Driving while distracted with cellphone

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    Inches away from a cyclist. I bet this driver doesn't even know there's a cyclist there. Driving with a cellphone clamped to an ear is a major cause of crashes worldwide but is the norm for many motorists. Bastards.

    1. KarlOnSea 67 months ago | reply

      Driving while on the phone renders the driver less capable than if they'd been drinking. I second your final sentiment, and would like to add that when the revolution comes, they'll be the first up against the wall.

    2. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 67 months ago | reply

      I thought you Europeans call those "mobile phones"?

      Is it legal to drive with a phone to ear like this in the UK?

    3. carltonreid 67 months ago | reply

      I mix with Americans too much, Richard! Heck, at the Cycle show I had to stop myself saying 'booth' when only 'stand' would be understood.

      Driving with a phone is illegal and carries a fine of £60.

    4. Le Fromagier Extraordinaire 67 months ago | reply

      There seems to be little or no prospect of enforcement. That really sucks. I drive as well as cycle and I see this law commonly flouted. This activity makes me uneasy at the wheel myself, as I am having to compensate for the inability of the idiot on the phone to do the basic activities, such as observation, indicating, steering properly and changing into an appropriate gear. I hate it and just wish there was a desire to enforce this law, raise the fine level and actually start getting these people and not 'just' from the point of view of the cyclist, but from all road users and pedestrians, as we're all put at a little extra risk by this.

    5. billynom 65 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Knob heads of the road, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. Goldline2021 64 months ago | reply

      Richard, we call them mobile phones, its just that "cellphone" (which makes sense how?) has been used so as not to confuse you yanks! :D

    7. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 64 months ago | reply

      Most of us in the USA are also familiar with the UK terminology, at least as far as mobile vs cellular goes. I just like to give Carlton a hard time with his cross-Atlantic journeys.

      "Cellular" because it's based on cellular radio technology. Each "cell" or service area is served by a base station, and service is automatically handed from cell to cell as the radio device (your mobile phones) travels across an area.

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