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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving - CNN.com

    Ok so, all I can pretty much say is ... its about damn time.

    Anyone guilty of this? When I was a new driver I admit that I did this same thing, but I have a set of very important safety rules since I got a speeding ticket last year.

    The thing that angers me the most about my friends who text while driving is that they always claim that its not as bad as doing other things. They say they feel safer since they switched from having a car phone to just texting. That's pretty hilarious and even more so, dangerous. The report even says it right there that "when compared with dialing, talking, listening or reaching for an electronic device, texting posed the greatest accident risk ..."

    Now, whether this is important, debatable, breaking news, I am unsure of, but I believe its an important piece of news that can avoid deadly statistics like this one, also mentioned in the CNN report:

    "In September, a commuter train engineer missed a stop signal while trading text messages with a friend, leading to a collision with a freight train that killed 25 people in California, according to federal investigators. The accident also injured 101 people."

    What do you think, is it justified? Or do you still think it "doesn't affect you?"
    No, it's not justified. It's beyond the authority of the Federal government to do this. I would support a law passed by each individual state at their own accord, but I do not support the Federal government engaging in extortion to force them to do it like they did with the seat belt laws, raising the drinking age, and mandating auto insurance. Neither should you.

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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Good luck catching these people.

    Can you really see down in to someones vehicle and see them texting while your driving?

    If you can I'm more worried about you and your not paying attention.
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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    The very first car I ever had, I totaled because I was busy changing radio stations and rear ended the guy in front of me. I was given an inattentive driving ticket, learned my lesson, and the Congress of the US never had to try and ban radios from cars.
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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    texting while driving is basically more dangerous than driving drunk and unlike drunk driving is completely unnecessary

    i mean if you're drunk you must get home somehow but there is absolutely no need to send text messages from behind the wheel - you can either pull over to do it, or it can wait, or you can make a phone call using a speakerphone.

    so yeah either texting from behind the wheel should be illegal or drunk driving should be legal.
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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by F107HyperSabr View Post
    What psses you off speeding, reckless driving, or the cops f-ing with you ?
    LOL NO, it pisses me off that someone cannot be pulled over for texting while driving ONLY.

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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Good luck catching these people.

    Can you really see down in to someones vehicle and see them texting while your driving?

    If you can I'm more worried about you and your not paying attention.
    I just personally witnessed it. The woman was weaving in and out of the lane we were in (I was behind her). She was also driving below the speed limit. When we got to the stop light, I was able to pull up next to her and could see she was texting (I pulled up so I could see what was wrong with this person). I think I could have been in a moving vehicle and seen her without putting myself or my son in danger.
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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by F107HyperSabr View Post
    What a pack of fools if they are if they want to pass laws for private passenger vehicles. Private passenger vehicle laws are the responsibility of the states and /or local govrnments. The Feds need to stay the blast out of that area. Commercial trains, planes, ferry boats, and planes the feds may be a diferent case and the Feds probably have the law behind them to screw with those types of transportation methods.

    You know how liberals say stay out of our bedrooms and the religious conversatives say stay out of my churches to the feds well I say stay out of my car.
    Bedroom versus car. Interesting comparison since I doubt your bedroom involves federal property or federal monies.

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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Unless it's Jesse Ventura visiting the Mustang Ranch again.

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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Nope, not a federal issue. Let the damn congress go back to doing what the Constitutional allows it to do instead of gallivanting all over the map doing fairy god mother work the states can handle just fine if the Congress got the hell out of the way.

    And...there's no need for a NEW law banning texting while driving, there's perfectly good laws on the books making it illegal to do other distracting tasks while driving. It's against the law to apply mascara while driving, and yes, some dumb broads have killed people doing just that. It's against the law to read newspapers while driving, to shave, to build model airplanes, to tie your shoes, to have sex, to change clothes, to do any damn thing you can think of that's not driving. And the states don't have an individual law against each and every possible thing to do.
    Actually, Congress can attach any strings it wants to when it hands out federal dollars to states. It seems this case is an issue of Congress wanting to make having in place a state law banning texting while driving in order to receive certain transportation funds.

    States are still free to decline to enact such a law and thus choose to forego those funds.

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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    It's not enforceable, but I do agree with it in principle. I've personally been in a car accident where the other driver was texting, and been on plenty of car rides where I've seen drivers swirving while they text. It's a stupid reason to jeopardize one's safety on the road.

    Not everyone is that adept at multitasking. The law is for the stupid ones, not the skillful ones. But like I said, not really enforceable.

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