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Old 8th August 2007, 01:42   #1
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"Driving under influence of FM Radio"

The Telegraph - Calcutta : Bengal

Cops catching drivers for this!

Whats disheartening is that the reporters tone makes it sound as if Listening to the FM is an offence and the entire article is written so seriously.
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Old 8th August 2007, 05:12   #2
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“The other day I put a pot of milk on the oven and forgot about it,” said housewife Aparna Chatterjee, 32. “I rushed to the kitchen only after I smelt something burning.” - LMAO . Am trying to picturise the scene when this reporter interviewed someone for this comment. ( if at all it actually happened )
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Probably it should target towards stereo headset users, because such users may not be able to hear the external noise (horns of other vehicles), which is essential for a driver
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I consider all actvities that distract the driver from his job of safely driving an offence. Some of these are:
1. Talking on mobile, even with handsfree
2. Listening to loud or engrossing/involving music (tape, CD, MP3, FM, AM, etc)
3. Watching TV, reading books/newspapers while driving
4. Seriously debating with fellow passengers
5. Changing ICE setting while driving
6. Searching for tape or CD in the car while driving
7. Reading sign boards (taking eyes off road) without slowing down
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Looks like a publicity insert for the FM channel in question. You cannot simply "seize" licenses of 200 people just like that. At least one will drag the SP to court; and the courts too will notice.
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7. Reading sign boards (taking eyes off road) without slowing down
This one takes the cake. Yes, this should be made a traffic offense.
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This one takes the cake. Yes, this should be made a traffic offense.
But seriously, if listening to FM while driving is an offence then the same logic should be applied here as well. This will also potentially cause a distraction... and then the hoardings everywhere in city, what about them? So then the cops should start dismantling all the road signs, hoardings etc... This is reaching a ridiculous proportion now. Sounds almost like the Don Quixote tilting at the windmills. Worldover FM is used to warn drivers of road blckages, accidents, weather etc... These guys are going to prove all these things meaningless if their logic is extended a little further. I wonder how come courts are not taking notice of such arbitrary rulings!
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FM Radio causing distraction to drivers resulting in mishaps? What a load of crap!

Are they listening to Radio with their Eyes closed?
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What about cops using their wireless sets while driving around? Is that not an offence? These people are turning to more like brainless creatures. A day will come when you have to drive alone. If you have a co-passenger, your license will be seized because you are talking with the passenger while driving.
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There are so many digital billboards in Hyd---the companies that put them up should be penalised too. Even the cops manning such junctions, like Somajiguda circle should be booked for allowing such glow signs to be put up !
The list is endless, equal to the madness of Kolkata cops.
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This proves the point that we still drive using our ears rather than eyes.

In other countries, everybody uses their eyes by looking into their rear view mirrors, looking at others' turn indicators etc... Nay! It takes out all the fun out of driving right?
We always depend only on ears.
And it applies to all on the road. Not just drivers. Even if a guy crossing the road see a car flying down towards him, he won't budge until the carwallah hoots in desperate tones. Once his ears get the signal, he will jump and look for a safe option.
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I consider all actvities that distract the driver from his job of safely driving an offence. Some of these are:
1. Talking on mobile, even with handsfree
2. Listening to loud or engrossing/involving music (tape, CD, MP3, FM, AM, etc)
3. Watching TV, reading books/newspapers while driving
4. Seriously debating with fellow passengers
5. Changing ICE setting while driving
6. Searching for tape or CD in the car while driving
7. Reading sign boards (taking eyes off road) without slowing down
All this coming from the man with this for an avatar.
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this one of the most ridiculous article i have read, ever. in what way is radio fm distracting people now that cassette players havent been doing for the last 50 years ? and as if radio is a new phenomenon and wasnt there in the last 10 years.
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This proves the point that we still drive using our ears rather than eyes.
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I have experienced this many times. 2 wheeler riders and sometimes 4 wheeler drivers just stray into your lane. Only honking will make them correct their path. Their side mirrors would be closed or would be pointing somewhere else. I have never seen any ladies' 2 wheeler mirror correctly adjusted (true in case of some men also). I wonder how they drive - may be with their ears.

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This one takes the cake. Yes, this should be made a traffic offense.
Why not? Road directions, traffic signs are so cryptic or hidden that you have strain your eyes to read it. Who will control your car when you are reading? Either you should pull over or slow down (move to left lane) to read the signs. If you do this at high speed police should catch you. Because its them who installed those signs and they know you can't read at high speeds.

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All this coming from the man with this for an avatar.
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