Fife police target drivers using mobiles
Published 5 Mar 2012 09:00 6 Comments
FIFE police continue to be concerned about the number of drivers who continue to use mobile phones whilst driving.
Four drivers were caught either making calls or texting while driving on Thursday and they say this is a similar picture across the Kingdom every day.
Head of road policing, Chief Inspector David McCulloch, said, "As recently as Thursday, research was reported on national news indicating that drivers were significantly more likely to be involved in a road crash whilst using their mobile phone.
"Nothing is so important that it warrants risking your life or those of others, in order to make or receive a call, text or use social media such as Facebook whilst driving.
"After every serious or fatal road crash, we always scrutinise mobile phone usage in order to determine if this has been a factor."
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Mar 5, 09:14
Not before time!
They also need to deal with those who stop anywhere, corners, junctions, narrow roads and onto footpaths because their mobile phone has rung.
They put on their hazard warning lights as if this made their illegal or dangerous parking acceptable.
Highway Code; Lighting requirements (113-116)
Hazard warning lights. These may be used when your vehicle is stationary, to warn that it is temporarily obstructing traffic. Never use them as an excuse for dangerous or illegal parking.
I have seen a woman with a child in a pushchair on the road because a driver had blocked the whole footpath to answer their mobile phone!
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Mar 5, 12:12
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Mar 6, 13:38
totally agree with all the previous comments , however the police should be dealing with these offenders as a matter of routine not just now and then when they feel lke highlighting it.
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Mar 12, 17:14
maybe the police should concentrate thier efforts and our resources on the difficult jobs first - you know, drug dealing, human trafficing, burgalry. Whatever time they have left they can then spend on persecuting those that pay them. Whilst I disagree with the use fo phones in cars I feel there is a better balance to be struck in getting the more serious criminals first.
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Mar 15, 23:01
I drive about all day in a Council Van, although I must be a freak 'cos I don't smoke, and the Parrot Hands Free in my Council Van kicks in automatically, and I can only use my phone hands free!! That having been said, with recorded crime being down something like 40 percent in the last 4 years, and Police numbers being up to a level never before seen, it's nice to know that they are actually going to be doing something! and driving about all day, I see loads of people on their phones on a daily basis!!
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