Skip to comments.No cellphones, no texting by drivers, U.S. urges
Posted on 12/14/2011 8:17:17 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
WASHINGTON Texting, emailing or using a cellphone while driving is simply too dangerous to be allowed anywhere, federal safety investigators declared Tuesday, recommending that all states impose a total ban except for emergencies.
Inspired by recent deadly crashes including one in which a teen-ager sent or received 11 text messages in 11 minutes before an accident the recommendation would apply even to hands-free devices, a much stricter rule than any current state law.
The unanimous recommendation by the five-member National Transportation Safety Board would make an exception for devices deemed to aid driver safety such as GPS navigation systems.
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I could potentially support a texting/emailing ban, but banning cellphones altogether is overkill. Most drivers are quite capable of talking and driving at the same time, especially using headsets.
This recommendation is DOA.
I can’t find in my Constitution this particular enumerated power for the federal government to do this. Can somebody help me out here?
("That's different" won't cut it!)
Wait a minute. This has to be Constitutional? Holy carp, Coloradan! That changes things dramatically. :-)
That would be a good reason for me to ditch mine and save a ton of $$ every month.
Thank God for the Federal governmnt pointing me in the right direction when it comes to my behavior. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t know what to do.
I am a reasonably good driver, but I don’t like to talk on the phone while I drive, it’s very distracting. Texting while driving is just plain stupid. Not sure it should be illegal, since it’s awful hard to enforce, but it needs to be made not worth doing - something like if it’s proven that you texted before an accident you void your insurance coverage.
I have worked as a truck driver, I see people fiddling with a lot of things.
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Call this idiot from your car ..
I cant find in my Constitution this particular enumerated power for the federal government to do this. Can somebody help me out here?
The Constitution is no longer being observed. It was written by a bunch of old, white, rich, slave owners’, donchaknow. /s
Besides. Dear Leader wants full power to indefinitely detain, without due process, Americans on US soil who are considered “terrorists”. Last I read, I may be a suspect because on my “Gadsden Flag” magnet on the back of my car according to Janet Incompitano.
I generally don’t use my cell phone to talk, while driving.
But I do check my email and text while at red lights.
The problem is,is that cops will abuse this law and ticket people who are sitting in a parking lot checking their email.
This recommendation is DOA.
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Sounds like the new ‘tack’ for the Libs.
Overload something that is ridiculous off the top, go back and amend it, taking a few things out to appease all, then the pols can claim they ‘got tough’.
Shortly after, the little add ons start in the form of riders and before long they will have the whole thing in place, air tight, with the supposed backing of all.
Remember the smoking fiasco started with giving people ‘a place to enjoy a meal without smoke’, now they are attempting to stop you from smoking in your own home.
I was pretty much ‘laughed down’ several years ago when I opined that ‘they’ wouldn’t stop in the cars until the driver is in his own compartment, on top of the car with nothing but controls - like the old stagecoach.
Forget it, you won’t be allowed a shotgun pal either.
The statistics are that 28% of all accidents are caused by texting/cell phone usage. But you people here are more concerned with “your rights” than people’s safety?
What messages or phone calls are you taking that could POSSIBLY be so important that you’d put the lives of others in danger? And yes, there ARE emergencies, but if they occur you can pull over and call for help. If they occur on a regular basis, you have real problems.
Truckers, cabbies, cops, have used hands free radios/phones for decades, and so should free people.
Whatever happened to citing for distracted driving, for which texting and cell-phoning certainly qualify?
Nanny State PING!
Kids and eating are much worse. Worst is trying to watch the speedometer and the gps.