Federal Ban on All Cell Phone Use While Driving Proposed For US

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    Its not about being safe and saving lives, if that were the case, the government would be up the auto industries ass about making better cars than these sorry plastic cars that so many american car makers push out (same with gas mileage). Its more about an easy way to get more tax dollars flowing just as the seat belt law is, a way to tax. Same with traffic cameras, they dont reduce accidents but they do increase tax revenue. This is America - Its all about money...!!!!!!!!!!!

    TAX TAX TAX - thats all...!!!!
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    DITTO!!!!!! Most folks have their priorities all mixed up. Our 'me' society overflows into our driving habits. Veering across traffic to make the exit that 'I' almost forgot to make, 'I' don't need to signal because 'I' know where 'I' am going and so does everyone else because 'I' always turn here, 'I' can simply do whatever 'I' want to because there are no cops around, 'I' can make others do what 'I' want them to, 'I' have a right to be driving. Driving IS a privilege, driving IS a skill, driving IS multi-tasking, driving IS a responsibility in safety. Using a cell phone for ANYTHING is NO different than any other activity you may do while driving! When your attention and/or concentration will be divided, your safety habits MUST be multiplied.

    Most people forget that operating a motor vehicle is the mere point of the tip of the iceberg under the term 'driving'. And THEY are the ones making it dangerous for the rest of us, before they do anything else behind the wheel.

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    Try telling that to my Nephew who totalled his car while texting a couple weeks ago (got a ticket for "un-attentive driving" ) almost lost his life, education has little impact on adhd instant gratification culture. At least people walking into fountains or running into walls only hurt themselves. This law at least would garner more awareness for a growing epidemic in stupidity.

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    I could only manage through the first minute of this atrocious video. Like the post after you stated, its fear-mongering. Not only could I spot several problems with the pre-crash events, but after the initial crash the oncoming traffic decided to, what, speed up? I feel bad for your entire community for having to go through with this CRAP just to get in a car for the first time. And in today's society where technology not only enables you but makes it a practical necessity to be available at all times, I proudly give the finger to this law. I hope the day never comes where I can't answer an emergency business call because I'm driving a car.

    For the record I text while driving a couple times a day, but my eyes never leave the road just like how I am watching a movie while typing this.

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    In CA the law is no talking or texting and the fine is $169 dollars.

    However, the law makes it worse because people are trying to hide it. Many times I have almost been in an accident where someone doesn't even realize that they were almost in one too.

    Whether or not the federal government has any right to do this, there is no doubt that they do. They have laws against dui/dwi and excessive speed, and this causes many accidents as well.
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    Less government, more common sense! Less socialism, more democracy! That's my 2 cents!

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    Ummmm.... no. Ever remember trying to do your homework while watching TV? You never really did your best work then. The human body is is really good at multitasking, but not to the point where it IMPROVES one of them.
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    Texting behind the wheel is negligent at best, suicidal at worst.

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    exactly!
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    Not to mention the fact that the driving test is usually done on low-speed roads with little traffic. (In California you don't have to go on the highway, I don't know about other states' tests).
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    Maybe there should be a law that prohibits driving with children in the car. After all, that is immensely more distracting than making a phone call. While your at it, stop putting radios in cars and no more eating in cars either.
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    I agree with that 100%.

    Here is my view: OK. Mary Jane/John Doe/whoever rear ends someone because they do not have the uncanny ability to multitask. Face it, some people just cannot do it but because these people are irresponsible, I automatically get grouped in with them. That is called "guilt by association". Guess what, just because they cannot rub their stomach and pat their head at the same time doesn't mean that i can't do it. You should be able to use handsfree but I don't like anything hanging from my ear. Luckily my vehicles have bluetooth integrated into the radio but I rarely use it because I normally have passengers that are listening to the radio.

    This pisses me off to no end. I absolutely hate being grouped in with others that are inadequate. It's not fair to me but I understand they can't write the laws "just for me". So I used a little brain power and came up with a solution...I went to the doctor, yep. Had him sign a medical waiver for tinted glass to make me legal (told him I suffered from migraines) and had our DMV here in Delaware add it to my registration in case I get pulled over. Took my vehicle and had 18% tint (blocks out 82% of light) on them. Now I can see out but can't be seen inside if I need to make a call or receive one. Also it aids in the summer heat and protects the interior so its a double blessing.
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    Even if it is banned, I will continue to talk via the use of a hands free device. I think this is a clear case of the government overstepping, and trampling on people's rights. There's no way an officer can prove I was on a call if I'm using a hands free device.

    Someone clearly hasn't thought this through, either. Will OnStar go bankrupt because of this? Will we no longer be able to buy cars with integrated hands free bluetooth? Those are SAFETY devices... so a ban would actually be making the road more dangerous.

    This proposed ban takes an absurd stance.
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    You'll be in the minority. Most will be holding their cell phones in their hands like they do now. :biggrin:

    This is one of those laws that'll be hard, if not impossible, to catch. I could see some sort of "tattle tale" system where you photograph someone talking and send it to a site, but then YOU'D be using your phone, and then....ah forget it.
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    You know my position if you've read this thread.

    It is now devolving into a pervasive misunderstanding of individual rights and juvenile nonsense. I don't care nor does anyone else (realistically speaking) if you light yourself on fire because you can. I care when you take my safety in your hands.

    These mindless rants about how good a driver you are while everyone sucks, about how you won't let "the man" tell you what to do, or how you've already figured a way around any law that gets passed all miss the point: driving while talking on a cellphone (much less the texting morons) is not as safe as driving without talking on a cellphone.

    You, personally, are not the issue; we all are. There are less than 1% of us who have ever made a cellphone call that saved a life. There are much less than 1% of us that made a cellphone call that saved a life while driving.

    Whether a law gets passed or not, try not to confuse what's convenient for you with what's safe for everyone.

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    Agree! When you know someone who has been crippled due to texting, you tend to think differently. I also hear way too many ppl claim they can drive fine while texting but get stuck driving behind them, watching them weave all over the road, erratic speeds, it is hard to convince me that they drive better without the phone in their hand...yet they will still insist they can.

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    People think that we have a right to drive when in fact we are given the privelage to drive.
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    NY is a state that has a ban on using cell phones already. At first they could only give you a ticket for it if they originally pulled you over for something else, but now they can give a ticket for just cell phone use. I'm way okay with it, as long as they get that most smartphones also double as a GPS or a music player, and they're probably out and attached to the car dash/windshield and on.
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    Don't we take others' safety into our hands every time we hit the road, regardless of what's going on in the car?
    And based on your description, why stop at cellphone usage?

    The problem isn't cellphones. The problem is people and their inability to focus on what they should be focusing on while they're behind the wheel - and I'm as guilty as the next guy. If you want to regulate cellphone usage, that's fine. But get the list going of other driving distractions that will be next on the hitlist of driving regulations.

    Should someone be ticketed every time he/she reaches to grab something in the seat next to them? Looks away from where they should be looking? Fiddles with the radio/gps/etc? And talk about impossible to judge...

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    If you can't talk on a cell phone in the car with a hands free device then you're a moron. It's a simple is that. How is that different than talking to a passenger in your car? Or singing along with the radio?