You have to love the British. They gave us the Beatles, and they gave us the framework for our legal system. It doesn’t get much better than that.
I read an article in the New York Times about a campaign in Weymouth, Britain that targeted distracted drivers called the "No Excuse" campaign. The campaign started after police watched driver after driver violating British law targeting distracted drivers — texting on the phone, programming GPS devices while driving, steering with their elbows. Britain has laws against distracted driving and laws where drivers don’t have their vehicle "in proper control."
Great Britain has found that 90 percent of all crashes has human error as a factor. The article quoted a road safety manager as saying, "There’s no such thing as a dangerous road — only bad and dangerous road behavior."
The program is a year-long campaign targeting distracted driving behaviors, and while it is called the "No Excuse" campaign, police officers are still hearing their share of excuses from the drivers pulled over. It seems Britain also shares with us over here a feeling that it is difficult sometimes to take personal responsibility.
One example was the woman who was pulled over because the children in the back seat weren’t buckled. When asked why the children weren’t buckled in, the woman replied, "They’re not my children."
This campaign is an effort to reduce the number of auto accidents caused by driver inattention. A great campaign by the great British. Can we feel it, Georgia?