I fought the law and the, law won.
I just had a run-in with the Police. On my phone on a roundabout.
Coincidentally, two fat people in a car beeped at me earlier to get off my phone on a roundabout. How's that for irony.
£75 to go on an 'awareness course' or £60 and 3 points on my license.
Anyone else been on this course? What's it like? Is it undulating? Any chance of a PB?
I'm so annoyed. I know I shouldn't have been on my phone and I'll probably learn my lesson from it, but bloody hell!
D2D how do you plead?
But in my defence, i have not ran for 5 weeks.
Yeah. That'd go down well.
I already used my stress fracture as an excuse as to why I was driving barefoot
We had a young man killed locally by a driver writing a text message
£75 is not enough how about 6 month ban that would be more of a punishment
dont forget to report it to your insurer otherwise you are committing another offence
you deserve all you get
thats why i paid several hundred pounds for a proper car kit to be fitted.
fine should be ten times that for trying to drive with a phone in your hand
its a shame tossers are posting on here
£60/75 is cheap at a thousand times the price. What price a life? Or a permenant paralysis?
OTOH you're guaranteed a PB on this course, as you've (hopefully) never done it before
WOW, the lesson has been clearly learnt by the OP here, a caution from the police, a fine attendance to a course. And they still feel the need to come on here and (only re-affirm other forumites pre exisiting beliefs) show their own stupidity and post on the forum about it.
As some have said, you got off lightly compared to what could of happened.
OK, I promise I'm not just doing this to back up D2D, but I think its crazy for the Police to issue fines for using your phone when you drive. It's no more of a distraction than changing the CD, taking a drink or singing along wildly to your favourite song.
D2D, I'd honestly appeal it and see if they drop the charges. The same thing happened to me months ago, although I was on a deserted motorway (destered apart from the police car obviously!) and not using my phone (it's a long story!) and I appealled......I've never heard another thing from the facists.
With an attitude like that, I hope you're not driving round Reading, DT.
No sympathy here. If I were writing the law, I'd have a mandatory ban for three or six months for driving while using a phone. To be doubled on appeal, because anyone who thinks it's okay to phone while at the wheel should not be on the road at all.
Seriously, are you for real, DT?
Unless you're driving an automatic, you need both hands to drive. Particularly when you're driving around a roundabout.
Using your phone - with a hands-free-kit - no problem, and I take your point about it being no more distracting than any of the other things you mention, but trying to hold your phone, talk, steer and change gear at the same time?! It's a recipe for losing control.
Like Mutters says, I hope you're not driving around my way either.
Frankly if I'd been done for using my hand-held phone whilst driving (not that I ever would) I would be ashamed. The fact that D2D comes on here and has the gall to complain about it, I feel, speaks volumes.
I assume when you were stopped by the police DT you would have 'failed the attitude test'.
It doesnt matter one bit whether you are drinking, changing a CD, applying make up in your rear view mirror, eating or whatever. If your not in proper control of your vehicle you commit an offence.
Basil Brush Mk II wrote (see)
And the fact that she even tries to joke about it.......
Devoted2Distance wrote (see)
D2D - grow up.
I thought it was a £1000 fine if you were caught using your phone? I'm horrified to discover it's only £75.Having been on the receiving end of someone losing control of their car when distracted I have no sympathy. My phone's kept in my bag, if I need to ring someone for directions I'd pull over, and if it rang then they'll ring back. Some things are more important than chatting.
Yeah go on appeal and when you lose at court (as this is an "absolute offence" ie no excuse or defence) they will give you the three points, standard £60 fine and then add the courts costs onto your bill as well.
In fact please don't appeal it, this thread will go on for at least six months till you get your 15 mins at court
Having done the DAT course I have no sympathy for anyone who drives in an inconsiderate or plain dangerous manner.
Perhaps D2D should go for the £75 and course option as it might just make her aware of how easy it is for someone to get killed in a car in perfect conditions, let alone conditions where you need to be fully in control and aware of what you are doing.
D2D: "Coincidentally, two fat people in a car beeped at me earlier to get off my phone on a roundabout. How's that for irony"
Why is the weight of the people in the car relevant? Or indeed 'irony'?
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