The “No Excuse” Campaign Targeting Distracted Drivers in a Town in Britain

You have to love the British.  They gave us the Beatles, and they gave us the framework for our legal system.  It doesn’t get much better than that.

I read an article in the New York Times about a campaign in Weymouth, Britain that targeted distracted drivers called the "No Excuse" campaign.  The campaign started after police watched driver after driver violating British law targeting distracted drivers — texting on the phone, programming GPS devices while driving, steering with their elbows.  Britain has laws against distracted driving and laws where drivers don’t have their vehicle "in proper control."

Great Britain has found that 90 percent of all crashes has human error as a factor.  The article quoted a road safety manager as saying, "There’s no such thing as a dangerous road — only bad and dangerous road behavior."

The program is a year-long campaign targeting distracted driving behaviors, and while it is called the "No Excuse" campaign, police officers are still hearing their share of excuses from the drivers pulled over.  It seems Britain also shares with us over here a feeling that it is difficult sometimes to take personal responsibility.

One example was the woman who was pulled over because the children in the back seat weren’t buckled.  When asked why the children weren’t buckled in, the woman replied, "They’re not my children."

This campaign is an effort to reduce the number of auto accidents caused by driver inattention.  A great campaign by the great British.  Can we feel it, Georgia?

Best regards.

View Attorney Profile

Andrew Agatston

Licensed since 1994

Member at firm Andrew H. Agatston, P.C.

AWARDS

AV Preeminent

RECENT POSTS

  • Judge on Georgia Immigration Law: “Gross Hypocrisy”
    Posted on June 28, 2011
    Topic: Personal Injury

    A Georgia federal judge has done what three other federal judges have done regarding state anti-illegal alien laws — halt portions of it until a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality can be decided. Of interest in the court’s opinion are the stinging rebukes that he gave to Georgia legislators who passed the law, and the state ... Read more

  • On The Eve Of My Son’s High School Graduation
    Posted on May 25, 2011
    Topic: Personal Injury

    I told my son, "Yes, grasshopper, it’s time for you to go." For those of you old enough to remember the ’70s series, "Kung Fu," you’ll know what I mean.  It’s the season of high school graduations. This time I’m involved, because my son is walking across the stage in two days.  For an 18-year-old, ... Read more

  • Georgia Legislators Reach for Shame — and Succeed
    Posted on May 14, 2011
    Topic: Personal Injury

    Here in Georgia, we grow the best onions in the world — Vidalia onions.  I’m something of an amateur barbecuer, and putting those on the grill will add goodness to any meal.   If you’ve eaten a Vidalia, know that it was probably picked by an undocumented worker down in south Georgia, under the knowing ... Read more

Andrew Agatston

Licensed since 1994

Member at firm Andrew H. Agatston, P.C.

AWARDS

AV Preeminent

RECENT POSTS

  • Judge on Georgia Immigration Law: “Gross Hypocrisy”
    Posted on June 28, 2011
    Topic: Personal Injury

    A Georgia federal judge has done what three other federal judges have done regarding state anti-illegal alien laws — halt portions of it until a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality can be decided. Of interest in the court’s opinion are the stinging rebukes that he gave to Georgia legislators who passed the law, and the state ... Read more

  • On The Eve Of My Son’s High School Graduation
    Posted on May 25, 2011
    Topic: Personal Injury

    I told my son, "Yes, grasshopper, it’s time for you to go." For those of you old enough to remember the ’70s series, "Kung Fu," you’ll know what I mean.  It’s the season of high school graduations. This time I’m involved, because my son is walking across the stage in two days.  For an 18-year-old, ... Read more

  • Georgia Legislators Reach for Shame — and Succeed
    Posted on May 14, 2011
    Topic: Personal Injury

    Here in Georgia, we grow the best onions in the world — Vidalia onions.  I’m something of an amateur barbecuer, and putting those on the grill will add goodness to any meal.   If you’ve eaten a Vidalia, know that it was probably picked by an undocumented worker down in south Georgia, under the knowing ... Read more