Phones and Driving
Sometimes I dispair.
I was working late in the office last week, when the only other guy left with me answered his phone:
Hi. Yeah. I’m just leaving. I’ll call you from the car.
Maybe I live in a particularly sheltered La-La Land, but I was actually shocked at this. So I asked if he was REALLY going to call from the car on the way home, pointing out that talking on the phone would render him as incapacitated as if he’d been drinking - hands free or hand-held. His response was that he’d be on hands free, and it wasn’t illegal, so there wasn’t a problem.
We got briefly into the conversation that he certainly wouldn’t drink and drive, because that’s illegal. Yet although he accepted that talking on the phone would be somewhat of an impairment, it wasn’t illegal hands-free, so he was going to continue to do it.
I’ve emailed the HR director at work to ask what the company policy is on this (without naming the guy in the office), as we all have company-supplied phones. As yet, no answer at all.
Anyway. I’m on holiday this week, so such things shouldn’t bother me. But they do - especially when I’m reminded of them by this post on the Crap Cycling & Walking In Waltham Forest blog:
It’s one of those http://petitions.number10.gov.uk petitions. Does anyone know of any of these that have ever been acted upon? Or are they just a diversionary tactic by the office of our unelected Prime Minister? A bit like having an enquiry into this or that, but without the expense of paying the people to run it, or having the bother of publishing a report at the end [after the election].
And then just a little further down my Goooooogle Reader page, this very sciency and well written piece by Tom Vanderbilt (it’s on texting and driving, but not too far off-topic to include here). It also included this cartoon that illustrates the point perfectly - it might not be illegal to phone / text where you are, but the big bloke with the scythe who TALKS IN CAPITAL LETTERS doesn’t really care about that: