Police officers say that they were shocked by drivers pulling out their phones to capture the scene of an accident

Mobile phone madness at M11 crash site

Mobile phone madness at M11 crash site

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Police officers say that they were left “shocked and amazed” by motorists eager to film the aftermath of a car crash.

The collision happened when a silver VW Golf and a blue Vauxhall Zafira struck each other on the southbound carriageway of the M11 at 8.30am on Monday, near Loughton.

Paramedics and firefighters attended the scene, with only a few people sustaining minor injuries.

Police officers have said that people on both carriageways were almost stopping to get a glimpse of the scene.

Pc Paul Marks, who attended at the scene, said: “We were trying to get the cars out of the road and ensure the casualties were taken away safely.

“We were amazed to see people filming the scene on their mobiles while still driving.

“Slowing down to a crawling speed while others behind you are travelling at motorway speeds is obviously dangerous to those with common sense, but sadly not to a number of motorists who were more interested in capturing us at work on their mobiles.”

The officers managed to obtain the registration numbers of some of the passing motorists who were using their mobiles.

These drivers will be served with Notices of Intended Prosecution for using a mobile device while driving.

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11:12am Thu 30 Jan 14

mdj says...

Many people slow down towards accidents because they cannot tell whether the blue lights ahead are on their side or not. If the lights only faced backwards towards the traffic actually affected, a lot of this tailgating would vanish.

This isn't to defend these idiots for one moment, but many wouldn't be in a position to do it if they hadn't been needlessly slowed down for an accident that didn't affect their side of the road at all.
Many people slow down towards accidents because they cannot tell whether the blue lights ahead are on their side or not. If the lights only faced backwards towards the traffic actually affected, a lot of this tailgating would vanish. This isn't to defend these idiots for one moment, but many wouldn't be in a position to do it if they hadn't been needlessly slowed down for an accident that didn't affect their side of the road at all. mdj
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2:28pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Paul Skinner says...

mdj wrote:
Many people slow down towards accidents because they cannot tell whether the blue lights ahead are on their side or not. If the lights only faced backwards towards the traffic actually affected, a lot of this tailgating would vanish.

This isn't to defend these idiots for one moment, but many wouldn't be in a position to do it if they hadn't been needlessly slowed down for an accident that didn't affect their side of the road at all.
Perhaps you might want to think through your idea there... if you're in a car in front of the Police, and they need to get past, are you meant to rely on just the siren?

Perhaps a more sensible suggestion might be different *colour* lights front and back..?
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: Many people slow down towards accidents because they cannot tell whether the blue lights ahead are on their side or not. If the lights only faced backwards towards the traffic actually affected, a lot of this tailgating would vanish. This isn't to defend these idiots for one moment, but many wouldn't be in a position to do it if they hadn't been needlessly slowed down for an accident that didn't affect their side of the road at all.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you might want to think through your idea there... if you're in a car in front of the Police, and they need to get past, are you meant to rely on just the siren? Perhaps a more sensible suggestion might be different *colour* lights front and back..? Paul Skinner
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4:23pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

Instantly crush the car of a person using phone at the wheel, that would deter them.
Instantly crush the car of a person using phone at the wheel, that would deter them. Villagecranberry
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5:00pm Thu 30 Jan 14

I'm Alan says...

Some people revell in other people's misfortune.
Some people revell in other people's misfortune. I'm Alan
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5:52pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

I'm Alan wrote:
Some people revell in other people's misfortune.
Schadenfreude
[quote][p][bold]I'm Alan[/bold] wrote: Some people revell in other people's misfortune.[/p][/quote]Schadenfreude Villagecranberry
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6:41pm Thu 30 Jan 14

ruby newbie says...

RE; blue lights) same problem with the blue driveway lights that some people insist on having along some main roads in Chigwell ie manor road.
RE; blue lights) same problem with the blue driveway lights that some people insist on having along some main roads in Chigwell ie manor road. ruby newbie
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11:52pm Thu 30 Jan 14

mdj says...

'Perhaps you might want to think through your idea there...'

I'm referring to dual carriageways, where you can waste ages in a jam over something that shouldn't concern you at all. I'm sure that many of these develop due to people misreading distant flashing lights, not due to ghoulishness, which only plays a part once people know there's something to look at. A simple clip-on cover would do the trick.
'Perhaps you might want to think through your idea there...' I'm referring to dual carriageways, where you can waste ages in a jam over something that shouldn't concern you at all. I'm sure that many of these develop due to people misreading distant flashing lights, not due to ghoulishness, which only plays a part once people know there's something to look at. A simple clip-on cover would do the trick. mdj
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1:06pm Fri 31 Jan 14

coshgirl66 says...

As someone who has cycled in east London for 26 years, my only shock is that the police were shocked by motorists filming them. Every day I pass literally hundreds of drivers glued to their mobiles while not looking at the road and attempting to drive with their knees! Motorists often try to hide what they're doing by putting the phone in their lap, but it's so easy to see them when you're passing by on a bike. Shame the police don't see to notice...
As someone who has cycled in east London for 26 years, my only shock is that the police were shocked by motorists filming them. Every day I pass literally hundreds of drivers glued to their mobiles while not looking at the road and attempting to drive with their knees! Motorists often try to hide what they're doing by putting the phone in their lap, but it's so easy to see them when you're passing by on a bike. Shame the police don't see to notice... coshgirl66
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