Archive for Traffic Accidents

Killed Someone Because Of Your ‘Mobile’?

Posted in America, Britain, Canada, England, European Union, Mobile Phone, News, Police, Teens, Traffic with tags , , , , on 01/01/2017 by floroy1942
Texting While Driving - Sheer Madness!

Texting While Driving – Sheer Madness!

These days people are addicted to their mobile phones. How often do you get someone who bumps into you in a shopping centre or on the street because their whole attention is on texting on their mobile? I see it almost daily, and the majority are young people. Drivers in town or on the motorway can often be seen on their mobile while driving, and it causes many accidents and deaths because their whole attention is not on the road.

In Britain alone more than 17,000 people were taken to court last year for using their mobile while driving, and that is only a fraction of those that do it. The number of accidents, and deaths on the roads has skyrocketed since the introduction of mobile phones. So what do we do about it?

I’m of the firm opinion that legislation should be introduced that prevents the use of mobiles while driving. There have been various attempts by governments to limit this situation, notably in California USA with fines, but are they enough? The British Department for Transport is pushing for all mobiles to be blocked when a vehicles engine is switched on. I think this is a good idea which could well save many lives.

I am sure that if someone needs to make a call they should pull over and turn off the engine so the phone will work again. Once the call has been made they can continue.

There is however one problem that must be overcome, and that is the use of navigation systems that are on many mobiles. I am sure however that this problem could be solved. The most important thing is to prevent incoming calls and using the phone to make a call.

It would not be difficult with today’s technology to have a small item installed in the car that will prevent incoming and outgoing calls, text messages and data. I believe the sooner these methods are installed the better it will be for road safety. It must be law that your car or truck have one of these items installed, with very severe penalties for those who do not.

The introduction of such a device on new cars would be no problem, but those already on the road must have it installed within a certain time limit. Those who do not abide by this rule must either receive a heavy fine or have their car taken away from them.

Road deaths have increased tremendously since the introduction of the mobile phone and it is easy to say that such measures are somewhat authoritarian, but just imagine how many lives would be saved. I am sure those people who have lost family members due to such an incident would agree.

When you drive it is essential to have your full attention on the road ahead of you.

Winter’s Coming!

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, European Union, Germany, Insanity, Travel, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 22/11/2013 by floroy1942

It’s that time of the year when we can expect snow and more importantly, black ice. Here are some of the crazy antics people get up to when driving in such conditions. To finish off, some tips on how to drive on ice and snow.

You have to wonder how some of these people ever got a driving licence

And finally, a little advice of how to cope in winter driving.

Good luck to all if you have to drive in such conditions.

Roy.

So The EU Wants To Limit My Speed

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Germany, Insanity, Modern World, Police, Politics, Spain, UK with tags , , , , on 03/09/2013 by floroy1942

It has just been announced that the EU is planning to have all cars in Europe fitted with automatic speed limiters that will come into effect every time you pass a speed limit sign. Well for my money they can kiss my backside! While some may believe that it could cut down on accidents I very much doubt it. The reason I think that is because in my view most are caused by driver crass stupidity, alcohol, drugs, or mobile phones.

How The System Works

How The System Works

It is said the system will involve camera’s being mounted on every car to read the available speed limit signs, and a black box somewhere in the car which will beam it on to a satellite from which the command will come back to apply the brakes. It seems the system will have three options, Firstly it will give an audible warning, secondly it will slow the car down but give the driver the option of turning the device off, or it will be mandatory.  I think the ‘mandatory’ bit is certainly fraught with danger, audible warnings will often be disregarded and if you can switch it off what’s the point of having it in the first place. Doesn’t make sense to me! What about when a lorry or van is parked on the side of the road obscuring the speed limit sign from the camera? Oops – we haven’t thought of that!

Whooosh And Its Gone

Whooosh And Its Gone

Can you even begin to imagine what this ‘law’ would do to the stocks and shares of Ferrari, Lamborghini and other super fast car manufacturers? I simple cannot imagine a Ferrari being restricted to a maximum of 70mph which is the top speed limit in the UK reserved for motorways. The only country in Europe where you would be able to ‘let-rip’ would be Germany, because I can never see them accepting something as crass as this.

The EU plan is for every new car to be fitted with the device and they plan, apparently, to make it law that all cars already on the road must have it fitted. As a car owner I wonder who is going to pay for this contraption (there is no other word for it) to be fitted to my car? Me? Not bloody likely!

Having lived on the Costa del Sol in Spain for a several years now I can attest to the stupidity of some drivers, in fact I have frequently said most of them here should not be allowed to control a kiddie’s three-wheel bike, let alone a car. On four separate occasions at a particular set of traffic lights on a junction in Marbella I have almost been rammed in the side by idiots who think red lights don’t apply to them. You see it on the roads here every day.

Marbella A7 - One In The Middle Lane One In The Outside Lane And Not Another Car In Sight

Marbella A7 – One In The Middle Lane One In The Outside Lane And Not Another Car In Sight

They love the outside lane on two lane carriageways and the middle lane on three-lane motorways. Very often there is no traffic at all on the inside lane, and everyday you see people overtaking a line of cars on the inside and then forcing their way into the next lane when they come up behind a slow lorry or car.

Coming back from Malaga airport recently on the main three-lane motorway, I saw a black Porsche weaving from one lane to the next at high speed, overtaking in any lane that had a gap. I have no idea if he got to his destination, but if he did God was certainly working overtime to keep him alive.

I am aware this sort of behaviour is mostly in the south, for many drivers in the north of Spain are a little better, but when you drive in many countries of Europe as I have done, there are bad, and stupid, drivers in every country. Watching their antics makes you wonder how they ever got their licence.

Just About Right For Some Drivers

Just About Right For Some Drivers

The case for alcohol and drugs causing accidents is well known and  I will not go into it here. But how about the mobile phone? Millions of people answer their mobile while driving, and almost as many are guilty of doing such silly things as texting while driving. All very stupid, for there is no way you can have your brain and  eyes on the road when you are fiddling with the phone trying to type out a text message. It just cannot be done, for the phone requires 100% of your attention. This is often when accidents happen.

Some Statistics - Note The 77%

Some Statistics – Note The 77%

With mobiles in mind, I have said before that the only way to cut out this hazard is for there to be a very short-range jammer fitted on all cars that will prevent the receiving and making of calls while the engine is running. It can be a signal that shuts down the phone completely until the engine is once more switched off. Some will argue, well what about the passengers? Well, to answer that, what if the device was fitted into the steering wheel boss and the beam only covered the drivers position? Signal strength, range and spread can be tailored these days with any radio type device. But that is just an idea, and it will not get the stupid people off the road.

There can be little doubt that the two major accident causes still remain stupidity and alcohol. So far as stupidity goes the only answer there may be to have an automatic device that will lobotomise the driver if he does something silly, but that will take at least 75% of drivers off the road and we can’t have that, but come to think of it, wouldn’t it be heaven, and the planet would love us too. To combat the drunks maybe we need to fit all cars with a breathalyzer in the steering wheel too and the car won’t start until you pass the test.

Motorway

Motorway

Either way I do not see the EU proposal as doing anything useful except maybe causing more accidents in situations where a sudden burst of speed can get you out of trouble. I agree with the commentators who have said that the EU has become a ‘nanny’ state, and I for one am sick of them trying to impose on everyone these idiotic ideas that have not been thought out properly. The only transport system that will totally remove the problem of accidents will be robotic cars where you can relax reading the paper while the car takes you to your destination automatically. Until then EU:- Shove it!

Roy.

The Death of a Chinese Toddler Causes Righteous Indignation

Posted in Children, Europe, Insanity, Modern World, Traffic, UK, USA with tags , , on 24/10/2011 by floroy1942

I have to admit to being as shocked as everyone else when I saw the news about the accident involving two-year-old Wang Yue at a market in Foshan China last week. That the poor child should have lain gravely injured in the middle of the road for so long, and ignored by so many passers-by says a lot about our ‘humanity’, or rather the lack of it.

Just Before Impact

It is distinctly possible the driver of the white van didn’t see her in the road as she was so small, and the same could be true for the second driver also, either way I would not like to speculate. Both drivers have been traced and arrested by the authorities in Foshan so I guess the facts will eventually come out. Today, the news is the poor child died of her injuries.

The Height of Callous Indifference

There can however be no doubt about the callous disregard for such a small human life by the many people who strolled past without a second’s thought of doing something to help.

I have included both the full and edited version of the video of the accident and its aftermath. The unedited version is only fit for those with a strong stomach. 

Full Video: http://youtu.be/oo7BDbH17qA 

Edited Version: http://youtu.be/MQxjiXqBIkQ 

Mother of Wang Yue

I was not surprised at the righteous indignation this news provoked in many countries, in particular the West. Notably, a considerable number of American TV Networks were outraged by the; ‘callous indifference shown to the suffering of a small child in China’ and ‘the Chinese people should be ashamed’ etc. etc.  

Hugo Tale Yax - A Good Samaritan

In April of last year, I reported on a similar incident that happened on the streets of New York no less! He was a homeless Guatemalan immigrant called Tale Yax, who unselfishly came to the aid of a young woman who was being assaulted. He was stabbed by the attacker and left bleeding to death on the pavement by both his assailant and the woman. In total, 20 people walked casually by and did nothing to help as he slowly bled to death. One person even came out of an apartment block across the street and took a photo of the dying man on his mobile before disappearing back inside.

See Post:https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2010/04/27/death-through-indifference/ 

Wang Yue Fighting For Her Life

Before anyone starts getting hot under the collar at the shameful actions of others, we should first look to see if our own hands are clean! There can be little doubt we have become self-centred, and for a great part, extremely callous to the suffering of others in the past decade or two. It says a lot about the way people think these days, and how insular we have become.

Look First To Yourself!

It is so easy for us to point the finger at the failings of others without looking first to our own. Christianity is slowly dying in our world as with each new generation fewer people believe, but one of the good things that comes from having a religion like Christianity, is that it teaches us the need to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Perhaps that is what is missing in today’s society.

It is high time we started to look inward at ourselves, and ask if we really want to live in a world where compassion, and the urge to want to help others less fortunate has all but disappeared. If you pass someone laying in the gutter, do the human thing and help, otherwise you are no better than the people of Foshan or New York!

Roy.

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