‘Drunk driver’ is reported to Irish cops after his CAR phones police to report the crash
Police in Northern Ireland responded to an incident after the vehicle involved in a the crash automatically phoned the police to report the incident.
PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) officers in Craigavon, Armagh, Northern Ireland said that they responded to an accident after the driver’s vehicle phoned through to alert them.
Reflecting on the bizarre incident, a PSNI spokesperson said:
“Some cars these days are pretty clever.
“Did you know that some can even phone police automatically to let us know you’ve crashed?!
That’s a really good safety feature.
“It is however a really bad feature to have if you’re a drink driver.
“That’s right, you’re picking this up correctly – a CAR phoned us to let us know about a crash last night when it turned out the driver was drunk.
“You think you’re having a rough weekend? At least your car hasn’t touted on you!
“Feel free to phone us if you suspect someone is drink driving. This driver wasn’t the only drunk driver caught over the weekend.
“We do take action, but your help is vital in ridding the road of these potential death drivers.”
Vehicle eCall system to be mandatory by 2018
The European Union made it clear back in 2015 that all new vehicles in the EU will must be fitted with a system that automatically calls emergency services in case of an accident by 2018.
EU lawmakers have said that the new eCall system will be mandatory for all new cars and light-duty vehicles sold across all EU States.
Sensors in the car can automatically transmit the location of the vehicle, the exact time and direction it was headed in, as well as the number of people inside when an accident happens.
It is believed that the eCall system could save hundreds of lives each year by dispatching ambulances more quickly to crash sites.
The EU’s executive commission’s decision means EU member states, the auto industry and other parties will have three years to adopt the system and get it fitted into new vehicles.
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