On the phone
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