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No Calls, No Texting for Drivers, Votes NTSB

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What about other distractions like...

Vrystaat

Dec 13, 2011, 5:05 PM
...putting on makeup, changing clothes, reading a book/newspaper, unruly children, talking to your passengers, sexual activity, lighting up a smoke, etc...

Or other phone-related activities like playing games, maps/navigation, music, etc...?

Distractions are gonna be a part of driving; just be smart about what you do & when you do it.
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Tofuchong

Dec 13, 2011, 5:21 PM
All of that is already illegal!
You stated:

...putting on makeup, changing clothes, reading a book/newspaper, unruly children, talking to your passengers, sexual activity, lighting up a smoke, etc...

If you are doing that, then your vehicle is not under your full care and control, meaning that you are a reckless or dangerous driver, and should be arrested.

You are correct, distratcions are a part of driving, and part of being a safe driver is minimizing those distractions to make sure you can operate your vehicle in a lawful manner.

Again - making a phone call or text is not worth a life.
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Versed

Dec 13, 2011, 5:48 PM
Nor is the above deeds mentioned in your response, they were ALL against the law, don't see no witch hunt going on against them.
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Tofuchong

Dec 13, 2011, 6:04 PM
There is no witch hunt because they have not yet been identified as a witch. Using your cell phone while drive has, and it will burn at the stake for it.
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planethulk

Dec 14, 2011, 5:47 PM
Please provide some resources. I'm not aware of any national ban of mascara while driving or lighting a cigarette. So if you know of some specific laws, please post them. Can these things you mentioned be used to determine if a driver is being reckless? Yes, but not if the person is not driving reckless and is not in an accident. I've been driving and eating, calling, changing the radio station, yelling at my kids, etc etc... You get the point. Only time I've ever been in an accident? Getting rear ended by a guy eating a burrito. Let's ban burritos.
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Wandaknifechic

Dec 14, 2011, 2:18 PM
"talking to your passengers" IS ALREADY ILLEGAL? REALLY?! Huh. well as long as we are outlawing everything under the sun, lets see.....how about the billboards on the side of the roads, those are distracting, street signs-you need to look at those. EYES ON THE ROAD AT ALL TIMES. Highway signs (you know the green ones you need to READ while driving) now those are definitely a distraction, but your passenger can tell you what it said in case you missed it. Oh wait, yeah never mind. I guess you're just gonna have to keep on driving & hope that the end of the road actually dumps you at your destination. And since since they outlawed the lady on the GPS unit from talking to you & reading/looking at the screen is also not an option, well you might...
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planethulk

Dec 14, 2011, 5:48 PM
Only terrorists use phones or talk to passengers while driving!
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Wandaknifechic

Dec 14, 2011, 9:26 PM
Surprised Paranoid ....... Laughing
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CellStudent

Dec 14, 2011, 7:45 PM
The vast majority of other distractions while driving are CONSISTENT. Wireless devices are not.

The knob for the radio is always in the same place and always does the same thing when you turn it clockwise.

A hamburger is roughly the same shape and size every time you buy one.

The big gulp is always in the same cup holder.

Shaving with an electric razor does not require any concentration, at all.

Women who have been applying makeup for 15 years know where they need to put most of it without looking (I presume).

Wireless devices are different. Every notification, every text message, every phone call, every web page, is radically different from the one observed previously and requires active, independent attention in ...
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Versed

Dec 14, 2011, 9:26 PM
I agree with everything but the phone conversation, just using the same logic, people have been speaking on telephones from their mid-childhood up.
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CellStudent

Dec 15, 2011, 12:45 AM
Versed said:
I agree with everything but the phone conversation, just using the same logic, people have been speaking on telephones from their mid-childhood up.

But, every phone conversation is different. Every Big Gulp is the same.

Each unique human conversation requires active, independent thought, regardless of how many years experience you may have talking into a telephone.
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planethulk

Dec 14, 2011, 10:43 PM
Wrong.

My bluetooth headset is always in the same place. The button is always in the same place. My phone is attached to a cradle. I use it as GPS as well.
None of your arguments give you or anyone else the authority to deny my right to use my phone in my car.
And let's not forget that your arguments don't include anything about having to deal with 2-3 kids in an SUV all screaming, crying, watching dvds, playing video games, and talking/texting on their own phones. There's not a cell phone on any network that will provide more of a distraction than that.
The best option is to increase the penalty if an accident or reckless driving are a result of cell phone usage. However, to be fair, any such legislation should also include a stiffe...
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jmoita2

Dec 16, 2011, 4:52 PM
This is ridiculous. It would be simple,really,had we not embarked on the way to becoming a totalitarian society,where compromise or common sense do not exist. Fine,pass a ban on texting or web browsing while a motor vehicle is in motion,and exclude GPS,as it is but a tool.
But a bluetooth headset? Come on,now.
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