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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.
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?
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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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.
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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