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Old 12-13-2011, 04:13 PM   #16
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I'd support it, but it's not going to solve anything, because people do all sorts of other types of distracting stuff while driving, from the innocuous (fiddling with the radio, talking with a passenger) to the WTF (eating cereal, putting on makeup, reading the newspaper).
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:26 PM   #17
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Yeah, but that's like saying we shouldn't require seatbelts because people are still going to die in accidents anyway. It's a question of identifying reasonable limitations that should result in significant improvements based on available data.

I've seen students putting on mascara while driving several times. Now that's stupid.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:36 PM   #18
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It's forbidden in my country, I live in central Europe, and I support the ban. Using a cell phone means a double distraction, a. you need to use your hands, i. e. you don't have the hand on the wheel and b. you are additionally distracted by dealing with the call and the conversation. Only hand-free sets and headsets are allowed in cars. Texting is even worse because you take your eyes of the road in order to be able to see the phone display. In spite of the ban, I see a lot of people still using their phones while driving or while waiting at a red light. I know that police is quite strict; once caught, tickets aren't exactly cheap, but most of the time no one's controlling.
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Old 12-13-2011, 04:53 PM   #19
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I'm for it too
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:36 PM   #20
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:56 PM   #21
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We have the full ban here in New Brunswick, Canada. You need to have a hand's free device and NO texting is allowed. I fully support it - I've almost been killed by idiots on their phones who aren't paying attention to the road.

A young man was killed a year ago (before the ban went in) because he was texting while driving. It was a senseless waste of an 18 year-old's life.
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:00 PM   #22
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darwin disagrees

no ban !!!

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Old 12-13-2011, 07:06 PM   #23
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i once saw a guy reading a book while driving on the highway.
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Old 12-13-2011, 08:20 PM   #24
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:52 AM   #26
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That's considered a distraction too, and drivers talking with a passenger are more likely than people driving alone to have accidents, but the increase is much less than with cell phones. Apparently that's because when you're talking with a passenger, the driving conditions effectively become part of the interaction--based on research, conversation tends to subside when the driving gets tricky, the driver talks less than s/he would in a phone conversation, and passengers sometimes even help prevent some of the classic 'cell phone accident' scenarios, such as failing to notice your exit is coming up and winding up veering suddenly out of lane.
exactly. i know if i'm the passenger and i see the person driving is about to miss the exit or something, i can be like "oh hey, here's the exit" - i can't do that if i'm on the phone with them. instead i'd just keep blabbing about unimportant shit that can honestly wait until they're in line at starbucks or at the grocery store.

for the record, it's illegal in new zealand.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:56 PM   #27
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As a Libertarian, I usually dislike governement intervention,

but I would agree on this ban.

This is one law I would to see enforced.


Why are these people talking or texting while driving?

Why can't the conversations wait?
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:12 PM   #28
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no Ph$ne P$lice Are C$ming thread then?
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:27 PM   #29
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no Ph$ne P$lice Are C$ming thread then?


No, this topic is disturbing to me.
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Old 02-03-2012, 10:29 PM   #30
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No, this topic is disturbing to me.
A mite inconsistent.

Why not ban BMW's while were at it?

Their drivers are uniformly the most ignorant, obnoxious, law-breaking, bovine, of all road users. Without exception, BMW drivers are the pigs of the road. They are despicable pig-like creatures in their cheap nylon sales rep shirts and nasty ties, and they deserve to be whacked on the head repeatedly with a stick. And probably, in most cases, deeply unpleasant people in their personal and professional lives also. We all know it.

But, even still, I would not ban them from driving or purchasing their overrated cars.
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