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Mobile Privacy Invasion (UK) Answered

The Manchester Police force in England, has deployed two Smart cars, each equipped with a 12" pole, with a CCTV camera topping it off.

Anyone seen driving while distracted - eating at the wheel, playing with the radio or applying make-up for instance - is filmed by the cameras.
Later, a letter is sent to the owner of the car, in many cases along with a fine.
Anyone caught using their mobile will be asked to pay £60 and have three points added to their licence. Fines could also be handed out to anyone who is thought to be driving without due care and attention, or similar offences.


Big Brother isn't just watching, he's following.

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unclejoe (author)2009-04-15

the active phrase here appears to be

Anyone seen driving while distracted

jabbering on a mobile (cellphone);
food in one hand, the other on the wheel while balancing the beverage;
fiddling with audio equipments;
applying makeup;

these are all distractions.

they take your focusattention away from something else.
inside your non-moving home or office, these are acceptable.
in a moving vehicle (calculate the energy of even a small auto @8kph/5MPH), can be Very deadly.

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gmjhowe (author)2009-04-12

So, when people are staring at a smart car with a camera on top thinking 'wtf?' they get snapshotted and fined?

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KentsOkay (author)gmjhowe2009-04-15

I agree. Every time I see a smart car, I point and make fun of them
yes I know it's very wrong but hey, they were asking for it

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DJ Radio (author)gmjhowe2009-04-15

lol, nobody has said anything about the cars being a distraction on the road themselves. I would think it is more of a distraction that eating food or playing with the radio.

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ll.13 (author)2009-04-11

I wouldn't quite consider this as Big Brother. Unless they are recording drivers of more than 50% of cars.
Eating at the wheel - depending on the type of f
ood this can be a hazard (e.g. an apple = one handed small risk, packet of crisps = two hands, greater risk)
Playing with the radio - most cars have radio controls on (or near) the steering wheel, maybe they mean GPS/carputer)

As Kiteman said, it's not the money, it's the points... =|

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Kiteman (author)2009-04-11

Why do they still not prosecute people who smoke while driving?

Of all potential distractions, burning ashes in the groin are far worse than a mouth full of chocolate.

And the way they operate it - they single out a driver, and then zoom in to see if they're doing something wrong. They don't look at everybody, at the same general level, and then prosecute the wrong-doers, they pick on somebody, with no particular reason, and watch closely to see if they do wrong.

And how are they going to measure the cars' effectiveness? Probably by the number of tickets issued, which is wrong - if the cars work, then they should catch fewer and fewer drivers.

It's the same with so-called "safety cars" - have the numbers of accidents dropped in the areas they are deployed? I bet there's "not enough data yet".

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2009-04-11

Did you ever see The Big Lebowski? (smoking and drinking caused crash) L

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Chicken2209 (author)2009-04-11

�£60? is that alot?

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Kiteman (author)Chicken22092009-04-11

Never mind the cash, it's the points - accumulate too many, and they take your license off you.

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