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post #1 of 41 Old 12-13-2011, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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NTSB suggests cellphone use banned while driving

I think it will be a good law if implemented.

NTSB recommends full ban on use of cell phones while driving - CNN.com

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and to think, it only took them this long to figure it all out.

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I hate the idea. Next are we banning radios, eating, talking to others in car, kids? Where do they draw the line. I pay for my cell phone, are they going to reimburse me for the minutes I cannot use because I am driving?

If you can't drive and talk on the phone, you shouldn't be driving. More than likely you should be wearing a helmet during everyday activities.

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NY has banned cell phone usage (Need a hands free kit/bluetooth) for a while now... Doesn't stop people from doing it...

I see the accidents that happen from people that on cell phones... almost every day I see an accident going to work, and most of them are from cell phone usage of some sort...

The thing I don't get about the proposed law, is that if the car manufacturer puts in a hands free kit, it's legal... but if YOU put in a hands free kit, it's not... are cops going to pull over anyone talking to themselves in hopes to find a user installed kit?
OR, is this opening a door for police to pull over anyone, for "talking to themselves"

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What they really need to ban is distracted driving. That pretty much sums up what everyone does.

Guess we won't be driving anymore

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The local cops talk on their cell phones while driving! Why not, it's legal in Louisiana.

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The local cops talk on their cell phones while driving! Why not, it's legal in Louisiana.
Amen man. I see this all the time. Texting too!

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I hate the idea. Next are we banning radios, eating, talking to others in car, kids? Where do they draw the line. I pay for my cell phone, are they going to reimburse me for the minutes I cannot use because I am driving?

If you can't drive and talk on the phone, you shouldn't be driving. More than likely you should be wearing a helmet during everyday activities.
I agree for the most part, but the last few years, I have been cut off and almost run off the road by people talking/texting while driving.
Most of the offenders seem to be kids cruising around that don't have enough experience to even drive, let alone do anything else. I have had very close calls with many kids who have almost killed me, and they laugh and think its funny!
Over time, I think the cell phone talking and texting, as a result, is going to kill more people than drunk driving. It is getting worse by the day IMO.
Wisconsin recently put a ban on texting while driving, and I see more of it now than before. I think a lot of kids go out of their way to 'prove' that they can do everything and anything better than everyone else.
It is a much different issue when your spouse, children or friends are injured or killed by such actions.
The bottom line is that it is a common sense issue. If you are on a highway all by yourself, I don't see a problem, but when you are in heavy traffic and you need to be alert of any situation, THAT is where common sense comes into play.
Smartphones are really a misnomer, because if they really were that 'smart', you could just talk to it and have it do whatever you want, such as phone calls or texting, without having to take your eyes off the road and subjecting others to danger.
The technology is there...phone manufacturers just don't want to roll it out at this time, because they make many millions more by introducing incremental features. You can bet the next smartphone features will include voice activated phone calls, voice texting, voice gps services and the like. But for now, innocent people will continue to get injured or killed because of driver distractions while driving. It's a matter of corporate greed, that's all.
And that applies to just about everything..for example..toothpaste.
As basic and mundane a product that it is, how are the toothpaste manufacturers going to make more money? Incremental roll outs. First it was fluoride paste, then it was gel toothpaste, then it was breath freshening gels, then it was tartar control, then it was protection against gingivitis, then it was foaming types that could get where your brush couldn't then it was whitening, then it was 'pro' toothpastes that only coveted dentists used, then it was enamel hardening toothpaste, and lately it is enamel 'restoring' 'pro' toothpastes......see where I am going with this?
The technology was always there, but how much money are you going to make by offering the 'best' product right away?
There is just no where to go from that point, and that is why it is taking so long to get the cell phones to that point.
Once you introduce a product with the best features available, there is no where to make additional profits. Big money is just that, big money.
And if there are casualties along the way, who cares, as long as the rich get richer?

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The local cops talk on their cell phones while driving! Why not, it's legal in Louisiana.
Some time ago I was cut off by a driver who was yakking on a cell phone when he drifted into my lane without signalling. I was upset enough to lean on my horn, yell, and then give him a finger gesture when I saw him look back at me in his mirror. He was a cop! I don't like the trend toward legislation dictating personal decisions in every aspect of daily life, but if people don't take personal responsibility for their behavior, this is what ultimately happens.

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useing a cell phone has been illegal for many years in australia & i think was a good idea, but many still use phone while driving n they are dangerous u see them all over the road n wandering in to other lanes or off side of road , you cant concentrate on driving properley when talking & holding phone, they are an accident about to happen.



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