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DOT Wants to Block Most Phone Apps In Moving Cars

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cellphonesaretools

Nov 25, 2016, 10:42 AM
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Cortana+headset=safe, hands-free driving

It's all well and good to try to make unsafe drivers safer, but it's too bad that it takes Congress meddling in our daily lives to do it.

Cortana running on a Windows 10 Mobile phone, paired to a high-quality, noise-cancelling headset, already makes my driving completely hands-free and fully eyes-on-the-road. There are many good Bluetooth headsets, but my preference is the VXI Xpressway 2 because of its very good noise-cancelling ability (when the foam sock is placed on the boom mic).

All incoming texts are read to me, and I can dictate replies easily and quickly without touching the phone or taking my eyes off the road. Same with voice calls. The most intervention required is one quick press of the multifunction button on the side of ...
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Unfortunately some people don't even bother pairing their phones to the car's bluetooth. I don't know where you live, but here in NY, the amount of distracted drivers I see on a daily basis is staggering.
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It's not Congress, but the DOT. If they want to make a law against hands free driving, either leave it up to the state's, or go through the process and pass legislation and have it signed by the President. Not by a group of appointees, or civil serv...
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thebriang

Nov 29, 2016, 12:10 PM

Why dont police just have dedicated Phone Driver patrols, like for parking?

This happens hundreds of times a day Everywhere, and its not hard to spot people who are using their phone and (not) driving, often 20 people in a row... Stop, Look Down, traffic pulls away, Oh Pull Up Ten Feet, Repeat.

The real problem is its so prevalent that police wont pull someone over just to give them a ticket even when they are obviously using their phone instead of driving, its only if they do something Else that the cop will tack on the phone charge additionally.

Meanwhile, as police everywhere are complaining about their budget problems. If they had a squad that did nothing but give people tickets for (not) driving and using their phone, cops would make a ton of money and Some people might actually stop screwing with their p...
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Zpike

Nov 28, 2016, 3:31 PM

Why stop there?

Why don't they require NFC tags on all alcohol and integrated systems in new vehicles that determine the location of your alcohol and ensure it's locked in the trunk. And lets require all manufacturers of bags and purses to have a mechanism that prevents the bag from being unzipped while the car is moving. Likewise, all cosmetics should be required to have a self-locking mechanism in order to prevent the application of makeup while driving. And lets make drive-thru lines illegal in order to ensure no one is eating while they are driving.

Or we could just have penalties for distracted driving, some quite serious, if a police officer observes your behavior or if you are involved in an accident. One idea seems to be needlessly costly, overl...
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