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49 Responses to Arrested for Smoking or Eating While Driving

  1. Profile photo of Snoogans
    Snoogans Male 30-39
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    October 1, 2007 at 7:26 pm
    Link: Arrested for Smoking or Eating While Driving - 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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    steerpike_ Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 2:10 am
    Heh.
    guy had a strange voice.
    its going to be wayyy too hard to enforce all that.
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    dust_monkey Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 2:20 am
    "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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    GothicQueen Male 13-17
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    October 4, 2007 at 2:24 am
    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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    KingDragon Female 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 3:11 am
    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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    catapilrgirl Female 30-39
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    October 4, 2007 at 3:20 am
    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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    FatAnorexic Female 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 3:30 am
    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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    snoopdawgg Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 3:38 am
    cant help it
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    AmyNicoleduh Female 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 3:39 am
    Agreed, KingDragon.

    What`s a sat nav though?

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

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    Sadiee Female 13-17
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    October 4, 2007 at 3:45 am
    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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    Dedfink Female 18-29
    247 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 3:53 am
    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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    R_U_Kidding Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 3:54 am
    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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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 5:02 am
    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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    Ricklionhart Male 40-49
    124 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 6:07 am
    "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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    BubbaLuvSpon Male 30-39
    159 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 9:00 am
    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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    B3nt Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 9:16 am
    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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    icklevamp Female 18-29
    375 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 9:41 am
    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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    Piratesfan Female 40-49
    244 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 10:00 am
    they didnt include cellphones for some reason.. that is the WORST offence as far as im concerned!!!
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    -Thrive- Male 13-17
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    October 4, 2007 at 10:48 am
    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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    Sabre200000 Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 11:10 am
    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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    nicholelibra Female 18-29
    663 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 11:26 am
    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.
  22. Profile photo of stumpen
    stumpen Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 11:48 am
    nicholelibra
    pull out the shotgun and give him a warning,
    the american way.
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    fluffypink Female 18-29
    16 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 11:50 am
    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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    fluffypink Female 18-29
    16 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 11:52 am
    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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    sprink99 Male 30-39
    393 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 12:25 pm
    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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    skypirate Male 18-29
    2415 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 12:40 pm
    cant smoke and drive? weird
  27. Profile photo of Pontroll
    Pontroll Female 13-17
    36 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 1:14 pm
    "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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    Sabre200000 Male 18-29
    1039 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 1:18 pm
    "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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    Isobar Male 18-29
    293 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 1:40 pm
    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.
  30. Profile photo of stumpen
    stumpen Male 18-29
    71 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 1:51 pm
    "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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    shrtro Male 18-29
    65 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 2:18 pm
    They enforce these laws in Texas. It really helps, even though we are the worst drivers in the country (not including myself, of course).
  32. Profile photo of nicholelibra
    nicholelibra Female 18-29
    663 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 2:53 pm
    Just in case.

    riding shotgun = passenger seat.

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    Eichenkatze Male 18-29
    780 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 2:59 pm
    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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    Kragoth Male 13-17
    154 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 3:54 pm
    This is retarded. Honestly.
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    Kristen323 Female 18-29
    127 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 4:52 pm
    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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    AFTERSHOCK Male 18-29
    2782 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 7:06 pm
    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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    Legion5 Male 18-29
    438 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 7:12 pm
    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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    MuseofSatie Female 18-29
    67 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 8:16 pm
    "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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    HylianNinja Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 9:10 pm
    They`ll have to take that smoking thing out, because f*ck them.
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    omgitssam Male 13-17
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    October 4, 2007 at 9:21 pm
    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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    Victory7 Male 18-29
    362 posts
    October 4, 2007 at 10:32 pm
    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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    standemon Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 10:44 pm
    "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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    DrFeelGood10 Male 18-29
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    October 4, 2007 at 11:20 pm
    1984 was a very cool book.
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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    October 5, 2007 at 3:22 am
    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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    Big_Gay_Nob Male 50-59
    678 posts
    October 5, 2007 at 6:54 am
    another nail in the coffin of personal freedoms

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    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    October 5, 2007 at 4:03 pm
    i like pie
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    Livista Female 18-29
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    October 7, 2007 at 7:10 pm
    That fella did have a weird voice.
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    xp Male 30-39
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    October 9, 2007 at 6:44 am
    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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    R_U_Kidding Male 18-29
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    October 9, 2007 at 7:17 am
    "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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