Skip to comments.Should cell phone use while driving be banned
Posted on 02/19/2010 6:25:03 AM PST by Kfobbs
Traffic safety is typically the reason given by municipal or state legislative leaders when there is a consideration to ban the use of cell phones and texting while driving. The NCS announced in January that it estimates approximately 28 percent of all traffic crashes or at least 1.6 million crashes each year are caused by drivers using cell phones and texting.
Think about that when you or your teenage driver is taking a minute while driving to text or take your attention away from oncoming traffic. It could be...
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I normally am against more laws, but in this case, YES!
Yes, but it won’t be, and probably couldn’t be enforced on a large scale.
Distracted Driver laws are already on the books.
Nickel and Dime laws are ridiculous.
A distraction is a distraction, when can we look forward to singing along with the radio becoming a felony?
There are those of us whose singing(attempt) is considered a MAJOR felony, even if we are alone :)
A study just released said that the states that have had bans for two years have had no measurable decrease in accidents. It is not the cell phone use in and of itself, it is distractions in general. What next to be banned - eating, radio, crying kids strapped in car seats?
Absolutely yes... I don’t want some freak texting and/or yapping away — and running into me... because he wasn’t looking around...
“Are you going to ban: “
I have been run off the road, almost hit many times, observed swerving, irratic driving, and general lack of control of the vehicle. The number of events I’d guess to be 50 total in the last year. That’s a conservative guess. A few times it was just someone not paying attention, but I’d estimate that fully 80% of those events involved a cell phone. When something like that happens, I try to get a glimpse of the driver to see what the problem is. I’d call 911 for a drunk.
It’s been proven that talking or texting on a cell is as dangerous as drunk driving.
Want to talk on your cell? Pull over.
Yes. Every single driver who came close to rear-ending me as I was making a turn was on a cell phone. I’m fanatical about turning on my signal well before a turn because of these people and they still don’t see it!
I get so irritated when I see others driving with cell phones plastered to their ears. However, I drive just fine when I’m talking on one. :-)
I think at least some people can talk on a phone while driving fairly safely, particularly if it’s hands free. Texting while driving is another whole level of driving stupidity, and should be punished comparably to DUI, IMO. How anyone can think that they can drive safely while looking at a little screen and punching stuff in, I don’t know. That’s like reading a book or watching TV while driving - stupid beyond belief.
I hope you or someone you love is never killed by some careless fool distracted by their cell phone, quarter pounder w/cheese, or their CD player. Government is supposed to provide for the general welfare of its citizens and this is as good a place as any to be involved in.
Want to talk on your cell? Pull over.
Legislating common sense? Has that ever worked?
Driver’s tests should consist simply of having a large, buzzy, non-stinging insect suddenly introduced to the driver’s area while negotiating a race track at 60-70 mph. Driver’s who can maintain their lane and speed while clearing the insect from the vehicle get to drive any way they want to. Those who don’t fail.
When I get behind someone who is weaving or in the left lane poking along at the same speed as the car next to them, it's usually a safe bet that they're on the cell phone. I think it's a lot more common than drunk driving and just as dangerous. It's sad that we need to pass a law to get people to stop engaging in behavior that is risky to themselves and others. They should know better.
There has been an unusual increase of highway speed head-on collisions here locally, most resulting in multiple deaths. I would bet a C note that texting was involved with alot of them.
Only for women
Any safety-related concerns about cell phone use while driving can be addressed through existing motor vehicle statutes related to careless or reckless driving. This is nothing more than "feel-good" nonsense aimed at raising revenue for local governments.
If someone is driving erratically on a public road in front of me, they could be -- and should be -- dealt with under existing laws. It doesn't matter if they are driving this way because they are sending a text message, they are 105 years old and have no business behind the wheel, or they are simply retarded.
I was at a busy intersection a while back when I noticed a woman in a Suburban stop almost halfway out into the intersection. Rather than back up (she had the room) she continued to just sit there while others had to go around her.
And what was she doing that was so important that she couldn’t be bothered with simple courtesy?
Talking on a cell phone.
Of course waking up in NJ is also illegal.
I don't see a way to enforce a cell phone ban in the first place. Prove I was talking on my phone.
No. We have too many laws already.
Shouldnt be distracted with GPS. Take it out.
Shouldnt be distracted with an annoying passenger like a whinny person saying we are lost, you are driving to fast (always cracks me as I watch cars go flying by), Why dont you just pass this idiot and why are you in the slow lane. Dont you know how to drive? (Cracks me up again, from the same person who complained about driving to fast.)
Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera
Shouldnt be distracted with kids in the car. Leave them home.
All wipers should be federal mandated to have laser on them so they wipe as needed and you dont have to figure out what speed to put them on or where the turn on switch thing is.
No cute toys or ornaments any where near the front window, on the dashboard or hanging from a mirror. (Sorry bobble head Chihuahua)
No cute toys or ornaments any where near the back window, on the deck or stickers. (Again, sorry bobble head Chihuahua)
No stickers on the side windows (impairs your view)
No dry cleaning hanging from anywhere in the car. Makes noise and impairs your view.
No ashtray, no smoking, no eating and drinking anything in the car (you should have both hands on the wheel at all times, in the 10 and 2 Oclock positions.
No putting on lipstick or make up ever and no shaving.
No more vanity mirrors, you shouldnt be looking at anything but the road.
No pets ever. Never know what they are going to do.
3 to 5 radio channels transmitting information all the time, computer sending info all the time, GPS sending info all the time, they can talk on radio and switch to secure channels, Cell phone use is frequent.
They do have drinks in car; have to look at license plates as they travel down the road, look for people in distress, look for crime, look for infractions, etc.
Truck Drivers -
CB is allowed, GPS is allowed, and Radio is allowed, pets in the front seat or back of cab, lunch, dinner and snacks. Cooler for their drinks and yes drinks, Cell phone, a bunch more dials of information to ensure the truck and trailer are running correctly.
Airline Pilots -
Just look at all that crap in the cockpit! How do they do it?
Not if you are at a karoake bar with a bunch of drunks.
Enforce existing laws.
(You’d figure Conservatives would know better)
There is no such thing as a General Welfare Clause in the Constitution, except for the 17 enumerated powers contained within.
It’s a State issue.
They would have to start from Common Sense as cogent activity.
So no, they cannot legislate common sense but, they can do a lot of nonsense.
I agree. Young mommies are the worst and i include my daughter in this group.
No. But increase the penalty for causing an accident if you are. “Attempted vehicular homicide” sounds about right.
Definitely, but I doubt that any law will be enforced very well. Most likely it will result in just an additional charge piled on after an accident, etc.
It is enforceable as the activity is visibly measurable in nature. Same as Speeding, which not even in the top five of causes for why an accident takes place. It is, however, a contributing cause the the severity of damage from ramming 2,500 pounds of metal into anything EMC
No texting and a bigger menace on the roads than a cell phone ever could be.
I see that you’ve never had someone swerve at you at 75 MPH while talking on a cell phone. Using a bluetooth isn’t that hard.
I travel all over TN on business so I see all types of drivers, while I agree that texting should be banned I disagree about talking on the phone. Pulling to the side of the interstate to talk and then merging back on the road would cause more wrecks than are seen now. So if you don’t want to talk on your phone while driving don’t: but you should also stop eating in your car,drinking coffee or anything else that might distract you.
I want the government to LEAVE ME THE HELL ALONE.
Some people are just plain inattentive while others are terrible drivers in the first place with no regard for the safety of others on the road.
I have concerns about anyone who cannot drive and talk as they have trouble concentrating on managing the space around them.
Why do you want him to run into you?
People that can't walk & chew gum at the same time bump their heads a lot, even when they aren't chewing gum.
Why do you want him to run into you?
It's the other way around... I want him off the phone and/or texting and looking where he's driving... so he doesn't run into me... LOL ...
“NO, but your phone number should be required to be your license plate number. So I call you and tell how bad your are driving.”
YESSSSS!!! We have a winner! Great idea.
I think at least some people can talk on a phone while driving fairly safely, particularly if its hands free.
If it's hands-free... that would be like talking to another person in the car. It's still a distraction, and I've noticed that while concentrating on a conversation (and some details in that conversation) that one can go into an "automatic mode" of driving... and that's not so good.
But, I don't think we'll be able to "manage" conversations with people in cars, so that will have to be the way it is... :-)
So, if it is hands-free, then that's probably as far as one should go with a cel phone in the car -- that is being required to be handsfree, or else, no use of it.
“Any safety-related concerns about cell phone use while driving can be addressed through existing motor vehicle statutes related to careless or reckless driving. This is nothing more than “feel-good” nonsense aimed at raising revenue for local governments.”
EXACTLY. Why is this any different that instituting a greater penalty for a “hate crime” than for mere assault - something with which I also vehemently disagree?
I have more worries about the people swerving in and out of traffic trying to get somewhere 30 seconds sooner. To listen to some of the people on this there are NEVER any accidents that are not caused by people using a cell.
A 2200lb. manned projectile hurtling along at 60+mph is itself inherently dangrous. Any distraction to the operator of said projectile can only increase that danger IMO. However, the libertarian in me still opposes any attempt at legally banning those distractions. A Government that will use the force of law to protect the individual from the consequences of his actions is encroaching on that individual’s liberty, and can only result in further encroachments in the future. It is up to each individual to recognize the potential consequences of our actions and to take steps, through common sense and good judgement, to minimize risk. Many will not. And many will pay dearly for it. I believe this is the price of freedom.