OMM,RE: "I wish the State Legislation would do as much about texting
while driving,as they have about drinking and driving"..===Some reasons cell phones and drunk driving aren't equated
(and aren't treated the same by legislation) is...#1. Your cell
phone only distracts you in short bursts, and only when you choose to let it
distract you. Drunk drivers are a danger the whole time (not just when they
decide to take their eyes off the road to check their cell phone). Every inch
they drive they are impaired.#2. There's no way to drive safe
when you are drunk. It's possible to drive safe with a cell phone (just
don't let it distract you).We already have a "Distracted
Driving" law in Utah (which covers texts and many other distractions). So
to pretend we currently have no laws outlawing distracted driving is dishonest
or uninformed.===People need to realize that it's
usually not the law that changes our behavior (drunk or distracted driving).
It's ourselves, and our awareness of the risk.If the risk of
killing someone won't stop you... would the risk of getting a ticket??
I wish the State Legislation would do as much about texting while driving, as they have about drinking and driving.Texting "impairs"
and "distracts" a driver far more than Blood Alcohol levels of 0.08%.
Many people think only "bad people" kill people with their cars. I can assure you that many GOOD People have accidentally killed others
by believing they can text/read/play with the phone while driving. Many GOOD
people think it won't happen to them (until it does). Hundreds of times
good people have taken their eyes off the road for just a second to find the
phone... and nothing happened. It's those 100 times that nothing happened
that make use secure enough that we are comfortable doing it the one time we
shouldn't look away... and it happens.There's no call
that's worth that. It's not worth taking that risk.===Technology can't stop us. Legislation can't stop
us. Only WE can stop us.Just put it in your pocket regardless of
whether there's legislation or not, regardless of whether there's a
gadget intended to stop you or not. If we can do that... every car is equipped
with a safety device that will insure YOU are not involved in a distracted
driving incident... YOU.But I acknowledge that there will always be
some who need the gadget or the law first..
@ 2bitsI couldn't agree with you more. Leave the thing in your
Clip the man,Police have laptops in their cars, but they don't use
them when driving. Have you ever seen a cop using his laptop WHILE he is
driving? Just because they have a laptop in their car does not mean
it is distracting them.Just having a laptop does not mean you use it
while driving. I'm not against people HAVING a cell phone... just
don't use it while you are driving!===About keeping
your phone in your pocket...At semaphores GREEN means "go",
RED means "stop".A red light does not mean "Time to
text".Seems like as soon as people get stopped by a red light...
the cell phones come out and they start reading and texting like crazy. And
they get so engrossed that they don't notice when the light turns green.
You almost have to wake them up and remind them they are still driving!Put it in your pocket the whole time you are driving (even at red lights).Not just in neighborhoods. Not just in heavy traffic. Not just when
kids are around. In your pocket whenever the car is on.
We don't need a new law or a new gadget. Just put your phone in your
pocket when driving, and don't take it out.When it rings the
Pavlovian response will be to reach for it. But if it's hard to get to...
before you can get it you will remember, "Is any call worth killing
someone"? Because it can and does happen.===I know
we all THINK we can handle the phone and driving at the same time. And most of
the time we can. But you never know when something unusual happens and being
on your phone distracts you just long enough that you can't respond in
time.I have relatives who have had accidents reaching for their
phones. Luckily it was just property damage. But if you can hit a tree when
reaching for the phone on the passenger seat... you can hit a kid that runs out
in front of you when you are reaching for it.It's better to
just ignore the phone and your friends totally while you are driving.===WE don't need a law. We don't need a gadget. Just
leave it in your pocket.
It really doesn't make sense to pass laws for only cell-phones. I've
seen policemen in cars using large computer screens. It's really no
different for a policeman to be on a computer or a walkie-talkie than for
another person to be texting or talking on the phone. We need police-officers
that set an example of safe driving.
Technology is the answer. Hands free cell use works well since it does not
require a person to take their eyes off the road, or hands off the wheel. It is
no more a distraction than the radio. Audio texting and email can also be fine
if you have it. Until you have these capabilities, stay off the phone. Please.
Talking on a cell phone, handsfree or not, is still a distraction.
Attitude is the only thing that's going to work.
A complete ban of cell phone use while driving is just common sense, but I
suspect that the telecommunications company lobbyists are hard at work behind
the scenes to make sure that never happens.