Arrested for Smoking or Eating While Driving

Submitted by: Snoogans 10 years ago in
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Big Brother is watching motorists in the UK and sending out fines if you"re caught eating, smoking or applying make-up.
There are 49 comments:
Male 4,246
"Duuh, welcome to the English language. "Whilst" is a word, "while" isn`t in the context that most people normally use it. Try picking up a dictionary sometime and actually learning the language you THINK you can speak..."

Ouch!! Jeez, Ricklionheart, what crawled up YOUR arse and got cozy? Did I say `whilst` isn`t a word? No, I did not. So take a bloody pill or eleven, and chill the hell out.

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Male 522
Oh now we can`t smoke in our cars either? WTF? Ive been smoking and driving for 20 years and I`ve never had an accident. The cigarettes are going to kill me from cancer before they make me get into an accident.
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Female 32
That fella did have a weird voice.
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Female 2,026
i like pie
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Male 678
another nail in the coffin of personal freedoms

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Male 3,255
Eating and makeup? Of course, but smoking? How drating retarded do you have to be to drive poorly while lighing a smoke?
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Male 290
1984 was a very cool book.
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Male 13
"unless you don`t have power steering... in which case, you shouldn`t be driving it anyway."

Pansy.

As far as the law goes....eh, I`d be affected by it, but I don`t have to drive and smoke, eat, or whatever while I drive. I can pull into a rest area. I can wait until I get to work. Am I in agreeance of this? Well....no, but then I don`t live in the UK. Cell Phone usage while driving is illegal in most states these days. Seat belt laws areall over the place, and michigan cops can actually pull you over just for not wearing a seat belt. They don`t have to find another reason to nab you anymore. They can also pull you over for following too close behind.

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Male 362
You know, it might have been just me, but I could have sworn I heard "1984" and "The Party" being whispered in the background. But that would just be me being paranoid about oppresive government.
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Male 384
it`s actually a very good idea and should probably be enforced more here in the states, but ya know ya know.
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Male 902
They`ll have to take that smoking thing out, because f*ck them.
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Female 67
"They enforce these laws in Texas. It really helps, even though we are the worst drivers in the country (not including myself, of course)."

Actually, according to a couple of surveys for 2007, drivers in the New York are the worst in the country. ("New York drivers came in last in driver knowledge, while Idaho came in first. Arkansas, Minnesota, Kansas and Wisconsin ranked in the top five, while New Jersey, the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island were in the bottom five among all 50 states.")

As for this law, I think it`s a good idea. It has its flaws (as someone else pointed out, it can be hard for some to drive for hours on end without some kind of stimulant in you), but I`m sick of seeing the SUV next to me swerve in and out of my lane, only to find that they`re jabbering away on their cellphone while trying to "drive".

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Male 438
The roads in the UK have not become more busy in the last 10 years, it`s obvious that neither the lawmakers NOR the reporter here did any research (the law is very silly).
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Male 2,781
I ONLY LIKE THE ENGLISHGIRLS` ACCENT. DUDES SOUND LIKE IDIOTS.

I USE MY LEGS TO STEER OCCASIONALLY...WHEN I`M CHANGING A CD OR EATING..

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Female 127
It`s your car- you can do whatever you want in it. I think this is complete and utter crap. It`s no where in the law that you`re not allowed to eat in your own frickin car when you`re driving.
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Male 154
This is retarded. Honestly.
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Male 778
I`m glad they`re taking a stance. Too many times i find someone swerving around the lane and find they are eating, talking on their cell, putting on makeup, primping themselves in the mirror, playing with their dog on the wheel (yes.. i`ve seen it), and so forth. Glad the UK is taking a step towards it. Makes a good point though "You wouldn`t do these things at your driving test, so why do you afterwards?" I don`t.
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Female 663
Just in case.

riding shotgun = passenger seat.

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Male 65
They enforce these laws in Texas. It really helps, even though we are the worst drivers in the country (not including myself, of course).
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Male 71
"You may have a point on the stress/stimulant thing, but either way you`ll die more quickly, either from a wreck or destroyed lungs. lose-lose situation :("

or you get shot by a guncrazy american, when it happens you are going to regret not smoking your last fag

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Male 293
I can`t drive with two hands on the wheel, my hands fight each other for control of the wheel. I don`t wanna hear it about how two hands is safer, its not like it takes force to turn a steering wheel, unless you don`t have power steering... in which case, you shouldn`t be driving it anyway.
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Male 1,039
"Not having a cigarette is going to cause some major road rage!LOL"-fluffypink

You may have a point on the stress/stimulant thing, but either way you`ll die more quickly, either from a wreck or destroyed lungs. lose-lose situation :(

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Female 36
"Old George Orwell got it backward. Big Brother isn`t watching. He`s singing and dancing. He`s pulling rabbits out of a hat."

Whoever guesses what the quote is from gets a cookie.

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2,841
cant smoke and drive? weird
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Male 393
I was eating KFC while driving once. I was doing the pedals, my mate in the passenger seat was steering, and my other mate in the back was reaching between the seats to change gear. I enjoyed my food, we got there safely and quickley. Whats the problem?
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Female 16
Plus. If I cant have stimulants whilst driving a long journey (ie: coffee, cigarette, food for energy, music to listen to) a might fall asleep at the wheel and cause much more damage! Plus not having a cigarette is going to cause some major road rage!LOL
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Female 16
It`s the singling out the smoking that gets me. We can already be fined or get points on our licence by driving without due care and attention, which is what any of these things would be classed as if they resulted in an accident etc. Making it actually with regards to smoking is just another way for the UK to get more money out of us from fines. The policing in the UK now is just a massive money making organisation. A road I live on needed 6 police men (sorry, must be politically correct, police persons!) to perform lazer checks on cars that had out of date tax discs, yet when my car was stolen from my drive in front of my very eyes a police (person) didn`t show up until 3 hours after it was nicked! They don`t fix the free crimes anymore!
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Male 71
nicholelibra
pull out the shotgun and give him a warning,
the american way.
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Female 663
I so wish they had this in the US. Do you know what it`s like going 70 mph down a major highway and looking over to see the next guy reading a book while driving?
And before anyone says anything about why I wasn`t watching the road...I was riding shotgun.
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Male 1,039
Hmmm, I don`t smoke, I don`t wear makeup, and I eat at home or inside restaurants...yeah, I think I`m safe wherever I go.

I wish they would do the same in the US of A.

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Male 6
Piratesfan ,
It is already illigal to use cellphones while driving in the uk . Im not concerned about this , mainly because i don`t drive and i knew it was going to happen eventualy .
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Female 244
they didnt include cellphones for some reason.. that is the WORST offence as far as im concerned!!!
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Female 375
2 or 3 hour commutes? How small do you think the UK is? Loads of people drive 2 or 3 hours to work, and we`ve had the mobile law for a fair while with no issues at all, distractions while driving causes accidents, and you need both hands to swerve around a child quickly.
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Male 96
This would never fly in the US. The distances that we commute here are just too great. I am a field engineer for a tech company, and am frequently on the road for 2-3 hour commutes. There is no way that I could or even would pull over to take/make a phone call every time. Also, I often eat my breakfast and dinner on the road.

What about the fast food drive-thru? Will those be illegal too? How long until they start monitoring our heads for illegal thoughts? Damn, this is a BAD trend.

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Male 159
Personally, I do all those things (except the make-up part), and I`ve had some close calls. I know this isn`t in the US yet. If it makes it, the enforcement will probably be something like this. You won`t get pulled over for smoking, eating, etc. Although, if you get pulled over for something else (speeding, driving out of your lane, etc), or have an accident, and you`re doing any of the mentioned things, you will be fined. That`s how the seatbelt law started in my state. You couldn`t be pulled over for not wearing your seatbelt, but if you were pulled over, and not wearing it, additional fines.
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Male 124
"Heh. "Whilst" is a funny word, and he said it at least three times."

Duuh, welcome to the English language. "Whilst" is a word, "while" isn`t in the context that most people normally use it. Try picking up a dictionary sometime and actually learning the language you THINK you can speak...

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Male 4,546
SatNav.
Satellite Navigation System.

And yeah, I always thought that was a good idea.

"That`s going to be too hard to enforce".
Despite laws against them, there are still rapes/murders.

Laws in practice reduce crimes, not stop them. Just because they still occur does not mean we should stop enforcing them. Similarly here, this will mean fewer people getting into stupid accidents for doing stupid things.

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Male 4,246
Heh. "Whilst" is a funny word, and he said it at least three times.

Anyway, it`s good to see some sort of government taking this seriously; far too many wrecks happen because of stupid people doing stupid things `whilst` driving.

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Female 247
I think the guy in the simulator just couldn`t drive. I mean come on he couldn`t take a bite of a candy bar without nearly losing control?
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Female 73
Steerpike, that guy did have a funny voice, in my opinion, I mean I`m British and I don`t lknow of anyone who talks like that... :/
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Female 1,158
Agreed, KingDragon.

What`s a sat nav though?

Navigational system.........? That doesn`t make sense though.

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Male 480
cant help it
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Female 118
KingDragon, I do believe he ment, having a baby ride in the back. If it fusses, the driver may reach in the back to comfort him or her, etc.
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Female 150
i do that stuff all the time! i know it`s bad, but so is being stuck in traffic for hours doing nothing but moving 35mph on the highway trying to get home. orlando traffic sucks.
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Female 159
The questions the reporter was asking that uy at the end annoyed me.

"Not everyone smokes" well.. it won`t be a problem for them then will it

"What if someone`s haveing a baby in the back of the car" In the extrordinary circumstance of that occuring, I assume she won`t be driving.

It also probably doesn`t cover sat nav`s because I image most people will programme the route before setting off as opposed to starting then thinking; Oh wait, I don`t know where I`m going.

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Female 4,376
i know a lot of people are gona start bitchin saying "ohh i smoke my cig all the time and i don`t get into accidents" or "omg id die without my cigrettes"

well get over yourselves because smokeing or even holding anything in your hand while driving (applying make-up, cellphones, eating,) are very distracting. I almost got into an accident once because i took a drink of water from my water bottle lol

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Male 57
"Heh.
guy had a strange voice.
its going to be wayyy too hard to enforce all that."

1st he didn`t was just one of the English accents.

2nd not really police setting up cars with cameras recording people doing it then fining them.

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Male 157
Heh.
guy had a strange voice.
its going to be wayyy too hard to enforce all that.
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Male 869
Link: Arrested for Smoking or Eating While Driving [Rate Link] - Big Brother is watching motorists in the UK and sending out fines if you`re caught eating, smoking or applying make-up.
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