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

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

    I am a volunteer EMT and work with the medical community very close. I can tell you that its a big issue. I also hate driving behind someone in the left hand lane going 5 miles under the speed limit because their conversation is more important than my life.

    That being said. The technology exists to ID how fast a cell phone is moving. Its in almost all cell phones. Just have it disable all phones going over 5mph. Then have GM allow others to use OnStar. They hold the patton on in and thats why you dont see that in other cars. Give them a crap load of cash for it but that solves the whole safty issue.

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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?
    You can take a driving course similar to the ones Police do. Its offered in most states and is crazy fun. Then you will know why its ok for them to talk on the radio and drive.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by texmaster View Post
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he believes motorists are distracted by any use of mobile phones while driving, including hands-free calls, as his department begins research that may lead him to push for a ban. LaHood, whose campaign against texting and making calls while driving has led to restrictions in 30 states, says his concerns extend to vehicle information and entertainment systems such as Ford Motor Co.’s Sync and General Motors Co.’s OnStar.

    “I don’t want people talking on phones, having them up to their ear or texting while they’re driving,” LaHood said in an interview this week. “We need a lot better research on other distractions,” including Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calls and the in-car systems, he said. Even without a ban, which would have to be implemented by individual states, LaHood’s escalating campaign may limit the growth of vehicle features such as Sync, being added by automakers to attract younger buyers. His push also may reduce calls made from vehicles and the revenue of mobile-phone companies such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc.


    I have OnStar and constantly take work calls from my car with far less distraction than kids, food or any other of the 100s of distractions drivers face every day.

    IMO this is more big government trying to control more of our lives.

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    I'm all for banning cell phone use while driving. Even hands-free users are distracted while driving. It's all about selfishness, instead of taking the time to pull over or wait until you get to where you're going your phone call is more important than any other driver's or pedestrian's safety. Your convenience is more important than the well being of others.

    Anybody who is so addicted to texting that they try to hide the phone below the dash would have had an accident at some point anyway, texting legally or illegally. Just a matter of time.

    Cops, ambulance drivers and pilots are forced to use their radios or phones while driving. It's necessary. Course, they have a lot of training to go along with the extra risk. Still a risk, though.
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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by tryreading View Post
    Cops, ambulance drivers and pilots are forced to use their radios or phones while driving. It's necessary. Course, they have a lot of training to go along with the extra risk. Still a risk, though.
    I drive an ambulance and we allways go in pairs. The AIC does not drive and uses the Radio. You are correct thought. There is extencive training and risk.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ender1 View Post
    I drive an ambulance and we allways go in pairs. The AIC does not drive and uses the Radio. You are correct thought. There is extencive training and risk.
    As the driver of the ambulance I worked, my partner did not man the two radios in the front, he took care of the patient and talked to the hospital. I manned the two front radios. No extensive training given, though.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by texmaster View Post
    IMO this is more big government trying to control more of our lives.
    Where your level of attention affects the immediate survival of others, the regulatory role of government is unassailable. If that is "big government," then you have effectively defined all government as such.

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

    What they need to do is ban slow people. Occasionally I text and drive at a stop light or something, but the most dangerous and annoying things is people in their massive trucks going 50 on the interstate. I think 55 is the minimum, but going slow is extremely dangerous and annoying. Honestly, I don't think they should bad cell phone handset use (I understand texting can be dangerous, but I really don't want them to bad that You just need to know how to do it safely).
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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    I think part of the problem is that you may not realize how much your reaction times are slowed.
    Well, I won't dispute that may be the case, however I don't think it is in all circumstances. I am a 20 year driving veteran with over 3 million safe driving miles under my belt. I can assure you that in today's driving climate, and especially with the increased regulation of the trucking industry, I take safety very seriously. More so than the 4 wheelers out there on the road whom don't have a quarter the experience, or regulation I have. What I love is when a person that has driven little more than an enclosed golf cart, in their 30 mile radius of their home/work tries to tell me how safe I am, or how to drive a tractor trailer, or how safe I am doing it.

    My company employs "GreenRoad" technology to every truck we have on the road, and monitors a myriad of real time driving habits to include, Acceleration, Breaking, Lane Changing, Speed, and Turning. The scoring is 1-20 is a "green" driver, 20-40 is cautionary driver, and 40 and above is in the red. My score varies from 2 to 7 at any given moment since I bought the headset. before that I was in the teens, still not bad, but there was a clear improvement after the headset. So I don't think that my reaction time is anything to be worried about, in fact I would say I am still better than 90% of the auto drivers on the road.


    Although I still don't see how hands-free cell usage could be more dangerous than talking to a passenger.
    I don't think it is, but I don't think actual studies have been done on that aspect.


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

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    As the driver of the ambulance I worked, my partner did not man the two radios in the front, he took care of the patient and talked to the hospital. I manned the two front radios. No extensive training given, though.
    To scene your both up front. Then in route to the hospital you can tell dispatch your leaving before you go. We only have one radio up front. Your VA so you had to pass a state evoc. My station has additional training beyond the state requirements. About 40 hrs.

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