Let’s ban chips in cars!

December 18th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Cassandra Mason at NZ Herald reports:

A young man who was killed when his car left the road and crashed into a tree was eating chips and dip at the time of the crash, a coroner has found.

I expect the Government to now ban the eating of chips in cars. Or maybe it was the dip?

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31 Responses to “Let’s ban chips in cars!”

  1. wreck1080 (3,797 comments) says:

    nah the government will just raise petrol tax.

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  2. RRM (9,633 comments) says:

    I’ve got a better idea!

    Let’s dance on the guy’s grave, calling him an idiot etc etc…

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  3. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    Darwinism at its best!

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  4. Viking2 (11,244 comments) says:

    Perhaps he was dipping his stick? m dipstick, better than dipshit i suppose and the Govt. managed to can Henry via the back door so don’t be at all surprised .

    You know.
    Many a true word spoken in jest.

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  5. Elaycee (4,331 comments) says:

    Recently I was following a car along Gt South Rd in Auckland (around 7am) and it was all over the place – as if the steering was loose. It was gently wandering away from the centre of the lane and then making sudden corrections. The traffic soon stopped at a light and I was able to pull alongside….

    The female driver was dutifully applying her make-up!

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  6. Longknives (4,678 comments) says:

    I find the fact he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt possibly more relevant and ‘Darwin’ worthy…

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  7. ben (2,414 comments) says:

    Lol.

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  8. CJPhoto (218 comments) says:

    I think you are reading this all wrong. Clearly chips are dangerous full stop and should be banned outright.

    Have you never choked on a chip or even stabbed your gum with a sharp corn chip!

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  9. bc (1,344 comments) says:

    I guess he is now eating ghost chips!!

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  10. Murray (8,841 comments) says:

    You fools, responsibility is with the evil oil company that owns the garage that sold him this food in spite of knowing full well he would be driving!

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  11. Colville (2,166 comments) says:

    I guess he is now eating ghost chips!!

    LOL

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  12. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    I suspect his parents and sisters didn’t LOL
    http://www.tributes.co.nz/ViewMyTribute.aspx?id=7204

    I guess Reid’s favourite poem isn’t anyone else’s, much:
    ‘Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;’

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  13. Ancient Dan (44 comments) says:

    I read recently that 46 percent of acaidents are caused by eating while driving
    and about 20 % were caused by falling asleep

    Since these are the two predominent activities of humans its hardly suprising.

    Speeding and Alchohol were minor matters

    But lets remember that the Government makes seriously significant revenue out of speeding and alcohol
    and realise Government does nothing unless theres a revenue stream.

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  14. Colville (2,166 comments) says:

    Mary Rose, sorry to piss on your cornflakes by having a laugh.

    Anyone who who does ‘other stuff ” while driving deserves to be laughed at

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  15. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    No odds to me, Colville. Though I’ve gone off cornflakes, suddenly!!

    Wasn’t aimed at you uniquely, either.

    I was just thinking it’s not so ROFL for his grieving family.

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  16. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    >and realise Government does nothing unless theres a revenue stream.

    purely out of curiosity, Dan: how would you ban falling asleep at the wheel?

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  17. muggins (3,227 comments) says:

    Let’s ban cars.
    I mean they don’t have any cars in Antartica,do they?

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  18. Key is our man (833 comments) says:

    I am extremely disappointed that a National Government is increasing taxes (petrol tax increase announcement by the transport minister). There is no difference between them and Labour Government except the Labour Government would have announced another 500 tax increases by now including the rich pricks tax.

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  19. Left Right and Centre (2,874 comments) says:

    Truly tragic for his family and a young life cut short.

    If it was the fish and chips for sure…. it’s not surprising with the amount of shit that you see on the roads.

    It’s still fairly unlucky to be doing a long trip and then get caught out like that. It’s not as if he spent the whole trip eating fish and chips… the time spent eating and driving would’ve been minimal out of the total journey time.

    It’s easy….very easy on long trips to zone out. And driver fatigue as well.

    I’m surprised the driver didn’t have it set up so that he could just reach for the food without looking away too much. I’d hold the dip and wheel with right hand… .reach for chip with left hand… bring left to right and do it as much as I could by feel and look down as little as possible. Glance down with eyes only, not head.

    When truck driving I’ve done all kinds of stuff reaching for sandwiches… opening lunchbox… unwrapping clingfilm… reaching for bits of fruit etc. You do it all while keeping what’s in front of you as numero uno. I learnt to keep the lunchbox right in front of me on the truck dash if it’s got a space where it will sit nicely. I tried texting while driving a bus ‘not in service’ about 12 years ago. I gave up permanently after one attempt … too hard. Way way way too dodgy.

    I sort of remember being around 22 and I was a young fuckhead compared to now so I don’t want to have a crack at the poor fella. I even didn’t wear a seatbelt at 22… just like him. Until I got fined… then wore it only to avoid more fines. The only difference could be I survived being young and stupid through dumb luck and he didn’t. RIP Benjamin Stantiall.

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  20. Nigel Kearney (913 comments) says:

    If he had been using a hands-free chip eating kit, maybe this could all have been avoided. Certainly that is an argument that the government would lap up without question if the makers of such kits were to lobby them that it is unsafe to eat chips with your hands while driving.

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  21. Viking2 (11,244 comments) says:

    wreck1080 (2,562) Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    nah the government will just raise petrol tax.

    Talk about talking stuff into existence.
    3c a litre in June of each of the next 3 years.

    Th e Greens will pee their dainty pants.

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  22. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    When comes to petrol taxes Labour lite’s rapacity is as bad as its twin brother’s, Labour.

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  23. labrator (1,846 comments) says:

    I tried texting while driving a bus ‘not in service’ about 12 years ago. I gave up permanently after one attempt … too hard. Way way way too dodgy.

    This could’ve been his ‘one attempt’ too. You were lucky.

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  24. Tom Jackson (2,483 comments) says:

    You shouldn’t really be eating while driving. Having a sandwich or a moro bar is OK, especially if someone else passes it to you or you eat it at the lights. I don’t think it’s too much to ask that people focus on the road while driving. I believe the law requires it.

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  25. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Smoking in cars is already being mooted. I have long thought there will be helmet laws for cars. Give it time.

    Somewhere around the time coffee is banned. After firearms (coming to Oz now) tobacco and alcohol are gone

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  26. Rex Widerstrom (5,327 comments) says:

    Colville suggests:

    Anyone who who does ‘other stuff ” while driving deserves to be laughed at

    Sneezing? Coughing? Okay, those are involuntary and (so far) “the authorities” have been kind enough to accept that we shouldn’t be penalised for that which we cannot control. So, singing along to your favourite song on the radio? Listening to the radio at all? After all, if many Kiwibloggers were driving along and an ad for Chris Laidlaw’s show suddenly came on, I can see many losing control and leaving the road in a fit of apoplexy.

    Talking to a passenger? I’m fascinated by the argument that “that’s different” to talking to someone on a hands free kit. What if my passenger is especially attractive? I might be tempted to glance at her more than the statutorily approved number of times per minute, so better dump her on the side of the road, just to be sure.

    Audiobooks… gee, you can get so caught up in a good reading of a well-written book, so out with them as well.

    What about thinking? If you’ve ahd a stand-up row with your significant other, or if you have a sick child or elderly parent, or you’re late for work and you know your boss will chew you out, or you’re on your way to a meeting which will either seal that big deal or see it collapse, that can be so distracting. So along with the four-point harnesses and the crash helmets and the 40km/h speed limit and all the other things the road wowsers would like to introduce, perhaps the helmets should be fitted with EEGs which disable the vehicle if they detect too many alpha waves…

    Sorry Colville, not having a go at you, because it sounds to me like you’re suggesting a lack of common sense is at the root of this latest tragedy. And you’d be right. The farcical thing is when some “road safety campaigner”, who always seems to have the ear of successive governments who’ve never seen a restrictive law they didn’t like, starts suggesting we can impose common sense by legislating what those of us who aren’t stupid can do in our cars.

    Legislate away our ability to do all of the above, and the next car-hits-tree accident will be someone late for work who’s decided to get dressed while driving (I’ve seen it). Ban that, and the next jackass will crash while they’re blowing up their inflatable swimring on the way to the beach.

    The point is, those lacking sense will always find ingenious ways to kill themselves, sadly. Legislating for penalties that soak those of us who know what we’re doing has only two benefits – for cops’ quotas and the Treasury’s revenue figures.

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  27. tedbear (129 comments) says:

    Banning privately owned cars totally is a great plan.
    Another seven lives lost in Waikato today.
    Think of the tax savings, no need for any more 9c litre taxes.

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  28. Akaroa (552 comments) says:

    If you’re going to drive, then drive!

    Don’t eat-whilst-driving, drink-whilst-driving, play-the-radio-whilst-driving, ogle-pretty-pedestrians-whilst-driving, engage-in-erudite-discussion-with-passengers-whilst-driving or indulge in any of the other thousand and one activities that distract your attention from what you’re supposed to be doing: driving. Thats d-r-i-v-i-n-g- driving.

    As for truckies who eat and drink whilst behind the wheel of a moving truck – well, pal, your judgement day is a-coming, believe me!

    I just hope no innocent other road user gets caught up in the inevitable mess.

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  29. orewa1 (428 comments) says:

    Chips are ok. Dips are not. They dribble all over your whatever. They distract.

    Dipping should be outlawed. Dipping whilst driving even more so. Double dipping while driving should be the ultimate offence, adjusted depending on gender.

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  30. Viking2 (11,244 comments) says:

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8094662/Police-named-family-killed-in-Waikato-crash

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  31. Steve (North Shore) (4,519 comments) says:

    We should ban the Media, and Blogs. If there was no News then we would not find out about a Darwin candidate who was multitasking in his car – alone.
    Get a life.

    Oh a shiela who is dipping while I’m driving is ok

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