Cyclists slow to back petition calling for tougher laws to punish mobile phone drivers

Over 32,000 people have signed a petition opposing a reduction in the national speed limit to 50mph, while only 825 people have signed a petition calling for tougher penalties for drivers using a mobile phone.

Strangely, it seems that more people are opposed to a move that has been estimated could save up to 270 lives a year than are supportive of a move for tougher penalties for mobile phone drivers who, in 2006, killed 26 people ? cyclists among them – and caused 57 serious and 260 minor collisions.

The apparent disparity in how the public at large view safety issues can be viewed on line, on the government backed email-petition service at ?

The petition opposing the lowering of the national speed limit has 32,540 signatures and is the second most popular petition. The most popular petition by far is one calling for the Prime Minister to fall on his sword ? and resign – 63,338!

The third most popular petition is to protect the Royal National Lifeboat Institution from paying licence fees for using maritime radio frequencies ? 30,030!

Fancy that, a volunteer rescue service is required to pay to use the airwaves as it goes about its life-saving duties!

RoadPeace cycling campaigner Allan Ramsay is trying to look on the brightside, but is frustrated at the cycling movements slow response to backing his petition calling for tougher penalties for drivers using mobile phones.

?At least this petition will run until March 2010, whereas the deadline for the petition opposing the lowering of the national speed limit is this September.?

His petition calls for a ?driving ban and phone confiscation if not car confiscation for drivers caught using/holding mobile phone while driving.?

His is not the only mobile phone petition.

There is another, by Jennifer Ford, calling for higher penalties for people caught using mobiles while driving.

A driver who kills while using a mobile phone could face a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and face a minimum term of two years jail.

Yet despite worldwide acceptance of research that finds this practice reduces a driver?s ability to drive to worse than if drunk, millions of drivers continue to flout the law and are putting others lives at risk.

Here is the link to the petition.