Transportation Head Calls for Full Federal Ban on Cell Use In Cars
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called for a federal law that would make it illegal for all drivers to use cellular phones in moving vehicles. Calling the problem a national epidemic, LaHood cited 3,000 annual deaths attributable to distracted driving as a reason for adopting such a law. LaHood would build the law such that states would be compelled to enforce it in order to receive federal highway dollars. He wants to give police "the opportunity to write tickets when people are foolishly thinking they can drive safely or use a cell phone and text and drive." Using a cell phone when behind the wheel causes as much driver impairment as a blood alcohol level of 0.08%.
DOT Wants to Block Most Phone Apps In Moving Cars
The U.S. Department of Transportation wants phone makers to make it harder for drivers to use their smartphones when behind the wheel.
Feds to Require Warrants for Cellphone Trackers
The Justice Department has issued new policy concerning the use of Stingrays to collect cellphone data and will require warrants moving forward. Stingrays, also called dirtboxes, mimic cell towers and can record the data of every cell phone they encounter.
Californians All But Forbidden to Use Phones In Cars
California has outlawed almost all use of mobile devices in cars. California Governor Jerry Brown this week signed new legislation that expands the restrictions placed on mobile phone use in cars.
Court: No Warrant Needed For Police to Snag Cell Location Data
A federal court ruled police can obtain cell phone location records from carriers without first getting a warrant. A Florida man, Quartavious Davis, convicted of seven armed robberies in 2010 argued the cell phone records used to place him in the vicinity of the robberies were protected under the Fourth Amendment.
CTIA to Fight Berkeley Cell Phone Radiation Law
The CTIA has filed a lawsuit in the hopes of overturning a Berkeley, Calif., regulation that will require sellers of cell phones to post warnings about radiation risks. The law, approved in Berkeley last month, will force retailers to post signs warning consumers of the dangers posed by cell phone wireless signals.
3000 people is not an epidemic
That rate of growth is epidemic.
just another way for govenmentS to
what about all the death cause by gun? are we going to ban guns?
what about all the death cause by DUI? ban alcohol?
what about all the death cause by cigarette? ban smoking?
WHAT ABOUT THE DISTRACTION OF THE ROAD? (TOO FOCUS ON THE ROAD AND DIDNT PAY ATTENTION TO THE OTHER PERSON TALKING ON OTHER END OF THE PHONE??)
FINALLY somoene who agrees with me!
Driving distracted is a collision waiting to happen. Shooting a gun from a moving vehicle is already illegal in my jurisdiction as is driving while impaired. No ...
Just because you drink doesn't mean you will drive
And just because you own a cell phone doesn't mean you have to use it while driving.
Just like shooting someone and drinking...
3,000 deaths attributed to cell phone use is nothing compared to the millions of deaths the depletion of the ozone will cause.
if the Government were truly interested in protecting ...
An obviously two-faced money grab.
Look at all the crazy computer stuff that they cram into a policecar. You're telling me I can't be on my phone in the car, but a police officer is required to operate his radar and scanner and god knows what else?
Give me a break. They just want more money.
in the year 1980.. when there is no cellphones.
i know for a fact that when there is a accident, people are wearing clothes! let' ban wearing clothes while driving!
Oh yes please of great leaders!!
Where's the law that says do not commit sexual acts behind the wheel? I mean after all I would think that would be more of a distraction. Wait... you mean we don't have numbers for that? Shock....
The only reason this is even coming up is because we can actually prove through cell phone records, that someone was on the phone at a certain time. No one is going to admit to eating, putting on make up or commiting sexual relations behind the wheel lol
Soon all road ways will be surrounded by concrete walls to avoid distractions and then people will all fa...
Won't change ish.
$500 fine, and...
While it is a valid distraction........
One example there is an NBA player who shall remain nameless even though it was published on the web as a brief news article and then disappeared just as fast. The moron was masturbating while driving his pimped out SUV with a DVD player mounted into the front center dashboard. While physically and visually distracted while driving, he drove through a storefront.
Cellphone use is just one of a slew of distractions that cause accidents. Why not ban playing the radio while driving too?
Only if you can prove....
taxpaying public calls for ban on DOT idiocy.....
I am sooooo...
Sure we do not hear about the deaths or have any statistics of other distractions and driving causing accidents, etc but why always pinpoint in on cell phone use and driving. I understand texting and driving or emailing and driving, but come on, there has to be a stop on this somewhere.