Using the same logic we should do away with all traffic laws and merely punish those that cause accidents and problems.:thinkingCSA_TX said:IF I cause an accident because I'm on the phone then punish me, but don't make me a criminal if I am not causing any problems.
LOL! I have to agree with your wife...bumper stickers can be dangerous.Pacridge said:My wife won't let me put the bumper sticker I want on my truck:
"Maybe you'd drive better with that cell phone up your A**"
Exactly listening to the radio isn't the same thing as looking up a phone number then dialing that number. That's the main problem. But people do all kinds of dumb things while they drive. Who hasn't driven and seen some woman putting on her make-up or some guy reading the morning paper. Most states have laws regarding "careless driving." Probably all. But the cell phone thing has just gotten out of hand and people drive like morons when trying to dial or sometimes even when just trying to hold the phone. I think it's a huge problem.vauge said:I have no issues with "hands-free" phones. It is the ones that take a hand away from the steering wheel. Because of that, it is human nature to put more concentration on the phone than the car. There are some very stupid drivers as it is.. put a cell phone in thier hand and they are driving 30 mph in a 75 mph or vice-versa. This problem is so rampant that there are not enough cops to ticket the idiots.
BTW, it's already illegal to drive dangerously - allowing cell phone use in cars just adds to the problem.
As far as resturants & theatres - I believe it should be up to the owners of the establishment to take care of the issue.
The only problem with switching to "hands-free" doesn't really solve anything.Naughty Nurse said:I think they should be banned when driving (except hands-free) and in all places where they cause disturbance (theatres, cinemas etc.).
In contrast, from the (biased) Libertarian website:Drivers who talk on mobile phones end up driving like old people, with slower reaction times and a tendency to miss what is right in front of them, U.S. researchers say.
Even when they used "hands-free" devices, young drivers who normally have the quickest reflexes drove like 70-year-olds, the team at the University of Utah found.
Anyway, I wonder if banning cell phones in certain areas or situations would violate current FCC rules that disallows blocking or jamming of the airwaves. It's a stretch, but it could be applicable. I, however, would patronize mobile phone-free theaters and restaurants.On Tuesday, U.S. Representative Gary Ackerman (D-NY) filled a bill that would withhold federal highway funds from states that don’t pass laws banning the use of hand-held cell phones in cars. The same day, U.S. Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ) filed similar legislation.
Both bills came just two weeks after a report issued by the University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center revealed that only 1.5% of traffic accidents were caused by drivers distracted by cell phones.
By comparison, adjusting a car’s radio or CD/cassette player caused 11.5% of all accidents; another person in the car caused 10.9% of collisions; and adjusting climate controls caused 2.8% of accidents.
I am on-call 24x7 so it is needed. Am I a d**k for doing my job?MeChMAN said:Me personally I hate cell phones all together it is nothing more than a fashion trend! These self important techno d**ks want to seem important "I'm reaching out" is what they say, oh yeah well reach out and jerk me off. If cell phones were invisible they wouldn't own one!
So if we already have laws regarding driving dangerously or recklessly why do we need more. Why not enforece the laws already on the books instead of creating more?BTW, it's already illegal to drive dangerously - allowing cell phone use in cars just adds to the problem.
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In banning cell phone use in cars, the idea is to keep YOU from being T-boned by the distracted driver of another car.CSA_TX said:ok so if we ban cell phones we need to ban Radios,DVD Players,Eating Drinking, GPS map guides, map reading and the like. They are all distractions and can cause accidents. perhaps the driver will have to be in a enclosed area so not to be disturbed by others in the car. Its a bunch of crap. Law abiding citizens being punished and criminalized for the few that are unable to handle it. that is why I say punish me if I cause the problem but don't punish me if I'm not.