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06 March 2017 11:44 Post ID: #595790
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You would have had to live under a rock not to know the new penalties but did you know it is an offence to use your phone even if you are in a lengthy tail back and going nowhere?

Why is it only young drivers are to lose their licences if caught surely older drivers should know better so should suffer the same consequences.




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06 March 2017 12:41 Post ID: #595791 - in reply to #595790
In law the driver is in-charge of the vehicle whether the wheels are in motion or otherwise hence, within the definition the driver commits the offence.

Young / newly qualified drivers - they have just learned the highway code and the Road Traffic Act (theory test) hence they don't have any excuse to break any of the rules.
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06 March 2017 13:13 Post ID: #595796 - in reply to #595791
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Tudor - 6/3/2017 12:41



Young / newly qualified drivers - they have just learned the highway code and the Road Traffic Act (theory test) hence they don't have any excuse to break any of the rules.



All drivers know its an offence to use a mobile while driving for me the penalty should be the same in fact until they make it a one month ban for everyone caught they will never stop it as the pictures below prove.





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06 March 2017 13:16 Post ID: #595797 - in reply to #595796
Fair enough
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06 March 2017 19:09 Post ID: #595819 - in reply to #595790
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Chippy_Tea - 6/3/2017 11:44

You would have had to live under a rock not to know the new penalties but did you know it is an offence to use your phone even if you are in a lengthy tail back and going nowhere?

Why is it only young drivers are to lose their licences if caught surely older drivers should know better so should suffer the same consequences.




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because you never see someone under 30 without a fuxking phone in their hands, older peole have enough to do to concentrate on their driving without the added complication of talking on the phone at the same time.

Seriously, phones are a distraction and should either be turned off or left at home
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06 March 2017 21:26 Post ID: #595837 - in reply to #595790
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The first thing you should do when you get in the car is place the phone somewhere out of reach. In a bag in the boot, in the glove box, on the back seat.....wherever it cannot be reached whilst actually driving the vehicle.

Quite agree that he penalties need to be severe - the month ban is a good idea but what is really needed is the need to increase the perception that you WILL get caught more often than not. Achieving that goal however is challenging.

Oh and anyone wearing headphones whilst driving needs to be stopped - what a give away
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07 March 2017 08:34 Post ID: #595847 - in reply to #595790
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We have the same problem down here and there is much publicity about raising fines and even confiscation of the phone. I firmly believe, at least in our state,that lack of funding to the police has caused a significant reduction in the number of motor cycle cops on the roads, especially the freeways, this is also the cause of more accidents of any type due to speeding, tailgating etc.
Here, we don't just have to put up with people on the phones but people eating, looking at road maps and we recently had two drivers within days of each other, drive into the river while looking at their screens of their direction gadget whatever they are called.
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07 March 2017 09:19 Post ID: #595850 - in reply to #595790
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It is the same over here Ozi where the Roads Policing departments have been reduced and patrols on major routes cut and so you will now rarely see a police car on the motorway UNLESS it is attending a serious injury accident. The civilianisation of various roles has effectively left these routes a police-free zone with the day to day work being done by Highways Agency Officers (effectively motorway Police Community Support Officers). The perception that you will be caught whilst on your phone etc is pretty much zero - the drive towards achieving targets has won out over the deterrent effect of having marked vehicles just doing 'nothing'.
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07 March 2017 15:45 Post ID: #595859 - in reply to #595790
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There must be something the phone companies can do to stop the phone working when your spreed reaches a set limit, i know people on trains and busses etc would moan but if it saves one life its worth doing.
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