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Should cell phone use while driving be banned
http://www.examiner.com/x-33782-Ann-Arbor-Christianity--Culture-Examiner~y2010m2d18-Should-cell-phone-use-while-driving-be-banned ^ | February 18, 2010 | Kevin Fobbs

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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To: libertarian27

Indeed. There are already laws [probably in every state] against failing to pay full and complete attention to the road while driving.

There is no need for specific laws against particular distractions.


51 posted on 02/19/2010 7:09:01 AM PST by walford (http://the-big-pic.org)
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To: Vendome

where the “turn on switch thing is”.

Technically, it’s a “thingy”, but I know what you mean. :)

Colonel, USAFR


52 posted on 02/19/2010 7:09:33 AM PST by jagusafr (Kill the red lizard, Lord! - nod to C.S. Lewis)
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To: svcw
A study just released said that the states that have had bans for two years have had no measurable decrease in accidents.

The study might just indicate poor enforcement or that hands free cell phones aren't any better. NJ has a handheld cell phone ban but I see cops themselves driving along with a cell phone pasted to their ear. Cell phone driving is as much a hazard now as drunk driving used to be. Many drivers could really use robotic driver assist as they are no longer really driving but just responding. Safe driving requires actively predicting the future a few seconds out, and that can't be done in the middle of a conversation.

53 posted on 02/19/2010 7:10:18 AM PST by Reeses
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To: Russ
Are you sure you want to use that reasoning for this? That is the same exact logic that gets us a billion and one socialist Nanny State laws.

We already have laws on the books that can adequately deter this. Increase the penalty and stop adding to the reams of paper needed to print out our legal Code.

54 posted on 02/19/2010 7:10:42 AM PST by Dead Corpse (III, Oathkeeper)
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To: DJ MacWoW
What I find interesting about the safety concerns of using cell phones while driving is that hands-free phones are apparently no different from hand-held phones when it comes to causing accidents.

It's not the hand on the phone that's the problem . . . it's the distraction of having a conversation with someone else who isn't in the car with you.

55 posted on 02/19/2010 7:13:30 AM PST by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: Reeses

AAA did a five year study that said only 6% of accidents were caused by cell phone use.
Is using a cell phone a distraction, sure.
Is using a cell phone more of a distraction than eating, drinking a soda, listening to the radio, a crying baby strapped in a car seat, kids fighting in the back seat, talking to your passenger - I don’t think so.
The issues is distracted driving.


56 posted on 02/19/2010 7:13:38 AM PST by svcw (If you are going to quote the Bible know what you are quoting.)
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To: jagusafr

You are 100% correct.


57 posted on 02/19/2010 7:14:16 AM PST by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: sticker
To listen to some of the people on this there are NEVER any accidents that are not caused by people using a cell.

Actually, I'm convinced most accidents are caused by cigarette-smoking Muslim pit bulls with assault rifles.

58 posted on 02/19/2010 7:17:27 AM PST by Lazamataz
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To: SkiKnee
Here's an interesting thought . . .

From a legislative standpoint, I believe the most effective way to improve traffic safety would be to outlaw automatic transmissions, power steering and power brakes.

One big reason why people often drive in such a distracted state is that the design of a modern vehicle makes it easy for them to do it. You never would have seen this kind of nonsense when driving a car meant driving a car instead of sitting in a miniature living room with giant windows and a modern entertainment system.

59 posted on 02/19/2010 7:17:37 AM PST by Alberta's Child (God is great, beer is good . . . and people are crazy.)
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To: Kfobbs

Rapists and cell phone drivers are scourges of society, right below drunk drivers. Cell phones should be banned, period.


60 posted on 02/19/2010 7:25:06 AM PST by qwertypie
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To: Kfobbs
using cell phones and texting

Awright, which are we talking about here? A recent study exonerated cell phone use from the charge of causing accidents. Texting, however, _requires_ taking your eyes off the road for non-trivial periods. Kinda like saying "brushing your teeth, and jabbing yourself in the eye, is dangerous" - conflating the two is statistically stupid.

61 posted on 02/19/2010 7:26:33 AM PST by ctdonath2 (Pelosi is practically President; the Obama is just her talk show host.)
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To: sticker

I don’t know how many times where I’ve been in a weaving situation because a cell phone driver was doing 10 or so under the limit; sometimes in the FAST lane. I once saw a man so engrossed that he was doing 40 in a 70. Evidently, the first brain function to go is cognizance of the speedometer.


62 posted on 02/19/2010 7:27:28 AM PST by qwertypie
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To: Lazamataz
I'm convinced most accidents are caused by cigarette-smoking Muslim pit bulls with assault rifles.

Actually, them thar pit bulls were using ecigs.
;-)
63 posted on 02/19/2010 7:27:41 AM PST by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Alberta's Child

That is an excellent point. I can’t help but shake my head in amazement when I see a family van cruising along the freeway with a television set built in. I both marvel at the advancement of technology and tremble in fear at what could be going on inside the driver’s head. (”Should I increase my distance from that semi in front of me or will Superman be brought down by that hidden kryptonite?”)


64 posted on 02/19/2010 7:32:16 AM PST by SkiKnee
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To: qwertypie

There is a car I see every morning that I go into the office, the person drives 10-15 mph under the speed limit, if on the two lane(in each direction) part in the left lane and in one of the middle two lanes on the five lane section has their hands at the 10 and 2 positions and is obviously NOT talking on the phone.


65 posted on 02/19/2010 7:35:01 AM PST by sticker
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To: Kfobbs

Yes. I’ve been hit twice by irresponsible and distracted drivers.


66 posted on 02/19/2010 7:35:10 AM PST by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: Kfobbs
When did we get so desparate that we have to be on the phone at a drop of the hat. I think cell phones are great ....for emergencies and nothing else....which means you're NOT driving but at the side of the road.

Sick of seeing folks with a phone stuck in their ear.

67 posted on 02/19/2010 7:35:22 AM PST by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: sticker

Most accidents are caused by driver stupidity.


68 posted on 02/19/2010 7:38:24 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: sticker

One bad example of dangerous driving does not excuse another. “Johnny did it too” never cut it.


69 posted on 02/19/2010 7:38:57 AM PST by qwertypie
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To: Alberta's Child

Never had anybody swerving at us while using a bluetooth. Although makeup application and breakfast has caused near misses. :-)


70 posted on 02/19/2010 7:39:49 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: dmz

There’s a lot of legislation of common sense in traffic laws, pretty much all of them are common sense or formalization of structure. What these laws do is allow police to issue tickets hopefully before the person causes accidents. Because we have a system where cops can’t give tickets just for being a crappy driver, there needs to be a formal charge like failure to control, speeding, or what ever else the crappy driver is doing. The fact is a significant portion of cellphone blabbing drivers present a clear and present danger, and could probably be nailed with existing laws but then it would come down to who’s got the bigger lawyer (depending on the lawyers “failure to control” is either a handy catch all or completely useless). People presenting clear and present danger, especially on publicly owned land like roads, should be legislated against.


71 posted on 02/19/2010 7:40:05 AM PST by discostu (wanted: brick, must be thick and well kept)
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To: DJ MacWoW

WE HAVE A WINNER


72 posted on 02/19/2010 7:43:28 AM PST by sticker
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To: DYngbld

I want a phaser set to vaporize on my front bumper.


73 posted on 02/19/2010 7:46:41 AM PST by wordsofearnest (Job 19:25 As for me, I know my Redeemer lives.)
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To: qwertypie

I wasn’t trying to excuse anything, I was only pointing out that there are people that drive well under the speed limit for reasons other than cell phone use. If you don’t like cell phones don’t use one, but like I said also don’t eat, drink or talk to anyone in your car while you are driving otherwise you are being a hypocrite


74 posted on 02/19/2010 7:47:17 AM PST by sticker
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To: Alberta's Child

One of the reasons I only own sticks is that when I’m driving an automatic (especially on the freeway with cruise control) i find myself slipping into “passenger mode”. Without all the actions and decisions of a stick I have a really hard time keeping the brain on the job.


75 posted on 02/19/2010 7:49:18 AM PST by discostu (wanted: brick, must be thick and well kept)
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To: sticker

Ah, a Left Lane Safety Monitor!! Does the car have Florida license plates?


76 posted on 02/19/2010 7:49:55 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Mi Tio es infermo, pero la carretera es verde!)
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To: Kfobbs
My opinion is no. Distracted driving is already against the law in every state.

As for texting while driving, that should be considered distracted driving. It's dangerous, and should not be done.

The most distracted drivers I've seen are parents disciplining their children in the back seat. Again, it shouldn't be illegal to have kids in the car, but if you're putting everyone in danger by staying turned around to scold them, that's distracted driving. See how easily that existing law can be applied? No need to pass more.
77 posted on 02/19/2010 7:51:13 AM PST by mysterio
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To: Notary Sojac
Tennessee tags, an I Work for TN sticker(state employee) and obama/biden 2008 decal
78 posted on 02/19/2010 7:57:52 AM PST by sticker
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To: Kfobbs
No, it should not be banned. Every new technological advantage poses risks. People need to use common sense. If obvious negligence contributes to an accident, we already have laws to deal with that. Laws banning cell phone use will not be obeyed. I seldom use my cell phone when driving, but there have been times when I needed to and could not simply pull over to the side of the road.
79 posted on 02/19/2010 8:03:46 AM PST by sand lake bar
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To: mbynack
She slammed into the back of the line of cars next to me and wrecked at least three cars.

A couple of years ago the PM talk show in Austin was discussing cell phones while driving. One gal called in and said there was nothing wrong with that behavior. Just as she was about finished, there were tires squalling and a loud CRASH. She hung up.

80 posted on 02/19/2010 8:10:39 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Hey zero, It is NOT Bush's fault anymore.)
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To: jagusafr

I am going to fix that for future posts. LOL

Thanks for the catch. LOL


81 posted on 02/19/2010 8:10:55 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: sticker

If you are drinking I believe a judge will find it mitigating. LOL


82 posted on 02/19/2010 8:13:13 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Sacajaweau
"Sick of seeing folks with a phone stuck in their ear."

We have 4 phones that share 300 minutes a month, we NEVER use them all. Heck I can't find my cell phone half the time, and my daughter rarely turns hers on.

83 posted on 02/19/2010 8:24:27 AM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Most accidents are caused by driver stupidity.

And being in a flippin' hurry.

84 posted on 02/19/2010 8:26:36 AM PST by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: dmz

I used to pull over to use the phone. Then I was hassled by a cop for being on the shoulder . . .


85 posted on 02/19/2010 8:38:09 AM PST by Petruchio (Democrats are like Slinkies... Not good for anything, but it's fun pushing 'em down the stairs.)
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To: svcw
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.

Mostly because there is no enforcement of the laws. Here in CA there are as many or more idiots on the phone as before the ban. Do to the increasing numbers of phones, we could probably say that there would be more accidents without the ban than now.

86 posted on 02/19/2010 8:41:34 AM PST by ColdWater ("The theory of evolution really has no bearing on what I'm trying to accomplish with FR anyway. ")
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To: qwertypie
Rapists and cell phone drivers are scourges of society, right below drunk drivers. Cell phones should be banned, period.

Agreed. However, talking IN ANY FORM causes misunderstandings, lies, and even wars.

Ban all languages.

87 posted on 02/19/2010 9:05:01 AM PST by Lazamataz
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To: sticker
Driving causes accidents.

Ban all forms of transportation.

Do it for the children.

88 posted on 02/19/2010 9:06:24 AM PST by Lazamataz (Do it for the children.)
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To: Lazamataz

We just had a very tragic wreck in Nashville the other day. A deer went through the windshield of a car and killed a little girl in the backseat. Guess, we have to ban deer now


89 posted on 02/19/2010 9:29:46 AM PST by sticker
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To: libertarian27
"Distracted Driver laws are already on the books.....A distraction is a distraction..."

Amen.

90 posted on 02/19/2010 9:32:48 AM PST by moehoward
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To: Petruchio
I used to pull over to use the phone. Then I was hassled by a cop for being on the shoulder . . .

I've seen crashes on the highway where distracted drivers plow into cars on the side of the road - don't do that, it's dangerous.

91 posted on 02/19/2010 9:40:20 AM PST by libertarian27 (Land of the FEE, home of the SHAMED)
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To: brownsfan

Here, here! Well said. I’ve seen texting as well, and it really is no different then driving drunk.


92 posted on 02/19/2010 10:35:12 AM PST by BenKenobi (;)
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To: svcw

This ban is coming for only one reason - revenue!


93 posted on 02/19/2010 10:36:32 AM PST by ohioman
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To: Joe 6-pack
Driver’s tests should consist simply of having a large, buzzy, non-stinging insect
Whimp! (Just kidding - kinda.)

Try: Yellowjacket hits chin, goes down inside leather jacket (oh, did say try this on a motorcycle?) and starts stinging. Yellowjackets don't lose their stinger the first time. Do all this at ~60 mph. Maintain control of your vehicle AND concentration on the road while beating on your chest with one hand and coasting to the side of the road.

And let me add: I hate cel-phone-distracted drivers especially while biking...


94 posted on 02/19/2010 11:20:56 AM PST by Peet (<- A.K.A. the Foundling)
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To: walford

“Indeed. There are already laws [probably in every state] against failing to pay full and complete attention to the road while driving.”

Yes, there are. To my thinking, if you cause an accident you were not, by definition, paying full and complete attention to what you were doing. I think the penalties for not paying due care and attention while driving should be raised, in proportion to the severity of the accident caused. You cause an accident that kills someone? You go to jail, regardless of whether it was because you were drunk, texting, trying to find an item lost between your seats, or whatever - people should know better than to try those things while driving. This attitude of “well, it was just an accident”, as if it was some sort of random, totally unpredictable occurence, is a big part of why people feel they can get away without paying due care and attention while driving.


95 posted on 02/19/2010 11:22:45 AM PST by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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To: Peet
"Whimp! (Just kidding - kinda.)"

I specified non-stinging for the test. The ability to readily discern and evaluate the severity of events inside the vehicle is also taken into consideration. I was thinking of the giant grasshopper, a buzzing cicada or a large carpenter bee...the kind that scares the the hell out of you when they buzz through your window.

I don't care if people are talking on their cell, tuning their radio or eating a sandwich when they're driving...provided they're paying attention to the road and the traffic around them. If they're driving wrecklessly or allowing their secondary activity to distract them, there are already laws for that. Passing a new law simply impedes on people who can enjoy their freedoms responsibly.

96 posted on 02/19/2010 11:28:46 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack
there ya go...

wife had an aunt die recently as a result of a bee or wasp in the car...

OTOH, will mr LEO be required to pull over to call for backup before entering into full throttle chases after seeing a plebe citizen talkin on a cell ???

97 posted on 02/19/2010 12:16:02 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: DYngbld
mr leo: do you have a cell phone ???

you: yes SIR...

mr leo: heres your ticket for DWT...and one for the seatbelt too...

now goto court and prove him wrong...

98 posted on 02/19/2010 12:20:19 PM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: OpusatFR

My experience lately is that everyone who has pulled out in front of me, slammed their brakes behind me, or drifted lanes in front of me are all OLD people...ban ‘em ! ...magritte


99 posted on 02/19/2010 12:23:27 PM PST by magritte ("I will give this monkey for lunch to Mr Sata,")
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To: magritte

Are you implying I’m an old fart? ( -:


100 posted on 02/19/2010 12:47:03 PM PST by OpusatFR
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