A nice piece of banstubation here. We have the first part, a real tragedy:
Drivers have been given a stark warning of the dangers of hands-free mobile phone calls after a haulier was jailed for causing a fatal crash whilst talking on a Bluetooth headset.
Then we have the call for the ban:
Relatives of Mr Buston and road safety charities called for an outright ban on making phone calls whilst driving, which makes drivers four times more likely to have an accident, even if they are using a hands-free kit.
Umm, four times more likely than what? Then we have the enumeration of the actual dangers:
Around 30 deaths on the roads each year are linked to mobile phone use, but the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) believes this is "just the tip of the iceberg" because so few drivers admit to using mobile phones when they cause crashes.
Which means that, given the 4,000 or so deaths a year on the road that mobile phones are resonsible for some 1% or so of them.
Then we come to the real crunch point:
Roger Vincent, a spokesman for RoSPA, urged the government to impose a blanket ban on making phone calls whilst driving, saying the current laws banning the use of hand-held mobiles failed the address the issue.
"It is the conversation itself that is the problem, because people get more and more involved in that and pay less and less attention to the road," he said.
So, are we to ban drivers from conversing with their passengers?