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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    But, driver, there are hands out there that don't have any business driving trucks, much less driving trucks with a cellular stuck in their ear. 42?

    Oh believe you me, I know this full well. there are also many more auto's out there that don't know the laws of the road anymore either. So I guess my question thrown out there is why single out truckers? When the studies cited show that we are responsible for a fraction of accidents involving cell phones as the stated cause. And cells are a fraction of accidents caused by distraction beyond that.

    See, if talking through a blue tooth is distracting enough to cause an accident, and the government must protect us from that, then conversations with passengers have to be stopped as well, so too transporting children, and listening to radio or music, and so on.

    No, truckers are the easy target, and I get sick of that, considering I believe that auto drivers should be held to the same standards as truckers, and we'd decrease the congestion of highways by half I'd bet. Besides we as truckers pay the most as a percentage for those roads, and the interstate system was specifically built for us, and the military. We allow cars to use them.


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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Oh believe you me, I know this full well. there are also many more auto's out there that don't know the laws of the road anymore either. So I guess my question thrown out there is why single out truckers? When the studies cited show that we are responsible for a fraction of accidents involving cell phones as the stated cause. And cells are a fraction of accidents caused by distraction beyond that.

    See, if talking through a blue tooth is distracting enough to cause an accident, and the government must protect us from that, then conversations with passengers have to be stopped as well, so too transporting children, and listening to radio or music, and so on.

    No, truckers are the easy target, and I get sick of that, considering I believe that auto drivers should be held to the same standards as truckers, and we'd decrease the congestion of highways by half I'd bet. Besides we as truckers pay the most as a percentage for those roads, and the interstate system was specifically built for us, and the military. We allow cars to use them.


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    More than likely the reason that truckers are often used as an example is because a 60k lb rig will do far more damage than a 10k lb car. Everyone knows this so its a more visible subject than a little ole toyota.
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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Thanks for the link, I have seen that, and the article I posted says that LaHood wants to go further by going after bluetooth devices as well.

    The CSA2010 that they are having trouble implementing, if completed is going to do great harm to the nations carriers in the matter of seasoned veteran drivers that will be gone.


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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Wonderful, let's discourage hands-free driving.
    calling - you mean

    I know the laws (cellphone use while driving in Arkansas is already banned) - but I talk while I drive, anyway - I find it no more distracting than talking to someone in the seat next to me.
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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    I am so sick of this type of smear coming out of mental midgets like LaHood, and others that seek to blame the ills of driving and accident rates on Truckers. It is intellectually lazy.

    We deliver the things you use every damned day, and what thanks do we get for it? Flipped off, honked at, called in on threatening our lively hood, and ever increasing regulation and taxation that will result in Americans paying much higher costs at the check out line.

    Car drivers have over the years, my own some 20 years driving, become rude, rule of the road breakers, and completely selfish in their driving, not caring a bit whom they place in danger. And who constantly gets the blame for it? We do, Truckers!

    Heck even stories on the news that show truck vs car accidents on the highways often don't tell the watchers until the very end of the story that the car was at fault.

    Lawyers cashing in, suing even if their client was the cause of the accident like bottom feeders they are.

    Now, I am not saying that there are some truckers out there that are inexperienced, and do cause some problems, however, you keep it up, (talking to the ungrateful masses here) and just wait. When myself, and my cohorts that do have the experience decide to pack it in, then you'll be left with nothing but greenhorns. Good luck with that.


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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    calling - you mean

    I know the laws (cellphone use while driving in Arkansas is already banned) - but I talk while I drive, anyway - I find it no more distracting than talking to someone in the seat next to me.
    I can talk and drive on certain roads.. I text while a drive too.. but it's illegal here. OMG! I'mma law breaker.

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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    I am so sick of this type of smear coming out of mental midgets like LaHood, and others that seek to blame the ills of driving and accident rates on Truckers. It is intellectually lazy.

    We deliver the things you use every damned day, and what thanks do we get for it? Flipped off, honked at, called in on threatening our lively hood, and ever increasing regulation and taxation that will result in Americans paying much higher costs at the check out line.

    Car drivers have over the years, my own some 20 years driving, become rude, rule of the road breakers, and completely selfish in their driving, not caring a bit whom they place in danger. And who constantly gets the blame for it? We do, Truckers!

    Heck even stories on the news that show truck vs car accidents on the highways often don't tell the watchers until the very end of the story that the car was at fault.

    Lawyers cashing in, suing even if their client was the cause of the accident like bottom feeders they are.

    Now, I am not saying that there are some truckers out there that are inexperienced, and do cause some problems, however, you keep it up, (talking to the ungrateful masses here) and just wait. When myself, and my cohorts that do have the experience decide to pack it in, then you'll be left with nothing but greenhorns. Good luck with that.


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    I wholeheartedly agree with you about the increasing rudeness of drivers on the road. I find myself having to take a few deep breaths too many times while I'm driving, after some bozo has cut me off, tailgated me, or nearly caused an accident.

    However, I also believe that cell phones have no place in the hands of someone at the wheel, whether it be someone driving a car or a truck. That applies not only to you as a truck driver but to me when I'm driving my own car or SUV.

    And whatever you do, I suggest that you not use your cell phone when driving through Maryland. The state recently banned cell phone use by drivers (while driving).

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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    More than likely the reason that truckers are often used as an example is because a 60k lb rig will do far more damage than a 10k lb car. Everyone knows this so its a more visible subject than a little ole toyota.

    Just a slight correction for you, My truck has a GVW of 80,000 lbs tractor, and trailer loaded, not 60K although I am not always loaded fully.


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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by Birdzeye View Post
    I wholeheartedly agree with you about the increasing rudeness of drivers on the road. I find myself having to take a few deep breaths too many times while I'm driving, after some bozo has cut me off, tailgated me, or nearly caused an accident.

    However, I also believe that cell phones have no place in the hands of someone at the wheel, whether it be someone driving a car or a truck. That applies not only to you as a truck driver but to me when I'm driving my own car or SUV.

    And whatever you do, I suggest that you not use your cell phone when driving through Maryland. The state recently banned cell phone use by drivers (while driving).

    I lived in Maryland for 20 years, in Bel Air. Still have family there. I can assure you that MSP is not enforcing this law too closely, fore I talk to buddies still there every day.


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    Re: U.S. proposes cellphone ban for truck drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    I lived in Maryland for 20 years, in Bel Air. Still have family there. I can assure you that MSP is not enforcing this law too closely, fore I talk to buddies still there every day.


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    Ah yes, I know Bel Air. I'll be driving through there next Monday when I got up to PA to visit family. (I avoid I-95 if at all possible.)

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