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U.S. ban sought on cell phone use while driving
Rooters ^ | 4/26/2012 | Rooters

Posted on 04/27/2012 6:29:13 AM PDT by Mike Darancette

SAN ANTONIO, April 26 (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called on Thursday for a federal law to ban talking on a cell phone or texting while driving any type of vehicle on any road in the country.

Tough federal legislation is the only way to deal with what he called a "national epidemic," he said at a distracted-driving summit in San Antonio, Texas, that drew doctors, advocates and government officials.

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Arizona is being sued for enforcing federal laws. Is the government going to put the FBI on motorcycles and in highway cruisers?
1 posted on 04/27/2012 6:29:25 AM PDT by Mike Darancette
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To: Mike Darancette

Is there some repository for obsolete long-lost words, being retired from the English language? I want to submit “state” and “states” to them.

Looking towards the future... when I’ll submit “English”.


2 posted on 04/27/2012 6:34:25 AM PDT by C210N (Go Newt!)
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To: Mike Darancette
Like another “law” will have any a effect of this ridiculous behavior.

Sorry, but I'm so sick of seeing people yacking on their phones while driving worst than drunks.

3 posted on 04/27/2012 6:34:56 AM PDT by yobid (Si vis pacem, para bellum, If you wish for peace, prepare for war)
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To: Mike Darancette

Easy to say when you go everywhere in the back of a government limo.


4 posted on 04/27/2012 6:35:15 AM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: Mike Darancette
More abuse of our beloved Constitution. Just where in the hell is the word "CELL PHONE" written in the Constitution. Don't these busy bodies have anything else to do?
5 posted on 04/27/2012 6:37:40 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Mike Darancette
Mr. LaHood wants a federal traffic law? So who is going to enforce this, the TSA?
6 posted on 04/27/2012 6:38:32 AM PDT by snowsislander (Gingrich 2012.)
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To: Mike Darancette

It’s no wonder we’re so many trillions of dollars in debt.


7 posted on 04/27/2012 6:40:29 AM PDT by Tarantulas ( Illegal immigration - the trojan horse that's treated like a sacred cow)
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To: Mike Darancette

8 posted on 04/27/2012 6:41:20 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Mike Darancette

I don’t think people should be talking on their cell phones while driving or, heaven forbid, texting on the things and I am not averse to state laws against the practice. However, it is not a fit subject for FEDERAL legislation or rule-making. The Feds should in no way be passing laws against felonies and misdemeanors other than for exclusive federal jurisdiction, such as military bases. That is, in the system we wish we still had, a matter for states.


9 posted on 04/27/2012 6:41:24 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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To: Mike Darancette

F them.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 6:41:29 AM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Mike Darancette

If you make enough laws you can make everyone a criminal. Texting and talking while driving is dangerous but the only way to make everything safe is to ban everything therefore making every act criminal.


11 posted on 04/27/2012 6:42:54 AM PDT by TDA2
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To: Mike Darancette

Another revenue grab.


12 posted on 04/27/2012 6:43:21 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: C210N

I suggest that the word “state” be replaced by the word “province”, or better yet, “province of the Federal Empire.”


13 posted on 04/27/2012 6:46:21 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: yobid
Sorry, but I'm so sick of seeing people yacking on their phones while driving worst than drunk

Two days ago I was at a stop sign I saw a young woman texting while driving-she had it on her steering wheel and she made a left and the oncoming car which was going straight nearly hit her. She did not even notice the car.

14 posted on 04/27/2012 6:49:32 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: Mike Darancette

I like to play race car games on my phone while driving. ;-)


15 posted on 04/27/2012 6:53:50 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: oh8eleven
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16 posted on 04/27/2012 6:53:50 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: Mike Darancette
he said at a distracted-driving summit in San Antonio, Texas

Pretty girl walking down the street:Distracted-driving

Screaming kids in the backseat:Distracted-driving

Police lights at a crash site: Distracted-driving

LET'S JUST BAN ALL OF IT!!/sarc

17 posted on 04/27/2012 6:56:40 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Mike Darancette

So the Feds want to be traffic cops. Spitting on the constitution is a daily practice for this administration.


18 posted on 04/27/2012 6:58:28 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Mike Darancette
U.S. ban sought on cell phone use while driving

Good luck with that...

That's our gubmint...always a day late and a trillion dollars short.

19 posted on 04/27/2012 6:58:28 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Mike Darancette

I get the texting, but conversing?

So what’s next, I can’t talk to my passengers? If I have a blue tooth or hands free in and am just talking, how is it different than talking to the person sitting next to me?


20 posted on 04/27/2012 6:59:53 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: TDA2

Seems to be what they are up to.

Pass enough laws and regulations and none of us can avoid being a law breaker.

Won’t apply to our rulers though.


21 posted on 04/27/2012 7:01:36 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Mike Darancette
"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

"Atlas Shrugged," by Ayn Rand

Seeing people wandering from lane to lane with their eyes on their mobile device rather than the road really pisses me off, but giving the federal government the power to do anything about it will have dire consequences.

Government is the religion of the sociopath.

22 posted on 04/27/2012 7:08:32 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: autumnraine
THIS IS A CLASSIC
23 posted on 04/27/2012 7:10:30 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Mike Darancette
I'm not a smoker, but I told everyone on this board years ago who were all for outlawing smoking that if they got their way on that, sooner or later they would be coming for something YOU like.

This is a good predictor of obamacare, if it doesn't get tossed out, after they MAKE us buy their crappy insurance, they'll be coming around to MAKE us buy whatever their cronies (the ones giving them kickbacks and power) are selling...even a Chevy Volt.
24 posted on 04/27/2012 7:12:10 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: autumnraine
THIS IS A CLASSIC
25 posted on 04/27/2012 7:13:02 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Mike Darancette

Why don’t they ban switching radio stations while driving, while they’re at it?


26 posted on 04/27/2012 7:13:47 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: autumnraine
I agree! Texting while walking should be outlawed too! But talking on your phone while driving? What about daydreaming while driving, planning dinner while driving and million other mind games. Sorry I can drive and talk at the same time.
27 posted on 04/27/2012 7:20:53 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: yobid

Cell phones are not the problem - it is the behavior of those using them that is the problem. And no law in the world will correct the absence of manners and consideration for others.


28 posted on 04/27/2012 7:24:30 AM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Mike Darancette

Good luck enforcing it Ray.


29 posted on 04/27/2012 7:26:26 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Mike Darancette

LaHood is a total turd. I wish only bad things for him in the rest of his life. What a busy-body.


30 posted on 04/27/2012 7:30:16 AM PDT by x1stcav (There's a bunch of us out here spoiling for a fight.)
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To: autumnraine

It’s different because if the person in the car that you are talking to is a federal official, and he/she sees you doing anything wrong while you are talking with them, the fed will take over driving for you - like they want to take over every other part of your life.


31 posted on 04/27/2012 7:35:38 AM PDT by Pecos (In God we trust. All others - bring data.)
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“Is the government going to put the FBI on motorcycles and in highway cruisers? “

Sounds like the plan to me.


32 posted on 04/27/2012 7:36:55 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Mike Darancette

Said it before, will say it again. The federal government has gotten very good at these types of things, I believe even more so since that day they failed miserably at one of the very few things that actually is the federal government’s responsibility.


33 posted on 04/27/2012 7:40:28 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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Ya know, while they’re at it, I think that besides using cell phones, smoking, etc. while driving (which, of course, should ALL be banned to save us from ourselves), I think they’ve overlooked something equally dangerous.

I think the Feds need a law that prohibits breaking wind in a car either A) while driving, or B) with a child in the vehicle, whether moving or stationary. I mean, come on.....how much abuse should a child or a passenger of any age in a moving car have to take???

Write your Congressman.


34 posted on 04/27/2012 7:42:44 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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“LaHood said, however, he was not as concerned about people who eat, apply makeup, or perform other distracting activities in cars because “not everyone does that.”

“But everyone has a cell phone and too many of us think it is OK to talk on our phones while we are driving,” he said at the summit, sponsored by insurance company USAA, the Texas Department of Transportation and Shriners Hospitals for Children.”

LaHood is a fuching moron. I swear to Zeus, I thought this was satire until I saw Rooters was reporting it. So, “everyone” has a cell phone, huh, Mr. Numbnuts? And somehow, because “everyone” has one, then that’s automatically a reason for a Federal law, no doubt enforced by the FBI on motorcycles? Well, first of all, Mr. totally out-of-touch Transportation Secretary, not everyone has a cell phone. And secondly, slaughtering people due to distraction from makeuping, eating, and other distractions is OK because “everyone” isn’t doing it? That makes me feel SO much better, jerk.


35 posted on 04/27/2012 7:44:44 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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This bears repeating: “.. I'm so sick of seeing people yacking on their phones while driving worst than drunks.”
36 posted on 04/27/2012 7:45:52 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: trailhkr1; yobid
I'm against the feds getting involved in this, but I strongly support state measures to stop this insane epidemic!
Enforcement would be easier than getting drunks off the road because, as you pointed out trailhkr1, most phone using drivers are obvious to their surroundings—a cop could cruise up right next to them and easily see what they're doing!
37 posted on 04/27/2012 7:53:14 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: Leaning Right
I suggest that the word “state” be replaced by the word “province”...

How about replacing "state" or "province" with "Turkish village".

38 posted on 04/27/2012 8:00:39 AM PDT by C210N (Go Newt!)
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To: autumnraine

“So what’s next, I can’t talk to my passengers?”

As many of us were taught in Drivers’ Ed:
Yes, talking to your passengers can be a dangerous while driving; IT IS THE CONVERSATION ITSELF, AND THE MIND’S CONCENTRATION ON THAT SUBJECT RATHER THE SURROUNDING ENVIRONMENT THAT MAKES IT DANGEROUS. But, at least with passengers in the same vehicle, there are extra pairs of eyes to help warn you of dangers outside. On the phone, you’re in your only little world!!!


39 posted on 04/27/2012 8:06:34 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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LaHood is a fracking idiot-driving/walking/biking rules are for states to decide and enforce, not big brother-it is NTFB. And I’d be very happy if LaHood and his compadres are never welcomed to Texas again for any reason-let’s try holding people personally responsible for their own actions again-it worked just fine for centuries...


40 posted on 04/27/2012 8:45:16 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

So if I have a passenger in the car, is it OK to talk on a cell phone? Extra pair of eyes...

Waiting for them to also ban firemen, policemen, and pilots from talking on the radio while operating a vehicle.


41 posted on 04/27/2012 8:48:35 AM PDT by BigBobber
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

If I see someone driving with a cell phone to their ear, I get away from them as fast as I can-they are usually gesturing with the other hand that should be on the steering wheel, too...


42 posted on 04/27/2012 8:49:22 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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NEWS FLASH.....BREAKING.....BREAKING NEWS....TOMORROWS' NEWS TODAY....FLASH...FLASH:

>>>>> "U.S. ban sought on driving while in a car" <<<<<

43 posted on 04/27/2012 8:57:46 AM PDT by jmax (Be warned....I'm armed.)
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To: Mike Darancette

There is no need for this law. Any driver that causes property damage or personal injury/death SHOULD be held to the full extent of existing laws. That SHOULD be used for all negligent driving. The fact that we limit it to DUI or Texting just makes people think that other acts are not risky.

I say this as a person who has seen the results of negligent texting and driving.

RIP Mike: http://www.mbkmemorial.org/


44 posted on 04/27/2012 9:13:32 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Texas resident

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers — and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system.”

Quote by: Ayn Rand
(1905-1982) Author
Source: “Atlas Shrugged”, Part II, Chapter 3


45 posted on 04/27/2012 9:17:32 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Mike Darancette
Ray "The" Hood, another one of our Compassionate Conservative's terrible appointments (and there were many) and FAR LEFT, Central-Planning, Big-Gubmint, Moonbat (why else would he be in Dear Leader's Cabinet) strikes again.

These phony pretenders remind me of reformed smokers who are the most obnoxious, strident, inconsiderate, boobs on the planet.

46 posted on 04/27/2012 10:24:07 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Texan5

Maybe they could remove cell towers on the interstate highways.


47 posted on 04/27/2012 10:55:18 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Romney just makes me tired all over.)
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To: Texas resident

You are right on the rulers not having to follow this. Another question is who would enforce this if it is a federal law. FBI, Secret Service, ATF (whatever the call it now)? It would end up being another job for the state at the state’s expense. We have had laws being put on the books for the last 230 years. Looks like we would have enough of them by now.


48 posted on 04/27/2012 10:55:18 AM PDT by TDA2
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If this conference had to do with distracted driving did they discuss how to ban eating, shaving, putting on lipstick, powdering your face, grabbing a 44 oz. drink from the drink holder, threatening the kids in the back seat, etc. ad nauseam? Probably not. This guy was just pandering to some group in the conference.


49 posted on 04/27/2012 10:59:52 AM PDT by TDA2
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To: CSM

“There is no need for this law. Any driver that causes property damage or personal injury/death SHOULD be held to the full extent of existing laws. That SHOULD be used for all negligent driving. The fact that we limit it to DUI or Texting just makes people think that other acts are not risky.”

Exactly. Some people can talk on a cell phone and drive with no problem. Others can’t drive well with absolutely no distraction.

Don’t punish the capable because of the incompetents.

If this were to become the norm, the next push would be for “no eating while driving” laws.

Personally, I can’t wait for self-driving cars to become prevalent.


50 posted on 04/27/2012 11:21:34 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty (Pray for America!!!)
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