Posted November 02, 2018 05:13:55 A father has spoken out about how he stopped using his mobile phone while driving after learning his son was texting while he was behind the wheel.
Peter Haines from the Gold Coast said he had a difficult time believing that his son, Matthew, was not using his phone while behind the wheels, and he had to turn off the device to stop him.
Mr Hains said Matthew had been using his iPad for the last two weeks and he would text and call when driving.
“I could not believe my eyes when he texted me while I was driving.
I just stopped him,” he said.
“He texted me and I was like ‘oh my God’.”
I said ‘ok, what do you want me to do?’, he said ‘well you can stop him’.
“He texted again and again, ‘ok mate, I’ve got to stop you’.” Mr Hains said his son’s driving style was very erratic.
He said he felt he had lost control of the car and the texting was causing the car to swerve off the road.
“My heart was pounding so I just thought I was going to lose control of it,” he recalled.
Mr Skelton said he was not concerned about his son texting while behind a wheel, but he was concerned about the safety of other road users.
“The problem is that it’s a distraction for everyone else,” he explained.
“Everyone has to pay attention, all the drivers do it, everybody does it, all of us.”
‘I just stopped them’ The Gold Coast man said he took Matthew to the hospital, where he was prescribed medication and counselled for his driving habits.
He also said he stopped talking to his son on the phone and was worried about how Matthew was coping.
“There were a lot of distractions that I just was just not paying attention to and it just got to a point where I just just stopped sending messages,” Mr Hagin said.
Mr Harris said his father’s behaviour was not surprising.
“We have to be aware that some people may not be as aware as others,” he noted.
“When you see the reaction of others and it’s not something that you expect to happen, then it’s kind of like you’re looking for the next victim and you’re not looking for those that are actually doing it.”
Mr Harris has been driving for the past four years and said his driving has improved.
“It’s been great, I’m doing really well,” he reported.
I’ve never stopped anybody else and I’ve stopped my own children.” “
For me, it’s like I’m a hero.
I’ve never stopped anybody else and I’ve stopped my own children.”
Mr Hainaes said he wanted to encourage other drivers to not use their mobile phones while driving.
He told ABC Radio Melbourne his father was now a “great father” to his two children and was doing a good job.