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    Quote Originally Posted by metalspring View Post
    I think hands free (including bluetooth) is no worse than having other people in the car talking to you really...and i think it should be a non-hands free talking/texting ban not a complete cell phone use ban since smartphones have essentially replaced gps navigation devices and mp3 players...
    Actually, the statistics show that when you actually have a passenger, you are less likely to end up in a wreck. However, simply talking to someone on the phone, you are more likely to end up in a wreck.

    Quote Originally Posted by pc747 View Post
    You are right to a point...but I can argue so can listening to music and driving. Yeah I think long conversations should be avoided. If its more than "You need me to pick up what... ok bye" .. , "I am driving is it an emergency", or "Dont for get to pick up ______ from _____ its already 5 mins until (activity) is over".

    So yes there are times when you need to talk and drive and it can be done with out the need to pull over. Now if you need to do a business deal or something drawn out then I agree pull over or tell the person you will call them back.
    There is really no way to make rules and regulations based on how long or in-depth your phone conversation can be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anewton View Post
    The "empty road" doesn't always STAY empty. I remember driving down a country road one night many years ago, late at night when you wouldn't expect anyone else around, and for a long time, there wasn't. At one point, I passed a junction and, just as I crossed it, some hooligans ran their stop sign and almost nailed me! Fortunately, because I wasn't distracted, I was able to react in a way which allowed me to avoid the collision, but just barely. If I'd been distracted WITH ANYTHING at that point, I'd have gotten nailed (and probably killed). I don't think your assumption is a safe one. Just something to think about...
    This goes along with knowing your surroundings and being smart. If I was on a country road that I am familiar with, I know every drive way, intersection, road that comes so obviously I would be prepared for anything. Trust me, my assumption is very safe. Again, it goes to me being responsible for myself. In your example, they ran a stop sign so I would not feel guilty about what happens to them, if I get hurt, again it goes back to my life, my responsibility, my choice.

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    I cannot believe the number of posters here that are ok with a "Federal" law concerning a driving issue. Although I am not opposed to laws regulating cell phone usage while driving, they should be State/Local laws and not Federal laws. This is nothing more than an attempt at further loss of state's rights. It saddens me that most of the debate in this thread is over the law itself rather than who is legislating away state's rights (as guaranteed by the Constitution). Folks, please don't take your eyes off the ball here.
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    I was handsfree long before it was mandatory in California. I'm amazed at all the drivers I see with one hand stuck to their ear.

    When it became the law in California The Reader (a free paper in San Diego) did an editorial about the law. It had two pictures, showing what was Illegal and what was Legal. The "Illegal" picture had a driver with a cell phone to his ear, eyes straight ahead and talking. The "Legal" picture had a driver (with a BT device on his ear) with the cell phone next to him. He's looking down and trying to dial a number. Not really accurate as how did the driver in the "Illegal" picture dial?
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    The Federal Government has absolutely no Constitutional Jurisdiction to dictate driving laws. None.

    It is not "commerce" so they cannot even use the massively over-abused "Interstate Commerce Act" to justify it.

    The 10th Amendment, however, precludes Congress from making this law. Sadly, the 10th Amendment might as well not exist as few states seem to even remember it through the flood of "shut up and suckle" money flowing from the Fed.
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    What about all the women who change clothes put on makeup and whatever else they do while they drive. I don't see a band on this.
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    I can understand a band on having a cell phone in your hand but that's what bluetooth devices are for
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    are we going to ban law enforcement and truck drivers

    Give me a break, if you cant use a cell phone, you cant use a cb. you cant read a map, you cant look in the mirror to see if you have something on your face. you must drink coffee so your not sleepy,you cant roll your windows down the air might distract you. You have to drive alone,conversation may distract you, you definately cant drive with kids,all bus drivers must give up their jobs now. kids will have to walk to school. Taxi drivers are not allowed, a person in the back making them constantly look in the rear view mirror has to be distracting especially if there hot . Cops cant call in back up,like I said what's the difference between a cb ,thats been around for years,and a cell phone,oh wait its mounted on the dash, you actually have to look down and take your eyes off the road to use it. Thanks government for taking care of me even though Im sure that every politician that votes for this law will be exempt from it. As they are from forced health care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by floyddrose1 View Post
    Give me a break, if you cant use a cell phone, you cant use a cb. you cant read a map, you cant look in the mirror to see if you have something on your face. you must drink coffee so your not sleepy,you cant roll your windows down the air might distract you. You have to drive alone,conversation may distract you, you definately cant drive with kids,all bus drivers must give up their jobs now. kids will have to walk to school. Taxi drivers are not allowed, a person in the back making them constantly look in the rear view mirror has to be distracting especially if there hot . Cops cant call in back up,like I said what's the difference between a cb ,thats been around for years,and a cell phone,oh wait its mounted on the dash, you actually have to look down and take your eyes off the road to use it. Thanks government for taking care of me even though Im sure that every politician that votes for this law will be exempt from it. As they are from forced health care.
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    Whoever said that the posters are missing the point when they are discussing the merits of the law itself instead of whether the feds should allowed to do it versus the states is themselves missing the point. The point is that someone should pass the law.

    I honestly don't think anyone here can make the claim that they are more focused and less distracted while driving and talking on their cellphone than when they are driving and not talking on their cellphone.

    Driving while talking on a cellphone is more dangerous than driving without talking on a cellphone.

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