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Driver distraction the August target

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 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 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 carnardly 4:44 pm 03 Aug 12

did you dent it good? *supportive grin!*

Reprobate 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 9:51 am 03 Aug 12

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!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:51 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.

Winning

Madam Cholet Madam Cholet 9:49 am 03 Aug 12

Judging by my journey to work this morning, the use of indicators is clearly a distraction and most drivers are therefore electing not to use them. Instead just barging their way into the lane they need to beat the last minute so they can then exit left without having to use their brake pedal, whilst pulling a trailer and speeding.

Reprobate Reprobate 9:38 am 03 Aug 12

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.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 6:50 am 03 Aug 12

Johnny_Moe said :

You shouldn’t even be allowed on the roads unless you can reverse parallel park, while listening to loud music and eating a Yarralumla kebab. If you can’t do that please stay off the roads when I am driving, thank you.

Ahhhh the eating a yaralumla kebab while driving challenge. I tried a few times but have just given up.nwill now eat it in the parked car due to severa
Kebab explosions over my work clothes. The immense power is hard enough to contain while stationary.

Also lol @ someone thinking its dangeous to drive under the limit or be in the *over taking lane*. If you cannot see that somebody is moving slower than yourself, then it’s you who shouldn’t be driving.

And after all these years I fail to see the difference between talking on your phone, talking on a hands free and talking to your passenger.
I got a hands free long ago and it’s continent just to click a button instead of get phone from pocket and answer, but the distraction levels(none) are the same.

helium helium 9:54 pm 02 Aug 12

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.

devus devus 2:17 pm 02 Aug 12

Fantastic, now that they are targeting something else I can go back to speeding through roadworks. I just need to find somewhere else to eat my meals and tweezer my nosehairs for a while, that’s all.

p1 p1 1:13 pm 02 Aug 12

m00nee said :

My answer was in regards to how can the police determine if your music is too loud….

I wasn’t so much disputing that, as stating that the two – defect-ably loud car vrs distractingly loud car – were not really the same thing.

m00nee said :

Being defected will mean that the vehicle will need to pass a full registration inspection, something that most “mobile discos” will struggle with.

I suspect you are right – this would be the real punishment.

Johnny_Moe Johnny_Moe 12:48 pm 02 Aug 12

You shouldn’t even be allowed on the roads unless you can reverse parallel park, while listening to loud music and eating a Yarralumla kebab. If you can’t do that please stay off the roads when I am driving, thank you.

m00nee m00nee 12:35 pm 02 Aug 12

p1 said :

Errr… but what you are talking about has to do with a vehicle’s conformance with Australian Design Rules, and its road-worthiness/registration status. 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.

To clear the defect the person would have to go to a inspection station – turn the radio down – and assuming nothing else was dodgy, that would be it.

I think a cop would probably get picked on if he started writing defect notices for loud radios.

P1,

My answer was in regards to how can the police determine if your music is too loud.

Perhaps i should clarify that they have the ability to ticket drivers for careless/negligent driving because the volume of your music makes it impossible for you to hear the sirens of warning vehicles, as well as the vibration of the sub woofer at 77db+ rendering your mirrors basically useless.

In addition to this you can be defected due to your vehicle exceeding the maximum allowable noise limit [ADR28/01 – 77db drive-by and 90db static] (thanks Antagonist). The defect notice need only say that the vehicle was too noisy, not that your stereo was too loud. Being defected will mean that the vehicle will need to pass a full registration inspection, something that most “mobile discos” will struggle with.

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