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    Re: Cell Phone while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Yes cell phone use while driving should be banned. Acording to studies that I have seen it makes a teen driver drive as bad as a 60 year old.

    And yes eating while driving should be banned also. Whenever I go to a fast food resturant like BK I will go park the car while I eat or wait until I get home to eat.

    While driving your whole attention should be on driving. Not on anything else.
    Well hell, let's ban 60 year olds from the road. Let's ban teenagers too, and officers that talk on the radio while driving. Let's ban women because they fluff their hair and paint on makeup while driving. Let's ban CD receivers because people listen to music.
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    Re: Cell Phone while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by creativedreams View Post
    Do you believe there should be a ban on cell phones while driving?
    If this is done then fast food drive-ups should be banned because eating while driving is on the same plane (level).

    This coincides with my belief of the "evolution of laws and the snowball effect"!
    I just voted for a ban, but with reservations: They are the same as yours. But if driving is a privilidge and not a right, and if we accept the requirement for using seat belts, mostly to ensure the safety of the driver, then a requirement that to some degree prevents injuries to innocent others should also be enforced. Actually I believe eating is so automatic that the safety issues are not nearly on the same level. Cell phones require attention on several levels of cognizance that distract from recognizing dangers. it would be interesting to be able to discover cell phone useage in all accidents where (1) failure to yield right-of-way, (2) rear-endings, or what might be called (3) "driving recklessly" are involved.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Yes cell phone use while driving should be banned. Acording to studies that I have seen it makes a teen driver drive as bad as a 60 year old.

    And yes eating while driving should be banned also. Whenever I go to a fast food resturant like BK I will go park the car while I eat or wait until I get home to eat.

    While driving your whole attention should be on driving. Not on anything else.
    I take exception to the comment about "60 year old"s ....actually I'm cool with that. I'm sure I'm more distracted by scenery and a wandering mind than a year ago; I'm also subject to more impetuous moves.

    Just drove to Florida and back from Indiana (an every year event) and found that I came up on sudden and dangerous traffic back-ups perhaps 10 times in twenty-two hundred miles. This required consant monitoring of tail light signals in the traffic ahead of those immediately in front of us. Cell phone useage would've caused an attention deficit that the situation could not have tolerated.

    When I get a call on my cell phone, I answer and just say I'll pull over before talking, and I pull over before initiating outgoing calls. Pulling over (see 2 above) can be dangerous also, so sometime I just say I'll call back ' in a few '.

    When waiting at traffic signals, I'm amazed at how many times around me I see people totally absorbed in their cell phone conversations. I suppose those are really important calls like "I'm going to stop by the grocery on my way home...do you want anything from there?...wait a minute..let me get my list and pencil..."

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    Re: Cell Phone while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by AuHtwoh64 View Post

    When waiting at traffic signals, I'm amazed at how many times around me I see people totally absorbed in their cell phone conversations. I suppose those are really important calls like "I'm going to stop by the grocery on my way home...do you want anything from there?...wait a minute..let me get my list and pencil..."

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    By introducing these people to what a text message is, this scenario can be avoided.

    See? Education, not legislation, is the answer.

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    Re: Cell Phone while driving

    I voted against it.

    I seriously don't get it, not even a little bit. I drove an ambulance while having to man two - three different radios, lights, siren, talk to my partner, and dodge traffic at high speeds. I seriously don't see how talking on a cell phone increases any risk of anything, it makes no sense. The only way to be consistent would be to ban speaking AT ALL in a vehicle; To the adult passengers, to the children you're carting around, or even singing with the songs on the radio, etc. Otherwise, it just makes no sense whatsoever.

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    Re: Cell Phone while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmed Shaheen View Post
    I think you saw where I wrote : "I forgot about the new laws" and where i wrote : "Ministry of traffic made those laws to protect us" so dont try to turn the facts upside down.
    But then you had rather disparaging thoughts regarding the police.
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    Re: Cell Phone while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Onion Eater View Post
    Obviously, banning cell phones is just another scam, no different than the recent "crime" of having a decorative frame around one's license plate.
    We are not talking about banning cell phones, just prohibting their use while a motor vehicle (which can kill people when not operated with due care) is in motion. It is really so unreasonable to expect a person to pull off to the side of the road when they are talking on a cell phone? Nearly daily do I see drivers on cell phones do really stupid things driving their cars that puts other people in danger - on a couple of occassions, I was placed in some danger by careless drivers using cell phones. The combination is DANGEROUS! Personally, I wish the ban were more diligently enforced here in Taiwan. I support ALL cell phone driving bans. You need to talk on your cell phone, pull off to the side of the road. Please explain WHY this is such an onerous expectation!
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    Re: Cell Phone while driving

    I don't understand the problem. Operating a motor vehicle is licensed by the state of your residency. It is a privilege, not a right.

    It is not guaranteed in the Constitution so the state can reasonably do whatever they wish to make the roads safe by the standards they set.

    It is simple.

    I am sick of idiot drivers holding up traffic and not paying attention to the road for whatever reason. Cell phones would be one less distraction, and a major one.

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    Re: Cell Phone while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    By introducing these people to what a text message is, this scenario can be avoided.

    See? Education, not legislation, is the answer.
    texting while driving is also illegal in CA and probably other states.

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    Re: Cell Phone while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by ludahai View Post
    But then you had rather disparaging thoughts regarding the police.
    Its just a word we use : Damn cops, you want me to Eulogizes him while he made me a fine ?!

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    Re: Cell Phone while driving

    Quote Originally Posted by emdash View Post
    texting while driving is also illegal in CA and probably other states.
    I think texting while driving is even MORE distracting. However, I tell my wife if I am on a Costco run that if she needs anything last minute added to the list, text me, don't call me. I then look at the message after I park at Costco. Problem solved.
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