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Drivers eating and putting on makeup at 80mph?

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Where are all the traffic police that are supposed to be patrolling the motorways?  Are they all on one long extended coffee break or something?  During a journey into Manchester this week I realised just how bad our roads really are, as a passenger you tend to notice other drivers bad habits more.  In a thirty minute journey the following is what I observed.

No less than 30 drivers tailgating at high speed causing the drivers in front to swerve out of the way in panic.  Thank god for the quick reaction of the other drivers who moved to let them into the middle lane to get of the way of the dangerous drivers doing the tailgating!

A woman drifting across the lanes - when passing her she was on her phone totally unaware of her actions.  One woman applying make-up at a speed of 80mph!  20 drivers were talking on their mobiles and 15 drivers changed lanes without indicating.  I witnessed 2 drivers shoot across from the fast lane because they suddenly realised their junction was approaching, causing all the other drivers to take very quick evasive action.  One man had a coffee in one hand (the hand on the steering wheel) and a mobile phone in the other hand.

I saw a woman TRYING to drive with a bunch of kids climbing all over the car.  Then there was a man in a car flashing his lights and sounding the horn because he wanted us to move out of the way, we were doing 70mph in the fast lane ( i thought this was the speed limit?)  Applying makeup at speed is one thing, but there was one woman applying make up and eating breakfast at the same time!  Another woman obviously dropped something and was trying to reach for it whilst driving at 70mph. Doing stupid things whilst driving at speed is dangerous, but I saw one couple sitting in the middle lane doing about 50mph forcing other drivers to pass them on both sides which I think is just as dangerous.  Last but not least, there was the idiot who cut up a woman driver causing her to swerve in front of another car missing it by inches!  I am just amazed that I didnt actually witness an accident.

I would like to know though, where are all the traffic police?  If they actually be there to stop the madness then cant they employ some volunteers to drive police like cars up and down the motorways to act as a deterrent?  We all see the brake lights come on when a police car is spotted, so perhaps we should have a lot more of them out there or even a system where you can name and shame the bad drivers.


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Ping Pong

Ping Pong

This one is simple.
Most people speed; most people do not have accidents.
Ping Pong
8th Nov 12 21:38

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Mr Save a Life

Mr Save a Life

Well lets look at it from the other side of the fence:

Your driving along at the 'speed limit' and someone is desperately trying to get by you, you think what u said im going the speed limit, what you didnt know was the guy was a specialist doctor called in on an emergancy for whatever reason.

You didnt let him by and he never made it to the hospital in enough time to perfrom the op.

OR

That person just dropped off thir significant other to the airport (but you dont know that) but in their haste forgot their passport. The guy thunders home and heads back to the airport but you wont move OR let him past.

Thanks to you gbeing stubborn and not allowing him to pass she never made it and now wont get to see her mother who is about to pass away, however you didnt care as you thought what you were doing was more important.

My elaborate examples are meant to establish one thing: other people have busy lives to and when someone is desperately trying to get past they may have a valid and geniune reason so stop holding up traffic just because YOU feel they shouldnt be going faster.

Think about that the next time you decide to stop someone passing you.

PS. Im not attacking you merely making a point and I agree with most of what you said except my main point above just everyone always think of themselves. I always let faster cars by aswell as bikers and find driving is more relaxing when you let the less relaxing drivers past!
Mr Save a Life
18th Oct 12 14:01

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Jethro

Jethro

Jobby, Some of your posts can be extremely constructive, but then you go completely off the rails with uncalled for sarcasm that is unhelpful...Why?
Jethro
6th Oct 12 10:20

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Erin

Erin

Agree with Looking in. There's not a day goes by where I don't see someone on the phone whilst driving (badly). The saying "Good drivers just drive" is very apt.
Erin
14th Sep 12 14:21

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Looking in.

Looking in.

Jethro, "It's time to get tough before its too late!!"

Its already to late. The lunatics are in charge of the asylum, and the police are toothless because of the do-gooders who make a living from advocating the answer is "Educating drivers". Angry aggressive drivers do not want to conform, they want to control others which in turn makes they feel superior, a very British trait.
Looking in.
14th Sep 12 14:03

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Jethro

Jethro

Anybody that states bad drivers need educating in the UK are wrong, most drivers pass a driving test,so are fully aware of the standards expected of them. Bad drivers that hog the middle lane on motorways or block the outside lane know exactly what they are doing, its just that they don't give a monkeys for anybody else. It's the same for phone use when driving. There is only one way to stop bad driving practices, hammer the offenders with very big penalties( loss of licence, very big fines,) the message will soon get through to the morons/arrogant that ignore the rules. It's time to get tough before its too late!!
Jethro
14th Sep 12 11:35

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Mr Rupert

Mr Rupert

Jobby is right - so many motorway users haven't a clue and just sit in the middle lane, or even the outside lane. There needs to be a programme of educating these idiots who cause frustration and rashness due to the ignorance and/or selfishness. When it is clear in front of you, move to the lane on on your left - geddit????
Mr Rupert
14th Sep 12 00:24

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Alf Red

Alf Red

Speed in itself doesn't cause accidents, as most people seem to agree, it's lack of attention. However, in the event of an accident, the slower the speeds involved, the less the chances of serious injury.
On the point of the proposal to reduce the speed limit on some rural roads, surely this is counter-productive to the government's attempts to reduce emissions and increase car efficiency. If I'm driving at a steady 50mph-60mph on a rural road, I will get around 60mpg, but if I have to reduce my speed to 40mph, I then have to change down a gear, thus reducing my cars efficiency and costing me more money. Imagine if you've got a car with 6 forward gears and through this stupid proposal, can only use 4 of them. It's madness.
Alf Red
22nd Aug 12 10:13

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Fred E & Jethro; nice idea, but I feel it would be doomed to failure.

If revenue started going down speed limits would be lowered even further. This is now too big an industry to be stopped so easily. As more roads are given limits well below the 85th percentile then accidents will tend to increase. The result of this will be that the usual suspects; anti-car activists, local councillors who don't have a clue about road safety and the rather hysterical "road safety" charities who are financially supported by the camera industry; will drown out the voice of common sense from proper road safety experts and demand that limits are lowered even more.

Even now there are plans to put a 40mph limit on all rural roads, most currently unregulated (60mph). This is totally unnecessary and would impose a limit well below the 85th percentile on thousands of miles of roads.

The argument "even one death is too many" will be trotted out more frequently by those who are convinced that all accidents can somehow be prevented, and then goodness knows where it will end. Can you imagine driving along a motorway at 30 or 40mph? How much would your attention wander?
grumpyoldwoman
30th Jul 12 08:21

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Jethro

Jethro

Fred E, If everybody in this country drive at the posted speed limits it would not take very long to put the speed camera industry out of business, along with the govenments huge revenue. Wouldn't that be something, power to the people. But we know it isn't going to happen because a large percentage of motorists live in too much of a rush!!!!
Jethro
29th Jul 12 18:42

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Fred E

Fred E

I manage to beat all the private companies and the Government. I drive at the speed limit or below and don't pay them a penny! Not had a bump for over two decades. My car insurance premium though, is still over £100 a year.
Fred E
29th Jul 12 18:16

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Jethro, if only they were right about speeding being the major cause of accidents.

Unfortunately it isn't, and setting limits below the 85th percentile actually increases accidents. Enforcing them with speed cameras makes money at the cost of more accidents.
But who cares as long as they're making money out of us motorists!

Great.
grumpyoldwoman
29th Jul 12 11:07

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Jethro

Jethro

Grumpy, In an ideal world what you say is correct, training and education. Unfortunatly that is definitely not going to happen. Everyone will have to get used to more speed cameras and in particular SPECS (average speed cameras) which drivers cannot beat. There is now a govenment proposal to decrease some rural speed limits and increase fines and penalty points with a program of increased SPECS installations, which as you say is very profitable to private companies and govenment. Speeding, very soon will become a no win situation on roads with posted speed limits unless you have deep pockets and a chauffeur.
Jethro
29th Jul 12 10:04

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04smallmj

04smallmj

I'm pretty sure the traffic police have been disappearing due to budget cuts, and they seem to have been almost completely replaced by the Highways Agency traffic officers on the motorways...
04smallmj
28th Jul 12 21:10

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Oh, and setting yourself up as a rolling road block to enforce the speed limit is wrong and could be very dangerous.

You have no idea why the driver behind may want to get past; he may be on his way to hospital with a passenger in labour or having a heart attack. The outside lane is for overtaking, you should move back to the left as soon as possible.
grumpyoldwoman
28th Jul 12 18:17

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