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Group: Ban Cell Phone Use While Driving Nationwide

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Jan 13, 2009, 9:03 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The National Safety Council has suggested that the use of mobile phones while driving be banned across the entire U.S. The group cited a Harvard study which holds cell phones responsible for 6% — or 636,000 — crashes, leading to 2,600 deaths annually. The group says 23 states have enacted some form of cell phone restriction, but they can still be used in cars. The NSC wants the use of cell phones in cars to be banned completely, meaning that drivers can't make phone calls een with hands-free systems, surf the Internet or send SMS messages while driving. The CTIA trade group, which represents the wireless companies, disagrees with the NSC's position.

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Jan 13, 2009, 12:56 PM


what about the police with radios, truck drivers with radios, what about airplanes with their communication device.

what i dont understand is communication makes up the entire world and that is the one thing people can agree on. if there is no communication, what ever form it is in then the world comes to a stop!!!
Bad comparing there.

Jan 13, 2009, 10:39 AM

how is talking on the cell phone any different than ...

... talking to someone in the car with you?
Well. You use a actual phone when your calling someone, and to talk to someone you turn to them and talk. Ba ba bup ba

Jan 14, 2009, 1:50 PM


Next they will try to take away our ability to consume alcohol while driving.


Jan 13, 2009, 9:33 AM

Will NEVER happen.

Even if they were to pass a law like this people wouldnt follow it. How about they do to a test to see how many accidents are caused by women putting on makeup, or looking down to change the radio. Im sure those cause just as many accidents a year.
That "people won't follow this law" stuff, very, very funny!

Heck, how I feel is supposedly lawmakers are suppose to represent the people, and if I feel a certain law doesn't represent me, then I simply don't follow it, jaywalking is a perfect exam...

Jan 13, 2009, 10:16 AM

This should not pass...

The study is incomplete. It shows deaths and accident rates of 6% but neglects age groups. We need more info. We need to know how much of that 6% is the young. I have to believe the majority is teens and their inexperienced driving which is already being evaluated within the cell industry and government to help eliminate this potential.

This ban would also greatly effect so many businesses that rely on getting in contact with Sales Reps and/or management. This would have an immense reduction in productivity within the corporate world of todays essentials. Time is money and much would be lost with this ban. Instead of moving forward, We would almost be transitioned back to the 70's and 80's of doing business.

This safety group is still...
When these laws do gain a foothold, they tend to expand like wildfire.Its easy to add to it once its there and sadly politicians love to leave their mark on things. πŸ™„

In California, we have already expanded from a handsfree law into no textin...
I'm reminded of an AT&T commercial:

"Beep. Chad's phone here. Want to tell him to avoid the highway cuz of an accident? Pick up something on the way home? Family emergency? No can do cuz he lives in the united states and can't even look at his...
Absolutely. I'm sure "business" people need to do business while going 80 down the high way. I'm sure they will make a very smart investment call on that note. That argument just doesn't hold water. Your primary objective when driving is to concentra...

Jan 13, 2009, 10:17 AM

How about banning passengers with cell phones!

"The CTIA trade group, which represents the wireless companies, disagrees with the NSC's position." [on banning cell phone use in cars]

Well of course it does. Imagine the revenue that would be lost just from the lack of airtime involved in people making calls while in their car. This is considered down-time for most and a good time to catch up with a friend, check in on a relative, or maybe call home with some dinner prep instructions, while you're sitting in traffic. Never mind maybe a necessary call to check directions, or alert daycare you are on your way. Then of course, there is the loss of revenue from Bluetooth devices. Although they are nice to use when you are home, jabbering away while you fold clothes, they really are intend...
While I do agree that cellphones shouldn't be banned from cars, I have to be honest and say that when I'm on the cellphone, I do feel a bit distracted from my driving. I think it's because I have to focus more on the call than I would when speaking to...
Actually putting on mascara and eating in the car is against the law. You can get a ticket for driving while distracted. If a cop sees you doing something that they feel is a distraction from driving they can give you a ticket. I don't think a cop ...

Jan 13, 2009, 6:26 PM

This will be good

lets put all the other things that should be banned in the post

not the worst but traffic was backed up due to sumone changing there shirt at a stop sign
Giving or recieving of "favors". 😳

Jan 13, 2009, 9:30 AM

What I don't get is. . .

If you are talking to someone either on BT, or speakerphone, what is the difference between talking with the passenger?!!? Hands are still on the steering wheel, and eyes are still on the road.
Because the devices are obviously to blame. It can't be that people are terrible drivers no matter what.

What about accidents involving people drinking coffee/tea/juice while in the road? Or accidents involving people who get distracted by the ra...
There are a lot of idiots who can't drive while talking on a cell phone, but there are a lot more who can. It is only 6% of accidents, if it were closer to a quarter, then sure lets get rid of it, but thats not the case. I agree with no texting or usi...
There isn't much, really. And besides, how would you enforce it? Will it be illegal to even have a BT headset on in the car? How do you spot it? Those things are getting as small as hearing aids and/or designed to look like jewelry. A phone can be put...
I agree on that!

Jan 13, 2009, 3:06 PM

Re: Ban Cell Phone Use While Driving Nationwide

Will never happen. There will ALWAYS be someone, somewhere, somehow that will find a way to use a cell-phone while driving. Why not ban picking ones nose, scrathing your butt-crack, or playing with the CD player? If I had a dollar for everytime someone took their eyes off the road for something I could buy the Brooklyn Bridge. πŸ™„

Jan 13, 2009, 12:29 PM

Banning the other 94%?

What about banning the other 94% of activities that caused traffic accidents?
Thats next
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