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To think that most people would agree that driving on the phone is stupid

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PseudoBadger Sat 22-Jun-13 22:48:07

Why then, do I see so very many people doing it on every journey I take? Does no one actually give a shit?

Nottalotta Sat 22-Jun-13 22:50:27

They don't give a shit. Sure they would if they crashed and killed/maimed people/themselves/friends etc. Not only are people talking on the phone (bad enough) but texting and facebooking!!! Feckin morons.

HeySoulSister Sat 22-Jun-13 22:50:29

stupid|? its illegal

WorraLiberty Sat 22-Jun-13 22:51:29


I was nearly run over on a crossing the other day by a twat sending a text.

He saw me and started to slow down as the lights went read, but didn't fully stop the car and I had to run forward to avoid being hit.

He had both arms resting on the steering wheel...and his phone in both hands.

Stupid bastard.

PseudoBadger Sat 22-Jun-13 22:53:21

I know it's illegal! But when I see approximately 1 in 5 people doing it I start to doubt reality.

specialsubject Sat 22-Jun-13 22:54:49

it actually seems to be getting more prevalent since it was made illegal. I had some stupid cow drive after me when I yelled at her for driving with phone in one hand and burger in the other. I was on foot, she was in a traffic jam, so I just walked away.

hopefully she has since driven into a tree.

never a policeman around when you need one.

LunaticFringe Sat 22-Jun-13 22:55:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sat 22-Jun-13 22:59:50

I was a passenger in dd's car recently, the van in front was driving irratically, as she passed him I could see he had a book, opened and propped on the steering wheel in front of him.

Mintyy Sat 22-Jun-13 23:04:21

I also find it astonishing. Saw a Mum who could so easily be a Mumsnetter driving up my road (which has a primary school and two nurseries on it) whilst texting the other day. I wanted to fucking smash her Lexus with a hammer.

PseudoBadger Sat 22-Jun-13 23:06:00

Everyone thinks it'll never happen to them.

ChaosTrulyReigns Sat 22-Jun-13 23:09:59

I am amazed by the amount of people on the phone in the car.

I saw someone messing on an eBay app whole their phone was on the cradle on slow moving traffic th other day.

I get quite emotional about the innocent potential victims if their extreme arrogance.

ChaosTrulyReigns Sat 22-Jun-13 23:10:28

Do I mean arrogance?

Sparklingbrook Sat 22-Jun-13 23:12:46

Yes, I see it all the time. Also the people that have managed to at least stop to answer the call but on a bend/brow of a hill/in the middle of the road with their hazards flashing. hmm

Startail Sat 22-Jun-13 23:13:18

Making it illegal has just made life round here more dangerous.

Now delivery drivers wait until they are off the main road (where there are often police cars) and use their phones on our single track, blind bend, lane instead. angry

SquinkiesRule Sun 23-Jun-13 01:33:20

I always see Mums on their phones at school pick up, driving through the pick up line in the, car park, rolling through the stop sign at the school entrance, someones child is going to get hit by one of these idiot parents.

nowaydude Sun 23-Jun-13 08:23:37

YANBU angry

I still don't get whay so many people do it either. Bunch of idiots.

mummymccar Sun 23-Jun-13 08:29:12

YANBU - I was nearly run over on a pelican crossing the other day by a woman driving over the speed limit on the phone. Thank god I didn't have my toddler with me, she would've smashed right into the stroller if I had.

scissy Sun 23-Jun-13 08:36:29

YANBU. As a non-driver this really irks me, I nearly got hit by a texting driver once on a crossing angry he then gave me evils as if I was doing something wrong!
There was an article on the bbc last year which included a bunch of random text messages, turns out they were what people were sending from their phones just before they had an accident that killed themselves or someone else. Sobering reading.

Tee2072 Sun 23-Jun-13 08:40:56

I don't see it much in Belfast, actually, I think because for awhile the cops were being really vigilant about catching people and fining them. The fine is just under £100, I think.

I don't drive any more, but when I did, I never did this. Isn't this why there's voice mail?

OnTheNingNangNong Sun 23-Jun-13 09:15:40

It's all to common round here. You regularly see the ambulance or fire crews shouting at twats on the phone while driving.

It pisses me off as I'm sure there's very few urgent calls that need to be made while driving.

livinginwonderland Sun 23-Jun-13 09:20:35

The police around here will yell at you and pull you over if they catch you. Key word being IF. There aren't enough policemen around and there are too many idiots who would rather talk on the phone than drive safely.

NicknameIncomplete Sun 23-Jun-13 09:34:14

My dd thinks i am a bit strange because if we are walking along the road or waiting to cross a road i will point out those driving while using their phones.

Why would you want to put your life & others in danger?

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Sun 23-Jun-13 09:38:26

It pisses me off as I'm sure there's very few urgent calls that need to be made while driving

No call is that important, it can wait until the driver find somewhere to pull over and stop the car.

Sianilaa Sun 23-Jun-13 09:44:15

See far too many people doing it. A woman in a carpark was texting and driving and nearly ran me and my children over. I took a photo of her on my own phone, caught in the act as she didnt even notice. She started screaming abuse at me when she realised what I was doing though. I wish I had taken that photo to the police but didn't think they'd do anything about it.

BringBackBod Sun 23-Jun-13 09:53:10

What are the consequences if caught? (non driver here)
Whatever they are, they need to be tougher.

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