By now we’re all smart enough to know that operating a cell phone while driving isn’t the brainiest thing to do. According to textinganddrivingsafety.com in 2011 23% of auto collisions involved cell phones. The minimal amount of time your attention is off the road while texting is five seconds. You’ll find no argument from me that people need to put the phones down and pay attention while driving.
Police in the United Kingdom have already cracked down on cell phone use while driving, currently you could get six points taken off your license which could lead to a ban if caught twice in three years. New drivers have it worse, they could lose their license all together if caught just once in their first two years of driving. Now a new report from Visordown reports that drivers involved in any sort of car accident could have their cell phones confiscated so police can determine if it was the cause of the crash or collision.
Alliance of British Drivers treasurer Hugh Bladon fears the order could be abused:
I am 100 per cent against anyone texting while driving, and those caught deserve everything they get. But I’m worried police could overdo it. Just because someone is involved in a minor shunt, surely it shouldn’t mean they should lose their phone.
Using your cell while driving is indeed not an intelligent thing to do. The law against using a phone while driving is perfectly legitimate and law enforcement is right to ticket drivers they actually see breaking this law. But I think we start straying into other realms when police can confiscate your personal property without proof that said property was the cause of the accident. It’s a slippery slope. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.
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