Was Palmer driving with an iPad in hand? Is that OK? 53



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Was Clive Palmer using a phone or an iPad on the highway? That’s the question much of the media is asking this morning as footage from a nearby driver has been released allegedly showing Mr Palmer holding a small electronic device on his chest as he drove on the M1 last night. And whilst Mr Palmer says it was not a phone, it was likely an iPad, and is that any better?

The Courier Mail reports that Billionaire and Queensland Federal MP Clive Palmer says he is doing nothing wrong in the video, saying it was his iPad in his hand…

But that leads us to the thought that either would be just as bad. As the government ads have so eagerly taught us, at 100km/hr a two second glance down can mean 30m goes by without eyes on the road. A terrifying thought.

The footage was taken by South East Queensland Local Jeff Hayes, who told Channel Seven News that he recorded mr Palmer driving along the M1.

“We got closer and we basically could see it was Clive Palmer in the front seat,”  Mr Hayes said in the news report.

“We were stunned,” Mr Hayes said. “We just couldn’t believe it. He didn’t look up once at the mirror”.

Mr Palmer responded to the media reports on Sunday saying that the accusation was ridiculous. He pointed out that his luxury Rolls Royce has an inbuilt phone system and he does not need to hold a phone.

“It shows I am looking at my iPad,” Mr Palmer said. “Big deal. Look how big it is. Look how big my thumb is,” he said.
“You journos are a hopeless lot really”.

“It is not worth commenting on shit like that,” he said.

It is unknown whether police are investigating. But today we are looking for your feedback… Whether it be a phone or a tablet, do you think it is safe either way to be driving down the M1 with a device on your chest?

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. What about the person driving past filming him. I suppose that’s OK?

    3 REPLY
    • Robert Hind
      What do you mean “not the point “.
      Do you believe it’s okay for someone to break the law in an effort to prove someone else was breaking the law.

    • That is not the point, the point is Palmer is breaking the law and should be charged for it….then on the other hand the person taking the picture should be charged for his actions too, but I only hope that Palmer doesn’t get off as it would be wrong to say 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

  2. No one should be using any devices while driving..a slip of concentration on the road can cause the death of either yourself or someone else

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