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#4043 of 4067 Re: Total ban on driver cell phone use needed [xrunner2]
Dec 25, 2011 (8:07 pm)
There is a lot of common sense information in that article.
#4045 of 4067 The Camel's nose in the Tent
Dec 28, 2011 (12:12 pm)
I am not a fan of people talking on cell phones while driving. I see them too often not paying attention to the light when it changes to green. However, the methods they are suggesting are invasive. But what's new when you cannot even fly without being x-rayed or groped or both?
With very little evidence, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration claims that there were some 3,092 roadway fatalities last year that involved distracted drivers. Americans ought to totally reject Hersman's agenda. It's the camel's nose into the tent. Down the road, we might expect mandates against talking to passengers while driving or putting on lipstick. They may even mandate the shutdown of drive-in restaurants as a contributory factor to driver distraction through eating while driving. You say, "Come on, Williams, you're paranoid.
C.S. Lewis warned us about people like Hersman, saying: "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."
#4046 of 4067 Re: The Camel's nose in the Tent [gagrice]
Dec 28, 2011 (12:24 pm)
This is the old, excuse my crudeness, picking my nose is has exactly the same loss of brainpower as texting. I reject that. Other than drunk driving, which obviously should be illegal, you can't legistlate everything. But because of the dangers of texting and talking on the phone (most so when the phone is held to the head), law enforcement should provide incentives to cut down on this, like huge fines.
#4047 of 4067 Re: The Camel's nose in the Tent [kdshapiro]
Dec 28, 2011 (12:55 pm)
I am not disagreeing with you on the subject of cell phone use and especially texting. I think it best left to the states as they are the ones to enforce the laws. In CA we have a cell phone to head law and I see just as many people using their cell phones as ever. If not more. I don't think the laws work. People are going to be distracted for whatever reason. Erratic driving behavior should be ticketed whether you are drinking a Starbucks or Texting your girlfriend.
I am sure Williams was referring to the Feds sticking their noses into every aspect of our lives.
For cities with budget shortfalls they could put on a campaign with $500 fines for cell phone use while driving. Make it a local ordinance with a sign at each end of town. I am sure there are devices that you can aim at a driver that detects a Cell signal.
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#4048 of 4067 Coffee vs phone talk
Dec 28, 2011 (3:19 pm)
Do not think that a drinking coffee uses anywhere near the brainpower as talking and driving. Tests show 37 percent loss of brain while talking and trying to drive. They should do tests, mris, whatever, to find how much brain is lost taking a drink of coffee.
#4049 of 4067 Where there's a will there's a way....
Dec 28, 2011 (3:24 pm)
"I am sure there are devices that you can aim at a driver that detects a Cell signal. "
If so, how long will it be until someone markets a "detector detector"?
#4050 of 4067 Re: The Camel's nose in the Tent [gagrice]
Dec 28, 2011 (5:23 pm)
I wouldn't trust our well paid highly accountable LEO professionals to operate such a device, should it ever exist. How would it distinguish a device in use by a passenger vs driver?
"Erratic driving behavior should be ticketed whether you are drinking a Starbucks or Texting your girlfriend. "
You hit the nail on the head. Going after the low hanging fruit will change very little.
#4051 of 4067 Feds propose built-in limits on driving distractions
Feb 17, 2012 (5:11 pm)
Feds propose built-in limits on driving distractions
I am more okay with this than I expected to be. So that crummy earphone that you have to plug into your ringing phone while driving 75 mph doesn't count? And still having to dial the phone manually? Or search through a list of 150 contacts while driving? Or 1500 songs on your iPod.
If you have an integrated bluetooth system, that works.
Sep 29, 2012 (8:09 pm)
"Surge'ON system ... prevents a car from starting unless the driver's cell phone is secured in a box that can't be opened while the engine is running.
Ron Pothul said the system can be installed in about 15 minutes and takes five minutes to learn to use. It involves putting a chip on the driver's phone, or the use of a bypass card for the system if another driver with a phone takes the wheel. Pothul compared the pass-card to carrying a car key.
He said a driver will be able to hear an incoming call with the phone secured, but will have to pull over and stop the engine to answer it."
Inventor's system keeps drivers off cell phones (Detroit Free Press)