ABCwatch

Tim Blair

Ombudsgod

New Criterion

 

 

Friday, November 08, 2002
 
SAFER TO SEND THEM SURFING

New research released this morning has come to the conclusion that using a hands-free mobile phone can affect a driver's control of the vehicle. according to Associate Professor Paul Treffner of Griffith University on the Gold Coast.

Treffner says the study confirms that talking, thinking and trying to listen to a conversation on a hands-free earpiece of a mobile phone does have an impact on driving ability. He says one example is cornering.

The implications are obvious. Passengers are an unacceptable threat to road safety. They might engage the driver in conversation.

Spouses are especially dangerous.

In future all motor vehicles to be limited to one seat.

I feel safer already.