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Bugsy

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I am not sure if texting whilst driving comes under the usage of the mobile phone ban.

Funny enough I was reading the other day that the soon to be released new operating system for TomTom's will now include speech recognition for texting should you have the higher end models that connect to your phone via Bluetooth. My TomTom (920) has had 'hands free' for phones for some time and its very handy when on the move. I don't text but I can see that this new feature could be very good for those that do.

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I am not sure if texting whilst driving comes under the usage of the mobile phone ban.

Funny enough I was reading the other day that the soon to be released new operating system for TomTom's will now include speech recognition for texting should you have the higher end models that connect to your phone via Bluetooth. My TomTom (920) has had 'hands free' for phones for some time and its very handy when on the move. I don't text but I can see that this new feature could be very good for those that do.

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http://www.leics.police.uk/advice/2_information_zone/78_using_a_mobile_phone_while_driving/

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Although I was talking about France (where incidentally I was 'done' for using a mobile phone even though I was stopped and the engine turned off but still on the road). I did notice at the bottom of the link it says "You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you are not in proper control of your vehicle.". I wonder what defines 'proper control' when using hands free, is there a clear definition specifically for this? I mean you are talking and should have both hands on the wheel. If they mean talking then could one argue that it could be an offence to sing whilst driving with the radio on?
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[quote user="Quillan"]Although I was talking about France (where incidentally I was 'done' for using a mobile phone even though I was stopped and the engine turned off but still on the road). I did notice at the bottom of the link it says "You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you are not in proper control of your vehicle.". I wonder what defines 'proper control' when using hands free, is there a clear definition specifically for this? I mean you are talking and should have both hands on the wheel. If they mean talking then could one argue that it could be an offence to sing whilst driving with the radio on?[/quote]

 

Some time ago a woman in the UK got done for eating while driving on a  public road.  The original posting by Bugsy was about a video by the British police, therefor my link. Lots of people should be prosecuted for singing anywhere, let alone at the wheel of a car. [:D]

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[quote user="Quillan"]Although I was talking about France (where incidentally I was 'done' for using a mobile phone even though I was stopped and the engine turned off but still on the road). I did notice at the bottom of the link it says "You can also be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you are not in proper control of your vehicle.". I wonder what defines 'proper control' when using hands free, is there a clear definition specifically for this? I mean you are talking and should have both hands on the wheel. If they mean talking then could one argue that it could be an offence to sing whilst driving with the radio on?[/quote]

 

Some time ago a woman in the UK got done for eating while driving on a  public road.  The original posting by Bugsy was about a video by the British police, therefor my link. Lots of people should be prosecuted for singing anywhere, let alone at the wheel of a car. [:D]

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Yes sorry Nick. I don't think you should stop people singing in cars especially if they are on their own, some, including myself, are not allowed to sing at home. [;-)]

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That video was very well put together.....Its targeted at the right people the young who we all know think they are living in their own world at that age free from having to take advice from bossy wrinklies .  I hope every senior school insists every one of their students sits through it ...

Bluetooth hands free kits that clip on your car visor... or like mine.... stuck on the facia just in front of the gear stick with blue tack,  where it takes a split second to press the call take button,  are so cheap, and easy to pair up with a mobile ,there is no excuse if you can afford to run  a car not to have one . About £16 Ebay delivered

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What amazes me are documentaries etc on TV where the presenter is driving and turning to the car to describe or talk about something - how dangerous is that.

Also, perfectly legal for a police officer, driving in a chase using his hand to turn on and off his microphone!!!

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What amazes me are documentaries etc on TV where the presenter is driving and turning to the car to describe or talk about something - how dangerous is that.[/quote]

Most of the time they are not actually driving, te vehicle is on a long low loading trailer with the camera crew, sound men etc all scrabbling around outside.

More often than not for facial shots the rear view mirror and windscreen wipers will have been removed.

No porn film comments please WoolyB! [;-)]

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