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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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chub_tor

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johndrew

The only statistic I could find is from 2006 where there were 2.2 million convictions for speeding - maybe one of these was from your man who stood by the roadside and gauged by eye that the car was going too fast.... I don't think that we can rely on members of the public to do the job.

But we are off the topic which is related to using a mobile phone while driving and perhaps I was wrong to compare speeding to driving while using a phone and should have emphasised the similarity between using a phone and drink driving, or not wearing a seat belt, where an educative campaign coupled with police monitoring has achieved a reasonable result that is by and large accepted by society. If you can think of another way to stamp out using handheld mobile phones while driving that would be accepted by the public and accepted by the courts then I would be pleased to hear it.

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woodchip

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well back to speeding, yes they say its the biggest killer. well it will be if your going fast. but the problem lies more with dangerous driving more than speed. and its these that need catching the ones that think they can use both sides of the road as if they are the only ones on it. One nearly killed my Daughter at 11pm she was going round this corner at night and a crewcab pickup was the wrong side of the white line on a blind bend passing a bus, needles to say she hit it midway down the side as he managed to get is front end in he was from London a 12 months old Pickup took is rear Axel strait off. Daughter was in a Renault 19-1.9 Diesel after the accident the Renault was a write off as the front offside corner had coped it and due to the year it was a 1995 model but that is five and a half years ago, but the drivers door and cab all remained intact and door opened as normal a hole in the bottom of screen from bonnet. that’s the type that needs clobbering

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