Cellphone-related accidents on the rise

2012-04-11 11:47

Durban - Authorities say there has been a definitive increase in cellphone-related road accidents in South Africa.

The Daily News reported that more than 1 000 eThekwini motorists had been fined for using their cellphones while driving since January.

Studies show that a someone who uses a cellphone while driving is four times more likely to be in a car crash, and almost twice as likely if texting.

Traffic officials in Cape Town are considering regulations where cellphones are seized following three cellphone-related offences.

An American study revealed that texting or e-mailing while driving may be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol.

Traffic officials in SA said they were worried about the increasingly use of cellphones by motorists.

An insurance expert said cellphone use had led to more accidents, injuries and deaths on the road.

  • Tendy Nedombs - 2012-04-11 12:04

    So it must be a law that every driver's cellphone must be checked if the driver was not using it before accident.

      Rodney - 2012-04-11 17:17

      I know Africa is a bit slow on the uptake, but really. Britain banned the use of cellphones while driving about 10 years ago. Idiots still do it, on a regular basis, but the fine is quite hefty if you get caught.

  • CliveK - 2012-04-11 12:14

    From my home (Cape Town) to the nearest mall is a mere 5km. While en-route this morning I saw four idiot drivers talking on their cellphones, including a woman in a Merc (no surprise there) who was right on my tail. On my way home, another two. Please, traffic authorities, DO SOMETHING about this plague.

      planetdonovan - 2012-04-11 13:00

      I assume there is a study linking Mercedes drivers to habitual cellphone use while driving?

  • Rob - 2012-04-11 12:22

    Pass the buck mentality! These incidents are not ACCIDENTS! Check this definition from ROSPA (Royal Society For Prevention Of Accidents). “An unplanned, uncontrolled event which has led to or could have led to injury to people, damage to plant, machinery or the environment and/or some other loss." Using a cellphone whilst driving is not an unplanned event, it is tantamount to criminal negligence.

  • Abdul - 2012-04-11 12:27

    Take a look at the cellphone while driving video on the wbesite fatalmoves dot com if that does not stop you, then nothing will.

  • Abdul - 2012-04-11 12:29

    Also look at the "heads up" and reserach on cellphones on the website fatalmoves dot com

  • DragonKnightRider - 2012-04-11 13:00

    Did anyone notice that this is the 21st century...? 99% of cell phones today support a hands free kit for driving. Why not use it? This obviously is not a 100% safety increase, but it sure helps significantly

      Rob - 2012-04-11 13:05

      Dragon ,I for one am not convinced that hands free is the way to go. These devices only free up hands not minds. Anything that distracts the driver's attention is dangerous to other road users and the driver. It makes more sense to criminalise anything that wilfully distracts driver's attention (and maybe we should also consider the massive overload of distractions caused by roadside advertising too). How difficult is it to leave your phone to accept messages and return the call when you are no longer driving?

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-11 13:13

      @Critically, judging by comment, I now conclude we are all in danger because everyone thinks about other things (ie bills, next meeting, next game, lost fortunes etc) while driving.

      Rob - 2012-04-11 14:18

      siyadyosiba: If that is what you do whilst you are driving then you are absolutely correct, it is dangerous. You need to understand that when you get behind the wheel of your vehicle you are in charge of a very dangerous piece of machinary that has the potential to kill or maim (including you). Maybe you find it difficult to focus and concentrate, but if you do not get to grips with this then you are a danger to yourself and anyone around you. But yuou know what, your comment is needed and very revealing because it is exactly why there is such a massive is called avoidance of accountability!

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-11 19:11

      @critical, you are now being untruthful. There is no way that when you driving the only thing you think of the driving. Please dont lie dude. How the hell will you know where you going if you cant even think of the routes that can take you to your destination. Basically, you are saying you dont even listen to radio when you are driving, please be for real.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-11 13:02

    Eish that's one piece of a sad reality. Can all the culprits please raise their hands. LOL

      Rob - 2012-04-11 13:10

      Siyadyosiba: Sounds like you are condoning the 'reality'? I know, it is difficult, just like it is difficult to ACTUALLY STOP at a stop sign, or wait for green at a robot, or not park on yellow lines, or not overtake on a solid line.......etc! I guess the common thread in all of this is that it is difficult to be self-disciplined when the mind is set on selfichness.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-11 13:47

      @critically, I'm by no means condoning this. Its totally unacceptable. Was just think about how many of people, if honesty can be upheld, would account for the culprits.

      Rob - 2012-04-11 14:33

      And their you have it....self above everything. That is a very poor life ethic I think.

      Bert - 2012-04-11 15:13

      Two lovely little kids on your fb. Now imagine a loon on their phone hitting you head on if these little mites were with you. I suppose you dont even use seat belts. God love 'em, someone should.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-11 19:08

      @Bert and critical, I practice safe driving. The fact that I acknowledge factuality of this report does not mean I'm saying I'm one of the culprits. I'm sorry if it sounded like I'm condoning or saying I'm the culprit. Apologies X 5.

  • misswoodcutter - 2012-04-11 13:10

    Worse, people text, bbm, whatsapp, update their statuses on facebook WHILE driving!

  • siphok1 - 2012-04-11 13:20

    what i find suprising is drivers who have cars with built-in bluetooth but yet fail to use the bluetooth and continue using their phones in their hands. maybe it is too complex for them to use.

  • Jacques Engelbrecht - 2012-04-11 13:22

    I see all the Cellphone police are commenting on here.... ( meanwhile 2/3rds of you are equally guilty).

      misswoodcutter - 2012-04-11 13:30

      lmao!!!! Good one!

  • Deirdre - 2012-04-11 14:31

    Ride a motorbike, it's not so easy to text while wearing gloves!!!! Ok silly comments aside, it boils down to a mentality of doing the right thing. Wear your seat, drive at the speed limit, give way to vehicles on your right, stop at stop signs, wait for the green light, keep a safe following distance and don't do stuff on your mobile when you're mobile ... But that's just to main stream for most people who like to stretch their multitasking abilities beyond the pale!

  • Bert - 2012-04-11 15:06

    The chances of getting stopped once never mind three times are rare. Phone should be confiscated first offence with minimum R1000 fine. Second offence, custodial sentence. If lesson is not learnt then, car confiscated. Put this filth out of commission.

  • Gcwabe.KaMavovo - 2012-04-11 15:48

    Fines are actually a deterrent, and I'm living proof. I got pulled over in 2010 and got a R300 spot fine. I haven't answered my phone on the road since. If only more traffic officers were as vigilant as that lady that pulled me over and fined me.

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