Of course, you don’t see signs in petrol stations saying “no dogs” or “no walkmans”, but you do see signs saying “no mobiles”. Clearly, putting up mobile phone signs is not a random happening, then, but a determined policy by the petrol station chains against mobile phones. You would imagine that they don’t go about putting up signs that they are not required to put up for convenience or legislation, since it costs them money. And since no-one is suggesting a conspiracy involving a shady cadre of “no mobile” sign-posters, I’m going to suggest the petrol station companies know something that we don’t - could be anything, it could interfere with their CCTV eqipment (i know loads of my so-called shielded and compatible electronic eqiupment buzzes when my mobile rings).
Sometimes you have to accept that signs are put up trying to help you and you ignore them at your peril. Driving across to Liverpool last weekend we entered a stretch of motorway advising a temporary 40mph speed restriction. I slowed down from 70 or cough 80 cough but pretty much everyone else plowd on regardless. Cresting the next ridge, cue smoke, burning rubber and a car running into the back of another as they all emergency braked down from 80 to 0 as they met the stationary traffic. Is there something macho about ignoring posted warnings? Are people trying to prove something?
The question is, though, why would you be on your mobile in the first place?
If you’re driving into the petrol station, you should have both hands on the wheel and neither on a mobile phone, and if you’re in the petrol station, you should be filling up with petrol and then moving out of the damn way, not yacking on your mobile phone. I’m going to go postal one of these days with these peolpe blocking a pump (when none others are spare) haveing a leisurely discussion with their spouse about the weather, playing a game of cards, reapplying makeup in the mirror, and then finally deciding they might just possibly consider pulling away.