Letters to the Editor

mobile phones

Call for public to play a part

I read there are plans to make the offence of driving while using a mobile phone stricter – penalty points rising from three to four and fines going up 50% to £150.

But the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has warned that the move would not have a “dramatic impact” unless there were more police officers to enforce the law.

I drive around our area and witness drivers, especially in commercial vehicles, flaunting this law and, by definition, they are driving without due care and attention.

I can’t understand why the police don’t allow the public to help by being able to report drivers committing this crime. A simple phone call giving date/time/place and registration number. The offender’s mobile phone can then be used, by the police, to prove the person’s guilt or innocence, as a log of all incoming and outgoing calls are retained within the ‘call log’ of that mobile phone.

In 2014, the use of a mobile phone was a contributing factor in 84 serious accidents, 21 of which were fatal, according to Department of Transport statistics in Britain.

We are encouraged to phone the police if we witness law-breakers on our roads – reporting that someone has been drinking and is about to drive their car, or reporting someone who is driving dangerously.

Using a mobile phone at the wheel is just as dangerous as drink-driving.

Elliot Smith

Ulston, Jedburgh




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James Cant

British Heart 
Foundation Scotland, 
Ocean Drive, Edinburgh


Students’ PC nonsense

The campaign by students to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oxford University is another example of the self-destruction that the young of today bring upon us by their politically-correct nonsense ways.

The man funded the place, and his foundation is paying for their Rhodes scholarships today.

How do people with such negative thinking ever get into a British university of that calibre in the first place?

Malcolm Parkin