Some 460 drivers are fined a day in Britain for talking on their cell phones at the wheel. This compares to where I used to live in New Mexico, where 460 state and local representatives are nicked every day for being too plastered to stay in lane.
Using mobiles while driving is so commonplace in the UK that police routinely order checks of call records to see if one was underway at the time of an accident.
The figures were released today by the UK Justice Department, according to The Telegraph, and show that despite the fact it’s been illegal to use a mobile phone while driving without a hands-free kit since 2003, it’s taking a long time for drivers to get used to the idea.
Tory Party spokesman for roads Robert Goodwill told The Telegraph: “This is a damning indictment of Labour’s failure to clamp down on drivers who repeatedly flout the law… Labour’s heavy reliance on speed cameras as a cash cow instead of actually properly policing the roads is being exposed.”
Being a Brit in America, I’m somewhat used to in-car cellphone use being either perfectly legal or completely unenforced. To me, it seems no more distracting than talking to the passenger, watching the in-dash DVD player or reading the newspaper on I-279. Damn the nanny state!
Police nick 460 a day for using mobiles while driving [The Register]