Wonder who out there would agree that motorists who talk on hands-free phones are more dangerous than drink-drivers?
Drivers using the legal alternative to hand-held mobiles are 30 per cent slower to react than those slightly over the limit, tests found. And for up to ten minutes after a conversation their reflexes remain dulled, according to the Transport Research Laboratory. Its study suggests that millions could be unwittingly risking their own and others’ lives while obeying the law on phone use in a vehicle.
I can sort of see the logic – people merge into their conversations and perhaps are less observant of road conditions and hence slower to react. But then again, are we to be muted in our own private cars because experts decide this is on our best interests?
And what about listening to music, or the radio? Shall we silence those too? And how about passengers that chat – shall we shut them up and make conversation a criminal offence? Maybe, best of all, we tell “experts” to shut up?