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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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Two mobile phones for the win!
Mr Gillespie 7:54 pm 01 Sep 11

That is what I call DEAD STUPID. I say Good on the police for catching this particular lunatic!! Sgt Kennedy need not have to explain why this press release was put out!

ImagineThat 7:19 pm 01 Sep 11

‘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.’

If they have only issued 276 fines in the last month, they’re obviously not trying very hard.

Based on my observations, surely talking on a mobile phone (without a hands-free setup) while driving, and not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign would both top the Canberra Police ‘easy money’ list.

harvyk1 7:17 pm 01 Sep 11

Pity they couldn’t just let natural selection take it’s course (but then you’d have arguments about the people in the other car)…

Not only was the driver using his mobile phone(s), he was entering in data into them which really indicates that he has a death wish…

Skidbladnir 6:44 pm 01 Sep 11

p1 said :

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Surely he should have been given demerit points, rather than losing them.

I wonder when ACT Policing’s going to get it’s terminology right?

While what you say might be techincally accurate, every single person I have ever spoken to thinks in terms of having twelve points, and loosing them as part of the punishment for traffic offences.

The idea of infringement demerit points is that they are points acquired for non-meritorious action.
They are imposed upon you as a penalty, and at the accumulation of twelve such points in a 36 month period they suspend you.

This is how it works everywhere else in the country, and the ACT is no different.

PS: Have mentioned this before as a pet peeve, in that ACT Police Media don’t know their own systems.
-3 credits for ACT Police Media this time, -1 credit for you and your friends.

screaming banshee 6:39 pm 01 Sep 11

Using both knees seems a little stupid, unless the car has a significant pull to one side the left knee should be sufficient leaving the right foot free for braking and accelerating.

urchin 6:24 pm 01 Sep 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Surely he should have been given demerit points, rather than losing them.

I wonder when ACT Policing’s going to get it’s terminology right?

Probably around the same time you start using “its” and “it’s” correctly. Glass houses and all that.

bigfeet 6:21 pm 01 Sep 11

p1 said :

While what you say might be techincally accurate, every single person I have ever spoken to thinks in terms of having twelve points, and loosing them as part of the punishment for traffic offences.

Yes…so giving demerit points would decrease the number of points you have. As Smashed suggested.

Losing demerit points could actually increase the number of points you have…provided you had been given demerit points in the past.

Clear?

p1 5:25 pm 01 Sep 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Surely he should have been given demerit points, rather than losing them.

I wonder when ACT Policing’s going to get it’s terminology right?

While what you say might be techincally accurate, every single person I have ever spoken to thinks in terms of having twelve points, and loosing them as part of the punishment for traffic offences.

Thoroughly Smashed 4:50 pm 01 Sep 11

Surely he should have been given demerit points, rather than losing them.

I wonder when ACT Policing’s going to get it’s terminology right?

Henry82 4:47 pm 01 Sep 11

It’s quite amazing how people risk so many lives, just to save 15 seconds.

Deref 4:47 pm 01 Sep 11

Only $271 and 3 points? Surely at least double that.

ohmygoy 4:35 pm 01 Sep 11

that is hilarious.

Sheridan 4:33 pm 01 Sep 11

even more newsworthy is that a 26 year old man is married…

Postalgeek 4:24 pm 01 Sep 11

Shouldn’t he be penalised twice, one for each phone?

pptvb 4:14 pm 01 Sep 11

And we have our winner!!!!!!!

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