Why do we continue to ‘Text and Drive’ ?
Distraction is deadly when driving
With the exception of calls to the emergency services, using a mobile phone while driving was officially banned in the UK in 2003. The Highway Code states that while hands-free sets are legal, drivers can still face penalties starting with three licence points and a £100 fine "if the police think you're distracted”. Kevin Clinton, head of road safety at the Royal Society for the Prevention of "using a phone at the wheel increases the risk of a crash by four times, sadly, despite legislation which makes it illegal to do so, many people still use a mobile phone whilst driving.”
The facts reveal your are four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile phone while driving, reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50% slower than normal driving and even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash. Which is exactly what caused the death of a 32 year old woman from North Carolina in the US who lost her life last week after slamming her car head on into a truck while posting selfies and a Facebook update about how happy she was while listening to a Pharrell song. Authorities said the post, visible only to her friends, was made at 8.33 a.m., the first 911 call received about the crash was one minute later. In a matter of seconds, a life was over just so she could notify some friends that she was happy.
In 2012 a helpless mother-to-be was forced to listen to her partner die in a car crash as he spoke to her from his mobile phone while driving. Tan Lan, who was pregnant with the couple's first child, said Kok Sek Ng was travelling home after his late shift as a restaurant manager when he swerved into a tree. There was a moment's silence, and then a terrified Miss Lan could hear the sound of deep breathing and crackling, 'I heard what sounded as though he was crying and a noise as though he was in pain,' she said. Miss Lan called out her partner's name, but there was no reply. The 35-year-old had crashed his Honda Accord into an embankment and a tree off the A483 at Rossett near Wrexham.
So even though texting and calling on your mobile phone is illegal motorists still continue to do so,
Brian Singer from San Francisco has decided to take pictures of any culprits texting and driving and posts the photos on his website, named ’TWIT Spotting’ the TWIT also stands for texting while in traffic! TWIT Spotting started when Brian realised that there was a huge number of people on his daily commute staring at a tiny screen instead of staring at the road while they are operating a two-ton killing machine also known as a ‘car’. He said “ I’ve been blown away by the number of people texting while in traffic on the freeway, for every nose picker there is twenty texters, unofficial estimation by me.”