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Reporting mobile use while driving

Discussion in 'Commuting and Utility Cycling' started by Twenty Inch, 4 Mar 2010.

  1. bozmandb9

    bozmandb9 Insert witty title here

    Location:
    South Oxfordshire
    I must be frank and clear guys. On my ride today, I experienced a close pass, which really clarified things for me.

    I don't give a flying F*** what people do within their car, except when it causes them to put my life, and that of my son who is riding with me, in jeopardy.

    This is the point I'm making. Don't focus on bs annoyances, focus on what's important. I'm sure each of us has experiences of drivers poor judgement which has put us at risk. Why not focus on that, and only that ffs. Not worry about whether other behaviours could lead to a dangerous situation.

    In these times of Police cuts, surely it's better for us to help them to focus on catching the actual bad guys, the hit and run/ accident caused/ road rage/ dangerous overtake etc. Not the 'using mobile phone so could cause danger', since mobile phone use is one of many in car behaviours which could cause danger, and it's just totally pointless to focus on one, and ignore the others, especially when the figures show mobile phone use is a factor in incredibly few actual accidents (although the few it does factor in certainly garner lots of press).

    That's in from me, I can't be any clearer, and if you still don't get what I'm saying you never will.
     
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  2. glenn forger

    glenn forger Guest

    What figures?
     
  3. bozmandb9

    bozmandb9 Insert witty title here

    Location:
    South Oxfordshire
  4. glenn forger

    glenn forger Guest

    Texting while driving deaths have just overtaken drunk driving as the biggest killer of young Americans. Phone use is implicated in a quarter of all US road collisions. The roads are filled with enough terrible drivers as it is, idiots playing with phones are four times more likely to have a collision. And we're catching up, the latest figures aren't in yet:

    http://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/201...iggest-killer-on-british-roads-by-2015/53049/

    Worse than drink driving. Drink drivers are scum, so are idiots playing with phones, and they're becoming more likely to hurt people than drink drivers are.
     
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  5. glenn forger

    glenn forger Guest

    That's cos "In-car distractions" are listed separately.

     
  6. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Do you not think it possible that some of those close passes that you are worried about are distracted by their mobile phones?
     
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  7. glenn forger

    glenn forger Guest

    These criminal drivers are massively under-reported. Drivers are stationary and get rear-ended, it just goes through the insurance, no police involvement and no penalty for the driver playing with their phone.
     
  8. benb

    benb Evidence based cyclist

    Location:
    Epsom
    Mobile phone drivers ARE dangerous.

    The only explanation that comes to mind as to why @bozmandb9 tolerates mobile phone use when driving is that he does it.
     
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  9. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    I've just passed a car (I'm in a car too on the motorway), which has mounted their phone on their mirror!:eek:
     
  10. Andrew_P

    Andrew_P In between here and there

    I am amazed the EU does not follow some US states in that there is a total ban of anything attached to the windowscreen. Spme cars that pass me have those huge tablet phones bang in the middle and a Satnav on the other side with wires hanging down etc, farking madness really when you think about it, even without the distraction element the blind spots are farking ridiculous. Worst still I have seen them bang in the middle of the drivers eye line
     
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  11. Stinboy

    Stinboy Well-Known Member

    I hope you weren't driving when you posted that ;)
     
  12. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Of course not....:ohmy::biggrin: I even checked Mr Summerdays phone for him when it went beep to find out what it was!
     
  13. Absinthe Minded

    Absinthe Minded Veteran

    Brilliant - many thanks for this.
     
  14. Lonestar

    Lonestar Rat Run Cyclist

    Location:
    CS 2 and CS 3
    Passed a cyclist on the return commute (last night) on the CS 3 who was happily staring into his phone.What a complete moron.
     
  15. Roadrider48

    Roadrider48 Voice of the people

    Location:
    Londonistan
    You do know, don't you, that cyclists are above any wrong doing.
    It is impossible for a cyclist to act improperly- after all, they have Jesus on their side.
    Just ask some of the people here, they'll put you right on that!
     
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