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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    This is more abuse. I use a headset that is blue tooth. A ban on hand held and texting I agree with.

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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    The police talk on radios all the time while driving, don't they?
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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Dezaad View Post
    The police talk on radios all the time while driving, don't they?
    People also talk on CB radios

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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    The problem with this is that such a ban would be extremely difficult to enforce. How do you prove someone was on their cell phone while driving? You can always just put it on speakerphone and set it down somewhere that the cop can't see it.
    You will find issues in the enforcement of many laws... but that doesn't mean they shouldn't exist.

    Just because someone can slow down as soon as they see a cop up ahead and then speed up past the speed limit again after they are out of the cop's sight doesn't mean we shouldn't have speed limits.

    As long as there are reasonable arguments for a law, I am willing to accept and abide by it. I already don't talk on the phone while driving, so a law concerning this issue wouldn't bother me... but like I said I'd want to see more evidence before agreeing with a law like this.
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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    The problem with this is that such a ban would be extremely difficult to enforce. How do you prove someone was on their cell phone while driving? You can always just put it on speakerphone and set it down somewhere that the cop can't see it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    I'm sorry, I don't have the article off hand, but I read a report about a study done a few months ago that showed in the provinces of Canada where cell phone use is banned while driving, there has not been a significant reduction in car accidents.
    I've seen studies that prove that texting-while-driving laws have actually increased accidents-- because they motivate people to hold the phone below the dashboard, where police can't see it, and thus are taking their eyes off the road for even longer.

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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    There should absolutely be a federal ban on texting while driving.
    We've got a ban in place where I live. It's actually increased the number of accidents due to cell phone use, as now people hide the phones in their laps which makes texting especially dangerous.

    EDIT: Oops! Korimyr beat me to it.
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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    I've seen studies that prove that texting-while-driving laws have actually increased accidents-- because they motivate people to hold the phone below the dashboard, where police can't see it, and thus are taking their eyes off the road for even longer.
    Well, that's an issue. We should un-ban texting and legalize drugs. (drug bans lead to more murders)
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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    This is more abuse. I use a headset that is blue tooth. A ban on hand held and texting I agree with.
    As a trucker that uses a headset bluetooth as well, I have little distraction while talking and driving, I also have SYNC in the new Fusion we bought. Very cool system.


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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    As a trucker that uses a headset bluetooth as well, I have little distraction while talking and driving, I also have SYNC in the new Fusion we bought. Very cool system.


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    I think part of the problem is that you may not realize how much your reaction times are slowed. Although I still don't see how hands-free cell usage could be more dangerous than talking to a passenger.
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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    I just don't get this, really. I think some people are just not able to multitask. Cops, firemen, medics, truckers... all talk on radios while driving without increased incidence of accidents. When I drove an ambulance, I had 2 radios to monitor and give status updates to while weaving through traffic at high speeds, running lights and siren, and keeping an ear out for anything my partner says to me about the patient in the back. The thought that I can't talk on a phone while driving is laughable.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    The difference is that someone in your car sees and knows when it is and is not appropriate to be talking to the driver -- for example if heavy trafic is stopping and going a lot, might not be the best time to be talking to them... depending on how bad of a driver they are of course -- while someone on the phone does not see what the driver is seeing.
    Yeah see, I don't buy this. My 6 yr old nephew doesn't know when it's "okay" to talk to me based on the traffic. Neither does anyone else, really. The only time people shut up is when I tell them to. LOL And my dog certainly doesn't as he bounds from window to window.

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