The government of the United Kingdom (UK) has been accused on the car phone use which has resulted in many fatal road accidents across the country. The accusation has been hurled on political leaders failing to be tough against the offenders whom they can get some votes from during elections.
The person behind the accusation is Gloucestershire Chief Constable Suzette Davenport. She has accused the Government of intentionally failing to be tough against the offending drivers who use mobile phones behind the steering wheel, because in doing so, wouldn’t be winning votes during elections.
“If a driver has been caught twice using a mobile phone behind the steering wheel within a period of time, the government should be considering things such as disqualification from driving for a short period of time, because I firmly believe that if the authorities wouldn’t do something different fundamentally, we’re going to lose the essence of the law,” said Davenport, a leader for road policing for the Association of Chief Police Officers.
With the May, 2015 General Election looming across Britain, Davenport opined the Government doesn’t want to be tough in implementing the laws in order to win votes. But she doesn’t think this inaction or leniency of the government would be popular to a lot of people.
She also said that there’s a lot of things she talk about with government and with a lot of different interest groups. The government listens to those people if an election is just too far away, so today she is sure they don’t want to run and pick up with anything they feel isn’t likely to be helpful to them in the coming election. But they should bear in mind that using mobile phones at wheel will create some risk.
On the other hand, Roads Minister Robert Goodwill MP has denied Davenport’s claim saying the government is currently considering to increase the penalty for using a mobile phone whilst driving from three to six penalty points.
However, the increasing of penalty points is a lot more different from an action taken right after an offending driver is seen using a mobile phone whilst at wheel. Even how many penalty points are added to the existing provision of the law, it won’t take any difference if no action is taken to implement this.
So, it was suggested that the crime commissioners, the police and chief constables will look at the resources they put into this prohibition of phone use at wheel as compared to the other more-easy-to- detect crimes such as speeding.
The incumbent government officials should always think of the facts they preach about mobile phone use at wheel rather than thinking more of the votes they will get in the coming election.
These are the facts:
(1.) Study shows that slower at recognising and reacting to road hazards are experienced by drivers using a hand-held or hands-free mobile phones.
(2.) Even the most careful driver can be distracted by a text or call, and just a split-second a lapse in concentration could result in a road accident.
Visit our blog for more Driving Schools Liverpool tips!