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Driving while using a cellphone endangers everyone . . . just like drunk drivers. Drivers who are parked should be able to make & receive calls only while the car's engine is off.
So what is next? No passengers in any vehicles to distract the driver. No radio or CD player to distract the driver. Where does it end. I certainly agree that texting should not be allowed. But all cell phones now have have wireless hands free devices that can be used while driving.
Do you remember when CB radios were the rave? I don't recall hearing the government claiming that as a distraction. I am sure many truckers still use them as well as cell phones as tools to help them do their job better and more efficient.
If you are going to ban all cell phone use, then make a law that if you make a turn and do not use a signal, it is automatically 30 days of hard labor in jail. Over 50% of Chattanooga area drivers do not have a clue their vehicles are equipped with signal devices for turns! Now that is a major safety hazard.
unlevelheaded said - So what is next? No passengers in any vehicles to distract the driver.
yes.. especially if the driver is holding anything on the list to the their ear.
It's getting out of hand now. Big Brother is gaining too much control.
Unlevelheaded is correct about non-use of turn signals...but the illegals REALLY don't know what the turn signal is for!
As a biker, I voted "yes" to banning cell phone use while driving. Most accidents involving a motorist who kills a biker is due to distracted driving.
Get real levelheaded. Use a radio of CD player and your eyes are on the road. Use a CB and your eyes are on the road. Dial a phone or text and your eyes are NOT watching where you are going. Gator is right on and I see it everyday. Bottom line is that the government HAS to step in when stupid people do stupid things that hurt or kill other people.
When the radio was first introduced in the automobile, there was much discussion about banning it's use while driving. I do not think the act of conversing with another via the cell phone is any different or distracting than speaking with the person sitting in the car with you. The problem with cell phone use comes into play when the driver takes his or her hand off the steering wheel to hold the phone to his ear and their eyes off the road to look up and/or dial a number; or to answer an incoming call. There are hands-free kits that can be easily installed in cars (or Bluetooth pieces to place in your ear) that allow the driver to keep his or her hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road while speaking on the cell phone. I think a better use of our federal regulators efforts would be spent requiring the automobile industry to include hands-free devices in all new cars.
Texting definitely should be banned. There are other distractions while driving but texting seems to take the driver's hands, eyes, and mind off the road.
Most autos now come with bluetooth built in . A bluetooth in your ear is like having an 8 track player . Bluetooh devices can be bought for Around $30 and hang on your sunvisor. These can be switched from car to car . Answering or placing a call is no more distracting than turning on your defroster or air conditioning . Talking on a bluetooth is no more distracting than talking to a passnger . Texting is the problem . Some site accidents where a hands free devise is being used . Compair these numbers to accidents when no device is present in either car. That would be more like apples to apples. Accidents happened before phones .