Not the only stupid/lazy driver that day.
Young guy parked in child & family spot, someone else doing a Clarkson, but this was the worst.
Today’s the start of the new police campaign. Covert filming from unmarked cars. 6 points (enough to take a novice driver off the road) and £200 fine.
I look forward to seeing the results.
Original post from 23/01/17
The promised crackdown on irresponsible drivers who use mobile phones began in earnest last November when a week-long campaign by 36 forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland (but not Scotland for some reason) resulted in 8,000 fixed penalty notices given at the rate of 40 an hour.
This followed the tragic deaths of Tracy Houghton and her family members when they were crushed by Tomasz Kroker who was scrolling through his music on his phone when driving his lorry. He received a 10-year prison sentence.
The campaign stopped 10,000 vehicles, detecting almost 8,000 mobile phone offences plus other distraction offences. These figures are four times that in previous month-long campaigns in 2015 (twice) and last year.
The good news for safety conscious drivers and pedestrians is that the police are doing it again this week!
They are running targeted operations and education campaigns. And ministers are still planning to double the fines to £200 and the penalty points to six (which means for new drivers it will be one strike in your first two years of driving and you’re off the road).
I’d go further and introduce an iSBO – take the phones away, recycle them or crush them, burn them in a public bonfire (probably a health & safety issue with that). You get my point. It’s stupid and irresponsible and causes accidents.
It seems some motorists are addicted to using apps when driving and the current £100 fine plus 3 penalty points is no deterrent (which was to be increased to £150 and 4 points – 6 for HGV drivers after the consultation period ended in March).
An RAC survey found that drivers think that the fine should be even bigger, perhaps £450, to try and deter drivers using everything from texting to updating Facebook because drivers see the existing fines as unduly lenient.
10% of drivers believe that using a phone when driving should lead to instant disqualification, and I couldn’t disagree with that. Mobile phone use is the top complaint by drivers.
Prosecutions have dropped by almost half between 2009 and 2014 and fewer drivers have been handed fixed penalties. This suggests that the police aren’t taking it seriously. All they would have to do is park near my nearest…
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