Monday, August 15, 2005

$1800 Ticket for Texting

They mean business - probably save some lives ...

"Police in South Wales have raised the fine for sending or reading a text message while driving from 30 to 1000 Pounds (US $1815). The offense will also raise the insurance rates of offenders as six points will be added to the driver's license. This increase is made under UK's "driving without due care and attention" statute, which can carry a fine of up to 2500 Pounds (US $4725).

Police will be stopping anyone seen looking down while driving which they believe is a sign that the motorist is composing a text message with a phone or Blackberry-style device on his lap. Police will also use long-range cameras to issue expensive photo tickets for the offense. In 2004, a test of ANPR cameras in parts of the UK resulted in 20,290 camera tickets for minor seat belt and cell phone violations. These cameras are expected to be deployed throughout the country by the end of the year."   continued ...   (Via

No Texting - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

An expensive text message.

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