Posted by Big John on September 29, 2011
As if it wasn’t dangerous enough to use a mobile phone when driving, a new survey shows that nearly 30% of drivers also send text messages while at the wheel. They are even surfing the net on their smart phones.
Now I was driving a car long before cell phones, satnavs and even parking meters were invented and have seen some truly crazy people behind many a steering wheel. I’ve seen ladies fixing their hair and touching up their makeup. I’ve seen men shaving and plucking their eyebrows. I’ve seen truck drivers reading newspapers, cabbies doing crossword puzzles and ‘white van men’ eating their lunch (with a knife and fork). I’ve seen couples fighting and couples kissing; and once, when a car pulled up next to me in a motorway traffic jam, I glanced across at a young man, with a goofy look on his face, who seemed to be alone in his car, until, suddenly, a young lady’s head appeared from below the level of the steering wheel. She looked rather flushed and her hair resembled an explosion in a mattress factory… Umm! … I guess that she must have dropped something under the seat and had been searching for it. ;-)
OK, so it’s easy to make light of a very serious subject, and I feel that strong penalties should be imposed on those who endanger us all with their stupid behaviour when driving, including a fine for the bloke in your rear view mirror who always seems to be …
… picking his nose !