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Driver caught on TWO phones!

2011-12-19 08:01

ROME, Italy - An Italian driver was stopped by astonished police in the southern city of Bari on Saturday when they saw him speaking on two phones with a handset in each hand and no control of the wheel.

Asked to explain his actions, the 43-year-old driver of an Alfa Romeo 166 sedan said he was speaking to his wife when his mother called and he could not hang up on either, the Corriere Della Sera daily reported.

FLOUTED LAW

The man, a professional truck driver, made matters worse when he admitted that he frequently spoke on two handsets while on work trips.

Police fined him 152 euros (R1976) and took five points off his licence.

Driving while speaking on even one mobile phone is officially banned in Italy and speaker systems should be used but the law is widely flouted.

An amateur video of a bus driver in Rome steering with his elbows while using two phones went viral in May and led to his suspension.

AFP

Comments
  • Fredster - 2011-12-19 10:43

    In SA we call it Talented

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-19 11:06

    Licence should be withdrawn for life

  • Jacques - 2011-12-19 11:49

    Mmm... last week Monday morning a chick skips a stop street well yapping on the phone, almost taking me out on my bike. I pulled in next to her and hooted. She dropped the phone like a hot potato and the panic on her face was quite rewarding. Tuesday afternoon an idiot in a Ford Ranger speeding from the front strays onto my side of the road while texting. Near miss there. Wednesday morning a chick in a green car drives like a drunky. As I pass I see she's texting. I hoot and wave my finger like PW Botha, she drops the phone. Two lights down the road I stop next to her, she's texting again. I yell "you and that f****** phone again", but too late, she has already dropped the phone when she saw me. Does somebody have to die first before these idiots wake up!?

      Mark - 2011-12-19 15:16

      Innocent people and children are dying already because of these idiots.

  • Zion - 2011-12-19 13:12

    This article just goes to show how far behind our taxi drivers are. They are still in the immature state of using only one phone. Sies.

  • Mogo - 2011-12-19 14:20

    Schoe... And I thought eating a bowl of cornflakes was pretty boss.

  • Dharmesh - 2011-12-20 08:11

    Jislaaik...what's so new about that....come to SA and you'll really get a lesson in law-breaking techniques.........

  • Jacques - 2011-12-20 08:40

    JUSTICE! This morning I’m standing at the red light with my bike. A metro cop pulls in beside me. A bakkie comes from the right and stops dead at the green light… the driver is yapping on his phone. Sometime during his conversation it dawns on him the light is green, so he pulls away turning right and going the same direction as we are. So I say to the cop, “Catch that guy on his cellphone” which he promptly proceeded to do. I know it’s not nice to delight in other’s misfortune but damn I feel good!

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