|20 May 2007.
For immediate release.
"Almost everything one does in a car 'can' be dangerously distracting if not done in a sensible manner. This includes mobile phone use, smoking, eating, talking to passengers, dealing with disruptive children, tuning the radio, operating satnav, checking the speedometer to avoid being caught by speed cameras and even opening the windows or sunroof or picking one's nose!"A separate legal ban for each and every one of these activities would be ridiculous, and would lead to a massive increase in frivolous prosecutions such as the woman fined for drinking from a water bottle at traffic lights and the use of a police helicopter to issue a ticket for eating an apple. Every practice listed 'can' be carried out in a safe manner and indeed is every day on our roads by responsible drivers who choose the correct moments to do these things.
"Bans on individual practices are unlikely to stop the irresponsible as evidenced by the number of drivers still negotiating complex hazards whilst using hand held mobiles. All that will be achieved is needless prosecutions of drivers using phones or smoking where the police can easily catch them, such as in slow moving traffic queues where no danger is caused. There is also the potentially dangerous side effect that some drivers may believe that if something isn't banned it must be safe."The ABD has frequently called for increased police patrols on the roads concentrating on irresponsible and dangerous road users rather than non dangerous cases of speed limit excesses.