Car texting out

Car texting out

The use of mobile phones whilst driving is prohibited from 1 November 2009 in Victoria. The only exceptions are when a driver is making a call on a hands free unit and the phone is secured in a holder fixed to the vehicle and can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone. The partner in charge of the Transport Accident Division of Holding Redlich, Michael Lombard welcomed the changes and said "they probably could go further. There is plenty of data showing that talking on the phone is a distraction which can become a deadly distraction," Michael Lombard said. The Automobile Association of New Zealand has called for all phones to be banned from cars in all circumstances. "The banning of all phones needs to be looked at," the personal injury specialist said, "the sooner the better." Others are suggesting that mobiles be confiscated for periods as a penalty with a "three strikes and the phone is out" on it as well. "This will really make people think", Michael Lombard said.

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