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Two mobile phones for the win!

By johnboy 1 September 2011 43

A 26-year-old Braddon man has been caught driving using two mobile phones while using his knees to steer.

About 11.10am on Wednesday, August 24, a Traffic Operations member saw the man driving along Ginninderra Drive, near Bruce, holding two mobile phones and using his knees to steer the car.

When the police officer stopped him, the man said he was putting his wife’s phone number from one phone into the other.

The man was issued with a $271 fine and the loss of three demerit points.

Acting Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations, Sergeant Jason Kennedy, said that using one mobile phone while driving is bad enough, add another phone and then driving with your knees is a recipe for disaster.

“We put out these media releases to inform the public of what some motorists are doing on our roads which is a risk to other road users,” Sergeant Kennedy said.

ACT Policing has issued 276 Traffic Infringement Notices to motorists for using a mobile phone while driving in the past month (August 1 to 31) as part of its ongoing traffic campaign.

Police will continue to target mobile phones for the month of September.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Tooks 9:06 pm 05 Sep 11

IrishPete said :

Tooks said :

“If the cops enforced traffic law:
a) the ACT government would be rich and
b) other crime would be rampant because the police would be too busy with all the traffic idiots”

Wrong on all counts. Traffic law is enforced (start with this story – is that not enforcement?) and the ACT government is not rich and other crime is not rampant.

I hate to be cynical, Tooks, but with a response like that you must work for the AFP’s PR department. Because otherwise you would realise that the police pulling over one dumb driver does not mean that the road rules are being adequately enforced.

And I forgot to mention in my list the use of fog lights when there is no fog.

IP

Firstly, drop the silly “you disagree with me so you must work for AFP PR”, which doesn’t help your credibility at all.

If you come out with stupid statements like “If cops enforced traffic law” then don’t get defensive when you’re called out on it.

Then you come out with the equally stupid “police pulling over one dumb driver does not mean that the road rules are being adequately enforced. you look even sillier. Probably because you didn’t read this part of the release: ACT Policing has issued 276 Traffic Infringement Notices to motorists for using a mobile phone while driving in the past month (August 1 to 31) as part of its ongoing traffic campaign. Is that not enforcement?

Admittedly you did backflip and admit they are being enforced, but not adequately.

What is your definition of ‘adequately’? Go sit in the Magi court some day. You may be surprised.

IrishPete 8:00 pm 05 Sep 11

Tooks said :

“If the cops enforced traffic law:
a) the ACT government would be rich and
b) other crime would be rampant because the police would be too busy with all the traffic idiots”

Wrong on all counts. Traffic law is enforced (start with this story – is that not enforcement?) and the ACT government is not rich and other crime is not rampant.

I hate to be cynical, Tooks, but with a response like that you must work for the AFP’s PR department. Because otherwise you would realise that the police pulling over one dumb driver does not mean that the road rules are being adequately enforced.

And I forgot to mention in my list the use of fog lights when there is no fog.

IP

thatsnotme 9:15 pm 02 Sep 11

BenMac said :

Your observations are based on the fact that your aren’t driving around in a marked police car. Of course someone will still talk on their phone in front of a nobody. Have a police car drive up behind you and most people will make sure they follow road rules (except for the idiots we read about in police media releases)

I actually think that most people who drive around talking on their mobile phone wouldn’t have a clue that a marked police car was behind them. I mean, you can normally pick the person on the mobile from a mile away – driving below the speed limit, drifting in and out of their lane – if they’re unable to pay enough attention to maintain even the basics of driving, keeping an eye on the traffic around them isn’t going to be a priority.

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