Home Office Minister receives £100 and 3 points for using mobile phone whilst driving
6.11.07 by Buffalo Bill
Liam Byrne MP sat on the committee that drew up the current laws outlawing mobile phone use whilst driving. He apparently said that dangerous drivers were potential ‘serial killers’ and was shocked at the leniency of the sentences handed down to them. This was a good bit of law that would make the roads safer, if the general public complied with it.
In the summer he was stopped by police after using his phone to take a call whilst he was driving. According to this report from the BBC he is remorseful, but he still managed to get in a statement about how important the call he was taking was.
This is a load of crap. He decided to take the call before he would have known what the content of the message would be. It was only after the offence had been committed that he would have been able to say whether or not it was important.
In making this statement, he has simply endorsed the general attittude that drivers should make themselves available on the phone whatever the circumstances, just in case the call is important. According to a report from a police force in Scotland, the worst driving and phoning offenders are goods vehicles drivers. So it’s very disappointing to see a legislator setting such a bad example.