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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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Driver distraction the August target
JimCharles 5:41 pm 01 Aug 12

Distraction isn’t the problem, it’s general lack of awareness of other road users that causes accidents and confusion in others.
That includes driving too slowly, driving in the overtaking lane when not overtaking, not using mirrors, not indicating, not checking blind spots before pulling out into traffic, pulling out in front of other drivers because speed judgement is poor, waiting to turn right but not moving onto the right hand side of the carriageway to allow traffic flow to continue on single lane roads, turning left onto any road with the turning circle of an aircraft carrier and swinging your front end out so it crosses the centreline into the path of oncoming traffic, diagonally cutting the corner when turning right nearly taking the front end of others cars pulling to a stop.
Anything that causes another driver to abruptly alter direction or speed without good reason.

I do like how drivers normally pause for a second after lights have changed to green, not used to that.
They don’t do that in the UK even with a special light telling you to do it.

KeenGolfer 5:12 pm 01 Aug 12

Solidarity said :

I wasn’t aware eating or listening to loud music was actually illegal?

It comes under such things as ‘drive without proper control of vehicle’, ‘negligent driving’ etc. If anything you’re doing in your vehicle causes you to swerve around in your lane or move out of your lane etc, then either of the above offences could apply. I’ve seen people reading maps and newspapers whilst driving, same applies to them.

SnapperJack 5:08 pm 01 Aug 12

I confess, I have been listening to “loud music” in the car since gaining my licence in 1985. First on cassette, then CDs and now via USB audio. I have a clean driving record and am not distracted from the road, even when tapping in time on the steering wheel. Is this an attempt to perpetuate the bogan, revhead “doof doof” stereotype?

Any more red herrings from the local plods?

c_c 4:59 pm 01 Aug 12

This is a very welcome thing to target… if they actually get out there in force and do it.

In the past week, I’ve observed several drivers on mobile phones, one driver of a BMW using both hands to eat a 6in Subway while turning right in Acton and one driver who was literally falling asleep or drugged out.

jayskette 4:53 pm 01 Aug 12

mmm – good luck to the Police, plenty to catch out there – like yesterday there was a lady driving really slowly and erratically on the right lane in a roundabout, then I saw her talking on the phone AND drinking… eeeeek

Solidarity 4:42 pm 01 Aug 12

I wasn’t aware eating or listening to loud music was actually illegal?

What about those dickheads you see listening to headphones in the car? Usually a female driving a Mazda 3 or some other generic shitbox unable to stay within its own lane.

davo101 4:22 pm 01 Aug 12

shirty_bear said :

uhhh, targeted how?

Predator drones.

KB1971 4:21 pm 01 Aug 12

Can they remove the politicians signs from the side of the road as well?

There was one goose at the start of the Parkway where three lanes join one at Kambah distracting people yesterday.

Gulia with a G out side the lodge & some other one on the Cotter road near the flower guy.

carnardly 4:05 pm 01 Aug 12

GardeningGirl said :

Girl with something in her lap and eyes constantly flicking updownupdown on the Parkway yesterday afternoon, this means you.

There were hundreds like that. And more again on every other main road around town. It’s a deadset giveaway they’re using a mobile below viewing height.

I caught a bus the other night. It was scary how many you see from the lofty height of a bus seat doing exactly the same. But not surprising….

shirty_bear 3:46 pm 01 Aug 12

uhhh, targeted how? By speed camera? Certainly won’t be achieved by the legions of rozzers we never actually see out on the roads. In fact, I will happily speculate that this very press release is the sum total of action to be taken.

Zeital 3:30 pm 01 Aug 12

p1 said :

I’m all for targeting anything other then speeding (not that cops shouldn’t book people for speeding….).

I can’t wait though, for the first person to challenge in court the charge of “radio up too loud”.

my thoughs exactly, what is classed as “listening to loud music”……

GardeningGirl 3:20 pm 01 Aug 12

Girl with something in her lap and eyes constantly flicking updownupdown on the Parkway yesterday afternoon, this means you.

p1 3:03 pm 01 Aug 12

I’m all for targeting anything other then speeding (not that cops shouldn’t book people for speeding….).

I can’t wait though, for the first person to challenge in court the charge of “radio up too loud”.

Holden Caulfield 2:41 pm 01 Aug 12

I certainly applaud this approach. Anything that increases the focus on the cause(s) of accidents other than speeding* gets a tick in my book.

Back in 2008 a report by AAMI found:

“Absent-mindedness is a factor in 44 per cent of all car collisions, with drivers much more likely to crash due to their own inattention than from speeding, fatigue and alcohol combined.

“While speed, fatigue and alcohol are factors in 37 per cent of car crashes, AAMI’s research shows inattention is the number one reason drivers crash into another vehicle or stationary object.”

*I’ve no problem with strategies to catch/punish speeding drivers. It’s the often OTT focus on speeding at the expense of other crash factors I dislike. Too many drivers think they are safe simply because they don’t speed. That’s good, but is only aspect of being a safe driver.

Madam Cholet 2:36 pm 01 Aug 12

Or like having to take note of badly written flashing signs placed by the side of the road by the government?

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