Driving with cell phones

Wayne Edwards

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Now that researchers at University of Utah have shown that driving while using a cell phone and driving while using a hands-free device like bluetooth are both equally distracting, shouldn't legislators in all the states that banned driving with cell phones repeal the laws they created? Of course they won't, but what justification is there for banning one form of cell-phone use when both ways are equally distractive?
 

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I'm all for banning the use of cell phones in cars (you should always have both your hands available while driving). Though I think it's acceptable to use a hands-free system. Sure, it can be as distracting, but so is getting in an argument with a passenger sitting next to you.
 

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I am in favor of laws requiring a hands-free device. I understand the research, but I don't see any other kind of law passing.
 

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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We need a simple "asshole law". Driving (or walking around stores) while on a cell phone, passing a line of cars to cut in at the last minute on a merging lane, walking around in public with that dumb f*cking blue tooth thing in your ear, not flushing public toilets, having more than 1 carry on while flying, driving the speed limit in the passing lane.... these should all be punishable under the asshole law.
 

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We need a simple "asshole law". Driving (or walking around stores) while on a cell phone, passing a line of cars to cut in at the last minute on a merging lane, walking around in public with that dumb f*cking blue tooth thing in your ear, not flushing public toilets, having more than 1 carry on while flying, driving the speed limit in the passing lane.... these should all be punishable under the asshole law.

AGREED. I can't stand the guy that wears his Bluetooth peice all day. I hate it and I never know if they are talking to me or not. Plus, it just looks really stupid.

I really hate when I'm at a restarant and people have their bluetooth peice in. I've seen guys out with their wives, girlfriends, that keep the bluetooth in the entire time. How stupid is that?
 

MAJ Badmotherfarker

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AGREED. I can't stand the guy that wears his Bluetooth peice all day. I hate it and I never know if they are talking to me or not. Plus, it just looks really stupid.

I really hate when I'm at a restarant and people have their bluetooth peice in. I've seen guys out with their wives, girlfriends, that keep the bluetooth in the entire time. How stupid is that?
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp6H9hR4nIM]YouTube - Annoying Bluetooth Talkers[/ame]
 

v1ru5

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AGREED. I can't stand the guy that wears his Bluetooth peice all day. I hate it and I never know if they are talking to me or not. Plus, it just looks really stupid.

I really hate when I'm at a restarant and people have their bluetooth peice in. I've seen guys out with their wives, girlfriends, that keep the bluetooth in the entire time. How stupid is that?
I am soooooooo with you on that shit. If I didn't know any better I might think that people walking around talking all loud on the bluetooth think that they are impressing people. As a matter of fact the use of Bluetooth in public should be restricted except for the handicapped and in your cars/trucks. Those damn things have created more noise pollution than Boomboxes did in the 80's.
 

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I'm in favor of banning cell phones while driving, there always some dumb ass driver out there that can't drive and always drives slow in the fast lane! I use a bluetooth while driving and it doesn't distract me while driving. But earlier this year the city of Phoenix banned texting while driving and time to time I still see idiots out there doing it.
 

ProperModulation

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the day that the hands-free law went into effect in California, I almost got hit by a dude in his car as he was using both hands to plug his headset into his phone while getting on the freeway. I don't like these nanny laws though. you can't legislate people into being good drivers. There are plenty of distractions in the car while driving, so why only outlaw phone use? What about those jerkoffs going 45 and swerving across lanes on the freeway while typing into their GPS? Or messing with this stereo? Or picking a song on their Ipod? Or trying to deal with their stupid kid in the back seat? Doesn't matter how many laws you make, people will always find a way to be stupid and drive like reckless assholes.
 

DAB

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I like this idea of an asshole law, as long as I get to decide who's an asshole.
LOL!! Good One, I'd be down for that law.

Honestly though I hate the seat belt law, just got a ticket last week. So, I am certainly not for banning cell phone use, but I understand the concerns. But as someone said you can't legislate or create laws to make people use common sense.

I know I should wear my seat belt, but from time to time in a rush I just don't put it on. I generally do pull over when a get a call or need to make a call.

Still I can understand the desire to ban cell phone use while driving, all of us have seen the results of drives using their cell phones.
 

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I think all airbags should be replaced with about 3 sticks of dynamite. One wreck and you're jelly. You'll see roads filled with courtesy and common sense.
 

DAB

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I think all airbags should be replaced with about 3 sticks of dynamite. One wreck and you're jelly. You'll see roads filled with courtesy and common sense.
I always love your non bull shit approach to things memebag! :yesshake:
 

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There are psych studies that show people seek a constant level of risk. As the perception of risk is decreased by technology like airbags and seat belts, drivers increase risky behaviors to compensate. Therefore, we should increase the perception of risk. Remove all safety equipment and wire cars to explode at the slightest impact.
 

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There are psych studies that show people seek a constant level of risk. As the perception of risk is decreased by technology like airbags and seat belts, drivers increase risky behaviors to compensate. Therefore, we should increase the perception of risk. Remove all safety equipment and wire cars to explode at the slightest impact.
Okay, seriously, this is not a bad idea. Kind of like artificially raising the price of gas to discourage use. Think of the billions we'd have saved and the hundreds of thousands of lives we could have spared if we weren't fighting wars for oil.
 

antsie

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Here in Colorado, a bike rider was killed because a driver was not paying attention to their driving because they were to busy texting.

It's sad that a law has to be created to ban texting. You'd think it was just common sense that you should not be texting while driving!!!!
 

v1ru5

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Here in Colorado, a bike rider was killed because a driver was not paying attention to their driving because they were to busy texting.

It's sad that a law has to be created to ban texting. You'd think it was just common sense that you should not be texting while driving!!!!
Common sense is not so common. Talking while driving is bad enough but TEXTING? that's just beyond stupid.