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Mobile phones the bust of the month

By johnboy - 3 August 2011 32

For the months of August and September, ACT Policing will be targeting the use of mobile telephones while driving as part of its road safety campaign.

Research shows that driver distraction is a significant contributing factor in serious motor vehicle collisions. Throughout the next two months, all ACT Policing members will be actively looking for road users that are using their mobile telephone while driving without the correct mounting device in their vehicle.

ACT Policing has recently finished its traffic enforcement speeding campaign for June and July. During the campaign police issued 1,826 traffic infringement notices and cautions, a large number of which were ‘high speed’ traffic offences.

Twenty-six people were caught driving at very high-speeds with the highest recorded speed of 171km/h in an 80km/h zone committed by a 28-year-old man.

Over the past weekend (July 30-31) 15 drink drivers were apprehended, with a further nine motorists caught drink driving on Friday.

Officer in Charge of Traffic Operations, Sergeant Jeff Knight said that despite ACT Policing making steps forward in relation to road safety, these recent results are still very disappointing.

“To see traffic offences of this nature continuously being committed goes against the principles of road safety. Just like speed and driver distraction, driving while intoxicated can also play a significant part in a serious collision,” Sergeant Knight said.

“We don’t want to see officers knocking on the doors of family members and having to tell them that a loved-one has been killed in a collision that could have been avoided,” Sergeant Knight added.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Pity 11:06 pm 04 Aug 11

Jim Jones said :

Classified said :

Tooks said :

sandcaw said :

Overheard said :

I heard this on the news last night and thought, ‘Excellent’. Especially after seeing a woman on Flemington Rd on Monday, phone held up against one ear with one hand, gesticulating wildly with the other.

And I was reminded this morning as I drove down Bindubi Street and passed a police van, and Mr Plod the driver had his phone held up to his ear. “Do what we say…”

Class. I too recently was stopped at lights on Kingsford Smith Drive and a convoy of police cars went by…..with one of them on his mobile phone. Setting a great example – not. The amount of drivers on mobile phones in this City beggars belief. Theres no deterrent here. In the UK plain clothes police stand on the side of the road and report to an officer about passing drivers on their phones. Now there’s an idea.

Police are exempt. Maybe check the road rules before shooting from the hip.

So it’s not dangerous then?

Cops get particularly hardcore driver training, and often need to use phones/radios/etc to communicate about ‘incidents’ while they’re on the go.

I’m no fan of the cops most of the time, but the whole argument that ‘cops do it so it can’t be too dangerous’ or whatever has all the logic and emotional maturity of a playground hissy-fit.

Well Said!! Particularly “…has all the logic and emotional maturity of a playground hissy-fit”

kylastra 10:57 pm 04 Aug 11

Henry82 said :

sandcaw said :

a convoy of police cars went by…..with one of them on his mobile phone.

…The driver of a vehicle (except an emergency vehicle or police vehicle) must not use a mobile phone. http://www.police.act.gov.au/roads-and-traffic/use-of-mobile-phones.aspx (first sentence)

They can also speed, make illegal moves etc with or without lights/sirens on (within reason).

Just for clarification. Someone asked where the ability for police to use mobile phones whislt driving comes from. It is from the Road Transport (Safety and Management) Regulation 2000, Rule 300 ( http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/sl/2000-10/current/pdf/2000-10.pdf )

300 Use of mobile phones
(1) The driver of a vehicle must not use a mobile phone while the
vehicle is moving, or is stationary but not parked, unless:
(a) the phone is being used to make or receive a phone call (other
than a text message, video message, email or similar
communication) and the body of the phone:
(i) is secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle while
being so used; or
(ii) is not secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle and is
not being held by the driver, and the use of the phone
does not require the driver, at any time while using it, to
press anything on the body of the phone or to otherwise
manipulate any part of the body of the phone; or
(b) the vehicle is an emergency vehicle or a police vehicle; or
(c) the driver is exempt from this rule under another law of this
jurisdiction.

LSWCHP 10:50 pm 04 Aug 11

Watson said :

KeenGolfer said :

Captain RAAF said :

If you can’t operate a car and use a phone at the same time then there is something wrong with you.

Talking on a mobile phone whilst driving is a major distraction. I’ve seen this proven over and over again by the fact a fully marked police car can “sneak” up on someone talking on the phone, without them realising a police car is driving next to them, watching them talking on the phone.

You can pick most of the mobile phone users from a fair distance. Not driving in the middle of the lane, not driving at a constant speed, not noticing when the light goes green, etc.

Some of those behaviours occur also when the driver is looking for something in his car for example. But as said before, they can choose to interrupt that activity, while once you are on the phone, you’re unlikely to interrupt the call and therefor your attention to traffic remains very low until you hang up.

And reading or writing a text in the car is even worse of course.

I was driving south on Coulter Drive in Belco last weekend in good clear weather and no other cars in sight, when right out of the blue the cock driving the red BMW 318 in front of me just drove right off the damned road over the kerb into the weeds, did some interesting and presumably unintended rally work in a small cloud of dust, and then returned to the road in front of me. My uncharacteristically feminine squeal of dismay scared the crap out of my eldest son, who was in the car with me at the time.

The truly amazing thing, was that while the aforesaid cock slowed down so that I could overtake him, he wasn’t disturbed to the point where he thought he should hang up on his call, which he continued as I drove past him.

Balls of steel, brains of shit. It’s a bad combination anywhere, but particularly behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Henry82 10:44 pm 04 Aug 11

Martlark said :

Just stick a HD camera on a tripod by the side of Flemington road and you’d get one every 2 to 3 minutes..

Good idea, I was walking through University today, and saw 3 drivers (behind one another) talking on their phones.

LSWCHP 10:36 pm 04 Aug 11

Captain RAAF said :

In one state in the US, the incidence of mobile phone use and motor vehicle accidents actually increased once it was outlawed. They found that while it was legal, most people could operate their motor vehicle safely whilst using their phone up at their ear but once the change came in and it was made illegal, people began to hide their phone use. Using a phone while it was hidden from view like down on their lap, drivers were paying less attention to the surrounds and taking their eyes off the road and more accidents being the end result.

If you can’t operate a car and use a phone at the same time then there is something wrong with you. I can eat a pie and drive at the same time, I can drink a can of coke and drive at the same time, I can sing along to my favourite Barry Manilow track and drive at the same time, what the hell difference does using a phone make?

Hell, sometimes I can do all three at once, why haven’t I crashed into a bus load of nuns yet?

Captain, with all due respect, if you really are a Barry Manilow fan, then the best thing you could do for yourself and the rest of the community is to crash into a bus load of nuns at the first possible opportunity. This will simultaneously rid us of a BM fan and some nuns, to the benefit of all. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth of it.

farnarkler 10:09 pm 04 Aug 11

Martlark considering the people inside the white speed camera vans are ASO 2’s I reckon the gov’t could afford to employ a few more to bust those who use their mobiles whilst driving.

Martlark 8:25 pm 04 Aug 11

Just stick a HD camera on a tripod by the side of Flemington road and you’d get one every 2 to 3 minutes. Then pay some Indians $2 an hour to process the video and send out the fine. Having cops do this dull work is poor efficiency. It can take mr/ms plod up to 20 minutes to catch and process each offender; whilst 20 or 30 offenders drive by.

Classified 4:31 pm 04 Aug 11

Jim Jones said :

Classified said :

Tooks said :

sandcaw said :

Overheard said :

I heard this on the news last night and thought, ‘Excellent’. Especially after seeing a woman on Flemington Rd on Monday, phone held up against one ear with one hand, gesticulating wildly with the other.

And I was reminded this morning as I drove down Bindubi Street and passed a police van, and Mr Plod the driver had his phone held up to his ear. “Do what we say…”

Class. I too recently was stopped at lights on Kingsford Smith Drive and a convoy of police cars went by…..with one of them on his mobile phone. Setting a great example – not. The amount of drivers on mobile phones in this City beggars belief. Theres no deterrent here. In the UK plain clothes police stand on the side of the road and report to an officer about passing drivers on their phones. Now there’s an idea.

Police are exempt. Maybe check the road rules before shooting from the hip.

So it’s not dangerous then?

Cops get particularly hardcore driver training, and often need to use phones/radios/etc to communicate about ‘incidents’ while they’re on the go.

I’m no fan of the cops most of the time, but the whole argument that ‘cops do it so it can’t be too dangerous’ or whatever has all the logic and emotional maturity of a playground hissy-fit.

Love it – you never fail to deliver!

KeenGolfer 4:30 pm 04 Aug 11

sandcaw said :

Does make you wonder though, why are police cars equipped with radios?

Radios are for the control room/vehicles/police to communicate info about jobs. The radio channel is shared between numerous cars. Radios can’t be tied up having conversations, that is dangerous and potentially life threatening. Hence, a mobile call is far better to communicate lengthy or detailed background information that only the vehicle going to the job needs to hear. This helps keep the radio free as much as possible for the benefit off all.

Captain RAAF 4:20 pm 04 Aug 11

Jim Jones said :

Captain RAAF said :

Jim Jones said :

Cops get particularly hardcore driver training

So, if you have specialist driver training you can operate a vehicle and use a phone, eh?

Where do I go to get this annotated on my licence?

Police Academy.

Awesome place … there’s this one guy who makes all these really cool sounds and can imitate helicopters and stuff, and Steve Gutenberg is there too.

Aah, you mean the ancient guild of ‘No Homers’. They won’t have me, not since that whole rock of shame episode…….=-(

Tooks 4:19 pm 04 Aug 11

sandcaw said :

Thank you Overheard for your observation on my meek observation. After reading the road rules I stand corrected. And yes, Tooks, shooting from the hip is not my style. Does make you wonder though, why are police cars equipped with radios?

Why do police cars have radios? For the same reason as ambulances and fire trucks (and other emergency services). Radios are generally for quick, concise communications.

Jim Jones 2:39 pm 04 Aug 11

Captain RAAF said :

Jim Jones said :

Cops get particularly hardcore driver training

So, if you have specialist driver training you can operate a vehicle and use a phone, eh?

Where do I go to get this annotated on my licence?

Police Academy.

Awesome place … there’s this one guy who makes all these really cool sounds and can imitate helicopters and stuff, and Steve Gutenberg is there too.

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