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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdzeye View Post
    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.
    That's utter bull****. That's my damned money! I want roads, I give money to the government to build and maintain roads. The federal government takes that money and disperses it to the many States. Now, they have to build and maintain the damned roads. My money, my mandate. The government can only tax because the People give it the authority to do so. In the end, this is nothing more than federal blackmail. I don't need them adding conditions to my money to maintain our roads. That's not appropriate for them to do, it's the same with the drinking age. These things are up to the State, it is proper State power and the blackmail is just the federal government trying to butt in where it's not warranted.
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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Why do people always go to the classic "They can't catch you so its pointless?" bikwas? Shut up for a second and use some common sense; think of the things this would if this legislation is made into some kind of law:

    1. It would mean drivers who were guilty of texting when getting into a car accident would be punished more.

    2. It would mean drivers who were pulled over and admitted to texting while driving would be fined more.

    3. In the same vein, it would mean that in WHATEVER WAY THE POLICE FIGURE OUT that a driver was texting, then the punishment would be more severe.

    3. It would mean every time a person sees another driver texting, they would be able to report them to the police. Of course everyone won't do this, but it will get people thinking about it.

    4. Whenever something is made illegal, its guaranteed that atleast one person in the U.S. will think twice before doing it. Of course there will be people who will say otherwise, but believe it or not! People actually obey the law sometimes!

    Laws always influence and always get people thinking even if most people will most likely disobey the law.


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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Hey, maybe the police should randomly stop people and interrogate them about texting while driving.

    They could install cameras everywhere and use recoginition software to capture and analyse evidence.

    How about the police going to the government schools and asking the kids if their parents text while driving. They could then make them testify against their parents.

    Aren't these some great ideas?

    The good citizens of the USA are like the frog in the pot of water on the stove. Turn up the heat slowly and it will just sit there and cook.


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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Why do people always go to the classic "They can't catch you so its pointless?" bikwas? Shut up for a second and use some common sense; think of the things this would if this legislation is made into some kind of law:

    1. It would mean drivers who were guilty of texting when getting into a car accident would be punished more.

    2. It would mean drivers who were pulled over and admitted to texting while driving would be fined more.

    3. In the same vein, it would mean that in WHATEVER WAY THE POLICE FIGURE OUT that a driver was texting, then the punishment would be more severe.

    3. It would mean every time a person sees another driver texting, they would be able to report them to the police. Of course everyone won't do this, but it will get people thinking about it.

    4. Whenever something is made illegal, its guaranteed that atleast one person in the U.S. will think twice before doing it. Of course there will be people who will say otherwise, but believe it or not! People actually obey the law sometimes!

    Laws always influence and always get people thinking even if most people will most likely disobey the law.

    It would make a minor traffic infraction a FEDERAL OFFENSE.

    STOP and THINK about that for a change.

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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdzeye View Post
    Actually, Congress can attach any strings it wants to when it hands out federal dollars to states.
    Actually, try reading the Constitution and find that for me, will ya?

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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by TOJ View Post
    Hey, maybe the police should randomly stop people and interrogate them about texting while driving.

    They could install cameras everywhere and use recoginition software to capture and analyse evidence.

    How about the police going to the government schools and asking the kids if their parents text while driving. They could then make them testify against their parents.

    Aren't these some great ideas?

    The good citizens of the USA are like the frog in the pot of water on the stove. Turn up the heat slowly and it will just sit there and cook.


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    Hell ya! Cameras in the cars to make sure we're behaving. Every car should have an interlock which can only be activated after a breath test, eliminate drunk driving. And every car should have a little RFID, GPS tracking and recording device which always uploads to the police so the police know where we are at, and if we commit any infraction we can be fined immediately! I mean, comeon. Someone think of the children or something like that. If we make enough things illegal, we'll all be doing something wrong at some point and thus the cops can just pick us up and haul us in whenever they feel like it. Like being disorderly in your own home.
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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?"
    I think it's a dumb law. Ever hear of reckless driving? But leave it to the Federal government to come up with new kinds of stupid laws. In the future, here are some more crimes we may see Congress pass legislation on:

    1) Driving while distracted by set of large boobs.

    2) Driving while dancing.... Figure THAT one out.

    3) Driving while holding an armadillo on top of the steering wheel.

    4) Driving while reading porn.

    5) Driving while masturbating.

    6) Driving while playing your guitar.

    7) Driving while playing the Minute Waltz on the piano.

    8) Driving while playing basketball.

    9) Driving while making an atom bomb.

    10) Driving while responding to this post.

    All 10 of these are dumb, dumber, and reckless. They are also covered under existing reckless driving laws. Number 9 will also get you in a heap of trouble with Homeland Security.

    Texting while driving is dumb, dumber, and reckless. That is ALSO covered under existing reckless driving laws.

    So while Congress is doing what Congress does, that is, being stupid, I am waiting for the day they deign to be responsible and pass a balanced budget. I doubt if I will ever see it, though. More than likely, they will pass a law making it a criminal act to read legislation while driving.
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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by aps View Post
    LOL NO, it pisses me off that someone cannot be pulled over for texting while driving ONLY.
    My revulsion with the proposal is that passenger car safety rules should not be the doman of the Feds. I know that the Feds stuck their claws into the states and forced the seat beltlaws by threatening to withold federal funds for highways if the staes did not impose seatbelt laws. The long arm of the Fedsis aout to do the same with this texting crap also.
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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    Actually, try reading the Constitution and find that for me, will ya?
    Actually the burden is on you not Bird. Try to find where in the Constitution it prevents the 'guvmint' from attaching string, or roopes, or chains to i's funding.
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    Re: Senators push nationwide ban on texting while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow Akhbar View Post
    It would make a minor traffic infraction a FEDERAL OFFENSE.

    STOP and THINK about that for a change.
    That means the Federal Police Force would have to be expanded by 10 to 15 times what it is now. Wow now that would end the unemployment. Of couse we cannot aford to pay all of these Federali traffic cops but WTH WHAT NEXT?

    Will the Fed 'Guvmint' get into safe sex? Imagine that the SSP Safe Sex Police. And they will start training in upper grammar school with Jr. Safe Sex Monitors !

    Wow what a country !!
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