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190 distracted drivers busted by the dog hating police

By johnboy 30 August 2012 27

In a month where ACT Policing focussed its attention on the issue of driver distraction, 138 motorists were issued with Traffic Infringement Notices and another 52 were cautioned for these and related traffic offences.

Of the 138 drivers issued with TINs, 129 were fined for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving. Eight others were issued with a TIN for failing to drive without proper control of their vehicle and in one particular case, a 32-year-old man from Chifley was caught driving with a dog – a white Maltese terrier – on his lap in contravention of Section 297 (1A) of the Australian Road Rules.

ACT Policing has revealed that a driver travelling in an 80km/h zone who is distracted from the road ahead for three seconds is effectively driving a distance of 60 metres blindfolded.

Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson said that alarming scenario highlighted the importance that driving is a skill that requires your full attention.

“Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road could result in a collision and the potential for loss of life,” Sergeant Rod Anderson said.

“Three seconds (such as checking a mobile text message, dealing with the kids in the back seat, or applying make-up) whereby a driver’s attention is taken away from the road could have fatal consequences.”

ACT Policing targeted driver distraction throughout the month of August as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy. As part of this strategy, the target for September will shift to seatbelts and the proper use of child restraints.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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poetix 10:26 am 31 Aug 12

LSWCHP said :

poetix said :

LSWCHP said :

poetix said :

Section 297 (1A): A male driver possessing a dog that might be seen as a threat to masculinity is an offence.

Interesting that they had to mention the type of dog.

Oh Poetix…stereotypes? I’m nearly 2 meters tall, weigh nearly a hundred kilos and spent a few years as an infantry soldier when I was young and foolish. But our family dog is a tiny little silky white furball of Maltese extraction. My wife tells me that I make an interesting picture when I take her for a walk. I believe that such dogs aren’t a threat to masculinity, they are an affirmation of true manliness, as only the brave would be prepared to be seen in public with such a critter.

At least, this is what I keep telling myself.

Yes, I totally agree. I found it weird that the type of dog was named. I suspect if it was what is seen as a ‘normal’ dog for a man, such as a staffie or even, perhaps, a kelpie, we might not have been told. And perhaps we would only have heard if a woman driver had a pitbull or a mastiff? This is what I was trying to bring out, in an amusing way. It was actually meant to be a commentary on rigid gender roles. But not tediously, like this. I set my staffie on stereotypes, though usually those about women.

You usually like the funnies! You should write a poem about walking your dog. (-:

I actually had my tongue planted ever so slightly in my cheek there. I think I should’ve added a smiley. 🙂

Anyway, never one to refuse a challenge, here’s the first stanza of The Ballad of LSWCHP and His Devilish Hound…

He was two hundred pounds of hard muscled man
(Or so he kept trying to claim)
When one day he strode out with his white Maltese dog
He had only himself to blame…

You get the picture. 🙂

Through the jungles of mirth
and the fields of bad jokes –
His dog may be fluffy:
he’s still ‘one of the blokes’.
So if you see him,
don’t point and tease;
there’s no meaner dog
than a pint-size Maltese.

Doggerel!

Duffbowl 9:15 am 31 Aug 12

c_c said :

Pity they didn’t get the idiot on Drakeford this morning. Some ditz driving along while texting. Slammed on the brakes in a round about, almost went off the road twice. Didn’t help she looked half asleep too. Would rather they put the money they’re spending on P-P speed camera into ore visible policing. P-P cameras don’t catch 90% of the stupidity on the roads.

I wonder if she was the same driver I saw this morning, who went through a red light while texting.

wildturkeycanoe 6:01 am 31 Aug 12

I see the figures do not include any infringements for “music too loud”. I guess I can keep blasting my ear drums away.

Aeek 12:35 am 31 Aug 12

poetix said :

Interesting that they had to mention the type of dog.

The size is the reason. A natural lapdog like a Rhodesian Ridgeback is obviously going to be a problem, but some people will think a little dog is ok.

LSWCHP 11:22 pm 30 Aug 12

poetix said :

LSWCHP said :

poetix said :

Section 297 (1A): A male driver possessing a dog that might be seen as a threat to masculinity is an offence.

Interesting that they had to mention the type of dog.

Oh Poetix…stereotypes? I’m nearly 2 meters tall, weigh nearly a hundred kilos and spent a few years as an infantry soldier when I was young and foolish. But our family dog is a tiny little silky white furball of Maltese extraction. My wife tells me that I make an interesting picture when I take her for a walk. I believe that such dogs aren’t a threat to masculinity, they are an affirmation of true manliness, as only the brave would be prepared to be seen in public with such a critter.

At least, this is what I keep telling myself.

Yes, I totally agree. I found it weird that the type of dog was named. I suspect if it was what is seen as a ‘normal’ dog for a man, such as a staffie or even, perhaps, a kelpie, we might not have been told. And perhaps we would only have heard if a woman driver had a pitbull or a mastiff? This is what I was trying to bring out, in an amusing way. It was actually meant to be a commentary on rigid gender roles. But not tediously, like this. I set my staffie on stereotypes, though usually those about women.

You usually like the funnies! You should write a poem about walking your dog. (-:

I actually had my tongue planted ever so slightly in my cheek there. I think I should’ve added a smiley. 🙂

Anyway, never one to refuse a challenge, here’s the first stanza of The Ballad of LSWCHP and His Devilish Hound…

He was two hundred pounds of hard muscled man
(Or so he kept trying to claim)
When one day he strode out with his white Maltese dog
He had only himself to blame…

You get the picture. 🙂

poetix 9:56 pm 30 Aug 12

LSWCHP said :

poetix said :

Section 297 (1A): A male driver possessing a dog that might be seen as a threat to masculinity is an offence.

Interesting that they had to mention the type of dog.

Oh Poetix…stereotypes? I’m nearly 2 meters tall, weigh nearly a hundred kilos and spent a few years as an infantry soldier when I was young and foolish. But our family dog is a tiny little silky white furball of Maltese extraction. My wife tells me that I make an interesting picture when I take her for a walk. I believe that such dogs aren’t a threat to masculinity, they are an affirmation of true manliness, as only the brave would be prepared to be seen in public with such a critter.

At least, this is what I keep telling myself.

Yes, I totally agree. I found it weird that the type of dog was named. I suspect if it was what is seen as a ‘normal’ dog for a man, such as a staffie or even, perhaps, a kelpie, we might not have been told. And perhaps we would only have heard if a woman driver had a pitbull or a mastiff? This is what I was trying to bring out, in an amusing way. It was actually meant to be a commentary on rigid gender roles. But not tediously, like this. I set my staffie on stereotypes, though usually those about women.

You usually like the funnies! You should write a poem about walking your dog. (-:

WillowJim 9:50 pm 30 Aug 12

Eight others were issued with a TIN for failing to drive without proper control of their vehicle …

Hmm. So they were fined for driving with proper control of their vehicle? Good work, ACT Policing.

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