Skip to comments.NC Bill Would Ban Cell Phones While Driving, Even Hands Free
Posted on 02/07/2011 8:10:43 AM PST by AT7Saluki
On Monday, a bill banning talking on the phone while driving will be introduced in the North Carolina Senate. The bill would ban using hands free devices while driving as well.
Highway Patrol Trooper Beckley Vaughn said it boils down to being distracted while driving. Vaughn said at only 55 mph, a driver goes about 88 feet per second. He said the average reaction time is only .75 of a second.
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Oh please..how stupid
Utter bull****. Cops have been doing it for years. So have truck drivers.
I hope Nikki Haley vetoes it if it passes.
I have a hands-free system in my car and all the controls are right on the steering wheel. Talking on it is no more distracting than to a passenger or listening to the radio. So if they are going to ban hands-free, they might as well ban speaking to passengers and listening to radios as well!
I am able to talk on the phone and drive at the same time and it is far less of a distraction to have the phone to my ear than fumbling for hands free buttons.
...but, there are people out there that simply don’t have a clue. I saw one guy stopped at a right turn that had no stop. He was talking on the phone. Others drive gradually slow down and they get more into their phone call.
If you can’t drive and talk on the phone at the same time, don’t! You are ruining it for the rest of us that can.
Why don’t they just ban passengers from riding in the car? Or, maybe they can implement some sort of ordinance against talking to one another while the car is in motion? Why don’t we outlaw radios, while we’re at it?
These bills are ridiculous. There are already laws against distracted driving. Enforce them.
If there are passengers in the car, they should be the only ones allowed to talk and listen to the radio. The driver should not be able to talk to passengers or listen to the radio.
This bill is aimed at revenue generation not public saftey.
Unfortunately, she won't get a chance to, as she is SOUTH Carolina's governour, not North Carolina's. If this bill passes, it will go to Beverly "Sweet as Sugah, Honey Chil'" Perdue's desk, and she'll sign it. She's never met an idiot bill she didn't just love.
That being said, I WISH Nikki Haley was our governour...
The bottom line is this. A lot of productive people have to drive a lot during the working day. Having to stop every time one needs to make or take a call is a productivity killer. This is an anti-economy bill.
Note the justification for the law - at 55 mph you travel so far in a second, blah, blah. Pitiful. That’s the best they have?
There is no statistical evidence to support such bills.
Wrong state. Our governor up here is Bev “Sugar Dumplin’” Perdue, a Democrat. Both houses of the General Assembly are run by Republicans for the first time since Reconstruction, though, so let’s hope they don’t get behind this bill and are smart enough to block it. Perdue, I expect, will sign it if it gets to her, as she’s all about the nanny state.
Based upon their logic, they should ban radios, eating, conversations with a passenger, children,....
I’ve made the choice to not talk on the phone when driving, except in very unique circumstances. I do find it distracting. I don’t necessarily support legislation against it, but I do support legislation against horrific driving (which is frequently accomplished by a driver on a phone).
Wrong Carolina. :)
Don't we already have enough rules and laws on the books to take care of pretty much any incident involving motor vehicles already?
It's fairly simple, you plow into someone else, you are responsible for taking care of the damages the other property owner incurs.
This "cell phone" law smells of a revenue making scheme by the state.
Lot of good that would do.
You left out watching TV while driving:
AUGUSTA, Maine Maine state police say a Kentucky motorist had an excuse when she was stopped because she watching a TV show while driving on I-95. Spokesman Steve McCausland says the motorist told a trooper that she was tired and was watching the Gilmore Girls on her laptop computer to stay awake.
Trooper Tim Marks was stationed at the Gardiner toll plaza making sure drivers were were wearing seat belts when he saw the motorist pass through with her laptop open over the Fourth of July weekend.
The motorist, who was not identified, did not receive a citation for her actions. Maine law prohibits motorists from watching television while driving, but the statute is vague when it comes to other electronic components like a computer.
How about using funds from the Stimulus package to pay for signs that say “No Talking!”? Police can use Big Ear Listening Devices to make sure our lips are sealed.
Just sayin’, you give them an inch don't bitch when they think they're ruler.
Yep, but worse, how many people will get killed sitting on the side of the interstate on the phone?
hows about closing the gap on illegals voting without picture ids....or getting state aid, food stamps and free health care without documentation...and on and on FIRST!
I think it’s more sinister than that. How can a cop know whether you are talking on a cell phone hands free? In other words, what constitutes probable cause? Your lips are moving? You’re gesturing? You”look” like you’re deep in conversation?
If this passes, you can be stopped for anything. It’s one of those “dragnet” laws designed to put all citizens under the cops’ watchful eye.
Distracted drivers pose safety hazard, according to new UNC study
The study found that drivers were most often distracted by something outside their vehicle (29.4 percent) followed by adjusting a radio or CD player (11.4 percent). Other specific distractions included talking with other occupants (10.9 percent), adjusting vehicle or climate controls (2.8 percent), eating or drinking (1.7 percent), cell-phone use (1.5 percent) and smoking (0.9 percent).
Will this same law apply to law enforcement? Would it ban the use of two-way radios, as well?
No. Unless the legislature is willing to try banning these other distractions first this one needs a lot more explanation.
Instead of the nanny "because we said so" argument they will need to cite the studies showing a very real hypnotic state appears to exist among drivers when talking on a cellphone while driving.
The legislature will need to explore less baby & bathwater measures, such as limiting hands-free calls while driving to thirty seconds, or something similar.
This bill, as it stands, amounts to a ban on cellphones in general, or a ban on their use, and smacks of creating probable cause for officer intervention where no other exists.
The Mythbusters did some experiments with this and found that carrying on a phone conversation caused as much driver impairment as driving drunk. Of course there is a difference in real life so that a person carrying on a conversation while driving would most likely stop talking and paying attention to the phone if conditions required rapt attention to driving. But it did show that being distracted by a conversation causes unsafe drivers.
Cop: "OK, sir. Have a nice day. Sorry to inconvenience you."
I think they should every time I get behind someone engaged in conversation with their passenger while looking at them, gesticulating, and ignoring the traffic.
Hands' free is much less distracting for me. It leaves me with both hands on the wheel and you are not distracted with 'talking into the phone' which tends to isolate you from external events.
If you are in an accident and are sued, they can get your cell-phone records to see if you were talking at the time of the accident.
I can see where that would become license for the state to monitor everyone's cell phone usage and fine everyone for 31 second calls which pass from one tower to another.
There are laws against distracted driving already. Most of them include harsh penalties for causing an accident, plus penalties for infractions caused by distraction. Enforce the existing laws, says I.
give how smartphones now require letter entry to call a specific name, technology has already outpaced the law.
This sounds like a nanny state politician who was pissed off at someone. I bet there is an exclusion for these “special” people.
As a motorcycle rider who has had near death expierences from idiots talking on their phones I say ban the damn things while driving.
I also agree to ban eating, makup, shaving, reading, watching tv, etc while driving. When you are driving you should be just driving not a bunch of other stuff.
I don’t want to die because you feel it is time to say hello to grandma.
...or the goal is to keep pushing the cattle car white elephant train systems.
Remember, the government wants us to use tains along government sanctioned courses.
But, but, Gov workers will be exempt. And maybe a couple union vehicles.
Yay, more Government control because we cannot take care of ourselves.
Cop math fail. 55 mph = 80.67 ft/sec
What about posting messages on FR threads, eating a hot dog, searching for a good afternoon radio talk show and cleaning out earwax all at the same time while driving on a crowded Interstate? It can be done, y’know...
Actually, these people think their poop smells particularly fine!
I hate the idea of using tains. They're mainly a pain with no gain.
mythbusters skews their tests to favor the PC solution.
essentially, the nanny solution prevails.
Yeah, they can do all that AFTER the fact. But where’s the probable cause for the stop?
Yes, no doubt they’re planning to restrict listening to the radio while driving and chewing gum while driving, as well.
One waits in astonished anticipation for The Government to restrict scratching one’s b*lls while driving.
The Nanny State never sleeps.
cops first ??? but surely theyre trained to click the mike while flyin thru city streets w/o ‘distractions’...
Hey, it’s not that we can’t take care of ourselves, but until I get the right to shoot assholes who almost kill me weekly while I’m riding my bike on roads I share with them then I say we need to tell people they don’t have a right to drive and talk on the phone.
You don’t have a right to drive. It is a privilege. And as such it is controlled by a government agency already.
Too many dumb idiots think they have a right to drive and talk on the phone. They don’t. Studies have been done that show it is equal to driving drunk. I’ve had too many close calls with you guys on your phones driving like you were lost or drunk and almost killing me when I am in the lane next to you all because you can’t see around your phone.
If you think you have the right to drive and talk on the phone then you pass to me the right to pull out my 1911 and pop your head like a zit for attempted murder with your car.
sorry. my bad.
As long as it applies to law enforcement, ambulances, and fire...
Oh, they only want this for the little people.