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

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  1. TisMyDroid

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    Me too... the number of times I've watched a person talking or texting on their phone and driving worse than a drunk is enough proof for me that it is too dangerous and too difficult for the general public to handle.

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    Unless, while not on the phone, you tend to be more relaxed, since you're not doing anything but driving - something you're used to doing day in and day out, and could easily get complacent about. Then, you pick up a phone, and realize "Hey I better pay closer attention to what I'm doing now", so you're constantly checking your surroundings and actually becoming more aware of what's going on around you because the cellphone has taken you out of that state of complacency.

    The problem isn't the phone. The problem is a person's (and I'm speaking to myself on this as well) inability to keep the mental focus where it should be - and anything can take away from that.
     
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    In regards to the police, I feel they should be allowed to use there phones while driving if it is businesses related, same for the radio. These are tools they need to do there jobs. Sure some people need there phones for work, but there job is not that of the police to protect and serve the community.

    However, I do generally agree with your feeling on the law. We have to draw the line some where. Seat belts are a great example! Why should I have to pay a fine if I get caught not wearing my seat belt? If I die in an MVA because I did not have my seat belt on it is my fault and it is not going to directly effect others involved in the MVA. However, talking on the phone can be enough of a distraction where the cause and effect could jeopardize some one else's life.

    How can this take money away? The police will enforce the law and you are given a ticket. You have to pay the fine/ticket and then that money goes in to the city/county/state allowing law enforcement, for example, to buy new cop cars. The money can go to the fire department to buy, lease or repair the trucks they need to minimize property damage and save lives. The money can go towards public schools being bale to buy new text books or, in this day and age, new laptop or repair broken laptops.

    The state law does not over ride it completely. If it is illegal by city/county law, it is still illegal in that city/county. Look at medical marijuana for example. It is illegal on a federal level, but yet it is legal on both a city and state level in some places. In those places you can use Medical Marijuana legally according to the state government but not the federal government.

    I suspect you are to focused on the title rather then the details of the article. In the article it says "The proposed ban applies to any vehicle, on any road, in any state, and covers both talking and texting with a cellphone. " Based on this statement it does not state that using other functions such as navigation will not be allowed. None the less I have to dispute your estimate of 75%. I think the number should be higher :p. I would say that, at least where I live, that should be about 90% of drivers, and surprisingly a good majority are not using a cell phone. I could go on and on when it comes to bad drivers, but 1 example that stand out in my mind, I once was traveling on a 4 lane road near the movie theater by my house. A woman starts to pull off the side street that serves as the main entrance/exit from the theater and make a left turn to go east but pulls out in to the center most westbound lane of traffic and stops. She is stopped in the lane for oncoming traffic at a very busy stretch of road, and looks at me crazy because she is in my lane and I was flashing my brights at her(in the day time) and honking repeatedly to GTFO of the oncoming traffic lanes! She was not even on a phone.



    Generally speaking in regards to the article itself, a complete ban is probably the easiest way to go. I feel that the general idea here is good, but rather then out right ban talking on the phone while driving, implement some sort of big brother feature that, for example, the cell phone detects the user is driving the vehicle, it will be limited to a 30-60 second conversation. This allows for quick simple calls illustrated as examples in this thread such as "pick up this and that from the grocery on the way home," or "don't forget that (insert kids name here) football practice ends at 4PM instead of 5PM today. I generally dislike the big brother aspect but in this case I will gladly put up with it because I keep my phone conversations short and sweet when driving anyways, and because it minimizes the maount of time the user is going to be interacting with the phone while driving. Granted some people will find a way to get around it which might force a complete ban. Radios are often blamed as a major distraction, but generally I can manipulate my almost completely by touch alone. I may glance down for a second just to ensure I have my finger on the right button, but generally I know exactly how far it is to move my hand from my center console shifter to my radio volume knobs or track buttons. Now the radio is a bit different story but that is simply because I never listen to the radio and only play CDs.
     
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    This issue I have with creating a new law like this is that the state and federal governments are still not looking at the root cause of most accidents.

    How about the states and federal government come together to improve driver education and testing. Lets make it more difficult to get and keep a license. Hey, you didn't use a blinker to change lanes or make a turn?....you get pulled over and ticketed, no questions. If you can't merge properly on the interstate, you don't pass your driving test.

    Plain and simple, it is too easy to get a drivers license and keep it. Not only that, the traffic laws that are already in place are not enforced.
     
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    Well said.

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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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