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It's now legal to use a mobile phone whilst driving.


Colin

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I know it isn’t, but the amount of drivers I see daily doing this makes me think it is. They’re so blatant that they either don’t know it’s illegal or don’t care. I suspect the latter. It’s not just cars or unmarked vans either as I see at least one major utility van driver a day blathering away or texting as if they don’t have a care in the world. What’s the point of regulation without enforcement?

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rickf

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I think if a few were to be caught, prosecuted and given a higher profile in media reporting it may deter others. I loath these people who feel thatb they are so important that they can't stay out of touch for a while whilst driving. If they want to kill themselves well and good but taling others with them is quite another thing. In my view they should be severely fined. Better still a prison sentence.

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Joseph Kerr

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This may come as a surprise to the FE but the same difficulties in enforcement would apply if we banned the use of phones at all, by anyone in a vehicle. It may further surprise him that only one person will be driving the vehicle at a time.

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JYPX

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I would say that many of the people I see who are clearly distracted - In a world of their own - are drivers who are using hands free kit. Of course strictly speaking this is quite legal but if they were involved in a serious accident, perhaps with another party losing her or her life, the records detailing the call at the time of impact would form part of the evidence, and could have very serious consequences for the hands free user.

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Forum Editor

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Joseph Kerr

Don't be so patronising. The point of a total ban would be to save avoid injuries and lives, not to make things easier for the Police. Something you apparently didn't understand.

As for "It may further surprise him that only one person will be driving the vehicle at a time." I'm afraid I haven't a clue what you're talking about.

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spider9

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Perhaps banning smoking, which in my opinion, is just as dangerous when driving would follow next?

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woodchip

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For me anybody using a Phone or Drink Driving should lose there license for at least 6 years. Just having to pay fines, is not stopping them.

PS and if they are found driving in that 6 years they should spend the rest of that time behind bars

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oresome

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Come to that, perhaps we should ban texting while walking on the pavement or going round the supermarket etc.

It's getting to be quite hazardous avoiding bumping into people who aren't watching where they are walking, or suddenly stop to read a message or text a reply.

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Joseph Kerr

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You certainly do know what I'm talking about. The ban should be on the driver and no one else in the vehicle.

IMO your idea would not achieve the goal you state.

I was no more patronising than many including you on occasion.

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johndrew

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I see dozens of people on a daily basis who flout this law. If it were modified slightly to permit members of the public to photograph offenders in the act, ensuring a record of the vehicle registration at the same time (ideally the same photo frame or one taken immediately after), and the photos sent by e-mail giving day, date, time and place to a central authority, then action could be taken by post at minimal cost to Police. Obviously the person reporting the offence would need to provide their identity, but to support this the fine could be increased by, say, £50 which could then be paid to the individual.

It should have a triple effect: to cause those who wish to break the law to think twice, provide employment at little or no extra cost to the public purse and enable members of the public to earn a little from law breakers.

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woodchip

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I have a Black Box camera always on them, Videos all front Traffic, so that gets them but do not know if it could be used for them using the phone

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