As a pedestrian and cyclist I am acutely aware of the danger lazy selfish ignorant and negligent drivers place me in with deliberate reckless indifference. I’ve had enough. Drivers who use their mobile phones when driving distract themselves from paying attention to the road and therefore choose to undermine the safety of others. Their choice to behave in this manner indicates that they value their social circumstances more than the lives of others.
Whereas legacy media corporations are too afraid of offending their bogan audience to name and shame them, I’m not. Not surprisingly, a study has shown that the most driving offences, like using a phone while driving, are perpetuated in the most bogan suburbs.
Other studies have shown that banning the use of phones while driving reduces accidents and saves lives, but many people simply don’t seem to care. When a Victorian police officer was caught driving while on the phone, and the police claimed they are exempt from the law, it is evident that the state does not take its own laws seriously.
If the law exists because it is proven that being distracted mentally and not having the use of both hands compromises a driver physically, then there is no plausible excuse for the police claiming to be above the law. What awful leadership.
In the absence of coherent leadership, vigilante citizen activism may be more effective. I’ve been planning this since a scary encounter with a violent phone using driver in 2007, and I’m pleased to announce my new project, Fonetard, which is partially inspired by Rigid Mount.
In 2008, I pitched the idea for this site to the TAC, the Minister for Police and the Police Commissioner. They all rejected it. Since then, with the proliferation of mobile phones, the problem has become significantly worse. While I can’t replicate the full plan, I can name and shame the drivers who threaten my safety.
The government is incompetent, the police are corrupt and most of the citizenry is criminally negligent. If we want it to stop, we must act. We must hold them all to account and demand change.