On the phone

Whangarei Report - - NEWS/OPINION -

We went for a walk along the beach (O¯ akura) late morn­ing, and in pass­ing said hello to a hiab truck driver who let his foxy out for a run on the beach.

Af­ter a nice cup of cof­fee at Skips we walked back with a nice fresh loaf for lunch.

We no­ticed the truck com­ing our way along Oakura Road, the one that runs par­al­lel to the beach, with peo­ple walk­ing and kids play­ing. We gave the truck driver a friendly wave, but with­drew the “friendly” as­pect of the wave real quick!

While driving at about 40-50 km/h he was on the phone, mo­bile phone in his right hand, the phone at his left ear.

That must be awk­ward to do, es­pe­cially while you are ma­noeu­vring a big truck, an ac­quired skill that only highly pro­fes­sional peo­ple with lots of prac­tise will mas­ter.

Sure these pro­fes­sional truck driv­ers and/or the busi­ness they work for are aware that op­er­at­ing a phone while driving is illegal.

I know it is im­por­tant to stay in touch, but it is a small price to pay to do so safely by us­ing a hands­free de­vice. Or make the call while you are parked up.

We like to keep ev­ery­body safe on the road, and spare truck driv­ers the trauma and guilt af­ter an ac­ci­dent, caused by mi­nor dis­trac­tions.

We did not get the name of the com­pany or the rego of the truck, but the trucker or his com­pany will know who this is as there are not a lot of¯ these trucks driving around in Oakura on a Satur­day morn­ing. _ Wim de Jong O¯ akura

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