Popular Bendigo sergeant Mick McCrann is again set to star in Channel 7’s Highway Patrol at 7.30 tonight, this time dealing with a driver who refused to stop talking on his mobile phone.
Sergeant McCrann said while it was not a further offence to continue talking after being pulled over, it was just impolite.
“It’s bad manners to stay on the phone when someone’s talking to you and I’d suggest when the police pull you over for being on the phone, you should probably get off the phone,” he said.
“Certainly if you’re looking to get a warning from police you’ve gone about it the wrong way.”
Sergeant McCrann said the episode was indicative of the reason the rules were in place.
“It’s typical of drivers who use a mobile phone that a lot of them fail to notice a highly visible police vehicle or police members watching them committing an offence,” he said.
“So it goes to show how much of a distraction using a device is.”