SMS at your peril
Singapore, Sept. 2 (AP): Singaporeans who send text messages on their mobile phones while driving face a fine of up to S$1,000 and six months in jail, police said today.
Police issued a statement about text messaging behind the wheel after a letter appeared in the Straits Times newspaper asking whether it was legal for a bus driver to send messages with one hand while steering his vehicle with the other.
“Using a hand phone while driving distracts drivers and reduces their ability to control their vehicles and to react to changes in the road,” the police statement said. “It is an irresponsible driving attitude.”
Mobile phone text messages — also known as short message service, or SMS — are extremely popular in Singapore. About 80 per cent of Singapore’s four million inhabitants have mobile phones.
Frankfurt (AP): McDonald’s Corp launched a new global advertising campaign on Tuesday, seeking to boost business with a younger image and a new slogan — “I’m lovin’ it”. The ads are part of a turnaround push by the US-based burger giant that has seen McDonald’s bring in a new chief executive and close hundreds of restaurants. Germany was chosen as the launch venue as the slogan was dreamed up by a German ad agency, Heye & Partner. The new tag line — it replaces “We love to see you smile” — will appear in German television ads on Tuesday evening, around the time the company unveils the new concept in Munich. By the end of the month, the campaign will start in more than 100 countries.
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