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Three meals a day? For some I would like to pose a question.

With the world’s population over seven billion, what gives us the right to have three meals a day and most people struggle to get even one?

M.D. Prentice,

Cockburn Mill, Duns.


It never ceases to amaze me the amount of motorists who break the law and endanger the lives of other road users and pedestrians by using their mobile phones whilst driving. It seems that every time I go out on the roads I see yet another offender.

On Sunday, June 30, during a shopping trip to Berwick, I had to take evasive action on two occasions to avoid collisions with drivers who were on their mobile phones.

The first incident happened as I was leaving Morrisons car park. As I drove past the cash machines towards the exit, a van came around the corner, completely on the wrong side of the road. The driver seemed to be oblivious to my presence and appeared to be looking at a mobile

phone. I was forced to stop my car to avoid a collision and the van driver veered back across to the other side of the road. Did he give an apologetic wave as he drove by? Quite the contrary. In a gesture which made Bart Simpson look positively mature, he stuck his tongue out.

Angered by this drivers blatant disregard for road safety, I decided to challenge his behaviour. I turned my car around and headed back into the car park. I spotted the driver walking towards the store entrance so I wound down my window and asked him why he had been driving on the wrong side of the road and had stuck his tongue out at me, He replied that he was “being cheeky”.

Disgusted by his response, I drove off again but I made a note of his registration number as I had decided to report the incident to the police.

As I drove into Berwick I was just about to cross the roundabout at the end of the railway bridge when a Corsa pulled out of Northumberland Avenue to turn north, causing me to brake heavily to avoid a collision.

What had caused this young, male driver’s lack of concentration and failure to give way to traffic coming from the right? You have guessed it. His mobile phone held to his right ear as he negotiated the roundabout.

Thankfully, I made it into Berwick without further incident and proceeded to the police station to report the van driver.

I would appeal to all motorists who think that it is acceptable behaviour to use a mobile phone whilst driving. I was fortunate to avoid two collisions last Sunday. The next person might not be so lucky.

Kenny Combe