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    No Joke: Laughing Driver Stopped By Cops

    It's no joke: a motorist has been stopped by police for laughing at the wheel.

    Company director Gary Sanders was speaking on a hands-free phone as he was travelling to work when police in the Mersey Tunnel ordered him to pull over.

    Mr Sanders, 47, said he was stunned to be told by a traffic officer that laughing while driving a car can be an offence.

    The managing director of Spontex Workwear said: "I couldn't believe it when he told me I'd been pulled over for for laughing.

    "I was driving very safely in the tunnel and took a call from a friend on my hands-free phone.

    "He said something funny and I was laughing - simple as that. I never took my eyes off the road and was in full control of the car.

    "I was astonished that he could say that laughing might be an offence. What is the country coming to?"

    Supt Kevin Hagger of the Mersey Tunnels Police said: "I wouldn't want to make a comment as I don't know the full details.

    "There is no record of the incident in the system so it seems the gentleman was just spoken to by the officer and the matter not taken any further."

    A spokesman for the Association of British Drivers, Brian Gregory said: "This is a shocking example of the police harassing innocent motorists simply because they are an easy target.

    "To suggest that a driver could be prosecuted for laughing is ludicrous beyond belief."

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    laughin at a convo on a hands free = attention away from the road. thats how they will see it

    i had to pull over once i was laughing so much i couldnt drive

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    kungfu;4555997

    laughin at a convo on a hands free = attention away from the road. thats … laughin at a convo on a hands free = attention away from the road. thats how they will see it



    Is it not exactly the same as laughing with a passenger, or even the radio?

    Someone, some years ago, was successfully prosecuted for eating a Kit Kat at the wheel of his car. He was at the traffic lightst at the time. Of course that also speaks volumes about the intelligence of your average lay magistrate, but I won't go there.

    You have to expect this kind of behaviour from the police. They are measured on prosecutions, not on preventions, and if they can't be bothered to hunt down muggers and burglars, they have to make up the numbers somewhere. Remember that the motorist is the eaisest target for this. We display huge signs on our vehicles making it easy to find us and fine us.

    They don't pursue cyclists for their appalling behaviour on the roads like jumping red lights (something I see every single day of my commuting life) because they don't carry signs on their backs making it easy for them to be found.

    If we could pursuade rapists and murderers to carry number plates, this country would be a safer place.

    He was probably laughing at the toll charges here in Liverpool

    no wonder everyone hates the police :whistling:

    I'd like to know what network he was on, I'm with Vodafone and I can't get a signal in either of tunnels!
    Oh, and the police are idiots blah blah blah !

    Predikuesi;4556086

    He was probably laughing at the toll charges here in Liverpool


    Wouldn't that be crying?:roll:

    Definite arrest for that though:whistling:

    Perhaps it was all part of the tunnel tour experience??

    How do I book a Tunnel Tour? Tours take place on a weekday evening and a … How do I book a Tunnel Tour? Tours take place on a weekday evening and a Saturday. Alternatively, we can accommodate group bookings of twelve or more people at a time to suit that group. The tour will take up to three hours. Unfortunately, only children over 10 years of age are allowed on the tour with a maximum of two children per adult. Tours cost £5 per person.

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