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Old 04-02-2002, 18:09   #1 (permalink)
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Dob in reckless drivers, mobile motorists urged

Full article at http://www.drive.com.au/news/article...X5Z4KHKZC.html

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Victorians should call police on their mobile phones to report any reckless driving they witness, police said yesterday after the state's Easter road toll rose to nine – the nation's highest.

Victoria Police's acting Assistant Commissioner for Traffic, Bob Hastings, said: "Anyone out there who sees something happening on the roads that they believe is blatantly wrong and potentially dangerous can take the number of the vehicle and report it to police.
Like the cops are going to do anything...
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What a headache that's going to be for police. Imagine all the fake complaints they'll get..
.. or revenue they raise from people driving whilst on their mobiles..
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Speaking of things like this, I rang in my first EPA violator the other day! Was a mid sized truck, spewing great clouds of thick smoke continually (basically whenever he wasn't idling). I couldn't even block it out by changing to air recycle mode, it was that bad. And looking in the rear view mirror, the smoke he left didn't dissipate either, it hung there dramatically reducing visibility. The fumes were really bad, I'm just glad I don't have any breathing / lung conditions to contend with. He obviously didn't give a rats about any of this, and consequently I cracked it, and rung the EPA number and reported the bastard!

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Old 04-02-2002, 23:55   #4 (permalink)
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Ok how crazy is this? I think I would be on the phone non stop, maybe just keep a constant line to the cops. If it wasnt hands free I would be pulling over prety much every block wasting my time. Plus, if the cops have a special number for this is it free of charge, cause my phone bill would be massive. Any compensation?
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I'm surpirsed there isn't a *555 number like in NZ to call in dangerous driving, it is free of charge from your mobile.

Would not a problem arise though if the police didn't witness it and they issue a ticket and the perp argues it and takes it to court, the dobber inner would be the witness and would have to go to court? So really a warning is all the could give unless you were perpared to go to court.

FWIW NZ had its lowest road toll since 1957 this easter, and they don't have as many speed cameras per pop. as Aus does...........
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Try it...

You have to make a detailed statement in person at a Police station, and then you have to be able to produce third party witnesses. Otherwise in the words of the police themselves, it's just your word against theirs, and for the police to approach the alleged perpetrator would be harrassment.

Personally I think you'd have to have a specially tamper proofed and sealed video camera, which is physically downloaded by a policeman, before you'd have a chance of getting the police to approach the driver in question. Nothing else would stand up in court.
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NZ had its lowest road toll since 1957 this easter, and they don't have as many speed cameras per pop. as Aus does...........
Yeah, only 2 people sucked the big one this easter. As for speed cameras, they were actually banned for a while because (would you believe) of numerous complaints (and court cases) about their inaccuracy. But they are back now. However, the latest gimmic is "Police Controlled Intersections", with giant signs at various intersections. However, I have yet to see a cop at one.
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still the pollies / police tiptoe around the issue of road safety and propose high profile 'solutions' that actually achieve f*#k all.

and still the punters buy it.

i do have one question...are you encouraged to call on your mobile if you dont have a hands free? if so, are you allowed to dob in soeone else who is driving whilst talking on a hand held phone?

can you be fined for admitting you are talking on a hand held?
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