Mo­bile so­lu­tion can be wired into cars

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - OPINION | OURS & YOURS -

I have been read­ing your so­lu­tions for mo­bile phone use in cars (“Mo­bile phone cam­paign”, 25/2).

Fines don’t work. Tak­ing the phone away won’t work. They’ll buy another.

Surely it is pos­si­ble to fit a de­vice to the car’s ig­ni­tion sys­tem so that when you turn on the en­gine it forms an elec­tronic shield around the car so that the phone can’t be used? It can in­clude a red light for an in­com­ing call but, the only way to an­swer should be to pull over and turn off the en­gine. This de­vice could be retro­fit­ted to all cars with a grace pe­riod to do so. Once this grace pe­ri­ods is over, if the car is not fit­ted, it can­not be reg­is­tered. Prob­lem solved! DON WIL­SON MEREWETHER

GET DIS­TRAC­TIONS OFF THEIR HANDS

Be­sides big­ger fines for driv­ers us­ing mo­bile phones, sus­pend­ing mo­bile numbers and con­fis­ca­tion may help in the “use it, lose it” cam­paign, as ad­dicted phone users will be greatly in­con­ve­nienced. STEVE NGEOW CHATSWOOD

A GEN­ER­A­TION WITHOUT RE­SPECT

Back when I was a schoolboy, any dis­obe­di­ence or rude­ness would have im­me­di­ately re­sulted in a good can­ing from the teacher and any com­plaints to our par­ents would have brought the com­ment, “You must have de­served it”.

The re­sult was that we grew up to re­spect au­thor­ity.

Now we have a dif­fer­ent cul­ture where our laws have all but col­lapsed. Con­victed of­fend­ers get away with mo­bile phone use while driv­ing, time and again.

Isn’t it about time the ju­di­ciary started pro­tect­ing the cit­i­zens by im­pos­ing re­al­is­tic penal­ties on the law break­ers? Even the pris­ons are be­com­ing hol­i­day ho­tels and no longer a de­ter­rent.

SAUL MOSS HAM­LYN TER­RACE

BIG FINES WILL AL­WAYS WORK

With mod­ern tech­nol­ogy why isn’t it pos­si­ble for mo­bile phones to be dis­abled once the car or truck is started? This could be en­forced by se­vere fines or con­fis­ca­tion of ve­hi­cle. BARRY SYD­NEY

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