Driving while using a mobile phone should be taken more seriously, writes Coolum and North Shore News reporter Erica Henderson.
Driving while using a mobile phone should be taken more seriously, writes Coolum and North Shore News reporter Erica Henderson. Tom Huntley

SOAPBOX: Drive while using phone? Take away their licence

IF YOU are caught using a phone while driving you should lose your driver's licence.

I was driving along the motorway towards Maroochydore on my way home to Coolum recently and there was a sign flashing.

It was warning me that if I was caught texting and driving I would be fined $300.

Well, that's just outrageous I thought; that's just not enough.

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Many years ago, when I was a child, drink driving was a fairly normal occurrence there were no random breath testing units.

Should those who drive while using a mobile phone have their licence stripped?

This poll ended on 16 July 2015.

Current Results

Yes, there's no excuses

63%

No, everyone deserves a second chance

18%

Don't do it and you won't have to worry about it

18%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

There was also a time when seatbelts were not compulsory and there was a time when there were no car seats for kids and no baby capsules.

In fact, I'm pretty sure many will remember when the babies and kids were loaded into cars to sit on the lap of a family member.

But times changed, and changes were made to our road rules to save lives.

I think it's time we took a serious look at the use of mobile technology in cars and worked to completely eliminate a culture developing where people have their eyes down and not on the road.

I'm not saying that if caught you should lose your licence forever, but for long enough for it to be a real inconvenience.

I believe this would be a far better deterrent to those who could be tempted to check or send a message and to those who feel the urge to scroll through their news feed on social media while stopped at the lights.

Perhaps repeat offenders, like high-range drink-drivers, should have devices fitted to their vehicle to monitor their behaviour, or to disable their devices when the car starts.


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