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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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.
I read somewhere that eating, drinking, applying makeup, playing with the radio, and inserting CD and cassettes while driving cause more accidents that cell phone use.
I read somewhere that eating, drinking, applying makeup, playing with the radio, and inserting CD and cassettes while driving cause more accidents than cell phone use.
Yeah, sometimes I’ll check email (or at least read the subject lines) at red lights too, though I try to avoid actual text entry until I’m off the road.
Texting and emailing while driving are stupid. I don’t believe the studies that say talking on a cellphone is as dangerous as drunk driving. This list says otherwise.
This is a list of motor vehicle deaths in the United States by year. On average in 2009, 93 people were killed on the roadways of the U.S. each day.
The number of deaths and deaths relative to the total population have declined over the last two decades. From 1979 to 2005, the number of deaths per year decreased 14.97% while the number of deaths per capita decreased by 35.46%. Traffic fatalities in 2010 were the lowest in 62 years.
Good luck enforcing a cell phone ban on the american public. I can drive, talk on the phone and watch for cops. Nobody will obey a law like this.
Same goes for snow.
BS. Cites and states where texting and phone use is banned see no statistical improvement in accident prevention. More nanny statism.
I am glad the Obama Admin. is bringing this out. It will truly endear him to his moonbat base.
How about they ban teen girls from saying “ohmagawd” and “awesome” more than 5000 times in a 3 minute time period while on a cellphone?
If you are going to ban cells including Bluetooth hands free, you must logically ban talking to and listening to passengers conversation. Idiots!
I don't text when driving and I generally use hands free device for talking when driving. I do remember early one night I pulled over too text in a parking lot and a cop almost imediately pulled up too see what I was doing. You just can't win. Control Freaks run our government and Control Freaks wanting Nanny State Protection laws will vote for them. It's all for da children ya know.
According to the article this is just a recommendation from an agency of the federal government to the states, so I think the First Amendment would cover it.
So this calls for the typical solution of bureaucrats. Dumb down, drum down and tie down all of society to the lowest bar and common denominator set by the dumbest and most irresponsible 1% of the masses.
“But you people here are more concerned with your rights than peoples safety?”
Well, how ‘bout we just declare automobiles illegal? Traffic deaths solved!
Seriously, though. What we’re seeing is progressive dumbing down of the citizenship to the point where we’re all going to be non-thinking wards of the government, incapable of making (and abiding by) our own choices.
Just for the record, to earn a private pilots certificate, you have to be able to fly an airplane while planning a new flight to another destination, and stay in communication with ATC concurrently.
The real solution here is better driver training, NOT making multitasking illegal for those capable of it.
I call BS. As Dennis Prager says, when a study reaches an absurd conclusion that contradicts common sense, don't believe it.
Do you really think accidents are up 28% (or however the math works out) since the advent of cell phones? Of course you don't. Nobody with a brain does, including whoever concocted the bogus study. So why do you parrot something so absurd that somebody smart enough to construct the sentences you did couldn't possibly believe?
Thanks for the ping!
Isn’t there something about establishing postal roads? Maybe “establish” means more than “build and maintain” In any case, you have no obligation to always drive on the right, e.g. on one-way roads. (Or if you’re President and you shut the whole thing down so you can drive to a barber and get your hair done, with no other traffic on the road for miles in every direction.)
That's only because the rest of us have to watch out for you...you aren't even aware of the many times we dodge your lousey driving to avoid accidents you would have caused.
The islamic communist puppet’s regime doesn’t want Americans communicating while they are in their cars. They don’t want us moving, and knowing, if they are doing anything against us while we are able to move, hide, gather, or transport information or arms to each other. Some have even said that they won’t even be able to be in their cars calling, even while stopped or parked with the engine turned off.
>The statistics are that 28% of all accidents are caused by texting/cell phone usage.<
So why are automobile accidents down overall?
I have absolutely no problem with making texting while driving illegal. However, when these government nannystaters allow built-in cell phone use, but not bluetooth headsets, my bull$hit meter goes off big time.
So, why not put your money where your mouth is. No talking to your kid in the backseat and absolutely no conversations with your adult passengers while you drive. While we’re at it, you better not mess with that radio, either. No eating, no drinking and especially no smoking behind that wheel. We don’t want to do anything that might put the lives of others at risk.
Come to think of it, simply DRIVING might put the lives of others at risk. Hey, I think I see a new goal for the NTSB!
What you aren't doing is being aware of the rest of us drivers dodging your sloppy driving so that the accidents you would have caused don't happen.
I happen to be a very good driver. And you’re a jackass.