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#26 Wednesday 19th February 2014 18:13:43

AUTAX
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Re: Advanced Drivers??

MGM wrote:
AUTAX wrote:

So what is being said is that police can no longer be shown as role models in society because they have their own distractions to contend with? Are police routinely tested to see if they can drive at speed listening to a radio, answering a radio? Why are they any better at doing it than an experienced driver of many years practice?

Don't get me wrong. I am not condoning the practices of joe public when he is driving but police are human and the ordinary bobby is not taught to Class 1. I do know that in situations where they are on a call that their passenger is doing the radioing so to say the driver has to do it all is a bit of a "cop" out.   smile

And if they don't have a passenger?

I was thinking more of pursuit driving where the passenger is giving the running commentary back to Control. BTW police down here in Dorset do mainly travel in pairs. Very rare to see single handed crews.

@TM, thank you the time, once again, to inform the not so informed, of the background to present day police driver training. It is appreciated and in a non condescending manner. Thanks.  smile


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#27 Wednesday 19th February 2014 18:21:45

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Re: Advanced Drivers??

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Anyway, police or no police, a polite toot on the horn would have been perfectly in order.






Sorry to be a pain but i think if you check your high way code you can't toot your horn if your stood still i think you should of flashed them.

Good point, well made. I seem to remember being castigated on here for suggesting we should sound our horns at drivers on the phone, even if stationary, to make them aware of our presence. Funny how short peoples memories are.

And what if the officer was fiddling with his radio or writing down a number or whatever? If he's having a bad day that toot may have just pushed him over the top and you'd "cop" for it.  sad

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#28 Wednesday 19th February 2014 19:35:51

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Hmm, bit of a difference between tooting as a rollicking to,someone and a hint that the lights had changed.

One is trying to be helpful and one isn't.

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#29 Wednesday 19th February 2014 22:16:37

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It wasn't a rollicking and you well know it. It was attracting the attention of someone on the phone to my presence.

Autax wrote:

And what if the officer was fiddling with his radio or writing down a number or whatever? If he's having a bad day that toot may have just pushed him over the top and you'd "cop" for it.

You seemed to have conveniently overlooked this statement as well.

Either way, as you stated before, it is an offence to sound your horn whilst stationary except in cases of an emergency.

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#30 Wednesday 19th February 2014 22:41:07

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Re: Advanced Drivers??

AUTAX wrote:

It wasn't a rollicking and you well know it. It was attracting the attention of someone on the phone to my presence.

Autax wrote:

And what if the officer was fiddling with his radio or writing down a number or whatever? If he's having a bad day that toot may have just pushed him over the top and you'd "cop" for it.

You seemed to have conveniently overlooked this statement as well.

Either way, as you stated before, it is an offence to sound your horn whilst stationary except in cases of an emergency.

Not just any emergency. Only "at times of danger due to another moving vehicle on or near the road", or alternatively "to raise alarm as to the theft or attempted theft of the vehicle or its contents."

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