The police will be able to afford iPhones

The police will be able to afford iPhones

Yesterday I had to lean on the horn (not a euphemism) while following a woman driving a people mover. I could see her through the back window holding her mobile phone up texting while driving. While not technically illegal yesterday, she was doing 25kph in a 50kph zone and I didn’t want to have visibly aged before I reached my destination 2km away.

Now it is illegal, though, I don’t think this is going to stop instances like that. We were on a back street in Westmere, so the likelihood of being caught is remote, and anyone who doesn”t try to maintain at least 50 while texting as not to draw attention to themselves is obviously a retard.

I have texted while driving a grand total of 3 times, so I too am a retard (though I did maintain the speed limit…which is still retarded). Once I texted ‘ok’, which I can do without looking (well, except that I had to read the incoming text first). The other two times, one of which was at open road speeds on the way to Rotorua, I most probably texted something longer, but nothing that would be considered a weighty tome.

After doing that I decided it was a bad idea, for two reasons:

1) Texting annoys me at the best of times – it’s slow, makes my thumb hurt, and I’d rather call someone

2) I thought that only paying 50% attention to the road might result in an incident that rearranges my internal organs.

So, common sense eventually prevailed in my head, but it obviously hasn’t in the heads of the great many people I still see driving around looking at the small screen. It’s most evident at night when you can see their chin illuminated by the LCD glow in their lap, but I don’t know whether that’s enough for the police to pull them over. How would they prove it unless they actually saw the phone?

You could get away with it though – sending, that it. Touch-texting is a skill I don’t quite have, except for 2-letter responses, but many do. However, I would suspect that with the increasing number of touch-screen phones like the iPhone, that this will be harder as you don’t have the raised nipple on the 5 like I do on my Nokia.

It was interesting to hear that in Sydney talking on the phone while driving is one of the most common traffic offences, and is a significant revenue earner for the fuzz. I anticipate the same will happen here and the police will eventually be able to afford iPhones themselves, despite the exhorbitant charges! They just won’t be able to text their mates on the job.

Yesterday I had to lean on the horn (not a euphemism) while following a woman driving a people mover. I could see her through the back window holding her mobile phone up texting while driving. While not technically illegal yesterday, she was doing 25kph in a 50kph zone and I didn’t want to have visibly aged before I reached my destination 2km away.

Now it is illegal, though, I don’t think this is going to stop instances like that. We were on a back street in Westmere, so the likelihood of being caught is remote, and anyone who doesn”t try to maintain at least 50 while texting as not to draw attention to themselves is obviously a retard.

I have texted while driving a grand total of 3 times, so I too am a retard (though I did maintain the speed limit…which is still retarded). Once I texted ‘ok’, which I can do without looking (well, except that I had to read the incoming text first). The other two times, one of which was at open road speeds on the way to Rotorua, I most probably texted something longer, but nothing that would be considered a weighty tome.

After doing that I decided it was a bad idea, for two reasons:

1) Texting annoys me at the best of times – it’s slow, makes my thumb hurt, and I’d rather call someone

2) I thought that only paying 50% attention to the road might result in an incident that rearranges my internal organs.

So, common sense eventually prevailed in my head, but it obviously hasn’t in the heads of the great many people I still see driving around looking at the small screen. It’s most evident at night when you can see their chin illuminated by the LCD glow in their lap, but I don’t know whether that’s enough for the police to pull them over. How would they prove it unless they actually saw the phone?

You could get away with it though – sending, that it. Touch-texting is a skill I don’t quite have, except for 2-letter responses, but many do. However, I would suspect that with the increasing number of touch-screen phones like the iPhone, that this will be harder as you don’t have the raised nipple on the 5 like I do on my Nokia.

It was interesting to hear that in Sydney talking on the phone while driving is one of the most common traffic offences, and is a significant revenue earner for the fuzz. I anticipate the same will happen here and the police will eventually be able to afford iPhones themselves, despite the exhorbitant charges! They just won’t be able to text their mates on the job.

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