Bad driver be­hav­iour rises in home zones

North West Telegraph - - Telegraph Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

You would think that driv­ers would take ex­tra care as they en­tered their home area. Sadly, my ex­pe­ri­ence shows ex­actly the op­po­site takes place. The closer they are to home the more likely they are to drive dan­ger­ously.

That dis­turb­ing fact dawned on me the other day when I was wait­ing out­side my house for some­one to ar­rive. My place is near the en­trance to a sub­ur­ban area that prob­a­bly houses a cou­ple of hun­dred homes. So there’s a rea­son­able num­ber of cars trav­el­ling past most of the time.

A big num­ber of driv­ers were on their mo­bile phones. Pre­sum­ably to tell their part­ners they were get­ting close to home so the ket­tle could be turned on, the dog brought in, the kids dragged out of the bath, or what­ever.

My opin­ion on the dan­gers of us­ing mo­biles is well and truly on record. These things are killers, per­haps to the same level as drinkdriv­ing, or even worse.

There’s very lit­tle chance of po­lice be­ing in a quiet neigh­bour­hood like ours, so these driv­ers ob­vi­ously de­cided it was safe to ring home.

Stupid think­ing, pre­sum­ably they feel the only rea­son not to use a mo­bile while driv­ing is to avoid a fine — not to save a life.

Mo­bile phones de­stroy driv­ers’ at­ten­tion and can de­stroy lives.

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