside by the UK’s Joe Public.
The Attorney General is reviewing the case, and if the sentence is found to be “unduly lenient”, it may be referred to the court of appeal, with a view to stiffen it up.
OK, so here’s my thing about this . . .
. . . have you seen how many people use the phone to talk / text while driving? It’s just astonishing. Every time I see someone doing it, I just want to shout / scream / ram them with the bike (let’s do it to them before they do it to us?). I mean seriously, it’s ubiquitous, and plain that a sufficient proportion of the population, like Philippa Curtis, view it as OK to talk / text while driving.
Actually, I’m going to stick my neck out on this: I think that the majority of the driving population think it’s OK for them to talk / text while driving. Maybe this is what people were saying in this ‘public outcry’:
Unlike ME, she’s a complete menace when driving and talking on the phone / texting. And she should have known it. So, Your Honour, please throw the book at her.
So let’s be plain about this: talking on the phone while driving makes you a worse driver than someone who’s been drinking. According to research into texting & driving, by the University of Utah, you’re four times more likely to crash than someone who’s sober and not on the phone, If you’re texting, your likelihood of an accident increases by another 50%, with reaction times a further 23% slower.