Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

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Re: Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

Post by Russboy » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:50 pm

I cycle to work and now the schools are back and the roads are rammed again I tend to sail past the traffic and the number of people with phones in their laps or hands is unreal. I normally shout 'get off your phone' and you can imagine how popular that makes me, especially coming from an evil cyclist!!

Last year whilst going past a line of static traffic in the darkness one car was over the white lint in the middle of the road, of course his phone was in his hand and his lack of attention meant he was not in line with everyone else. Shouted to put his phone down and he then followed me to explain, whilst leaning across the passenger seat and still moving forwards at 20mph that he was a police officer! As a former member of Surrey police (not for a long time I might add so i'm not expert) I found that interesting, especially when he then cut me up while telling me about his profession a 2nd time. As it happen I record my rides and thought Surrey police might like to know about this person impersonating a police office, so I sent them the clip. Got a call 48 hrs later from a Surrey inspector who confirmed it was one of his officers, but he was appalled at his use of a motor vehicle and trying to engage with a member of public whilst driving. Suspect the next time he clocked on he might have had a word in his ear!
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Re: Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

Post by F2paul » Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:18 am

Glad the consensus is to try and enforce what law we already have before bringing in La La land legislation.
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Re: Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

Post by lagerorwine » Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:26 pm

We need m/c cops like the one in Chris's video. That cop is probably generating enough fines to pay for other cops as well. When enough drivers are found, fined, procecuted, and given points on their licence, hopefully phone use will reduce drastically. Till then, no-one gives a s**t, as there is little chance of getting caught for virtually any motoring offence these days, apart from via speed cameras
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Re: Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

Post by Essjay » Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:28 pm

lagerorwine wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 12:26 pm
We need m/c cops like the one in Chris's video. That cop is probably generating enough fines to pay for other cops as well. When enough drivers are found, fined, procecuted, and given points on their licence, hopefully phone use will reduce drastically. Till then, no-one gives a s**t, as there is little chance of getting caught for virtually any motoring offence these days, apart from via speed cameras
Agree totally 👍

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Re: Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

Post by Chris » Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:58 am

Even using a phone hands free is dangerous and I defy anyone to describe what happened while they were talking on a hands free mobile and I talk from first hand experience driving company trucks.
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Re: Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

Post by Hillbilly » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:49 am

Yeah well with Queensland starting $1000 fines and NSW introducing cameras that can film multiusers per minute things might change in AUS at least
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Re: Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

Post by Wolfsburger » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:15 am

So...hands free not good enough?

How do single manned traffic Police patrols control their moving vehicles. Whilst simultaneously operating a plethora of radios, cameras, speed measuring devices etc?

Is it a bit of specialist training, superhuman talents, or maybe just some sort of legal exemption?
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Re: Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

Post by Essjay » Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:49 am

Wolfsburger wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:15 am
So...hands free not good enough?

How do single manned traffic Police patrols control their moving vehicles. Whilst simultaneously operating a plethora of radios, cameras, speed measuring devices etc?

Is it a bit of specialist training, superhuman talents, or maybe just some sort of legal exemption?
I believe it’s a combination of all three!

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Re: Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

Post by Wolfsburger » Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:00 am

Thought so! :D

This all needs a dose of common sense, something in very short supply hereabouts in recen :evil:

A quick voice call to a client, re-arranging appointments etc is one thing...texting, updating twatter/faceybox etc completely unacceptable.

If its not an appropriate time to take or continue a call, say so. Don't answer the bloody phone, or if needed hang up!
Hands free or otherwise. I do it all the time, my wife on the other hand...

Whatever...take some responsibility for your own actions people, and man up to the consequences?
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Re: Proposed Ban on Hands Free Devices

Post by Chris » Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:27 am

A couple of times I have used hands free both in the work trucks and my own vehicles has convinced me never to do it again and holding the phone and talking is even worse. There is something about talking on a phone and driving that takes away concentration from driving. I defy anyone to tell me what happened when they were on the phone, in my experience that time is a total blank as far as remembering goes. If this was not the case there would not be the commentary that the practise has had, all of it bad. it sounds like the cigarette debate to me.
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