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30 days in the hole [was: I ate a sandwich in a car in the UK]
In message <firstname.lastname@example.org> "Bruce Aukerman" writes:
> I particularly like the update on traffic laws in the UK.
> $40 for using a phone; walkin' papers for snacking while driving?
No - walkin' papers for doing _any_ _two_ things while driving.
> Call me crazy, but I really don't want our traffic cops
> stopping to write tickets for taking a business call;
> or inspecting the vehicle for Super Burger wrappers.
I am quite happy. The final trigger was a yuppie salesman who left
a hotel mid-morning and got a GSM "call-back" message as he left the
car park. He dialed 121 as requested, got a message asking for a call
to be returned, and returned it. Of course, on a digital network
all of these calls were time-stamped to the nearest hundredth of
We therefore know the exact moment a family of five coming the other
Anyone driving a vehicle who diverts 1% of their attention away from
that task - bearing in mind the consequences of their inattention -
deserves everything the law can throw at them. This isn't a "personal
freedom" issue - the family coming the other way has rights, too.
You want to take risks? Go on a track day. Go mountaineering (though
even there it's largely a team activity). Go hang-gliding.
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