So I went to Whitby last week. We were pootling down the slip road to the M1, I had reached a steady 60 and was lining up with a gap in the traffic on the inside lane of the main carriageway when the muddy blue vectra in front starts slowing down for no readily apparent reason.
After we have eventually joined the motorway, he decided that meandering over the carriageway and the hard shoulder is the way forward. As we pass him my passenger informs me that he is chatting away on his mobile phone.
Later on the A64 we passed a Jaguar wasn't swooshing along in a typical Jag fashion, it turns out that yet again the driver had a phone clapped to their ear.
So making it illegal and offering up legal punishments doesn't work.
Pointing out that there is plenty of scientific evidence that it affects concentration and causes fatal crashes doesn't work.
So they should all go and buy a copy of How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And 99 Other Experiments to Try at Home on page 97 there is a starkly simple experiment using a yardstick to demonstrate how holding a telephone conversation affects reaction time.
So what do I think? Even hands free kits should be off limits! The actual act of holding a phone to your ear doesn't make matters that much worse, it is the conversation that is the killer. How is this different from talking to someone in the car? Well mostly it isn't but when the chips are down and the driver needs to concentrate, the people in the car can see what is going on.