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You could get a £5,000 fine for singing too loudly in your car

Bad news if you enjoy a loud sing-along in the car.

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If you like to enjoy a little sing-along in the car you best be careful, as you could get a fine if you take it too far.

The due diligence we need to be showing behind the wheel goes beyond just paying attention to the traffic lights, speed limit and generally being a careful driver.

You could face a £5,000 fine for getting carried away while singing or listening to loud music, as it falls under ‘carelessness’, The Mirror reports.


Motoring experts are warning that drivers having a loud sing-along in your car could get you a ‘dangerous driving’ or ‘not being in proper control of a vehicle’ charge, and furthermore, if you end up in an accident you might get a £5,000 fine and nine points on your licence.

Hire firm Select Car Leasing delivered the warning, with director Mark Tongue saying: “Listening to music in your car is one thing, but if you’re singing loudly, dancing in your seat and generally getting into the groove, then you’re at risk of being distracted from the job at hand – which is keeping your eyes on the road.

“If there’s evidence – either dashcam footage or testimony from a police officer – that you were dancing and singing prior to an accident, you could ultimately be prosecuted for dangerous driving or driving without due care and attention.”


And it doesn’t stop there. He added: “The penalties can be severe – up to a £5,000 fine and nine points on your licence in the most serious of circumstances. You’ve also got to consider the implications of having your music too loud. If you’re drowned in sound, you may not be able to hear emergency vehicles approaching or other drivers’ warning horns.”

Mark also had a warning for football fans: “Meanwhile football supporters also need to be wary. If you’re going wild in your car celebrating a goal, you’re not paying attention to the traffic around you.”

Sophie Allinson, a specialist criminal and motoring solicitor at David Gray Solicitors LLP, added: “The police could choose to prosecute you if the way you listened to music caused a distraction as you drove. If it prevents you from driving with due care and attention, it could end in prosecution, and that includes singing or dancing at the wheel.”

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Emma Patterson, principal solicitor at motoring law specialist Patterson Law, said drivers could face three charges, ‘dangerous driving’, ‘careless driving’, and ‘not being in proper control of a vehicle’. She added: “It is entirely possible that listening to music too loudly could lead to a prosecution.”

So there you go, obviously you can still have a bit of a sing in the car, but don’t get carried away with it…

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Nurses ‘in tears’ after group of friends send huge stack of pizzas to hospital anonymously

The friends sent the pizza to staff at their local critical care unit

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A group of friends chipped in to order a load of pizzas to nurses working on a critical care unit, in a fantastic act of kindness.

One of the nurses who received the food said she was ‘lost for words’, after some anonymous good Samaritans ordered a huge takeaway for staff at their local hospital.

Critical care nurse Tina Waltho tweeted a photo of the pizza boxes, which turned up this week at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Staff were surprised when a takeaway driver dropped off six pizzas – margherita, pepperoni, meat feast, chicken, BBQ and veggie – as well as two garlic breads from an ‘unknown source’.

The pizzas had been sent by a group of close friends, who had dipped into their own pockets to spread some cheer to under-pressure and hungry NHS workers.

Tina said: “At a time when healthcare staff feel so low and deflated, responses like this remind us that we are supported.”

She added in a later tweet: “The nurse who had been in charge on the day shift was in tears. She had barely eaten all day and was a little emotional. It really has reported our faith in humans”. 

The tweet received a lot of praise, with thousands of retweets and likes, and some people even saying they would copy their example and make a similar gesture.

One person wrote: “What an amazing gesture. The next generation make me proud.”

While the group of friends remain anonymous, nurses did discover that the pizzas came from a takeaway based in Stone, Staffordshire.

*An earlier version of this article said the pizza was sent by a group of sixth form students, this has been corrected.

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Jason Manford has been driving the elderly and vulnerable to their Covid-19 vaccinations

He shared his busy day with his followers

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Jason Manford has been out and about in Greater Manchester, helping people get their Covid-19 vaccinations.

The comedian has been out in Stockport helping locals get to vaccine centres, and he managed to get a cheeky dig in at anti-vaxxers while he was at it.

The 39-year-old posted a photo from a vaccination centre car park in Heald Green, sharing his ‘busy day’ with his followers.

Jason, who’s from Salford, took aim at people who believe anti-vaccination theories about Bill Gates and microchips.

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He wrote: “Busy day at the vaccination centre today here in Heald Green. Have already taken 3 people & have got another 3 to do! Same again tomorrow & Friday.

“I do wonder why Bill Gates wants to chip poor old Doris from Offerton, but ours is not to reason why I suppose.”

Fans took to the comments to praise the comic, with one saying: “Doing a fantastic job, Jason. World’s a better place with people like you in it”.

Another added: “Absolute credit . Other celebs should take a leaf out of your book pal”.

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Jason was previously awarded for his efforts in helping others during the coronavirus crisis, receiving The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester Special Recognition Award.

The comedian said he was ‘chuffed’ to receive the award, after he was recognised for his ‘outstanding activity and contributing to the community amid the coronavirus pandemic’ as a volunteer at charity Rainbow Haven.

He added that it was a privilege to ‘do his bit’ during these testing times.

 

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People are sharing a simple hack for relieving migraines that ‘works wonders’

Make sure you know this one

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A hack that uses a simple household clothes peg has gone viral on social media, with tonnes of people reporting how well it works at relieving symptoms of a migraine. 

Around six million people suffer from migraines in the UK, with an estimated 190,000 attacks every day in England. 

According to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), a migraine is a headache disorder that manifests as recurring attacks that last from four to 72 hours involving a throbbing head pain or moderate to severe intensity. 

Often, it is often accompanied by nausea, and sometimes by vomiting, and sensitivity to light, sound and other stimuli. 

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Sharing on Facebook, Kaz Meakin said that sometimes her migraines would be so bad she ‘would be in bed for days with them’. However, she added that the simple hack with a clothes peg is simple and the only thing that relieves the pain.

Sharing a photo of the peg clipped on the skin between thumb and first finger, she wrote: “Whoever told me this idea for migraines, thank you.

“My head has been killing me over the last week and I have a peg in the car… it might look daft, but it bloody works, so a massive thank you.”

The post racked up over 169K shares with Kaz telling people to persevere with the peg and move the peg to find your pressure point. 

After receiving questions in the comments, Kaz did confirm that it is ‘just a normal clothes peg’, before adding that ‘if it doesn’t work first time try moving it to find your pressure point. Don’t give up’.

She added: “Yes I do suffer with really bad migraines to the point I would be in bed for days with them. This has really helped me.”

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