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    termau69 wrote:
    BarrHumbug wrote:
    termau69 wrote:
    Upkeep wrote:
    BarrHumbug wrote:
    9 out of those 19 photos were of different people actually using their phones, and as per usual a half hearted report. It doesn't state how long they were there taking the photo's or the total number of cars that passed through the junction during the time they were there?
    If they were there for 2 hours and 1000 cars past through in that time, 8 a minute, then that's 0.9 percent. Doesn't sound so dramatic now does it? And I bet if they had done the same survey in 2007 before the law came in they would find that figure is a dramatic fall?
    And the same goes for the police figures, how can they say its a 91percent increase over 2007 when back then they weren't fining people for it, a pointless statement!
    Ah yes, but in 2008 they were fining people as the law was in then.
    2007...1837 cases
    2008...1716 cases, thats more than a 91% increase. You know as well as I that statistics can be read and twisted to suit the individual.
    Thank goodness someone else sees that figures and stats can be manipulated to what one wants.I THANK YOU Upkeep lol
    Ahh termau69 you've now got the point. EXACTLY what I was making in my first comment, the paper has manipulated the figure to portray the report to how they want it to be read.
    As for the Police's figures UpKeep well you also have to take into account that over that period the forces have had to face budget cuts and a reduction in officers but are no doubt expected to keep up or increase on their solved crime figures. The motorist is always an easy target for bolstering those figures?
    Dont be so patronising i never mentioned the Echo using figures as it is irrelevent the point is its illegal and dangerous and the more it gets highlighted the more chance of saving injuries to other road users and as for Phixers comment the driver who would have hit me if i hadnt reversed had no idea who was where the concentration was on the phone not on the road
    If you think figures are irrelevant then surely Upkeep's comment is irrelevant too? But you were quick to praise their comments against mine?
    Figures aren't irrelevant, I could just as easily go down there tomorrow take a picture of 10 drivers not using their phone and write a story saying that there is a zero rate of laws being broken, but then that's not very interesting journalism is it, nor is it fair or accurate? Far better to write a scaremongering story that all road users are killers!
    The story is also inaccurate because it has been proved that using a smart phone emailing, texting and updating social networks while driving is more dangerous than drink driving, not just talking on a phone and yet the paper have chosen to use that headline grabbing title and applied it to every person on there phone. How many of the people they snapped were using a smart phone and how many of those were emailing/texting/upd
    ating social networks?
    Like I originally said I don't condone it, its wrong. But my gripe is with the paper taking the facts, discarding the parts that don't suit and running it under a headline to create a maximum effect."
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Worse than drink-driving: are YOU in our mobile phone gallery?

Worse than drink-driving: are YOU in our mobile phone gallery?

Worse than drink-driving: are YOU in our mobile phone gallery?

First published in News Exclusive by

IT’S more dangerous than drink-driving and yet thousands of motorists are still putting lives at risk by using their mobile phones behind the wheel.

The Echo went out to see how many people we could catch using their phones at the wheel at Cemetery Junction - and we repeatedly saw drivers breaking the law. See the full gallery here.

The county’s top traffic cop says talking, texting or looking at something on a phone while driving is extremely distracting and reminded drivers: “No call is worth taking behind the wheel.”

Last year 3,504 motorists were caught using their phones behind the wheel in Dorset – up from the 3,229 nabbed in 2010 and a 91 per cent increase on those caught in 2007 when the legislation was introduced.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists say these figures are just the tip of the iceberg with eight per cent of drivers admitting to using smartphones for email and social networking while driving – equivalent to a staggering 3.5 million licence holders across the country.

It reports using smartphones while driving is more dangerous than drink-driving or being high on cannabis behind the wheel.

Research has found texting on a mobile phone slows reaction times by 37.4 per cent and while driving alcohol at the legal limit slows reaction times by 12.5 per cent and cannabis by 21 per cent.

Chief Inspector Bob Nichols, of Dorset Police’s traffic unit, pictured inset, said: “Our message really is quite simple. The degree of distraction it causes is very serious.

“No call is worth taking behind the wheel.

“We have dealt with a number of fatal collisions over the years where we know that the use of a mobile phone was the cause or a significant factor in the collision.

Chf Insp Nichols said Dorset Police’s No Excuse campaign had helped spread the message that using a mobile phone while driving was illegal and people doing it would get caught.

Tackling motorists who use phones while driving is a priority for Dorset Police, who say driver distraction is one of the four main contributory factors in the severity of road collisions – known as the fatal four. The others are excessive and inappropriate speeds, drink or drug driving and not wearing a seat belt.

Chf Insp Nichols said drivers caught on their phones often came up with some “bizarre” excuses.

He said: “One driver was looking at pictures on his mobile phone and said it was OK because he wasn’t using the phone to text or call.”

They have also caught a new driver who had wedged their mobile phone in the steering wheel; and woman eating chips and curry sauce while texting and driving.

Anyone caught using a phone while driving will receive three penalty points on their licence and a £60 fine. Some motorists are offered the opportunity to take part in the Driver Awareness Course at a cost of £105 instead of having points.

The number of fixed-penalty tickets issued to drivers caught using a hand-held mobile phone were:

• 2007: 1,837

• 2008: 1,716

• 2009: 2,150

• 2010: 3,229

• 2011: 3,502

• 2012 (Jan and Feb): 452

In 2009 Gwent Police produced a dramatic video aimed at showing teeenagers the danger of texting and driving. We have embedded it below. It's very graphic, so if you have young children, check it before you let them watch it.

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