/ Hands free in unmarked Police cars?
Thing was, the driver (I couldn't see anyone in the passenger seat) had a mobile phone pressed to his ear.
Surely it's risky enough travelling at high speed down the outside lane in heavy traffic but whilst talking into a mobile phone? Do cop cars not have hands free? Or do they normally ride two-up so the passenger will deal with the communications?
Sure it was a phone and not a radio mic? it's permissable to use 2 way radio while driving
> Sure it was a phone and not a radio mic? it's permissable to use 2 way radio while driving
But you don't usually press the mic to your ear.
telling the doughnut shop he would be late for the pick up.
True enough, I use both.
The driver was observed late at night at high speed and the distance from ear to chin is only a couple of inches (at least it is where I live)
police cars whether marked or unmarked do not have hands free for phones. All cars have a radio car kit and a radio control button next to the streering wheels so radio's can be used for talking whilst driving without removing hands from the steering wheel. There is no set up for mobile phones though.
It is also the same rules for police with regards to using mobile phones whilst driving.
Police radio's can also be used as a phone but it is not force policy to use the radio as a phone whilst driving.
Hope this helps,
> True enough, I use both.
> The driver was observed late at night
It was about 5pm
Are you sure it was not a fire officer,they use their own vehicles,fitted with blue lights / klaxon etc, to attend incidents.
you are welcome!!!! p.s police radio's also have the choice of wearing and earpiece so that would be another reason not to have to hold the radio if it was a radio and not a phone!
what colour was it??? Charcoal / gun metal grey colour???
yeah sounds like the plain police vehicles, the majority are BMW's in them kinda colours!!!
Plain fire vehicles still normally have a badge on them!!
If you personally was in the middle of an emergency, where time is important, I think you would be chancing the use of a mobile while you were driving; irrespecitive of the law. You wouldn't be pulling over and parking to either make a call or take one relating to the emergency.
If he had his blues on then he is probably dealing with an emergency, and using some common sense to expedite the situation to best effect. Much the same as you would.
Yep, it ain't professional, but if it was you he was rushing to help I think you'd be happy for him to do it. I don't mean that in a bad way, all polite like, but you get my drift, not that you was having a go at him.
He was probably one of those cops that plays by his own rules and is not afraid to bend the law to get his man. I recon he had probably had a few swigs of scotch from a hip flask to sharpen his nerve. He would have had a telling off from his chief this morning that would have included threats to demote him to a lolypop lady, But later on in the afternoon was vindicated as he arrested some criminal mastermind after a shoot out and a fist fight.
He lives in a rundown narrowboat and sleeps with a shotgun under his bed. Hes probably called something like DI john Mallard and would be played by a young John nettles type if they made a TV series about him.
His radio wasn't working.
That sort of thing?
Are you sure it was not Gene Hunt in his Quattro .
So a dead police man in a smashed up car on the motorway is going to be able to help out with whatever emergency was happening? What's one of the first things you get taught on emergency training courses? Don't become a victim/casualty as you are no use to anyone then and worse someone else has to rescue you putting more people at risk.
Yes of course, how stupid of me, what was I thinking when I wrote that twaddle. Sorry.
Their car sets have a mic that looks like a phone, you hold it up to your ear just like a phone and talk through it, so it was probably this. With the road noise at 100mph control wouldn't be able to hear what's being said. That's IF it was the Police, but it could be anyone, so assume nothing.
> Their car sets have a mic that looks like a phone, you hold it up to your ear just like a phone and talk through it, so it was probably this.
Something like this?
My 'guess' was as it looked like a mobile phone, he appeared to have it pressed to his ear like a mobile phone, and he was talking into it like a mobile phone that it might be a mobile phone! Go figure!
Anyway it is beside the point. A police car with one occupant was doing a ton in the outside lane in very heavy traffic in rush hour on the M60, it was being driven one-handed by a driver who was distracted by speaking into a mobile phone/walkie-talkie/radio/dog toy in the shape of a phone (copyright Father Dougal from Father Ted). What technology he was actually using seems to not be the point perhaps?
My question was do they have hands free, it seems like they should so they can avoid doing this with whatever they happen to be communicating with. As much for their benefit as mine!
Personally, though I'm sure you'll disagree - which is what you do after all - is I'd like my cops to arrive and arrest Mr Big or whoever he was after rather than be a long, red smear along the outside lane of the M60 near the Trafford Centre.
Sounds like he was using a hand held mobile device whilst driving. If it bothers you that much go and report it. I take it you got the vehicle reg and made a note of the time?
Iceking: I'd like to report a policeman speeding and using a mobile phone.
Cop: Where did this happen, sir?
Iceking: In my imagination.
Cop: Very good sir, if I could just take some more details.
"Research indicates that it's the act of carrying out the conversation that is the distraction rather than the medium through which it is carried out."
Yes, but it's not just about distraction, it's about the fact that you have a phone (or cup of coffee, or MP3 player, or cigarette, or whatever) in one hand and thus would have a short delay to chuck the item concerned before the hand would be available for use on the wheel or other controls in emergency.
*pulls up a chair*
Nevermind this phone nonsense, tell me more about DI Mallard!
No, they're the personal radios, most of the car sets have a coiled cable, just like this, http://www.phonesreview.co.uk/wp-content/phoneimages/2007/10/opticom-b400-corded.jpg
but obviously not the right hand side of the phone lol
But yeah as said above, if I needed help, I couldn't give a shit if they used the phone on the way to me or not haha.
OK, I will bite
> police cars whether marked or unmarked do not have hands free for phones. -
Well you are wrong about that in some areas of England!!!
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