About 2 years ago I was called to a job in GentleTown, where I live. An old man, well-known in our community, was struck down by a car while he was crossing the road. He had severe injuries, and survived about 3 months, before finally succumbing to his injuries. The inquest heard that the chap driving was in all probability on his mobile 'phone at the time. Ever since then I have had a real "thing" about people driving while on the 'phone. With the ubiquitous nature of hands free kits and Bluetooth headsets there really is no excuse.
My car is a fully marked up Audi, with a fixed blue light bar on the roof. When I come up behind or beside someone, unless they are very observant, it just looks like a blue-light vehicle. Who knows, it could look a bit like a police car. I make it my business, if I see someone driving on the 'phone, to hoot them, often while I am riding in the lane next to them. I see it as service to the community. They may be the next one I have to scrape up off the road. Them, or the one they hit.
Today, I was driving to collect the kids from school, along a dual carriageway. The woman in the car in front was using a 'phone. I saw her steering with her elbows. My hackles well and truly raised, I pulled up beside her, and hooted. She looked at me. The phone was thrown to the seat next to her. Job done, I slowed and pulled in behind her, then indicated to go left at the next junction. She slowed, and stopped, obviously thinking I was pulling her over! I pulled out and went around her, leaving her clearly quite shaken and rather bemused.
I feel good about this. I'm not sure I should. I doubt she will use a 'phone while driving for a while now. I didn't impersonate a police officer. I just showed her the error of her ways. I'm sure this is a good thing. At least, I think it is...
3 days ago