Strange things do happen behind the steering wheel
SO HAVE YOUR pals ever confessed to bumping their motors as a result of sending or reading a text while behind the wheel? Or more squirmingly, have you ever had a narrow escape yourself; checking out what that important one in your life has to say and then wham, the car bumper in front of you is so close you could lick the plate?
Well drivers who text are being targeted as one of the main instigators of collisions on Irish roads and the bounty on mobile texters’ crowns has been set.
Stateside, Big Arnie has sent his own stern message to those motorists with more on their minds than the road in front of them by introducing punitive measures to commence in California on January 1.
The furore over texting from behind the wheel hit the spotlight recently after a British study revealed that it is a more reckless pastime than being drunk or high. The study follows reports that texting was the reason behind a commuter train slamming into a freight train in Los Angles two weeks ago, killing 25 people. Speculation suggests that the engineer on the commuter train was texting at the time.
But then cars have long been the kind of place where risky business has taken place. From the ‘lewd’ indiscretion of Hugh Grant availing of Divine Brown’s services down a dark alley in 1995 to the stashes of drugs found under bonnets and up exhaust pipes on a monthly basis around Ireland. Cars, it seems, invite crime.
Here if you are caught using a phone while driving, you face a fine of ¤60 and two penalty points. A pretty expensive call. And in a new development on radio bulletins alongside the weather, traffic and sports news, you can now get tip-offs as to where the gardaí will be setting out their speed traps.
But in reality, like most things, it comes down to common sense. If you are behind the wheel of a car then you should be concentrating on one thing, and that’s driving. It’s not to say you are incapable of multitasking but you are jeopardising somebody else’s life by doing so. There’s a whole list of LOCK-INS are an undervalued commodity. More brainwaves, brainstorms and intellectual debates happen when the barman’s sun goes down than people ever give credit for.
The unfortunate part is that little is rarely remembered.
But late yesterday afternoon something did flashback from a lock-in of old and that was debating George Harrison’s contribution to The Beatles.
While a gent had his guitar gently weeping in the corner, someone requested the classic ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and from there lead the argument that George wrote numbers to match if not surpass the works of Lennon/McCartney.
From ‘Something’ all the way up to ‘Got my Mind Set on You’, George had a songwriting knack all of his own.
As one biographer aptly labelled him, the band’s ‘Dark Horse’ had that special little thing that stood him out from the rest of the crowd. And well worth checking out. STALKER’S HEAVEN Facebook is seldom far from everyday conversation and people are constantly on about invitations from undesirables to get in touch when they want nothing to do with them. Employees are also fretting as bosses can now log on and peep over their shoulders. Well, shut their account down and privacy, like magic, will be restored.
With such a pool of oddballs out there rummaging about, the whole Facebook craze is a whole lot of trouble just waiting to happen.