February 14th, 2010

Something else to ban

Posted in The Job - General by 200

It occurred to me today that perhaps pedestrians should be banned from using their mobile phones whilst on public roads too.

There I was, driving along the road minding my own business when I spied a woman walking down the path towards me on my nearside. There was a Vauxhall Corsa ahead of me travelling in the same direction. I could see the woman had a dog by the lead in one hand & was talking into her mobile phone in the other while her child, who could have been no more than 3 was riding a bike with stabilisers.

I don;t know whether she put any thought into it or not but she was walking along the path with her dog between the bushes & her & her son between the road & her. Bearing in mind this was a country lane & the path was no more than 3 feet wide with no escape on the non-road side due to high hedges, I didn’t think it was perhaps the safest of combinations.

Sure enough just as the Corsa was approaching her, & with the woman engaged in some conversation in her mobile, the toddler suddenly veered towards the road. I didn’t have a stop watch but I’m betting her reaction times were severly limited by using her mobile phone. She just managed to grab the kid before he plunged headlong into the front grill of the Corsa, who didn’t seem to react at all judging by his constant speed & direction as it passed the gang on the footpath.

Not the best circumstances I’ve ever known in which to chat to your mate.

Oh & Happy Valentine’s Day to my wife (not that she reads this but when she calms down from not receiving a card from me today, at least I can prove the thought was there, even if there’s only 2 hours to go)

You can skip to the end and leave a comment. Pinging is currently not allowed. RSS 2.0


  1. Ambulance Amateur says:

    I hope you gave “words of advice”.

    February 14th, 2010 at 23:31

  2. bill says:

    I’m in the doghouse too, 200.

    I shall blame it on your blog being so fascinating, that I was so totally absorbed by it that . . . no that won’t work.

    Oh, Gawd!

    February 15th, 2010 at 00:09

  3. boy on a bike says:

    Choosing a song from the song list seems to be the downfall of many. I have watched in amusement on my morning ride into work as pedestrians (all women) have been concentrating so hard on the wheel thing of their iPod that they have walked straight into a pole.

    I give them as wide a berth as possible.

    February 15th, 2010 at 09:48

  4. Fee says:

    In defence of my sex … oh, why bother? She was being a numpty. Any parent should know that kids on bikes change direction faster than a politician with an election looming.

    I can multi-task with ease, but I can’t text and walk with tripping up. So I don’t.

    February 15th, 2010 at 12:55

  5. shijuro says:

    besides- recent research shows its more efficient to do one task at a time…

    February 15th, 2010 at 17:28

  6. Tony F says:

    I find that it is just as easy to fail at one task at a time than to fail at many.

    iPods too. There was a serious RTA the other month. A pedestrian walked out onto a busy junction and was mown down. He had his iPod glued to his ears and had no awareness of what was going on around him. We think. He still has no awareness, and never will.

    February 15th, 2010 at 18:07

  7. pc hawkeye says:

    I assume the Corsa driver was a woman engaged in conversation with her passenger, it’s a well known fact? that women drivers can’t talk to passengers without looking straight at them, check out the next driving, talking female if you don’t believe me, best I came across was a car load of female bird watchers on their way to a local RSPB centre, the road bends sharply left, none of them noticed until it went bumpy and their car drove straight through the hedge into a field. The driver said they were talking and didn’t notice the bend.

    February 15th, 2010 at 22:46

Leave a comment