04 March 2017

Use cell phone while driving = lose your license

New drivers who are caught using a phone at the wheel will lose their licence under new legislation that comes into force today.

From Wednesday anyone found calling, texting or using an app while driving will face a £200 on-the-spot fine and six points on their licence.

It means that new drivers – who can lose a maximum of six points before being banned for the first two years after passing their test– will face an immediate ban for sending a single text message. 
Some additional details at The Telegraph.

11 comments:

  1. Erratum: text says Guardian but links to Telegraph.

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    1. Telegraph it is. Fixed. Thanks, Adrian.

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  2. That is some moral panic draconian bullshit. I could compromise on a probation period for new drivers or a rule of say, one text per ten minutes. But it's easy to send the occasional text safely and responsibly -- driving doesn't demand or receive constant focus at all times -- and the harsh punishment will cost people work experience, relationships, and more. People are just focusing on it because it's new.

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    1. Driving a 1 - 2 ton machine among fellow human beings does not demand constant focus? Really? So it is just OK to take your eyes off the road in order to type a text message or post to face book (really, what is the difference?), or check out that instagram from your wife?

      I have an old fashioned idea. Focus on your driving. My life might depend on it.

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    2. Have you ever driven in a snowstorm at night, when you could barely see the lines on the road? Our highway system is designed to be navigable under the worst conditions and by drivers who are old, sleepy, and cognitively impaired.

      On the contrary, have you ever driven on a three-lane highway with no other cars on a sunny day, for eight hours at a stretch? You could literally close your eyes for half your journey and still arrive just fine.

      It's just a fact that driving doesn't always require 100% of your attention. Part of the skill of driving is knowing when you can relax and when you're getting actually too sloppy, telling yourself it's too easy because the law of large numbers hasn't caught up to you yet.

      Trying to pay 100% attention at all times is as contrary to nature as trying to never blink, but insisting other people do it costs you nothing and makes you sound like you pay more attention than them. Self-righteousness is cheap.

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  3. I have some experience with new drivers, although before cell phones, but i can assure you that new drivers need all their attention on their driving.

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  4. US needs this. Texting while driving is not safe, it's a risk that can have devastating consequences. I'd be OK with people choosing to take that risk if it only endangered them, but unfortunately it affects us all. Every day I see people driving dangerously slow, or in between lanes, or swerving, all due to playing with cell phones.
    Still, I wonder if navigation apps like Waze count under this law?

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    1. Waze will keep you away from the po-po since they get tagged pretty quick in the app, lol.

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  5. all the laws against use of cell phone as if they are unique in taking focus off the road.

    We don't need laws against the use of cell phones no more than we need laws that say you can not use a knife to stab someone. There are laws against harming someone, not specifically against each possible weapon.

    Cell phone use may take your eyes off the road, but so does eating, reading a book/magazine, fiddling with the radio, turning around to yell at the kids in the back seat, playing air drums, looking at the scenery, flipping off the driver next to you, and a million other items.

    The media and legislators would have you believe that cell phone use is the only possible distraction

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    1. I agree. Perhaps we could start with cell phones and work our way backwards to less tech-based distractions. Follow the lead of many European countries and hold drivers responsible for any crash unless they (the drivers) can prove otherwise

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