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  1. Curve63049's Avatar
    *Mods: not sure where to post this since it concerns all cell phone use (not just BB) and could get somewhat political*

    A story out today that the National Safety Council is calling for legislation to ban *all* cell phone use while driving a vehicle - even "hands-free" calling.

    Story here: National Safety Council wants ban on driving with cell-phone | NECN

    and here:Ban all cell-phone use by drivers, National Safety Council urges -- chicagotribune.com

    Thoughts and comments?
    01-12-09 06:24 AM
  2. john45acp's Avatar
    dont understand why we need another law. typical govt reaction it appears their goal is to make everyone a criminal. there is already a law called reckless operation. if ur on the phone and cause an accident it reckless. some of us can do more than one thing at a time. next it will be illegal to talk to ur passengers and turn on the radio or use ur ipod
    01-12-09 06:41 AM
  3. RavenMaverick's Avatar
    What about banning children in the car too? I understand the need for safety on the road, but there is always a right way to do things and a wrong way to do them.
    I see people driving in cars that have small children literally crawling over the seats and in the back window. I see people eating hot dogs, biscuits, etc. While sipping on what appears to be a 200 oz. Big gulp. Not to mention the people applying makeup or reading a map. These things seem to me to be as much if not more dangerous than using a bluetooth or maybe even the phone itself.
    People seem to forget that laws like these can quickly become a slippery slope.

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    01-12-09 06:55 AM
  4. Quiara's Avatar
    It's already a city ordinance where I live that you can only use hands-free while driving. There's been talk of an amendment to go ahead and ban hands-free, too.
    01-12-09 06:58 AM
  5. Curve63049's Avatar
    ITS NOT A SAFETY HAZARD TO BE ON THE PHONE AND NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO DRIVING, IN MY SUVS I DO ALOT OF STUFF

    WE SEEM DRUNK ON OUR CELLPHONES
    BUT WERE WILL PASS THE DUI TEst

    keep yacking and driving
    who cares if its dangerious
    Lots of things are *dangerous.* Driving itself is dangerous - especially to pedestrians. A few years back, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wondered why so many pedestrians in crosswalks were being mowed down by *automobiles.*

    <sarcasm on> Is there *anything* so important happening that you absolutely HAVE to drive rather than walk? Why not leave sooner or move closer?<sarcasm off>

    The real question is this: do the benefits outweigh the risk? We answered the question "yes" as it applies to automobiles. That is, despite the risk (to pedestrians, to other drivers, to passengers) we get more utility out of using them than not.

    I'd suggest that the *same* analysis applies to cell phone use . . . even while driving.

    BTW, it's NOT the "government" doing this yet. This is *organization* advocating a position. The *government* is US and, if you feel strongly about the matter (either way), then let your legislators (state and federal) know how you feel.






    Not really the question is it? If every *dangerous* thing was outl
    01-12-09 07:00 AM
  6. jackm3's Avatar
    Get a bluetooth earpiece or MAKE YOUR CALL WHEN YOU STOP!!!!!!!!
    01-12-09 07:04 AM
  7. Curve63049's Avatar
    Get a bluetooth earpiece or MAKE YOUR CALL WHEN YOU STOP!!!!!!!!
    Jack, for the record, the National Safety Council is proposing a ban on ALL cellphone use while driving - even the use of hands-free devices like a bluetooth earpiece.

    What do you think about that?
    01-12-09 07:06 AM
  8. Quiara's Avatar
    Don't feed the trolls.
    01-12-09 07:12 AM
  9. DataCentre's Avatar
    Next thing you know, they'll be banning drivers from talking to the other ppl in the car with you. What's the diff with a thing stuck in your ear?

    Just another way for the government to control the ppl.
    01-12-09 07:15 AM
  10. BerryMedic20's Avatar
    No. Driving with any cell phone should not, and will not, be banned. I don't see too much wrong with making hands free use mandatory.
    01-12-09 07:15 AM
  11. john45acp's Avatar
    Its like certain user taxes. Like cigarette and alchohol 2 name 2. People say oh well I don't smoke who cares? But soon everything will b taxed. I am a contractor hav been for over 20 yrs. The amount of tax I pay each day like lumber & building materials and the gas I use. If u add all the tax u pay not just income/ ss but everyth else we r close 2 payin 50%. Watch when u r told a new law is for ur safety.

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    01-12-09 07:22 AM
  12. skullgame45's Avatar
    TEXTING AND TALKING ON PHONE WHILE DRIVING
    HAS NEVER CAUSED 1 Accident IN HISTORY
    Are you freaking serious?? That is the dumbest statement I've ever seen!!

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    01-12-09 07:26 AM
  13. skullgame45's Avatar
    THEN

    I CANNOT

    TEXT AND CALL

    BARBARA

    ABOUT

    MY

    NEW

    NAILPOLISH

    WHILE

    DRIVING

    A 2 TON

    SUV

    80MPH

    DOWN

    THE HIGHWAY

    WHILE CHECKING EMAIL

    ON MY PDA

    AT THE SAME

    TIME

    HOW UNCONVINIENT
    HOW UNCONVINIENT
    I WANT CONVINIENT

    MY NAILPOLISH IS IMPORTANT TO TELL BARBIE ABOUT WHILE DRIVING
    Ok, that's the second dumbest statement by you!!

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    01-12-09 07:28 AM
  14. Curve63049's Avatar
    Since the cited articles in my OP don't mention texting, I'm wondering how it's relevant to this topic.

    The National Safety Council is proposing a ban on *talking* on cellphones while driving - even if a hands free device (like a blue tooth earpiece) is used. The National Safety Council claims that the scientific evidence is that *talking* on a cell phone is dangerous and it makes *no difference* whether the driver is using a hands free device or not.
    01-12-09 07:29 AM
  15. Spinny's Avatar
    01-12-09 07:30 AM
  16. skullgame45's Avatar
    All of us dont want laws to stop us from texting on our phones at the whell

    look how many want to be able to drive and talk

    your the only 1 who wants to take away our cellphones in my car
    You're the one posting a statement that says texting while drivind has never caused an accident! I know from experience that that isn't true! I've been in an accident because some id!ot was texting and driving.

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    01-12-09 07:31 AM
  17. Spinny's Avatar
    You're the one posting a statement that says texting while drivind has never caused an accident! I know from experience that that isn't true! I've been in an accident because some id!ot was texting and driving.

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    Don't take him seriously, and arguing his inane posts only encourages him to keep on--"feeding the troll." He's just saying outrageous things to stir up reaction. Ignore is your friend.
    01-12-09 07:32 AM
  18. skullgame45's Avatar
    Oh trust me, done and done! Unsubscribed!

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    01-12-09 07:35 AM
  19. sugarayearth's Avatar
    I just think people need to be more aware and careful. I have tried to stop the bad habit of txting while driving. I mean I do it and I email and all but not in heavy traffic. We do not need a law...we just need a bit of common sense. And I do email sometimes if my boss emails me, but its short and sweet...ex: job done, thx. sent from my blackberry...he knows I'm on the run and thats all it takes.
    01-12-09 07:42 AM
  20. sugarayearth's Avatar
    Ok, that's the second dumbest statement by you!!

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    awesome.....LY BAD! agreed...
    01-12-09 07:45 AM
  21. jackm3's Avatar
    Jack, for the record, the National Safety Council is proposing a ban on ALL cellphone use while driving - even the use of hands-free devices like a bluetooth earpiece.

    What do you think about that?
    Perfectly fine with it.... nothing is so darn important that it cant wait until I either pull over or get to my destination. Im old enough to remember when we didnt all have cell phones. I can do without it while driving.
    01-12-09 07:47 AM
  22. Tlynnsmith's Avatar
    I'm all for the idea. Talking on a cell phone and trying to drive is not good. I almost got hit by cars, twice, by folks too busy talking on the phone to pay attention to the most important activity driving. I've seen near-accidents several times.

    Talkin-on-the-phone-while-driving conversations should be limited to the, "I'm stopping to pick up milk. Bye" variety. Long, involved convos should not be, unless you pull over. Better yet, wait till you're out of the car. Unless it's something very important, a conversation can wait until both parties are off the road.

    I know, we all are such good drivers that we don't need to concentrate on the road and people in front, back and at the side of us. That's foolishness. I just saw a woman a few days ago, putting on eye makeup while driving. Or, you got the folks who are diggin' in the back seat, looking for whatever, while driving. They've done it numerous times, so they think they're masters. One day it's going to have a different outcome.

    Plus, even if we had laws banning cell phone usage while driving, people would still try to talk and drive and not get caught.
    01-12-09 07:51 AM
  23. Spinny's Avatar
    It's already illegal up here in NY--at least without hands-free. People still do it all the time, and the cops can't be everywhere at once so they don't catch them all. I had a car totaled by some soccer mom in a huge SUV who ran a red light because she was distracted talking on her cell phone. The sad thing is it was still legal at the time so we couldn't get her nailed for that, too.
    01-12-09 08:10 AM
  24. pkcable's Avatar
    I do NOT support a total ban on cell phone use while driving. I think bluetooth and or handsfree (speakerphone) use is ok. I would support a ban on texting, which some states do by banning having a cell phone in your hand while driving. (NJ for example).
    01-12-09 09:00 AM
  25. Spinny's Avatar
    My county in NY proposed a ban on texting while driving, but abandoned the effort when it was pointed out as unenforceable. Holding a cell phone to your ear is easy to catch, but texters tend to hold it low and out of sight from outside the car.
    01-12-09 09:06 AM
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