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    Safety council urges ban on cell phone use while driving

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    The National Safety Council called Monday for a nationwide ban on cell phone use while driving, a prohibition opposed by the industry.

    Ninety percent of the nation's 300 million residents have cell phone accounts, CTIA says.

    "Studies show that driving while talking on a cell phone is extremely dangerous and puts drivers at a four times greater risk of a crash," said Janet Froetscher, the council's president and CEO, in a news release, referring to a 1997 New England Journal of Medicine examination of hospital records."

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    isn't there a law that says anything that distracts the driver is worth a ticket?

    idk, eating taco bell or applying makeup should be outlawed too

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherrichiodo View Post
    isn't there a law that says anything that distracts the driver is worth a ticket?

    idk, eating taco bell or applying makeup should be outlawed too

    ^^Thats what I am saying. Some ladies(I emphasize some and not all) are way more dangerous with their morning lip gloss than their cell phones!
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    I can understand requiring hands free usage, but complete ban?? If that's the case, no radio, no coffee, no kids whining in the back seat......
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    Quote Originally Posted by azstar View Post
    I can understand requiring hands free usage, but complete ban?? If that's the case, no radio, no coffee, no kids whining in the back seat......
    I agree 100%........ Also, it's amazing as to how many people loose control of their car while digging around for their cigarette lighter, or they dropped their cigarettes.

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    From the studies I have seen the issue is not wheter it is hands free or not. They say that just the conversation is the distraction. Not the actual holding of the phone while driving. If they were to get it pushed through it wont change anything people will still do it. Just like the seat belt laws and others that remove the right to chose when driving our cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moderncowboy View Post
    From the studies I have seen the issue is not wheter it is hands free or not. They say that just the conversation is the distraction. Not the actual holding of the phone while driving. If they were to get it pushed through it wont change anything people will still do it. Just like the seat belt laws and others that remove the right to chose when driving our cars.
    If that's the case the you won't be able to have a passenger cause you might have a conversation with them while driving. The ones I really like arte the paper readers while there driving.

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    Well then no more talking allowed in cars period! My grandma doesn't use a cell phone, but she's been know to turn around while driving and look at people she's talking to in the back seat.

    The one accident I caused in the last 15 years was because of someone I viewed in my rear view mirror was driving crazy. It kept my attention just a couple seconds too long and I rear ended the person in front of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aircooled View Post
    If that's the case the you won't be able to have a passenger cause you might have a conversation with them while driving. The ones I really like arte the paper readers while there driving.
    agreed 100%

    Quote Originally Posted by azstar View Post
    Well then no more talking allowed in cars period! My grandma doesn't use a cell phone, but she's been know to turn around while driving and look at people she's talking to in the back seat.

    The one accident I caused in the last 15 years was because of someone I viewed in my rear view mirror was driving crazy. It kept my attention just a couple seconds too long and I rear ended the person in front of me.

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    Thats it I am uninstalling all mirrors and seats so I am only paying attention to the road and I am gonna sue Onstar for distracting me while driving and asking me if I am OK. Gotta get rid of that talking GPS unit as well that voice they use is a distraction in itself.

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    Plus how will the police know the difference between singing and talking on a handsfree?
    Come on...I know I am not the only one that sings when I drive alone....anyone??

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawkins View Post
    Plus how will the police know the difference between singing and talking on a handsfree?
    Come on...I know I am not the only one that sings when I drive alone....anyone??
    Only when Britney Spear's Womanizer will I be singing along. Maybe they should outlaw cars since they are too distracting to other drivers. Get back to horse drawn carriage. I am sure you will have plenty of time to berry while in a carriage. Imagine rear ending another horse while berrying? :P

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    I hope they pass this law... I can't count how many times I've had to lay on my horn to "wake up" the driver in the other lane to keep him from swerving into me, all because the idiot was checking something on his/her phone. Get a bluetooth why don't ya??? I'm in Virginia and I hope this law gets passed here as well as nationwide. Honestly there's not excuse for checking emails/txt while driving. If so, do it at a stoplight or something!!! Better yet, just pull over!!!

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    Impak, this law would ban habds free BT use as well! No phone use period! Not cool...

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    This is nuts...Its already a law to be hands free in MOST areas of Chicago, although there have been a number of times i STILL see drivers not using BT while driving. I guess cops in big cities generally are more worried about other things than drivers not using a BT.

    This law might work well back home in El Dorado, KS with a population of 26-28,000 people where cops just cruise around TRYING to find something to ticket someone for. But realistically, a nationwide ban?

    I just dont think this law will get too far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azstar View Post
    Impak, this law would ban habds free BT use as well! No phone use period! Not cool...

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    Oh well now that's just insane!!! Honestly I don't see how this will pass, giving the numerous options of either using the bluetooth headset or the bluetooth adapter that runs through the vehicles radio system. I hope this does not pass, I use my bluetooth headset daily in the car, with voice dialing of course.

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