Tuesday 24 April 2018

My side of the road

I don't see any let-up in the number of people on the phone at the wheel. I've said it before and I'll say it again: it is chronic and widespread. I just don't know how people do it. I watched a man tapping on his mobile to text. Maybe I shouldn't have been watching (I felt it safe to do so) at 90kmh but can you imagine how unsafe he was?

Everywhere I go, I see the same trend repeated. Mums with children in the back, one hand on the wheel, the other on the phone; busy young executives, male and female, totally engrossed in the call and paying minimum attention to what is going on around them. I'm talking about busy Dublin streets here. Not to mention the motorway driver who for all I know is still chatting away merrily after trailing me from the west side of Maynooth until I exited at Kilbeggan.

This is serious stuff. I thought it might dim with the promise of a recent crackdown but, like before, it just seems to have become part of our driving culture.

Irish Independent

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