[LINK] Mobile phone use set to be banned in vehicles
kim at holburn.net
Mon Feb 7 10:37:10 AEDT 2011
Nanny state strikes again:
People fined for "Touching their phones while driving"? Yet I see people driving with phones held to their ear all the time.
> Mobile phone use set to be banned in vehicles
> Calls from the road could be a thing of the past. (Reuters)
> There are moves underway to ban all mobile phone use in vehicles, following a report from state transport heads, Fairfax reports.
> The report comes amid a dramatic rise in the number of people fined for using a phone when behind the wheel.
> In 2006, US researchers found that being distracted by a mobile phone was the equivalent of having a blood-alcohol level of 0.08, which is considered over the limit in every Australian
> The Sydney Morning Herald reports that over 50,000 drivers were last year fined for calling, texting and also touching their phones while driving, in NSW alone.
> The report arrives before changes to be made in Western Australia, which will restrict motorists from using mobiles.
> Australasian Bus and Coach reports that amendments to the Road Traffic Code in the state will ban calls unless made from a mounting device or hands-free device, from March the 1st.
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