The average Briton breaks the law 21 times a year

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  1. InsaneNutter

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    The average Brit breaks the law around 21 times a year, it has emerged.

    Speeding, eating or drinking while driving and not wearing a seat belt are the most common crimes we commit during our day-to-day lives.

    Other car crimes which take place regularly include jumping red lights, parking on double yellow lines and driving someone else's motor without the proper insurance cover.
    Common crimes: Speeding is one of the main offences committed by the public on a daily basis

    Common crimes: Speeding is one of the main offences committed by the public on a daily basis

    Downloading music illegally, texting or chatting while driving, and cycling without lights on are also offences we regularly commit.

    John Miles, business development director for Gocompare.com, which conducted the poll of 3,000 adults, said: "Brits are becoming so used to breaking the law on a daily basis that they aren't even fazed by their actions.

    "A huge number of people choose to regularly break the speed limit, which means British roads are filled with inconsiderate and dangerous drivers.

    "And those people who insist on doing things other than actually driving the car - such as eating, drinking or using the mobile phone - are putting their own lives in danger as well as the lives of others."

    TOP 20 WAYS WE BREAK THE LAW
    1. Break the speed limit - 79 per cent
    2. Driving without due care and attention (Eating / drinking while driving) - 71 per cent
    3. Cycled on the pavement - 70 per cent
    4. Manoeuvre the car without wearing a seatbelt - 41 per cent
    5. Downloaded music or files on the computer without paying - 36 per cent
    6. Sex in a public place - 34 per cent
    7. Driven through a red light - 34 per cent
    8. Park on double yellow lines - 31 per cent
    9. Text or check a text on the mobile phone while driving - 31 per cent
    10. Taken drugs - 28 per cent
    11. Used the mobile phone while driving - 26 per cent
    12. Dropped litter - 25 per cent
    13. Moved and failed to tell DVLA of change of address - 24 per cent
    14. Driven someone else's car without insurance - 23 per cent
    15. Cycled without lights on after dark - 21 per cent
    16. Bumped into someone's car and driven off without leaving details - 20 per cent
    17. Taken the dog for a walk and not cleaned up their poo - 18 per cent
    18. Park in a disabled spot - 17 per cent
    19. Smoked in a public place - 14 per cent
    20. Watched TV without a TV license - 14 per cent

    Source

    Quite interesting, how many do you break without thinking?
     
  2. Lewie4

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    I have done quite a few of them. I drove through a red light for my first time a few weeks ago but im still doing driving lessons so I should be excused :) .
     
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    Watched TV without a TV license? Is there such a thing as a TV license?
     
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    Is that all. I thought it would be much higher...
     
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    I've broken nearly every law there ;) Except 6, 10, 19, 16, 8 hehehe
     
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    Wow, only 21? You silly Brits. The law is more of a suggestion.
     
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    lol thats a new one on me. But sounds almost like it is here in the US, but I think I've broke everyone of those laws
     
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    I'm sure i remember at one point they wanted the TV licence to extend to owning a computer too as that could be used to watch TV, thankfully never happened though.

    I have heard you have some crazy laws over there such as "Canned corn is not to be used as bait for fishing." i find it hard to believe they are true however!
     
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    Ya there are a lot of old dumb laws here in the US lol like I read one were ladies can't were big hats because it might scare children and animals lol, you have to have a permit to have a goatee, when I used to have my iPhone I had a program on there that was just nothing but dumb laws like that
     
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    In Canada, killing a Sasquatch is considered a federal offense :P
     
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    only done like 17 out of these thats good for me! !
     

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