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Old 07-05-2006, 06:59 PM   #21
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We have been debating this issue all day........I personally think it is a toss up...either way, does that mean the penalties will be the same as if it were a DUI?
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Old 07-05-2006, 07:02 PM   #22
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The difference, however, is that if you're drunk, you're drunk. Believe it or not, I agree that too many people talk too much on their cell phones, but it's not illegal to do so, so what kind of penalties are they proposing for doing something that's not illegal?

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Old 07-05-2006, 07:26 PM   #23
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I'm sure the powers that be will come up with some as soon as some moron talking on their stupid cell phone runs a red light & kills someone.
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Old 07-05-2006, 07:54 PM   #24
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I believe it illegal in alot of states to drive and talk on cell phone,I have a trac phone pay as you go as it does not work in the middle of nowhere where I live but its a comfort to have when I drive long distances in case I run into some sort of trouble and its great at the store if someone has a last minute request as the trip to town is 45 miles away and to the next town which has alot better groceries is 65 miles one way.
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Old 07-05-2006, 09:02 PM   #25
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Mylegsbig - I am 50. And somehow I've managed to live an unbelievably fantastic & wonderful life without the use of a cell phone for the entirety of that life until 2 years ago. Go figure. I only use my cell phone for car/household emergencies. Go figure.
A cell phone is a convenience. No one is saying you can't live your life without one. You can live without electricity, running water, TV, radio, cars, internet, computers, etc., but just because you use those conveniences does not make you a moron.

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If you can't function without speaking to someone on a telephone every 10 minutes, then, quite frankly, you need to re-examine what's important to you. I managed an entire Manhattan Import/Export company without the use of a cell phone. Go figuire. Duh.
Ummmm I have had a cell phone for many many years. So has everyone I know. NONE of us spend much time on it. We use it when we need to and it has made life that much easier, not to mention safer.

BC you might want to consider opening your mind a little bit. You just may see that these newfangled devices are not the devil you make them out to be and the people who use them can be just as intelligent as you.
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Old 07-05-2006, 09:14 PM   #26
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GB - you raise many good points, & I really do apologize if I've ruffled feathers - really. That wasn't my intention.

My point is is that there is no reason why someone can't pull over to the side of the road or move to a safe/unobtrusive space to take/make these apparently constant calls. I'm sorry, but unless you're calling an ambulance, there's no way someone can convince me that there's no way they can find a convenient space to pull over & make/take a call.

In the supermarket, high-scale restaurants, & - dangerously - on the road, people are always on the friggin phone. How, exactly, did they exist without it?
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Old 07-05-2006, 09:16 PM   #27
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It is illegal in Chicago, and also in the nearby town of Naperville, IL to talk on a cell phone while driving. It is not illegal to talk using a handsfree device. I certainly agree with that, and use a handsfree device when I'm in the car, whether I'm in those cities or not. It's much safer. And as I said, but Breezy refused to acknowledge, I don't use my cell much, so would not die a million deaths without it, but I have a right to use one and some narrow minded bully is not going to intimidate me into not using it with their mean spiritedness.

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Old 07-05-2006, 09:19 PM   #28
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We have cell phones for safety only.

At least for me the distractions of dialing, and maintaining a converstaion on the phone, make me a dangerous driver.

Have driven behind, and next to, too many drivers who are swerving, having trouble mergind on a highway, and just not driving properly while on the phone to think I could do better than they could.

And so I always find a place to pull over if I have to make a cell call on the road.

I do not want to live the rest of my life thinking I could not have killed someone had I only been paying full attention to the road.
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I agree with you Breezy. There are very few good reasons that someone would need to be on the phone while driving. I would feel much safer if people waited until they were not driving to make or take that call.

That being said I have to confess that I do use my phone when driving. I generally try not to, but if and when my wife/parents/brother call then I need to answer to make sure everything is OK. I try to be as careful as I can and I feel I do a very good job of it. I do understand that it is not really the smartest thing to do though.

Quite honestly though, I find an iPod to be a MUCH bigger distraction. When I first got my iPod I almost ran off the road a few times thinking I could scroll through the songs or options on it. I quickly learned that is not the case. I am a lot more nervous of that than I am cell phone users. At least with a cell phone you can keep your eyes on the road even if your full attention is not there. With an iPod, your eyes can be off the road for a while if you let it happen.
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i saw an episode of Mythbusters that tested that and they got the same results. i don't have to worry about that yet though cuz i can't even drive yet!!!!
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