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Driver distraction the August target

By johnboy 1 August 2012 50

ACT Policing will be targeting driver distraction throughout the month of August as part of its multi-agency road safety strategy.

At different periods during the year, the strategy targets specific issues and behaviours which contribute to death and serious injuries on Canberra’s roads, with driver distraction among those concerns.

Police will be targeting different types of driver distractions this month including using mobile phones, eating, listening to loud music and driving with frosted windscreens and mirrors.

Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations Sergeant Rod Anderson says driver distractions continue to be a significant contributing factor in serious motor vehicle collisions.

“Driving is a skill that requires your full attention to safely control your vehicle and respond to events happening on the roads around you,” Sergeant Anderson said.

“Anything that takes a driver’s attention away from the road can result in a collision and the potential for loss of life.

“While the use of mobile phones while driving continues to be the primary cause of driver distraction, drivers need to be aware of other distractions that can also prevent them from having proper control of a vehicle.”

With the recent sub-zero temperatures during Canberra winters, police have also seen motorists driving with frost on their vehicles’ windscreens and mirrors, reducing visibility and increasing their chance of being involved in a collision.

“Last month we had a collision in Conder where a driver’s view was obscured by frost on her windscreen and she hit an ACTION bus,” Sergeant Anderson said.

“This incident highlighted how driving without a clear view is highly dangerous to yourself and to others. It’s not just an offence but may result in a collision that could cost those involved significant cost, inconvenience and injury.”

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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JimCharles 4:58 pm 03 Aug 12

p1 said :

If a car is too loud, the police would generally issue a Vehicle Defect Notice (minor or major). This would restrict the use of the vehicle until either the defect was cleared or the rego was cancelled.
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I think a cop would probably get picked on if he started writing defect notices for loud radios.

Would they even do it? I’ve seen more cars with one headlight out in the last 6 months in Canberra than I’ve seen in my entire life.
That’s pretty serious where you have minimal street lights off the main drags…you can’t tell if it’s a motorbike, truck or car coming towards you.

My own car that I bought had the passenger side headlight pointing horizontal and not dipped, so it dazzles. It passed the inspection. I thought it was something Australians did on purpose to highlight kangaroos on the roadside before they jumped out on you.

JimCharles 4:49 pm 03 Aug 12

Innovation said :

and pausing at traffic lights to check for red light runners and emergency vehicles is also probably not an offence and is a darn good idea and probably taught to all new students.

You misunderstand…I agree with you totally. I was saying it’s refreshing to see that pretty much everybody pauses instead of wheelspinning away like an F1 driver.

carnardly 4:44 pm 03 Aug 12

did you dent it good? *supportive grin!*

Reprobate 4:06 pm 03 Aug 12

carnardly said :

Reprobate said :

To the dopey c*cksucker who drove at normal speed across a raised pedestrian crossing yesterday morning while I was half way across it, I hope the cost of removing the dent in your Golf GTI from the briefcase I swung into your door with costs considerably more than a police ticket.

Pure and absolute gold.

now for us other folk to get our jollies, can you tell us what colour the car was and what suburb did this happen in.

I’d love to see this one out and about somewhere….

Dark grey Mk6 (current model) in Woden. The thump on the door should have woken up the driver, but next time I’ll aim for the window to make sure 🙂

LSWCHP 2:09 pm 03 Aug 12

Madam Cholet said :

helium said :

Yesterday, at pedestrian crossing, waited for driver on mobile to run red light, then started crossing, 2nd driver coming the other way screams to a stop and stalls. Distraction is a problem not a joke.

EVERY day I see red light runners, drivers on mobiles (particularly tradies and truckies, young P platers). If MUST chat on a phone get a damn headset, or just let it go to messagebank, is that conversation that important ?

So this targeted approach is unlikely to have any impact as for some reason drivers will always somehow justify that using a mobile phone or texting is safe and they wont get caught, wont lose 3 points and $280 and will simply return to old habits.

Judging by the number of tradies that actually call you back, i.e. none, I’m wondering why so many of them are always driving whilst talking on their mobile!

DWDDD (Driving While Doing Dope Deal)s.

astrojax 1:02 pm 03 Aug 12

G.R.R said :

What about mums reaching into the backseat to check on kids…

or dads – let’s not get too gender specific here… 🙂

what annoys me is the looks i get when i ask people to put their mobiles down while driving – bet they won’t give plod the same look (until after plod leaves them with a shiny ticket, that is…)

p1 12:39 pm 03 Aug 12

jimbob87 said :

It would be interesting to know how the police manage to use the radios and computers in their cars while also watching other for vehicles and driving at the same time…..

Is there a course they take that makes them less prone to distraction..?

Yes, a very special course. Not sure if it covers kabab consumption though?

carnardly 11:43 am 03 Aug 12

Reprobate said :

To the dopey c*cksucker who drove at normal speed across a raised pedestrian crossing yesterday morning while I was half way across it, I hope the cost of removing the dent in your Golf GTI from the briefcase I swung into your door with costs considerably more than a police ticket.

Pure and absolute gold. now for us other folk to get our jollies, can you tell us what colour the car was and what suburb did this happen in. I’d love to see this one out and about somewhere….

jimbob87 11:12 am 03 Aug 12

It would be interesting to know how the police manage to use the radios and computers in their cars while also watching other for vehicles and driving at the same time…..

Is there a course they take that makes them less prone to distraction..?

poetix 9:52 am 03 Aug 12

I’m afraid this whole thread confirms my decision not to ride my bike on main roads, or much off the bike paths at all. Too many idiots, too little protection.

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