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UK - Driver Stopped For Laughing Behind Wheel

 
Anonymous Coward
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03/05/2009 05:32 AM
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UK - Driver Stopped For Laughing Behind Wheel
[link to news.sky.com]

Company director Gary Sanders was speaking on a hands-free phone as he was travelling to work when police in the Mersey Tunnel ordered him to pull over.

Mr Sanders, 47, said he was stunned to be told by a traffic officer that laughing while driving a car can be an offence.
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03/05/2009 05:38 AM
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well, he probably told him laughing can be dangerous at the wheel, just like sneezing, because it forces you to close your eyes for short times.
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03/05/2009 05:40 AM
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well, he probably told him laughing can be dangerous at the wheel, just like sneezing, because it forces you to close your eyes for short times.
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So i guess blinking is another offence??? No wonder they are known here in the UK as Traffic "taliban".
.... And thats coming from an old Cynic

A Brit quote. Cynical Serialist
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03/05/2009 05:43 AM
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LSD does that! Never Drive and Trip at the same time! It aint healthy.
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03/05/2009 05:52 AM
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LSD does that! Never Drive and Trip at the same time! It aint healthy.
 Quoting: Frightning White


I do nothing else, best roadtrips I made using this stuff. The scenery is always unforgettable and mind you I am a safe driver, I drive slow enough to enjoy it all...

then my wife comes to me from the house after a few hours waving the car keys and asking me if I would have a need for them...

I ask how she is able to keep up with me while driving, doing a whopping 5 mph on the highway at the moment.

Woops avoided a nasty tight spot by steering clear of the rear end of an elephant..
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03/05/2009 10:18 AM
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Re: UK - Driver Stopped For Laughing Behind Wheel
wtf

HERE IS MOST OF THE ARTICLE."WHAT IS THE COLOUR OF YOUR HAIR?"
The policeman asked the BALD man...........


When Mr Saunders got out of his car, the policeman told him: 'Laughing while driving a car can be an offence.' Photo: ELEANOR BENTALL
Gary Saunders, a company director, was using a hands-free phone when he burst out laughing at a joke told by his brother-in-law, who he was talking to.

A few moments later he noticed a traffic officer flashing his lights at him and gesticulating at him to stop his Renault.

When Mr Saunders got out of his car, the policeman told him: "Laughing while driving a car can be an offence."

The officer spent half an hour questioning his suspect before reluctantly allowing him to carry on his way.

However, he took another hour-and-a-half of Mr Saunders' time by ordering him to produce his licence and other documents at a police station.

Mr Saunders, the managing director of Spontex Workwear, of Liverpool, said the delay meant that he missed an important appointment.

"I couldn't believe it when he told me I'd been pulled over for laughing," he said.

"I was driving very safely in the Birkenhead Tunnel and took a call.

"He said something funny and I was laughing - simple as that. I never took my eyes off the road and was in full control of the car.

"I definitely wasn't speeding so I asked what the problem was and he told me I was laughing too much."

He went on: "The officer accused me of throwing my head back in a dangerous way, which I denied since it is definitely not something I do.

"It became a bit ridiculous when he wanted to know the colour of my hair as I have alopecia and there isn't a hair on my head.

"When I pointed this out he asked: 'What colour was your hair when you had some?'

"It went from ludicrous to unbelievable. He definitely had a bee in his bonnet about something and I got the brunt of it.

"In the end he reluctantly admitted that he had nothing he could accuse me of, but still required me to take my documents to the station."

Supt Kevin Hagger, of the Mersey Tunnels Police, said: "I wouldn't want to make a comment as I don't know the full details.

"There is no record of the incident in the system so it seems the gentleman was just spoken to by the officer and the matter not taken any further."

A spokesman for the Association of British Drivers said: "This is a shocking example of the police harassing innocent motorists simply because they are an easy target.

"To suggest that a driver could be prosecuted for laughing is ludicrous beyond belief. What next? Can we expect to hear of people being stopped for sneezing or coughing while they are at the wheel?"
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03/05/2009 10:25 AM
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"To suggest that a driver could be prosecuted for laughing is ludicrous beyond belief. What next? Can we expect to hear of people being stopped for sneezing or coughing while they are at the wheel?"

Most likely, yes.

At least Osama doesn't hate you for your freedums anymore.
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03/05/2009 10:38 AM
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The UK fuzz gets away with it because the UK is filled with only pussies. Those who gave up their guns. And so America will have to bail you out again someday. Because y'all won't learn. America will never give up her guns. We'll kill the MF'er that tries. God is on our side.
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03/05/2009 10:57 AM
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they r just doing there jobs.they have to moniter people and traffic.they r the law.thats what they get paid to do.it mit seem petty to us but in reality its a good traffic stop.they could have thought this guy was drunk or high or on meds or psycodic.and they stopped him to make sure everything was ok.what r they going to say we stopped u cause we thought u mit have been drunk.they r just making sure he wasnt indangering other drivers.people need to start getting behind the police and suportting them.it would be a much happeir place. say i lost my key to my house and i went to the backyard and crawled in the window like ive done many times before and a neghbor diecides to call police.u get a knock at the door and its the police.they want to check around to make sure u belong there.u would probly be annyoed.but if someone actually broke into your house u would be so happy to see the police. same thing with driving ,they r trying to prevent accedents from happening .who knows how many people they took of the roads that were hours away from killing someone or being killed thenselfs.i say if it takes 30 miner traffic stops to catch one drunk driver that was minutes away from running over a child then i say stop me if u want i dont mind.
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03/05/2009 10:59 AM
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they r just doing there jobs.they have to moniter people and traffic.they r the law.thats what they get paid to do.it mit seem petty to us but in reality its a good traffic stop.they could have thought this guy was drunk or high or on meds or psycodic.and they stopped him to make sure everything was ok.what r they going to say we stopped u cause we thought u mit have been drunk.they r just making sure he wasnt indangering other drivers.people need to start getting behind the police and suportting them.it would be a much happeir place. say i lost my key to my house and i went to the backyard and crawled in the window like ive done many times before and a neghbor diecides to call police.u get a knock at the door and its the police.they want to check around to make sure u belong there.u would probly be annyoed.but if someone actually broke into your house u would be so happy to see the police. same thing with driving ,they r trying to prevent accedents from happening .who knows how many people they took of the roads that were hours away from killing someone or being killed thenselfs.i say if it takes 30 miner traffic stops to catch one drunk driver that was minutes away from running over a child then i say stop me if u want i dont mind.
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Officer Pickles has been heard from.
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Re: UK - Driver Stopped For Laughing Behind Wheel
they r just doing there jobs.they have to moniter people and traffic.they r the law.thats what they get paid to do.it mit seem petty to us but in reality its a good traffic stop.they could have thought this guy was drunk or high or on meds or psycodic.and they stopped him to make sure everything was ok.what r they going to say we stopped u cause we thought u mit have been drunk.they r just making sure he wasnt indangering other drivers.people need to start getting behind the police and suportting them.it would be a much happeir place. say i lost my key to my house and i went to the backyard and crawled in the window like ive done many times before and a neghbor diecides to call police.u get a knock at the door and its the police.they want to check around to make sure u belong there.u would probly be annyoed.but if someone actually broke into your house u would be so happy to see the police. same thing with driving ,they r trying to prevent accedents from happening .who knows how many people they took of the roads that were hours away from killing someone or being killed thenselfs.i say if it takes 30 miner traffic stops to catch one drunk driver that was minutes away from running over a child then i say stop me if u want i dont mind.
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