POLICE RADIO FEARS TO BE AIRED AT CONFERENCE
BY ANDREW MOSLEY
12:00 - 13 May 2003
Devon police officers' fears over a new emergency communications
are to be highlighted at a national conference today. Steve
chairman of the Devon and Cornwall branch of the Police Federation,
which represents hundreds of rank and file officers, says
more research is
needed before the new Tetra system is introduced.
The police constable, who is in Blackpool for the federation's
three-day conference starting today, said: "Our roll-out
of masts has
been delayed until the spring of 2005 because of the anti-mast
so we do have a comfort zone.
"My concern, and that of the federation, is for the
health of officers
across Devon and Cornwall and that is the stance we are taking."
The Police Federation says some officers elsewhere in the
reported headaches and nausea after using radios linked to
system. It believes its members are being used as guinea pigs.
"We are calling for further research and closer monitoring
using the system," said Mr Pearce.
"Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has been at the
raising concerns over health risks in Tetra."
Plans to introduce the Tetra radio masts in Devon were last
year put on
ice until 2005 because of the strength of public opinion.
Airwave, the company responsible for installing the new mobile
transmitters, confirmed the delay was due to the number of
against its planning applications, mainly on health grounds.
Campaigners welcome the delay because it will enable them
to gather more
Devon and Cornwall police would have been one of the first
forces to use
the new Tetra system, but are now likely to be among the last.
The Echo's Shock Waves campaign has highlighted many of the
protests against the Tetra masts, including:
Plans for a mast in Casely Woods, Lustleigh, which the Dartmoor
Park Authority refused on the grounds of visual impact;
An application for a Tetra mast at Moretonhampstead Fire
was withdrawn by communications firm mmO2 (UK) Ltd, after
service said it did not want the masts on its land - Devon
Authority later banned masts and aerials from its stations;
Firm mm02 being asked to submit new plans for an alternative
site for a
45ft-high mast alongside the new A30 at Gittisham, near Honiton;
Residents in Pennsylvania currently fighting an application
additional equipment on a police mast.
Informant: Reinhard Rueckemann
on cellphone use by young drivers urged
By Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters, 6/4/2003
WASHINGTON -- Young drivers should not be allowed to use
they get behind the wheel, US traffic safety officials said
after reviewing a fatal crash involving a 20-year-old who
was on a
mobile phone when she lost control of her sport utility vehicle.
The Feb. 1, 2002, accident on the Capital Beltway outside
killed five people, including the driver, who had purchased
the SUV that
day and who made or received 15 calls on her mobile phone
in the four
hours before the crash.
''The accident-driver's distraction due to the wireless telephone
conversation with her friend contributed to her loss of control
vehicle,'' the National Transportation Safety Board concluded
after a hearing.
Gusty winds nudged the car to the right, and the driver steered
left, sending the car hurtling across a median and into oncoming
traffic, where it landed on a minivan, killing four adults
near Largo, Md.
The safety board acknowledged other factors in the accident
-- the wind
and the outdated median barriers among them -- but concluded
inexperience coupled with the use of a mobile phone was enough
curbs for young drivers.
Among the fifty states, only New York bars drivers with learner's
permits and intermediate licenses from using wireless devices
drive. The board urged the other states to adopt such laws.
To help track any correlation between mobile phone use and
accidents, the board has asked states to add codes to their
investigation forms that take driver distraction into account.
states have such codes now.
The board's investigators said 24 countries have bans on
use by drivers.
The board's project manager, Michele McMurtry, listed various
that could distract drivers, ranging from disciplining children
adjusting the radio to swatting a bug. ''In particular, in
Washington area, we see a lot of people reading newspapers,
books,'' McMurtry said.
She said a mobile phone or other distraction might hold a
attention for one to 1 1/2 seconds, enough time for a fast-moving
vehicle to travel 200 feet.
There are about 145 million cellphone users in the United
about 67 percent of licensed drivers have cellphones.
This story ran on page A2 of the Boston Globe on 6/4/2003.
© Copyright 2003 Globe Newspaper Company.
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
update including FEMU database
Hi all, not sure if you got this latest update including FEMU
http://toastedbytowers.shorturl.com/ not doing much lately
but trying to
update the Ouruhia website and setting up a new one specifically
Cellphones and cellsites in NZ to accompany a nationwide advertising
campaign that were trying to raise another $40,000 for, have
far, but are being sidetracked with NZs power crises that
insist on powerline corridors and windfarms instead of hydro.
many bases to cover with too few and one less now we have
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inspector and former Marine Scott Ritter is calling for
regime change in Washington
National Press Club Invites Ramsey Clark to be Featured Speaker
Upcoming May 12 Luncheon in Washington, D.C.
As the country prepares to enter the next election cycle,
will make a national address on how "U.S. Militarism
Destiny of Humanity," at the National Press Club on May
12. Mr. Clark
will also charge George W. Bush and his administration with
high crimes and misdemeanors warranting impeachment. For those
D.C. metropolitan area who would like to attend in person,
reservations can be made by telephoning the Press Club at
662-7501. For additional information on the luncheon event
Dangers - Who's Watching?
Silent Genocide from America
Informant: Jonathan Mark
chief: Pentagon lied about occupation Telegraph [UK]
faces probe over WMD threat - CNN
the big lie about Iraq came to be
war was about oil Guardian Unlimited [UK]
Informant: Thomas L. Knapp
sets new plan of attack for North Korea
of a Changing World 2003