Does phone addiction cause accidents? | Road safety

Could the increase in car accidents involving pedestrians be explained in part by the increase in cell phone use (“He was fast…he ran you over: what it’s like to be run over by an SUV, Nov. 22)”? As a cyclist I often use shared routes and am amazed at how many people leave glued to their phones, unaware of what is happening around them.
Mike Mc Morran
Bournemouth, Dorset

Martin Kettle refers to Scotland’s ‘often brutal social media culture’ (Supreme court purge of Indyref2 leaves Sturgeon more isolated than ever, 23 Nov). As opposed to the predominantly gentile social media culture in England, would it? Jings, that “stubborn and reckless” Scottish cyberworld sounds terribly scary – thank goodness it stops at the border.
Nancy Graham
Belfast

Michael Parrish wants £500,000 per head for a place in his nuclear bunker (“When you hear the four minute warning”…Whatever happened to Britain’s nuclear bunkers?, 24 November). Can he tell us where he will keep this money and why he thinks it will be worth more than, say, cowrie shells or mere barter when he emerges as king of Essex in 10 or 20 years?
Michael Robinson
Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

Your article on the late “Sir Alfred”, who spent almost 20 years at Charles de Gaulle airport (“The Terminal Man” lived in a Paris airport for 18 years. I will never forget the weeks I spent with him, 23 November), reminded me that the original Guardian article about him (which I still have) inspired me to send him a pair of socks. I wonder if he ever received them?
Shirley Hetherington
Great Ayton, North Yorkshire

Surely if you are to explain their meanings, the contenders for ‘word of the year’ should be excluded from the race (Oxford’s word of the year faces its first public vote, on Nov. 21).
Derek Schofield
Wistaston, Cheshire

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