I’ve been shaken back in to the blogsphere by (poor old) journalist and broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson, and the various news items related to him being photographed by some fame-seeking do-gooder while he was driving and using his mobile phone – at the same time, imagine that? I’ll admit I was once involved, on behalf of a client, in campaigning to have the mobiles-while-driving legislation eased, to allow business users of mobile radio equipment a level of exemption – but on the whole it’s a good law.
I’m not agitated by the current adverts either – good strong messaging – drive while you are on the phone and you risk death – you can’t argue with that. What bugs me is that Clarkson, just because he’s recognised, potentially gets prosecuted, not because he’s naughty, but because he’s famous and naughty.
Every day I see dozens of idiots on the phone (and driving) but I don’t know who they are and neither does anyone else so they escape. What’s next? Photos of celebrities driving in bus-lanes? Photos of celebrities dropping litter being emailed to local councils? I predict Clarkson gets off, and he gets some extra press-clippings this month.