Theodore's World: UK Police To Start Seizing Drivers’ Cell Phones After All Crashes - Good, I hope they do it in USA too.

« Hillary Clinton: “I Know How Hard It Is To Be The Leader Of a Small Country- LOL and she is serious! | Main | Senate Democrats Try To Pass Resolution Declaring Global Warming Is Real… Sen. James Inhofe Blocks It »

July 30, 2014

UK Police To Start Seizing Drivers’ Cell Phones After All Crashes - Good, I hope they do it in USA too.

UK Police To Start Seizing Drivers’ Cell Phones After All Crashes

Police are to start seizing drivers’ mobile phones after a crash in order to check whether they were texting or calling while at the wheel.

Previously mobiles have only been taken when drivers are seriously injured or killed in a crash, but new guidelines issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers says that officers should check drivers’ mobiles even in the event of a minor shunt.

The intent is to crack down on mobile distractions while driving, with recent reports suggesting that more than 500 people are killed or seriously injured each year in the UK because drivers have been calling, texting or posting to social media.

Road safety charity Brake welcomed the new guidelines, with spokesperson Ed Morrow saying: “We are fully supportive of the efforts by the police to clamp down on mobile phone use at the wheel. Offenders need to know they will be caught, they will be prosecuted, and there will be serious consequences.”

The crackdown might also be accompanied by an increase in the penalty for texting at the wheel to six points on drivers’ licenses instead of three. This would mean that drivers could be banned if they are caught using their phones just twice while driving.

However, some individuals are concerned that the new powers could be abused. Hugh Bladon of the Alliance of British Divers told Yahoo News: “I am 100 per cent against anyone texting while driving and those caught deserve everything they get. But I’m worried police could overdo it, just because someone is involved in a minor shunt, surely it shouldn’t mean they should lose their phone.”

Discussing the change to penalty points earlier this month, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin described the amount of casualties from drivers using their mobile as “absolutely appalling”. “We’ve got to change this,” he said.

Wild Thing's comment............

I approve of this 100%. I hope they do it here in America as well. There are too many people addicted to their stupid phones and yakking and texting while they drive. My guess is 99% of the people doing this could wait.

When I am out running errands etc. I see tons of people holding their phone in one hand and the other on the wheel while driving, too many walking to cross a street while on their phone, riding a bicycle while on their is insane.

Posted by Wild Thing at July 30, 2014 12:45 AM


Low info voters = low life law breaking drivers!

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at July 30, 2014 05:46 AM

I have a 13 yr old flip type cell phone. I only use it for emergencies or for ordering ahead. In my truck I pull off the rode to use the phone. My number is never given out and usually I can't even remember my cell phone#.

I hate dodging and looking out for other people driving and talking. They have become more prevelant than drunks and just as dangerous.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at July 30, 2014 01:42 PM

I agree Darth.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 1, 2014 12:15 AM

Tom that is how long I have had my phone and it is just like yours. For me I only use it when I drive somewhere, in case I have an emergency or car trouble. I get kidded about still having a flip type of phone, but it is good enough for me. haha

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 1, 2014 12:20 AM