Time to name and shame texting drivers?
When you think you have heard it all over the dangerous antics of our worst drivers, we now discover that the man in charge of a northeast school bus carrying 17 children texted and took both hands off the wheel. He was only caught because shocked schoolchildren who were on the bus at the time filmed his outrageous behaviour and raised the alarm. There was a bitter irony here that the man responsible for the care and safety of children while on the road completely abandoned his responsibilities and that task fell to the pupils. Well done to them for speaking up and having the commonsense to provide evidence for the police. One shudders to think what might have happened had fate taken the bus down a different route and it crashed, due to his reckless disregard for the safety of his young passengers – and that of other innocent road users. What made it worse was that the youngsters only started filming after watching him for a while, and the actual video sequence of the texting lasted for 15 seconds – a lot can happen in a split-second of inattention on the road, let alone 15. Sadly, there are a lot of drivers doing the same thing as Malcolm Paterson, but few are caught despite the epidemic. We see this going on every minute of the day. Surely they must be named, shamed and have their cars confiscated.
“Shocked children who were on the bus at the time filmed his outrageous behaviour”