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Mobile Phone Driving Ban


jondf 8 2.7k
11 Apr 2013 6:39AM
Ever seen a car or lorry ahead slowing down, speeding up, drifting from the gutter to the white line and sometimes across it? Ever seen the tell-tale left hand propping a mobile phone against the driver's ear, or even worse, the driver's head continually looking down, looking up, looking down as they text whilst driving? Dave Eaton, a biker from Warrington, has got so fed up with seeing it that he's started an on-line petition to get the culprits banned by law. If you feel the same way as Dave, you've now the opportunity to sign a petition aimed at getting this serious issue a parliamentary debate. You can support Dave here -

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/hm-government-instant-ban-for-using-a-mobile-phone-while-driving

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keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
11 Apr 2013 7:06AM
So he wants to ban something that is illegal?
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
11 Apr 2013 7:12AM
I think he wants to make the penalty stricter - i.e. an instant driving ban for people caught driving with a mobile glued to their ear. Obviously not enough people are being caught and/or the current penalties are not enough of a deterrent. Personally, I think 'driving without due care and attention' should cover it - and a whole host of other driving sins. Why complicate things?
StrayCat e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
11 Apr 2013 7:24AM
I just drive up beside them and hit the horn, and disrupt their conversation.Grin The fine here in Alberta is quite hefty.
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
11 Apr 2013 7:47AM
I personally would love to see this happen, but if would be almost impossible to enforce due in part to the way successive governments have cut the amount of Police officers patrolling the roads and motorways. That's why so many drivers take a chance on getting 3 penalty points and a fine now, because the chances of actually getting caught are negligible! Changing the penalty won't change a damn thing, because there will always be selfish idiots willing to take the risks, same as the reasons drunk drivers still take theirs and everybody else's lives at risk.
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
11 Apr 2013 8:09AM
The fine can be 1000 and a disqualification and many people are caught each year.

The one that catches people out is that you cannot use a phone whilst supervising a learner driver and you can be penalised under the same legislation for being distracted while using hands free or Sat Nav and CD Player etc.
cattyal e2
9 6.4k 6 England
11 Apr 2013 8:52AM
I'd love to see a guy round this way caught - nice black Porsche, personalised number plate, I know who he is and where he works and he's on the phone every time I see him driving past.

Actually I'd really like to see him smash that black Porsche up in an injury free incident........... (and no, I don't like him much Smile)
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
11 Apr 2013 8:54AM
Quick phone call. Times and Reg Plate. Wink
cats_123 e2
10 4.2k 25 Northern Ireland
11 Apr 2013 8:56AM
It seems it's often the people with the expensive cars, who can well afford a hands free set, that are `guilty' of this heinous crime....let's name & shame GrinGrinGrin


If you had your ` Google Glasses ' on you could record the event GrinGrin
cattyal e2
9 6.4k 6 England
11 Apr 2013 9:04AM

Quote:Quick phone call. Times and Reg Plate. Wink


True - and knowing who is dad is (big fish, small pond) he'd probably get off scot free!

He'd not notice me standing there with a camera in hand - he's pretty much oblivious to anyone around him......
arhb e2
7 2.5k 68 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 9:04AM

Quote:The fine can be 1000 and a disqualification and many people are caught each year.

The one that catches people out is that you cannot use a phone whilst supervising a learner driver and you can be penalised under the same legislation for being distracted while using hands free or Sat Nav and CD Player etc.



Make you wonder why the manufacturers are still allowed to fit radio/cd players to road vehicles.
I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't listen to Ken Bruce's 'Pop Master', whilst navigating the 'accident waiting to happen' streets of the Guildford suburbs...
MikeA 10 1.2k England
11 Apr 2013 9:05AM
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Quote:It seems it's often the people with the expensive cars, who can well afford a hands free set, that are `guilty' of this heinous crime....let's name & shame GrinGrinGrin


If you had your `Google Glasses' on you could record the event GrinGrin



Around here the worst culprits are parents taking their children to school, steering wheel in on hand, phone in the other and foot to the board.............
joolsb 10 27.1k 38 Switzerland
11 Apr 2013 9:09AM

Quote:Make you wonder why the manufacturers are still allowed to fit radio/cd players to road vehicles.
I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't listen to Ken Bruce's 'Pop Master', whilst navigating the 'accident waiting to happen' streets of the Guildford suburbs...



There's nothing to stop you listening to your music as you drive just so long as you don't fiddle with the CD-player/radio at the same time. Stop first, then have a good fiddle (ooo-er, missus!!)
11 Apr 2013 9:45AM
well now playing a fiddle while driving is called hands free..lol
Henners88 6 204 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2013 9:45AM

Quote:So he wants to ban something that is illegal?

No. Its illegal to use your mobile phone whilst driving but you do not get banned from driving if you are caught by the police. As explained, the petition is to change the law concerning the punishment if caught.

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