Mobile solution can be wired into cars
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