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It seems that lately, Jeremy Clarkson just can't catch a break. Like some other Englishmen we can think of, Clarkson has never had a problem being brutally honest, despite the fact that his viewpoints get him into trouble every now and again... and again. This time, Clarkson was allegedly photographed talking on a cell phone while driving. While some of the more car-consicous among us may be more interested in the classic Mercedes Benz that he was piloting, talking on a mobile phone while driving is illegal in the U.K., and apparently the offense is taken rather seriously. Clarkson is currently being chided for thinking that he is "above the law".

We can't help but wonder if this is being made into a much bigger deal than it normally would because of Clarkson's fame. The fact that his stardom revolves around automobiles and driving doesn't do him any favors in this particular situation either.

Thanks for the tip, iSpec!

[Source: Daily Mail]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I like Jeremy, but I can totally see him as a "rules don't apply to me" sort of person.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Honestly, who the hell DOESN'T talk on their phone while driving? Just the media making a big deal out of nothing, as usual.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's it I'm never watching Top Gear again.

      FAIL !
      • 7 Years Ago
      I cant stand him. On an admittedly different topic, he is SO anti-US it's not even funny. It's one thing to criticize American cars (I agree with some of his comments), but his general US-bashing is not appropriate for his show. When you have a chance, watch the "Top Gear - Special US Edition", and you'll see what I mean.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Peter: if you've followed Clarkson's work for the past twenty years you'll find that everyone is fair game to his remarks, from Americans to British royalty. It's all in the name of entertainment and the humour typically British - i.e. being shrouded in irony. He's no more anti-American than anyone else.

        It has to be said that many Americans are generally extraordinarily sensitive to international criticism and they immediately lash out at the slightest slur as "anti-American" to the point where it's almost become a buzz word in modern popular culture. Have you thought of the possibility that you may just be creating more ammunition to be used against you?
        • 7 Years Ago
        He actually has a soft spot for the U.S., he just had to be somewhat entertaining while filming that bit. He has a place here, owns a Ford GT, etc etc. Quite frankly, the majority of Europe has a worse view of us, some would say he went light on us.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Soft spot for the US? Did you watch this episode?
        During the episode he claims to have proof that "Americans mate with vegetables" and in the wrap up, he says "Don't visit America"

      • 7 Years Ago
      Um... if that's the UK then wouldn't he be driving on the right hand side of the car? As well as the car in front of him?
        • 7 Years Ago
        that is strange. what car is that, by the way?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Its an Old 1963 Mercedes-Benz Grosser apparently so its German and left-hand drive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Also, since the photo looks like it was taken from the driver's side of the car with a camera phone, surely the person taking the photo could be done for using a phone while driving...
      • 7 Years Ago
      'Professional' drivers don't talk on their cells.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Talking on a cell phone while driving IS a big deal. Here in the US, most drivers don't see it as such, but then Americans tend to be such bad, sloppy drivers that they don't notice how blabbing on a cell deteriorates their already crappy driving. Practically every time I encounter someone driving too slow, pulling out in front of someone, sitting at a light too long, going through a red light, it is some guy with a phone in his ear or talking to his Bluetooth connectivity or Sync, or the soccer mom piloting some behemoth SUV or CUV.

      Outlawing cell phone use here has about as much chance of happening as training the slower traffic to keep right or convincing Americans of the efficiency, fuel savings and safety associated with traffic circles instead of lights. Oh well.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Outlawing cell phone use here has about as much chance of happening as training the slower traffic to keep right or convincing Americans of the efficiency, fuel savings and safety associated with traffic circles instead of lights. Oh well."

        I don't know about other states, but slower traffic keeping right is actually a state law here in Texas...unfortunately it isn't really enforced.

        As for the traffic circles, I hate them, and I doubt they would be safe in our country which has notoriously bad drivers.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I've been using BT headsets for years already, but it's only because --->IME
        • 7 Years Ago
        I've been using BT headsets for years already, but it's only because --->IME
        • 7 Years Ago
        Here in Washington State it's also a (unenforced) law to keep in the right lane and a ban on talking on a cell w/o a headset went into effect at the beginning of January.

        Unfortunately, despite signs for both laws being posted everywhere, it doesn't seem to make much of a difference for either of them. Just earlier today I was waiting to turn out of a Safeway parking lot and a woman in a huge Chevy Tahoe (I'm really not trying to be sexist, just telling the facts) turns in and comes within an inch of plowing into the side of my car! Why? Because she couldn't turn the steering wheel far enough with only one hand while the other was holding a phone to her ear!

        Then she just had to sit there with her huge rear end blocking a lane of traffic until I was able to pull out into the far lane (which took forever as she was also blocking my view of oncoming cars...)

        Sorry for the rant, this story just kinda set me off today.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You have nailed it!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Gregg:
        Talking on a hand-held phone while driving is already outlawed in New York state and it takes effect in California this summer.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "...convincing Americans of the efficiency, fuel savings and safety associated with traffic circles instead of lights. Oh well."

        Or small cars and diesels for that matter. Or that hybrids are hype and no real saving (money or environment) is happening.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Interestingly enough, in California it is now illegal for minors to do ANYTHING with a cell phone while driving. This includes making/receiving calls (although BT headsets are still okay), sending/reading texts, or even pulling it out to check who's calling you. If there appears to be a huge improvement in teen accident avoidance, I think that evidence would definitely be put to use to get phone use banned for other groups as well.

        Oh, and I'm totally with you on the roundabouts, provided they integrate well with the road they are serving. Unfortunately, I think those also have little chance of making it big in America because they require such things as *gasp* using a turn signal!! and waiting your turn to enter the flow if it's full. I think we should send some city planners to Europe and rent them a fun little car that handles well so they can see how much faster/efficiently/entertaininglyer they can get across town. I'd love to see roundabouts here instead of stop lights that don't register my Miata and make me wait through three light cycles until someone else gets in line behind me >:(
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...zzz...zzz...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its a realll good thing that I am not famous.

      If I were famous, last friday nite would have made Britney Spears look stable.

      poor Jezza. Driving while talking on cell phone, really...they dont have anything else to worry about?

      Imagine the firestorm if they saw him doing key-bumps, smoking a Parliament, talking on cell phone AND looking for a random Social Distortion song on his iPhone....

      ohh boy, maybe he needs some tint on those windows (vy light)...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gossip news. :P Next he'll be caught with a prostitute . Shocking!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dazza: Oh come on. You talk as if you never do anything wrong ever.

      It does look to me like he's barely even moving. They're making a big deal out of nothing.

      There are so many more pressing issues people should stick their noses into instead of this. Bloody joke.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is rediculous. If you read the article this references youll see the number of traffic deaths to cell phones. Its like 36. 36 and you call talking on a cell phone dangerous and irresponsible? 100% of all accidents are caused by idiocy; trying to do something you cant do in your car, not paying attention, getting in the car too tired or too drunk, trying to cut people off, driving really, really slow and blocking traffic, not doing what you are expected to do, driving too fast in weather, or making the decision to talk on your cell phone in the wrong situation.

      Let motorists talk on their mobiles. I drive 40 miles every day and I rarely talk on my cell phone. One thing I notice, its not the people on their phones who are screwing things up, its stupid people going under the speed limit, too far to the left or blocking lanes. And when I talk on my phone, I slow to the speed limit, get all the way to the right, and use the speaker feature so I can keep both hands on the wheel (I like most americans use an automatic).

      I hope the police spend their time going after the uninsured drivers and people just being straight up stupid when they drive instead of professional drivers talking on their cells.
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