Skip to comments.U.S. ban sought on cell phone use while driving
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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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”.
Sorry, but I'm so sick of seeing people yacking on their phones while driving worst than drunks.
Easy to say when you go everywhere in the back of a government limo.
It’s no wonder we’re so many trillions of dollars in debt.
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.
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.
Another revenue grab.
I suggest that the word “state” be replaced by the word “province”, or better yet, “province of the Federal Empire.”
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.
I like to play race car games on my phone while driving. ;-)
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
So the Feds want to be traffic cops. Spitting on the constitution is a daily practice for this administration.
Good luck with that...
That's our gubmint...always a day late and a trillion dollars short.
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?
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.
|"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.
Why don’t they ban switching radio stations while driving, while they’re at it?
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.
Good luck enforcing it Ray.
LaHood is a total turd. I wish only bad things for him in the rest of his life. What a busy-body.
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.
“Is the government going to put the FBI on motorcycles and in highway cruisers? “
Sounds like the plan to me.
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.
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.
“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.
How about replacing "state" or "province" with "Turkish village".
“So whats next, I cant 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!!!
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...
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.
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...
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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.
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“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
Source: “Atlas Shrugged”, Part II, Chapter 3
These phony pretenders remind me of reformed smokers who are the most obnoxious, strident, inconsiderate, boobs on the planet.
Maybe they could remove cell towers on the interstate highways.
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.
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.
“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.