Police crackdown on drivers using their mobiles

Daily Echo: Police crackdown on drivers using their mobiles Police crackdown on drivers using their mobiles

MORE than 80 drivers were caught flouting the law on the county's motorways during a crackdown by police.

A five day operation launched across Hampshire and the Thames Valley resulted in 88 motorists being prosecuted for driving whilst distracted including 55 caught driving whilst using their mobile phones.

Four vehicles were dedicated to the operation from Monday to Friday last week including two marked cars, one two marked motorbikes, and an unmarked Scania lorry cab, hired specifically for the operation along the M27 and M3, M4, M40 and the M25.

Throughout Operation Tramline, an HGV-qualified officer drove the cab whilst an observer recorded and videoed any offences committed.

Sergeant Paul Diamond, who led the operation said: “We know for sure that we were to able to detect at least 28 offences from the high up vantage point that the cab gives us, that we could not have spotted from ground level.”

Out of the 112 drivers stopped, 55 were caught using a phone, 33 distraction offences were recorded, 68 notices issued.

Four motorists were also caught speeding, one went through a red light, four reported for unnecessary over taking and two for seatbelt offences.

There were also a number of offences committed by commercial drivers including load infringements and not taking the required amount of rest breaks.

Sergeant Diamond who led the operation in conjunction with Thames Valley under a new Joint Operations Unit Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was a very successful operation which we will run again. Our message could not be clearer - focus on the wheel when you're driving - no phone call, text message or anything else is as important as a person's life.”

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7:00am Wed 23 May 12

Forest Phil says...

Just a bit puzzled, in this article there is reference to "an unnecessary overtake". Anyone know what this means as I need to know when overtaking in future......jargon maybe,Police 'speak'....?
Just a bit puzzled, in this article there is reference to "an unnecessary overtake". Anyone know what this means as I need to know when overtaking in future......jargon maybe,Police 'speak'....? Forest Phil
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8:38am Wed 23 May 12

Ted Rogers says...

Not sure about the HGV thing!
Assuming it's a right hand drive, the passenger/observer would be on the left; most traffic will be overtaking on the right hand side, so I'm confused as to what great vantage point this would present? I would imagine I see around about 30 people a week along my travels around the motorway network using their phones, not too great a result given the resources the police threw at this 'Operation'
Not sure about the HGV thing! Assuming it's a right hand drive, the passenger/observer would be on the left; most traffic will be overtaking on the right hand side, so I'm confused as to what great vantage point this would present? I would imagine I see around about 30 people a week along my travels around the motorway network using their phones, not too great a result given the resources the police threw at this 'Operation' Ted Rogers
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8:53am Wed 23 May 12

Taskforce 141 says...

Most accidents happen in cities, so why wasnt the operation in cities?
Most accidents happen in cities, so why wasnt the operation in cities? Taskforce 141
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8:57am Wed 23 May 12

bigfella777 says...

If doing something in the car was dangerous as they say it is, ie eating,drinking,adju
sting the radio or the phone and in this short space they caught so many people, then surely, statistically the roads would be absolute carnage and there would be a crash every 100 yards.
Thats why people with common sense know this is just a money making exercise and ignore the law.
If doing something in the car was dangerous as they say it is, ie eating,drinking,adju sting the radio or the phone and in this short space they caught so many people, then surely, statistically the roads would be absolute carnage and there would be a crash every 100 yards. Thats why people with common sense know this is just a money making exercise and ignore the law. bigfella777
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9:06am Wed 23 May 12

Raven 81 says...

Hope they catch the guy that nearly ran me over yesterday doing 50 in a 30 limit and talking on his phone.
Hope they catch the guy that nearly ran me over yesterday doing 50 in a 30 limit and talking on his phone. Raven 81
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9:16am Wed 23 May 12

MGRA says...

another cash-cow operation by the police... it also explodes the myth that they are "under resourced" that is clearly a total joke...
another cash-cow operation by the police... it also explodes the myth that they are "under resourced" that is clearly a total joke... MGRA
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9:26am Wed 23 May 12

dango says...

does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.
does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it. dango
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9:38am Wed 23 May 12

cyclejim says...

Forest Phil wrote:
Just a bit puzzled, in this article there is reference to "an unnecessary overtake". Anyone know what this means as I need to know when overtaking in future......jargon maybe,Police 'speak'....?
Quite often on my bike I'm overtaken on a corner leaving the overtaking driver at risk of a head on collision from a car coming the other way.
[quote][p][bold]Forest Phil[/bold] wrote: Just a bit puzzled, in this article there is reference to "an unnecessary overtake". Anyone know what this means as I need to know when overtaking in future......jargon maybe,Police 'speak'....?[/p][/quote]Quite often on my bike I'm overtaken on a corner leaving the overtaking driver at risk of a head on collision from a car coming the other way. cyclejim
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9:38am Wed 23 May 12

ohmywell says...

An unecessary overtake involves two LGV-HGV,S with one pulling out and because of his speed limiter restricting him to 56mph he cannot over take the vehicle and then moves back in behind the vehicle he failed to overtake.
An unecessary overtake involves two LGV-HGV,S with one pulling out and because of his speed limiter restricting him to 56mph he cannot over take the vehicle and then moves back in behind the vehicle he failed to overtake. ohmywell
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9:45am Wed 23 May 12

G0Rf says...

Ive seen them use the lorry on road wars before, they get away with using it because people that use their mobile phones usualy sit in the slow lane going too slow and not noticing whats going on around them, till the HGV cab pulls up next to them with a copper sat in the passenger seat with a video camera haha.

They should look out around towns and cities though, not just the motorway!!
Ive seen them use the lorry on road wars before, they get away with using it because people that use their mobile phones usualy sit in the slow lane going too slow and not noticing whats going on around them, till the HGV cab pulls up next to them with a copper sat in the passenger seat with a video camera haha. They should look out around towns and cities though, not just the motorway!! G0Rf
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10:56am Wed 23 May 12

The Salv says...

Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones. The Salv
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11:11am Wed 23 May 12

sotonwinch09 says...

dango wrote:
does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.
Did you ring up 101 and report it with the licence plate? No? Oh you probably made it up.
[quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.[/p][/quote]Did you ring up 101 and report it with the licence plate? No? Oh you probably made it up. sotonwinch09
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11:14am Wed 23 May 12

bigfella777 says...

The Salv wrote:
Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
But do you see 80 accidents? No
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]But do you see 80 accidents? No bigfella777
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11:20am Wed 23 May 12

dango says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
dango wrote:
does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.
Did you ring up 101 and report it with the licence plate? No? Oh you probably made it up.
oh yes, that's right, I made it up so I could post about it here and be called a liar, what a tw@t you are.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.[/p][/quote]Did you ring up 101 and report it with the licence plate? No? Oh you probably made it up.[/p][/quote]oh yes, that's right, I made it up so I could post about it here and be called a liar, what a tw@t you are. dango
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11:59am Wed 23 May 12

Goldenwight says...

So, using four dedicated vehicles full time for five days the Police catch 55 motorists using phones. Across the whole of Hampshire, with countless thousands of journeys taking place. That's an average of less than 2.5 captures per day per patrol. What an enormous waste of Police resources.
So, using four dedicated vehicles full time for five days the Police catch 55 motorists using phones. Across the whole of Hampshire, with countless thousands of journeys taking place. That's an average of less than 2.5 captures per day per patrol. What an enormous waste of Police resources. Goldenwight
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12:16pm Wed 23 May 12

Lambo1976 says...

The Salv wrote:
Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position Lambo1976
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12:21pm Wed 23 May 12

grumpy and middle aged says...

Yet failed to spot a single driver hogging the middle lane @ 60mph.
Yet failed to spot a single driver hogging the middle lane @ 60mph. grumpy and middle aged
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12:29pm Wed 23 May 12

Lambo1976 says...

dango wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
dango wrote:
does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.
Did you ring up 101 and report it with the licence plate? No? Oh you probably made it up.
oh yes, that's right, I made it up so I could post about it here and be called a liar, what a tw@t you are.
And also must of us have better things to do then report someone for using a mobile, most people don't get boners over such pathetic things unlike the police! you get your garage broken into and all your things pinched they couldn't give too hoots just take a statement and file it in the bin probably.
[quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.[/p][/quote]Did you ring up 101 and report it with the licence plate? No? Oh you probably made it up.[/p][/quote]oh yes, that's right, I made it up so I could post about it here and be called a liar, what a tw@t you are.[/p][/quote]And also must of us have better things to do then report someone for using a mobile, most people don't get boners over such pathetic things unlike the police! you get your garage broken into and all your things pinched they couldn't give too hoots just take a statement and file it in the bin probably. Lambo1976
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12:40pm Wed 23 May 12

The Salv says...

Lambo1976 wrote:
The Salv wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position
Couldnt agree more, 2 hands on the steering wheel at all times other than changing gear etc. Smoking, cant stand seeing people driving with a fag in there hands. The reason why the are not all involved in accidents is because the majority of us our concentrating and avoid the near collisions. The amount of accidents that have been avoiding through my concentration on the roads would be at least 1 a week on average. OAP, Aggresive woman drivers, motor bikes all have my reaction skills to thank for lack of collisions.
[quote][p][bold]Lambo1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position[/p][/quote]Couldnt agree more, 2 hands on the steering wheel at all times other than changing gear etc. Smoking, cant stand seeing people driving with a fag in there hands. The reason why the are not all involved in accidents is because the majority of us our concentrating and avoid the near collisions. The amount of accidents that have been avoiding through my concentration on the roads would be at least 1 a week on average. OAP, Aggresive woman drivers, motor bikes all have my reaction skills to thank for lack of collisions. The Salv
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12:45pm Wed 23 May 12

Lone Ranger. says...

The Salv wrote:
Lambo1976 wrote:
The Salv wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position
Couldnt agree more, 2 hands on the steering wheel at all times other than changing gear etc. Smoking, cant stand seeing people driving with a fag in there hands. The reason why the are not all involved in accidents is because the majority of us our concentrating and avoid the near collisions. The amount of accidents that have been avoiding through my concentration on the roads would be at least 1 a week on average. OAP, Aggresive woman drivers, motor bikes all have my reaction skills to thank for lack of collisions.
You are such a wonderful person ............... Please thank your parents for giving birth to you.
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lambo1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position[/p][/quote]Couldnt agree more, 2 hands on the steering wheel at all times other than changing gear etc. Smoking, cant stand seeing people driving with a fag in there hands. The reason why the are not all involved in accidents is because the majority of us our concentrating and avoid the near collisions. The amount of accidents that have been avoiding through my concentration on the roads would be at least 1 a week on average. OAP, Aggresive woman drivers, motor bikes all have my reaction skills to thank for lack of collisions.[/p][/quote]You are such a wonderful person ............... Please thank your parents for giving birth to you. Lone Ranger.
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1:02pm Wed 23 May 12

Willy47 says...

HA
HA Willy47
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1:04pm Wed 23 May 12

sb2012 says...

MGRA wrote:
another cash-cow operation by the police... it also explodes the myth that they are "under resourced" that is clearly a total joke...
Thats a very fair point if they have time to sit 2 officers in a cab recording and looking out for people on the phone they cannot be that under resourced surely?

68 notices = £5440 in revenue for a 5 day crackdown would of cost more than that surely to fund this operation, is there not more serious crime where resources could be better allocated as this 20% budget cut seems to be such a sore issue for them yet this in my opinion doesnt seem like the best use of police time and taxpayers money
[quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: another cash-cow operation by the police... it also explodes the myth that they are "under resourced" that is clearly a total joke...[/p][/quote]Thats a very fair point if they have time to sit 2 officers in a cab recording and looking out for people on the phone they cannot be that under resourced surely? 68 notices = £5440 in revenue for a 5 day crackdown would of cost more than that surely to fund this operation, is there not more serious crime where resources could be better allocated as this 20% budget cut seems to be such a sore issue for them yet this in my opinion doesnt seem like the best use of police time and taxpayers money sb2012
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1:25pm Wed 23 May 12

Niel says...

Lambo1976 wrote:
The Salv wrote:
Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position
No, but distracted drivers do some very stupid things without looking properly, add in prat nav's telling them to do something and they do that without looking at all, assuming they can even see the road properly! Prat nav centre of screen screen can't see the pavement, children especially are hidden, to the right by the A pillar and you can loose a car, let alone a bike, or one taxi driver who I saw who had a lap-top GPS directly infront of him, looking round it to see the road!

The queue's on the M27 are revealing, texting is common, phones as phones to, and Kindle's are replacing paperbacks, but not the broadsheets yet!!!

The Slav also hit on one of the biggest problems, smoking, ok if you must fine, USE YOUR ASHTRAY, not the road or other people's faces, riding in traffic isn't much fun with fag ash in your eyes!
[quote][p][bold]Lambo1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position[/p][/quote]No, but distracted drivers do some very stupid things without looking properly, add in prat nav's telling them to do something and they do that without looking at all, assuming they can even see the road properly! Prat nav centre of screen screen can't see the pavement, children especially are hidden, to the right by the A pillar and you can loose a car, let alone a bike, or one taxi driver who I saw who had a lap-top GPS directly infront of him, looking round it to see the road! The queue's on the M27 are revealing, texting is common, phones as phones to, and Kindle's are replacing paperbacks, but not the broadsheets yet!!! The Slav also hit on one of the biggest problems, smoking, ok if you must fine, USE YOUR ASHTRAY, not the road or other people's faces, riding in traffic isn't much fun with fag ash in your eyes! Niel
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2:09pm Wed 23 May 12

pushamara says...

dango wrote:
does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.
I also saw this happen at a traffic light in Eastleigh a few weeks ago. The police women even looked up at me and continued to text! Also, I was following an unmarked skoda last night along bevois valley rd heading toward town. He was tailgating the car in front and I mean really close. He kept swinging out to try and intimidate the driver. Eventually they turned off and he absolutely floored it down past the hobbit until he came behind another car and did the same! I pulled up behind them at the lights near British gas and was so tempted to give him the wan#*er sign!
[quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.[/p][/quote]I also saw this happen at a traffic light in Eastleigh a few weeks ago. The police women even looked up at me and continued to text! Also, I was following an unmarked skoda last night along bevois valley rd heading toward town. He was tailgating the car in front and I mean really close. He kept swinging out to try and intimidate the driver. Eventually they turned off and he absolutely floored it down past the hobbit until he came behind another car and did the same! I pulled up behind them at the lights near British gas and was so tempted to give him the wan#*er sign! pushamara
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2:11pm Wed 23 May 12

George4th says...

All drivers should be concentrating 100% at all times.
>
We need to stop people using mobile phones while driving. A number of deaths have been attributed to people using mobile phones while driving. My suggestion is a £2000 fine and automatic 28 days ban every time that you are caught.
All drivers should be concentrating 100% at all times. > We need to stop people using mobile phones while driving. A number of deaths have been attributed to people using mobile phones while driving. My suggestion is a £2000 fine and automatic 28 days ban every time that you are caught. George4th
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2:13pm Wed 23 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

Niel wrote:
Lambo1976 wrote:
The Salv wrote:
Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position
No, but distracted drivers do some very stupid things without looking properly, add in prat nav's telling them to do something and they do that without looking at all, assuming they can even see the road properly! Prat nav centre of screen screen can't see the pavement, children especially are hidden, to the right by the A pillar and you can loose a car, let alone a bike, or one taxi driver who I saw who had a lap-top GPS directly infront of him, looking round it to see the road!

The queue's on the M27 are revealing, texting is common, phones as phones to, and Kindle's are replacing paperbacks, but not the broadsheets yet!!!

The Slav also hit on one of the biggest problems, smoking, ok if you must fine, USE YOUR ASHTRAY, not the road or other people's faces, riding in traffic isn't much fun with fag ash in your eyes!
You are taking the p*ss. I've never tried to read anything so badly written before. Why post if you can't be bothered to make yourself understood ? Remember, all taxpayers pay/paid for your education, and we deserve a bit more respect.
[quote][p][bold]Niel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lambo1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position[/p][/quote]No, but distracted drivers do some very stupid things without looking properly, add in prat nav's telling them to do something and they do that without looking at all, assuming they can even see the road properly! Prat nav centre of screen screen can't see the pavement, children especially are hidden, to the right by the A pillar and you can loose a car, let alone a bike, or one taxi driver who I saw who had a lap-top GPS directly infront of him, looking round it to see the road! The queue's on the M27 are revealing, texting is common, phones as phones to, and Kindle's are replacing paperbacks, but not the broadsheets yet!!! The Slav also hit on one of the biggest problems, smoking, ok if you must fine, USE YOUR ASHTRAY, not the road or other people's faces, riding in traffic isn't much fun with fag ash in your eyes![/p][/quote]You are taking the p*ss. I've never tried to read anything so badly written before. Why post if you can't be bothered to make yourself understood ? Remember, all taxpayers pay/paid for your education, and we deserve a bit more respect. BillyTheKid
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2:16pm Wed 23 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

BillyTheKid wrote:
Niel wrote:
Lambo1976 wrote:
The Salv wrote:
Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position
No, but distracted drivers do some very stupid things without looking properly, add in prat nav's telling them to do something and they do that without looking at all, assuming they can even see the road properly! Prat nav centre of screen screen can't see the pavement, children especially are hidden, to the right by the A pillar and you can loose a car, let alone a bike, or one taxi driver who I saw who had a lap-top GPS directly infront of him, looking round it to see the road!

The queue's on the M27 are revealing, texting is common, phones as phones to, and Kindle's are replacing paperbacks, but not the broadsheets yet!!!

The Slav also hit on one of the biggest problems, smoking, ok if you must fine, USE YOUR ASHTRAY, not the road or other people's faces, riding in traffic isn't much fun with fag ash in your eyes!
You are taking the p*ss. I've never tried to read anything so badly written before. Why post if you can't be bothered to make yourself understood ? Remember, all taxpayers pay/paid for your education, and we deserve a bit more respect.
My comment is directed solely at Niel, or Nile as he probably spells it sometimes.

Who is "The Slav" ? LOL !
[quote][p][bold]BillyTheKid[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Niel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lambo1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]and how many accidents because of it talking on phone dose not make you loose your eye sight to see where you are going whats the difference between talking on a phone or talking in the car none next we will be fining everyone who don't use two hands at ten to two position[/p][/quote]No, but distracted drivers do some very stupid things without looking properly, add in prat nav's telling them to do something and they do that without looking at all, assuming they can even see the road properly! Prat nav centre of screen screen can't see the pavement, children especially are hidden, to the right by the A pillar and you can loose a car, let alone a bike, or one taxi driver who I saw who had a lap-top GPS directly infront of him, looking round it to see the road! The queue's on the M27 are revealing, texting is common, phones as phones to, and Kindle's are replacing paperbacks, but not the broadsheets yet!!! The Slav also hit on one of the biggest problems, smoking, ok if you must fine, USE YOUR ASHTRAY, not the road or other people's faces, riding in traffic isn't much fun with fag ash in your eyes![/p][/quote]You are taking the p*ss. I've never tried to read anything so badly written before. Why post if you can't be bothered to make yourself understood ? Remember, all taxpayers pay/paid for your education, and we deserve a bit more respect.[/p][/quote]My comment is directed solely at Niel, or Nile as he probably spells it sometimes. Who is "The Slav" ? LOL ! BillyTheKid
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2:32pm Wed 23 May 12

JOHNCH says...

Dont get me started about the police wasting time and money ,they only do anything if theres a fine attatched ,you go to them with a proper crime i/e damage to a vehicle caused by so spotty scrote they dont want to know !!!
Dont get me started about the police wasting time and money ,they only do anything if theres a fine attatched ,you go to them with a proper crime i/e damage to a vehicle caused by so spotty scrote they dont want to know !!! JOHNCH
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2:54pm Wed 23 May 12

gazdance says...

Cue the typical moaners going on about a waste of taxpayers money/police time etc.

Morons.

What do any of you know about it?

In my experience, the only people who have a problem with the police and what they do, aside from criminals, are the ones who are caught out doing something they knew they shouldn't be doing anyway. Tough luck losers.

Too many people have the attitude that they can just do what they like or act like they are above the laws they have deemed are unnecessary for them. They are the ones who have the audacity to complain and moan when they are asked to stop. Should it really that big of a deal when you are asked, by someone in authority, to stop doing something you shouldn't be doing anyway?

Sorry if you've been a victim of a crime and "nothing" was done. Have you ever considered that it was because there wasn't any evidence? What do you expect?

Perhaps we should be asking whether the police should bother spending time investigating petty crime like minor shopliftings or thefts where the owners were completely careless with their own property. That seems like a bigger waste of time. As usual though, it's always someone else's fault.

I should avoid the Daily Echo comments sections. All it proves time and time again is what I already know; that human beings are utter morons and we're all screwed.
Cue the typical moaners going on about a waste of taxpayers money/police time etc. Morons. What do any of you know about it? In my experience, the only people who have a problem with the police and what they do, aside from criminals, are the ones who are caught out doing something they knew they shouldn't be doing anyway. Tough luck losers. Too many people have the attitude that they can just do what they like or act like they are above the laws they have deemed are unnecessary for them. They are the ones who have the audacity to complain and moan when they are asked to stop. Should it really that big of a deal when you are asked, by someone in authority, to stop doing something you shouldn't be doing anyway? Sorry if you've been a victim of a crime and "nothing" was done. Have you ever considered that it was because there wasn't any evidence? What do you expect? Perhaps we should be asking whether the police should bother spending time investigating petty crime like minor shopliftings or thefts where the owners were completely careless with their own property. That seems like a bigger waste of time. As usual though, it's always someone else's fault. I should avoid the Daily Echo comments sections. All it proves time and time again is what I already know; that human beings are utter morons and we're all screwed. gazdance
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3:30pm Wed 23 May 12

teamgreen says...

reading some of the comments on here show just how much they know.people are killed every year by drivers not paying attention to the road due to reading,smoking and using mobile phones.a couple of years a go a cyclist was killed by a driver on the phone.to put it in context if there is a law then breaking it is a crime no matter how small it is.if you cant do the time or pay the fine ddont do the crime.its not hard to work out i dont want a fine so i will not use my phone.as someone who lost a member of the family to a drink driver on the phone i know what im on about.
reading some of the comments on here show just how much they know.people are killed every year by drivers not paying attention to the road due to reading,smoking and using mobile phones.a couple of years a go a cyclist was killed by a driver on the phone.to put it in context if there is a law then breaking it is a crime no matter how small it is.if you cant do the time or pay the fine ddont do the crime.its not hard to work out i dont want a fine so i will not use my phone.as someone who lost a member of the family to a drink driver on the phone i know what im on about. teamgreen
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3:54pm Wed 23 May 12

elvisimo says...

sb2012 wrote:
MGRA wrote: another cash-cow operation by the police... it also explodes the myth that they are "under resourced" that is clearly a total joke...
Thats a very fair point if they have time to sit 2 officers in a cab recording and looking out for people on the phone they cannot be that under resourced surely? 68 notices = £5440 in revenue for a 5 day crackdown would of cost more than that surely to fund this operation, is there not more serious crime where resources could be better allocated as this 20% budget cut seems to be such a sore issue for them yet this in my opinion doesnt seem like the best use of police time and taxpayers money
Strange comment. So the police should only investigate things that are going to be cost effective or profitable?

Moorons on their phones result in serious injury and sometime death to other road users, cyclists and pedestrians.

Police should only therefore investigate the most serious of crimes and as for the rest, well, lets just let them get away with it?

Speeding, drink driving, drug driving, petty burgalary, ABH etc - lets just not bother?
[quote][p][bold]sb2012[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MGRA[/bold] wrote: another cash-cow operation by the police... it also explodes the myth that they are "under resourced" that is clearly a total joke...[/p][/quote]Thats a very fair point if they have time to sit 2 officers in a cab recording and looking out for people on the phone they cannot be that under resourced surely? 68 notices = £5440 in revenue for a 5 day crackdown would of cost more than that surely to fund this operation, is there not more serious crime where resources could be better allocated as this 20% budget cut seems to be such a sore issue for them yet this in my opinion doesnt seem like the best use of police time and taxpayers money[/p][/quote]Strange comment. So the police should only investigate things that are going to be cost effective or profitable? Moorons on their phones result in serious injury and sometime death to other road users, cyclists and pedestrians. Police should only therefore investigate the most serious of crimes and as for the rest, well, lets just let them get away with it? Speeding, drink driving, drug driving, petty burgalary, ABH etc - lets just not bother? elvisimo
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4:39pm Wed 23 May 12

Georgem says...

gazdance wrote:
Cue the typical moaners going on about a waste of taxpayers money/police time etc.

Morons.

What do any of you know about it?

In my experience, the only people who have a problem with the police and what they do, aside from criminals, are the ones who are caught out doing something they knew they shouldn't be doing anyway. Tough luck losers.

Too many people have the attitude that they can just do what they like or act like they are above the laws they have deemed are unnecessary for them. They are the ones who have the audacity to complain and moan when they are asked to stop. Should it really that big of a deal when you are asked, by someone in authority, to stop doing something you shouldn't be doing anyway?

Sorry if you've been a victim of a crime and "nothing" was done. Have you ever considered that it was because there wasn't any evidence? What do you expect?

Perhaps we should be asking whether the police should bother spending time investigating petty crime like minor shopliftings or thefts where the owners were completely careless with their own property. That seems like a bigger waste of time. As usual though, it's always someone else's fault.

I should avoid the Daily Echo comments sections. All it proves time and time again is what I already know; that human beings are utter morons and we're all screwed.
Feel better after that? :)
[quote][p][bold]gazdance[/bold] wrote: Cue the typical moaners going on about a waste of taxpayers money/police time etc. Morons. What do any of you know about it? In my experience, the only people who have a problem with the police and what they do, aside from criminals, are the ones who are caught out doing something they knew they shouldn't be doing anyway. Tough luck losers. Too many people have the attitude that they can just do what they like or act like they are above the laws they have deemed are unnecessary for them. They are the ones who have the audacity to complain and moan when they are asked to stop. Should it really that big of a deal when you are asked, by someone in authority, to stop doing something you shouldn't be doing anyway? Sorry if you've been a victim of a crime and "nothing" was done. Have you ever considered that it was because there wasn't any evidence? What do you expect? Perhaps we should be asking whether the police should bother spending time investigating petty crime like minor shopliftings or thefts where the owners were completely careless with their own property. That seems like a bigger waste of time. As usual though, it's always someone else's fault. I should avoid the Daily Echo comments sections. All it proves time and time again is what I already know; that human beings are utter morons and we're all screwed.[/p][/quote]Feel better after that? :) Georgem
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4:40pm Wed 23 May 12

acid drop says...

The Salv wrote:
Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
Offenders should be fined £500 and their phone should be shoved wher the sun dont shine.
[quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]Offenders should be fined £500 and their phone should be shoved wher the sun dont shine. acid drop
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4:42pm Wed 23 May 12

Georgem says...

acid drop wrote:
The Salv wrote:
Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
Offenders should be fined £500 and their phone should be shoved wher the sun dont shine.
Manchester?
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]Offenders should be fined £500 and their phone should be shoved wher the sun dont shine.[/p][/quote]Manchester? Georgem
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4:59pm Wed 23 May 12

The Salv says...

teamgreen wrote:
reading some of the comments on here show just how much they know.people are killed every year by drivers not paying attention to the road due to reading,smoking and using mobile phones.a couple of years a go a cyclist was killed by a driver on the phone.to put it in context if there is a law then breaking it is a crime no matter how small it is.if you cant do the time or pay the fine ddont do the crime.its not hard to work out i dont want a fine so i will not use my phone.as someone who lost a member of the family to a drink driver on the phone i know what im on about.
Yep was just going to mention this, women driver as well.
.
Also there was the truck driver that rear ended and killed a women because he was texting. 2 local stories in the last few years.
[quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: reading some of the comments on here show just how much they know.people are killed every year by drivers not paying attention to the road due to reading,smoking and using mobile phones.a couple of years a go a cyclist was killed by a driver on the phone.to put it in context if there is a law then breaking it is a crime no matter how small it is.if you cant do the time or pay the fine ddont do the crime.its not hard to work out i dont want a fine so i will not use my phone.as someone who lost a member of the family to a drink driver on the phone i know what im on about.[/p][/quote]Yep was just going to mention this, women driver as well. . Also there was the truck driver that rear ended and killed a women because he was texting. 2 local stories in the last few years. The Salv
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5:23pm Wed 23 May 12

Billy Huff says...

teamgreen wrote:
reading some of the comments on here show just how much they know.people are killed every year by drivers not paying attention to the road due to reading,smoking and using mobile phones.a couple of years a go a cyclist was killed by a driver on the phone.to put it in context if there is a law then breaking it is a crime no matter how small it is.if you cant do the time or pay the fine ddont do the crime.its not hard to work out i dont want a fine so i will not use my phone.as someone who lost a member of the family to a drink driver on the phone i know what im on about.
Not to downplay what a terrible loss you suffered, but why does that make you more qualified to discuss this than the rest of us?
[quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: reading some of the comments on here show just how much they know.people are killed every year by drivers not paying attention to the road due to reading,smoking and using mobile phones.a couple of years a go a cyclist was killed by a driver on the phone.to put it in context if there is a law then breaking it is a crime no matter how small it is.if you cant do the time or pay the fine ddont do the crime.its not hard to work out i dont want a fine so i will not use my phone.as someone who lost a member of the family to a drink driver on the phone i know what im on about.[/p][/quote]Not to downplay what a terrible loss you suffered, but why does that make you more qualified to discuss this than the rest of us? Billy Huff
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6:07pm Wed 23 May 12

solomum says...

bigfella777 wrote:
The Salv wrote:
Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
But do you see 80 accidents? No
One accident caused by a driver on a mobile phone is one too many.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]But do you see 80 accidents? No[/p][/quote]One accident caused by a driver on a mobile phone is one too many. solomum
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6:10pm Wed 23 May 12

solomum says...

So many posters on here stating that this is a waste of police resources. Would they feel the same if one of their loved ones was killed by someone using a mobile driving
So many posters on here stating that this is a waste of police resources. Would they feel the same if one of their loved ones was killed by someone using a mobile driving solomum
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6:47pm Wed 23 May 12

wossit says...

bigfella777 wrote:
The Salv wrote:
Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.
But do you see 80 accidents? No
and that makes ok
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Salv[/bold] wrote: Not enough arrests! I must see 80 people a week driving whilst using their mobile phones.[/p][/quote]But do you see 80 accidents? No[/p][/quote]and that makes ok wossit
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8:15pm Wed 23 May 12

forest hump says...

Driving and talking on the 'phone is clearly a judgeme call. Sometimes it is low risk. Problem is; people make bad judgements so law has to intervene. We all managed before the cell phone became available!
Driving and talking on the 'phone is clearly a judgeme call. Sometimes it is low risk. Problem is; people make bad judgements so law has to intervene. We all managed before the cell phone became available! forest hump
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8:42pm Wed 23 May 12

geoff51 says...

Next crackdown please on idiot cyclist on their phones, wearing ipod earphones, wearing hoodies with the hood up etc.
Next crackdown please on idiot cyclist on their phones, wearing ipod earphones, wearing hoodies with the hood up etc. geoff51
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10:09pm Wed 23 May 12

The Salv says...

geoff51 wrote:
Next crackdown please on idiot cyclist on their phones, wearing ipod earphones, wearing hoodies with the hood up etc.
Why wearing headphones? Do you know how load Ipod earphones go? If you had one you would know not very load and you would never blank out the road noise. What needs to be done is limit the decibels from car stereo's and make that illegal to blast out some of the shocken music that these kids play these days.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Next crackdown please on idiot cyclist on their phones, wearing ipod earphones, wearing hoodies with the hood up etc.[/p][/quote]Why wearing headphones? Do you know how load Ipod earphones go? If you had one you would know not very load and you would never blank out the road noise. What needs to be done is limit the decibels from car stereo's and make that illegal to blast out some of the shocken music that these kids play these days. The Salv
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10:57pm Wed 23 May 12

bobbyboy says...

Why dont they concentrate on the foriegn taxi drivers that keep doing uturns on Portswood High Road to the taxi rank the number of near misses amazes me no one has been killed.Then after sorting that out they could do Tomas lewis Way beauty high road and coffee drinking then they would'nt have to waste tax payers money driving endlessly up and down the motorways when most accidents when cuased are in built up areas.
Why dont they concentrate on the foriegn taxi drivers that keep doing uturns on Portswood High Road to the taxi rank the number of near misses amazes me no one has been killed.Then after sorting that out they could do Tomas lewis Way beauty high road and coffee drinking then they would'nt have to waste tax payers money driving endlessly up and down the motorways when most accidents when cuased are in built up areas. bobbyboy
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11:04pm Wed 23 May 12

Georgem says...

bobbyboy wrote:
Why dont they concentrate on the foriegn taxi drivers that keep doing uturns on Portswood High Road to the taxi rank the number of near misses amazes me no one has been killed.Then after sorting that out they could do Tomas lewis Way beauty high road and coffee drinking then they would'nt have to waste tax payers money driving endlessly up and down the motorways when most accidents when cuased are in built up areas.
"Do Thomas Lewis Way beauty high road and coffee drinking". Lolwut? Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
[quote][p][bold]bobbyboy[/bold] wrote: Why dont they concentrate on the foriegn taxi drivers that keep doing uturns on Portswood High Road to the taxi rank the number of near misses amazes me no one has been killed.Then after sorting that out they could do Tomas lewis Way beauty high road and coffee drinking then they would'nt have to waste tax payers money driving endlessly up and down the motorways when most accidents when cuased are in built up areas.[/p][/quote]"Do Thomas Lewis Way beauty high road and coffee drinking". Lolwut? Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like? Georgem
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11:51pm Wed 23 May 12

teamgreen says...

Billy Huff wrote:
teamgreen wrote: reading some of the comments on here show just how much they know.people are killed every year by drivers not paying attention to the road due to reading,smoking and using mobile phones.a couple of years a go a cyclist was killed by a driver on the phone.to put it in context if there is a law then breaking it is a crime no matter how small it is.if you cant do the time or pay the fine ddont do the crime.its not hard to work out i dont want a fine so i will not use my phone.as someone who lost a member of the family to a drink driver on the phone i know what im on about.
Not to downplay what a terrible loss you suffered, but why does that make you more qualified to discuss this than the rest of us?
thank you,i am not more qualified its some of the posters (trolls)on here are very anti police and some crimes dont matter yet a crime is a crime small or large.no phone call is worth a life yet as mentioned on here by bigfella some chose to ignore the law.i hope someday they see and feel what other people have seen or have to explane to the disabled son that his mum has died.
[quote][p][bold]Billy Huff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: reading some of the comments on here show just how much they know.people are killed every year by drivers not paying attention to the road due to reading,smoking and using mobile phones.a couple of years a go a cyclist was killed by a driver on the phone.to put it in context if there is a law then breaking it is a crime no matter how small it is.if you cant do the time or pay the fine ddont do the crime.its not hard to work out i dont want a fine so i will not use my phone.as someone who lost a member of the family to a drink driver on the phone i know what im on about.[/p][/quote]Not to downplay what a terrible loss you suffered, but why does that make you more qualified to discuss this than the rest of us?[/p][/quote]thank you,i am not more qualified its some of the posters (trolls)on here are very anti police and some crimes dont matter yet a crime is a crime small or large.no phone call is worth a life yet as mentioned on here by bigfella some chose to ignore the law.i hope someday they see and feel what other people have seen or have to explane to the disabled son that his mum has died. teamgreen
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9:04am Thu 24 May 12

Georgem says...

teamgreen wrote:
Billy Huff wrote:
teamgreen wrote: reading some of the comments on here show just how much they know.people are killed every year by drivers not paying attention to the road due to reading,smoking and using mobile phones.a couple of years a go a cyclist was killed by a driver on the phone.to put it in context if there is a law then breaking it is a crime no matter how small it is.if you cant do the time or pay the fine ddont do the crime.its not hard to work out i dont want a fine so i will not use my phone.as someone who lost a member of the family to a drink driver on the phone i know what im on about.
Not to downplay what a terrible loss you suffered, but why does that make you more qualified to discuss this than the rest of us?
thank you,i am not more qualified its some of the posters (trolls)on here are very anti police and some crimes dont matter yet a crime is a crime small or large.no phone call is worth a life yet as mentioned on here by bigfella some chose to ignore the law.i hope someday they see and feel what other people have seen or have to explane to the disabled son that his mum has died.
Err, if you believe they're trolls, what makes you think they're anti-police?
[quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Billy Huff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]teamgreen[/bold] wrote: reading some of the comments on here show just how much they know.people are killed every year by drivers not paying attention to the road due to reading,smoking and using mobile phones.a couple of years a go a cyclist was killed by a driver on the phone.to put it in context if there is a law then breaking it is a crime no matter how small it is.if you cant do the time or pay the fine ddont do the crime.its not hard to work out i dont want a fine so i will not use my phone.as someone who lost a member of the family to a drink driver on the phone i know what im on about.[/p][/quote]Not to downplay what a terrible loss you suffered, but why does that make you more qualified to discuss this than the rest of us?[/p][/quote]thank you,i am not more qualified its some of the posters (trolls)on here are very anti police and some crimes dont matter yet a crime is a crime small or large.no phone call is worth a life yet as mentioned on here by bigfella some chose to ignore the law.i hope someday they see and feel what other people have seen or have to explane to the disabled son that his mum has died.[/p][/quote]Err, if you believe they're trolls, what makes you think they're anti-police? Georgem
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11:39am Thu 24 May 12

BillyTheKid says...

Trolls are "anti" everything, aren't they, Georgem ?

And do you why fun keep making of sentences people can't write right ? and poleasmin are trolls is cos they drive troll cars innit true fact it is innit ?

I've heard of spellcheckers, but where do they get these
c rapchecker programs from ?
Trolls are "anti" everything, aren't they, Georgem ? And do you why fun keep making of sentences people can't write right ? and poleasmin are trolls is cos they drive troll cars innit true fact it is innit ? I've heard of spellcheckers, but where do they get these c rapchecker programs from ? BillyTheKid
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8:04pm Thu 24 May 12

adkinsredarmy says...

Lambo1976 wrote:
dango wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
dango wrote:
does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.
Did you ring up 101 and report it with the licence plate? No? Oh you probably made it up.
oh yes, that's right, I made it up so I could post about it here and be called a liar, what a tw@t you are.
And also must of us have better things to do then report someone for using a mobile, most people don't get boners over such pathetic things unlike the police! you get your garage broken into and all your things pinched they couldn't give too hoots just take a statement and file it in the bin probably.
could you prove it was a phone. if they were using their radio then she was not breaking any law.

radios, c.b.'s etc are ok to use while driving.

i use a radio when traveling in convoy.

but i think it was only one of those laws where they had to put it in or risk prosicuting police car drivers using their radios as i cant see much difference.
[quote][p][bold]Lambo1976[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dango[/bold] wrote: does the crackdown mean the police will be prosecuting the police woman I saw on the phone while driving along in a marked Ford Focus the other week? I doubt it.[/p][/quote]Did you ring up 101 and report it with the licence plate? No? Oh you probably made it up.[/p][/quote]oh yes, that's right, I made it up so I could post about it here and be called a liar, what a tw@t you are.[/p][/quote]And also must of us have better things to do then report someone for using a mobile, most people don't get boners over such pathetic things unlike the police! you get your garage broken into and all your things pinched they couldn't give too hoots just take a statement and file it in the bin probably.[/p][/quote]could you prove it was a phone. if they were using their radio then she was not breaking any law. radios, c.b.'s etc are ok to use while driving. i use a radio when traveling in convoy. but i think it was only one of those laws where they had to put it in or risk prosicuting police car drivers using their radios as i cant see much difference. adkinsredarmy
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