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Post by Dan @ 01:00pm 01/11/12 | 19 Comments
EA Australia's promotional Lamborghini has been rolling around the streets of Sydney this week, dolled up like an orange cab as part of the city's taxi fleet. It's not terribly exciting or newsworthy by itself, but we found this article published in Sydney's daily telegraph rather amusing:
As new mobile phone laws come into effect today in NSW, banning motorists from touching their phones, this police officer was photographed using his phone to take a photo of the Lamborghini beside him.

The police car's ignition was on but was stopped at a red light.

Under the state's new laws, a mobile phone can only be used if it is secured in a mounting fixed to the vehicle or can be operated by the driver without touching any part of the phone.

Motorists are banned from resting the phone between their legs or holding it between their shoulder and ear.

When asked about the changes yesterday, the police officer taking the photo replied: "We're exempt from that rule, mate."
The article goes on to explain that the popo are indeed exempt, providing that it's for work-related purposes, which we presume involves taking happy snaps of exotic cars.

The photo, which amusingly also appears to have been taken from the drivers seat of the photographer's car, contrasts the activities in Need for Speed Most Wanted, which is centred around high speed pursuits between outlaws and law enforcement.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted launches today in Australia for PC PS3, Xbox 360 and PS Vita, along with Android and iOS versions, with a Wii U version to follow that console's release. AusGamers will have a full review in the coming days.




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copuis
Posted 02:10pm 01/11/12
thats true,

in fact all emergency vehicles are exempt from that, thus enabling the drivers to not only use mobiles, but also CB radios, and other communication devices (like computer systems, or laptops)

and that is under the federal road rules so state rules can't over rule it
Khel
Posted 02:43pm 01/11/12
So even while sitting at a red light you can't touch your phone? That seems a bit retarded
reload!
Posted 02:47pm 01/11/12
of course it's retarded. just like the distinction between holding a phone and one that's on a fixed mount. you still have to take your f*****g hand off the wheel. apparently driving a manual car should be illegal too.
copuis
Posted 03:12pm 01/11/12
of course it's retarded. just like the distinction between holding a phone and one that's on a fixed mount. you still have to take your f*****g hand off the wheel. apparently driving a manual car should be illegal too.



pretty sure they tried to bring the whole "two hands on the wheel at all times" thing 20 odd years ago, and it was met with a "ffs, what about manuals"


TBH, the main issue that i see isn't so much the talking on the phone, (which is something i've been doing for yonks, same with using the CB radio) the problem is that people place the importance of task order the wrong way around,

it is the road,
the traffic around,
what your car is doing,
then the person on the other end,

most people that get into strive get the order f***ed up, and get distracted by the call,
arkter
Posted 08:06pm 01/11/12
Has anyone(public, not so much ausgamers) considered that we trust these officers of the law to shoot and kill + drive in high-speed pursuits? I like to think they are capable of operating a camera whilst stuck in traffic.

And while these new laws may seem frustrating, as do the current QLD laws - they are there to stop idiots and terrible drivers killing other people... I don't care if s*** drivers kill themselves, but I do care when they harm other people (your kids, wife, parents) if I had a dollar for every time I saw some ditzy b**** almost cause a pile up because she was texting or on the phone .....

And while the majority of us may be capable of operating a phone whilst driving - that doesn't mean everyone is!
hardware
Posted 09:03pm 01/11/12
So wait, i'm still right to use my UHF radio, right?

One handheld communication device with buttons and a screen is OK but the other isn't?
Timmeh
Posted 09:12pm 01/11/12
my phone stays in my boot in my toolbag. i have been in a crash when my mate was texting.
luckily it was only his ego and bogan boat that was injured.
Bah
Posted 09:24pm 01/11/12
So even while sitting at a red light you can't touch your phone? That seems a bit retarded

Yeah i know, it never annoys me at all when some person in front of me is looking down for 10 seconds after the light turns green, or you see the car in front lurch forward when they hear a beep before slamming the brakes back on realising the light is still red.
Whoop
Posted 12:06am 02/11/12
silly laws you say?
http://www.allianz.com.au/car-insurance/fine-for-an-unlocked-car
Did you know that in some States, you can actually get fined if you walk away from your car ‎without locking it? You can even get fined if your windows are wound down too far while ‎the car is unattended.‎

In Queensland and Victoria, for example, the law stipulates that a driver must lock their car if ‎they are more than three metres away from it, and windows must not be wound down more ‎than five centimetres. Failure to do so can result in Police issuing a fine of $40 in Queensland ‎and $117 in Victoria. If the offence goes in front of a magistrate in Victoria, the penalty ‎increases to $360.‎

Don't leave your windows down in hot weather and make sure you lock your car when you go to pay for your fuel.
copuis
Posted 03:21am 02/11/12
So wait, i'm still right to use my UHF radio, right?

One handheld communication device with buttons and a screen is OK but the other isn't?



no, cant use it
Spook
Posted 06:01am 02/11/12
luls, i never ever lock my car
scuzzy
Posted 07:50am 02/11/12
So wait, i'm still right to use my UHF radio, right?
no, cant use it
huh?

http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/Safety/Queensland-Road-Rules/Road-rules-refresher/Other-road-rules.aspx#mobilephone
Two-way radios and citizens band (CB) radios are permitted.
paveway
Posted 09:51am 02/11/12
yer my car was rear ended a couple of months ago i'm *pretty sure* because the guy was using his phone in stopped traffic

we pulled up at the lights ok and sat through the red phase, next thing the dude behind me runs into the back of my car...

i'd say he was looking at his phone and saw the lane next to us moving while looking at his phone but didn't look up to realise our lane still hadn't moved yet

it was a odd feeling, you expect to be run into the back of when stopping for lights not when everyone is already stopped

last edited by paveway at 09:51:51 02/Nov/12
mental
Posted 09:58am 02/11/12
Same happened to me, but then he reversed back, ripping off his bumper and drove off with his number plate on my tow bar. This was in a '77 Volvo so no damage to my car at all but it was a firm hit.
paveway
Posted 10:20am 02/11/12
this guy was in a barina so he wasn't going to get far from me if he tried something like that

but he was a champ through the whole process
Bandy
Posted 01:08am 04/11/12
just wondering what happens when you dont have a GPS and need to use a normal street directory??? Just saw a guy nearly crashing into my car cos of that That's a 1000 times more distracting than using a phone. hey what about proper driver training instead of introducing more fines that hurt the innocent as well???
Sc00bs
Posted 05:53am 04/11/12
pretty sure its illegal to be reading a book behind the wheel aswell bandy :/
Whoop
Posted 08:56am 04/11/12
hey what about proper driver training instead of introducing more fines that hurt the innocent as well???
How is some numpty behind the wheel using a phone "innocent"? What about the pedestrians they hit because they're on the phone?
copuis
Posted 05:32pm 04/11/12
How is some numpty behind the wheel using a phone "innocent"? What about the pedestrians they hit because they're on the phone?



what about all the pedestrians talking on the phone, using their stupid wired headsets while holding and looking at their iphone that just step into the road

fact is there are a whole heap of people that have issues controlling the 80 odd kgs that make up their body (just look around a shopping centre, so many people have no clue whats happening around them, and they bump into people) but we have no issues giving them a little bit of plastic coated paper, and let them control upto 3.5 ton car's or 4wds
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