Time to name and shame tex­ting driv­ers?

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FEATURES -

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”

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