Officialdom justifies draconian new measures against mobile phone use by casualty figures where phone use has played a part. But those figures are much lower than “accidents” at traffic lights.
According to this BBC news briefing, in 2019, there were 637 road casualties, including 153 where phone use was a factor. That’s 24%. Not good. But Westminster City Council’s safety audit shows 44% of “accidents” occur at traffic lights.
If mobile phone use is banned because it distracts us from watching the road, should traffic lights, speed cameras and the rule of priority be banned for the same reason?
Fair enough to outlaw phone use while actually driving, but when you’re in a jam, probably caused by traffic lights?