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1 November 2016, 07:55
How To Stop Drivers Using Their Phones: Nick Ferrari
Drivers caught using their phones at the wheel currently get a 100 fine and three points. Nick Ferrari says that's not good enough and has a radical solution. Share this to help make it happen.
Nick Ferrari has a radical idea to stop drivers using their mobile phones at the wheel.
Tomasz Kroker has been jailed today for 10 years for causing the deaths of Tracy Houghton, her two sons Josh and Ethan, and her stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith.
He looked away from the road for seven seconds when he caused the fatal crash on the A34 in Berkshire.
Currently, those caught using their phones while driving get a £100 fine and three penalty points.
Nick Ferrari says that simply isn't good enough and he has a radical plan to stop drivers getting distracted at the wheel.
He said: "Let's just try and work out the sort of people to whom the message is not getting through. Because, before I speak to a couple of people, one of them for whom sadly this is all too personal, the ifs and buts have to end here.
"The government aims to double the fine for driving while having a mobile phone to £200 and the penalty points to six. So hold on a second... currently then it's a £100 fine and three points? For driving like this killer - and I can call him a killer, I know it wasn't murder, but he's a killer.
"So you can be a killer on the roads and you get a fine of 100- that's less than your TV license- and three points. The government wants to take it to £200 and six penalty points. My friend, that is simply not enough.
"Let's stop talking about putting it on a par with drink driving, which is wholly anti-social and just absolutely abhorrent and quite rightly has been ostracised by all sane people. This is what we do. It's a £1,000 fine and you are barred from driving for twelve months. End of.
"I don't give a damn whether you're taking a call from your wife or your husband or your daughter because she'd forgotten her hockey kit. Like I give a fig. It is a £1,000 fine and it is a year's ban and that's your lot. And imagine how law would hit your insurance."
Some LBC listeners wanted to go even further.