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

    Quote Originally Posted by ender1 View Post
    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.
    No, I did it in WV and I didn't have to pass anything. After I was hired we did a voluntary "how to drive at high speeds through traffic" thing, but that was it. We had two radios up front, one in the back. The one in the back was a line to the doc at the hospital. The two up front were to the 911 dispatch, and our company dispatch. Everything I told one, I had to tell the other. Every time one of them called to me, I had to answer. I had to give updated ETAs all the way in and anything pertinent that my partner might be yelling at me from the back. Add to that the manning of the siren - which we did NOT run full on when we had a patient in the back. We had to turn it off and on as needed due to traffic and we changed it when going through intersections.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by tryreading View Post
    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.
    So then No radios or CD players or talking to passengers? Where does it end?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    So then No radios or CD players or talking to passengers? Where does it end?
    I believe those things are dealt with on a case by case basis, driver distracted or guilty of failure to maintain control, etc.

    You've heard of texting while driving being compared to driving drunk, right? Which means a person can't do it without endangering others. Anything in that category should be illegal while operating a vehicle.

    You drive a bike, right? You should be really concerned about distracted driving. Even people who aren't distracted sometimes don't notice bikers.
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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    Quote Originally Posted by tryreading View Post
    I believe those things are dealt with on a case by case basis, driver distracted or guilty of failure to maintain control, etc.

    You've heard of texting while driving being compared to driving drunk, right? Which means a person can't do it without endangering others. Anything in that category should be illegal while operating a vehicle.

    You drive a bike, right? You should be really concerned about distracted driving. Even people who aren't distracted sometimes don't notice bikers.
    I am more worried about it driving my big truck. So then I guess all distractions are against the law so we should all stop driving because it is impossible not to be distracted while driving.
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    Re: LaHood Weighs Urging Ban on All Driver Phone Use in Cars

    In another 50 years all of these driving laws will be moot. You'll no longer be able to drive your car on a regular basis. You'll get in, tell the dashboard your destination, and the computer operated vehicle will drive you safely there. You'll have to get a permit to allow you to take over the operation of the vehicle if your destination is unknown (vacation, or just for fun driving).

    Of course, I still won't be required to wear a helmet, or a seatbelt on my bike. My texting keyboard will be built into the gas tank.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ptif219 View Post
    I am more worried about it driving my big truck. So then I guess all distractions are against the law so we should all stop driving because it is impossible not to be distracted while driving.
    Not what I said.
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