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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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.
where the turn on switch thing is.
Technically, it’s a “thingy”, but I know what you mean. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
You are 100% correct.
Actually, I'm convinced most accidents are caused by cigarette-smoking Muslim pit bulls with assault rifles.
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.
Rapists and cell phone drivers are scourges of society, right below drunk drivers. Cell phones should be banned, period.
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.
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.
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?”)
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.
Yes. I’ve been hit twice by irresponsible and distracted drivers.
Sick of seeing folks with a phone stuck in their ear.
Most accidents are caused by driver stupidity.
One bad example of dangerous driving does not excuse another. “Johnny did it too” never cut it.
Never had anybody swerving at us while using a bluetooth. Although makeup application and breakfast has caused near misses. :-)
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.
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I want a phaser set to vaporize on my front bumper.
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
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.
Ah, a Left Lane Safety Monitor!! Does the car have Florida license plates?
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.
I am going to fix that for future posts. LOL
Thanks for the catch. LOL
If you are drinking I believe a judge will find it mitigating. LOL
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.
And being in a flippin' hurry.
I used to pull over to use the phone. Then I was hassled by a cop for being on the shoulder . . .
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.
Agreed. However, talking IN ANY FORM causes misunderstandings, lies, and even wars.
Ban all languages.
Ban all forms of transportation.
Do it for the children.
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
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.
Here, here! Well said. I’ve seen texting as well, and it really is no different then driving drunk.
This ban is coming for only one reason - revenue!
Drivers tests should consist simply of having a large, buzzy, non-stinging insectWhimp! (Just kidding - kinda.)
“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.
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.
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 ???
you: yes SIR...
mr leo: heres your ticket for DWT...and one for the seatbelt too...
now goto court and prove him wrong...
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
Are you implying I’m an old fart? ( -: