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Phones to be seized in all road accidents

July 28th, 2014 10 Comments By Ian Wade

mobile car 300x224 Phones to be seized in all road accidentsEvery driver involved in a car crash will now have their phones seized.

This is said to be a help in cracking down on road deaths by those ne’er do wells who text at the wheel.

Police will now check if the motorist has broken the law and possibly been in any way responsible for the accident, and mobiles will now be taken away by officers as evidence.

The Police have said that they must do this due to the growing numbers of fatalities on the road, and this follows stiffer punishments for people who use their mobile at the steering wheel.

The move was welcomed last night by charities and pressure groups who have accused police and politicians of failing to make road safety a priority.

Of course, there are some people who aren’t into the idea, claiming that a mild car-park-shunt could result in phones being confiscated. Also that confiscating phones could delay help.

Although one can imagine that in a motorway pile up, the first thing the police would be concentrating on is confiscating phones.

There is perhaps a logical way to look at how to do this. If a driver has had an accident and the time of the accident matches up with when they sent a text or were gassing on the phone, then yes, this is a very good idea.

If someone is using the phone while manouvering about in a car park, then they are just thick, and shouldn’t be let out of the house.

The phone checks will apply to any accident. Previously they were made only in accidents where people were killed or seriously injured.

More than 500 people a year are killed or injured by people being thoughtless shits at the wheel, and half the time no charges are pressed against the driver, even if they were found to be in the wrong.

About time too.

We’re not actively looking to bum you all out first thing in the morning, but if you’ve been wondering where you could see a mind-mangling montage of mocked-up motor accidents (as well as reading some frankly unnecessary alliteration) you’ve come to the right place.

The Australians take pride in making their road safety public service announcements as graphic and gruesome as possible without actually going the whole hog and pumping out a snuff movie, and right now the Victoria Transport Accident Commission are sort of celebrating.

It’s 20 years since they adopted the hardcore approach to warning road users about the various behind-the-wheel perils inherent in irresponsible car action and they’ve put together this compilation of their um, greatest hits from the past two decades, backed by the sound of ‘Everything Hurts’ by REM.

The first minute is a bit slow but then it turns into a rollercoaster of blood and thunder. Parts of it will have you saying ‘what the fuckity-fuck is THIS?’ and parts of it will literally churn your stomach but if it gets inside your head and makes you drive that little bit more cautiously this Christmas then it’s done its job.

Please don’t watch it if you’re slightly delicate of mind and soul – you’re probably not the target audience anyway.