Drivers using mobile devices: Rules are ambiguous

Drivers using mobile devices: Rules are ambiguous

I agree with MP Hri Kumar Nair that the new rules on the use of mobile devices while driving are unsatisfactory and allow for ambiguity when it comes to enforcement ("Using any mobile device in hand while driving to be illegal"; Tuesday).

When I cycle and stop at traffic lights, I often spot drivers of stationary vehicles busy tapping away on their smartphones, staring at their smartphone screens, or talking on the phone without a hands-free kit.

Their failure to pay attention to the quickly evolving situation around them makes them a hazard to other road users.

The rules should be amended so that they are unambiguous - a driver behind the wheel must not operate a mobile device as long as the vehicle's engine is turned on, even when the vehicle has stopped moving.

Boo Choon Meng

This article was first published on Sep 11, 2014.
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