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Old 01-13-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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This law makes no sense to me

According to last night's news broadcast, a law is being considered by all of the States that will outlaw all cell phone use while driving.

Okay, I'm the first one to advocate that law. There will be a fine for talking on the phone. Text messaging will carry a stiff penalty, and I'm all for that too. They should revoke the texter's license til they "grow up." What kiind of idiot endangers his own life and the lives of others while he's punching letters into a phone?

The law will keep us from using our cell phone at anytime while driving. They claim that even though you are a "hands free" cell phone user it is just as dangerous.

I wear a Bluetooth in the car when driving. I use it at home too if I want to do other things with both hands while talking.

When I'm driving and my cell phone rings, I just tap my Bluetooth and answer. If I want to make a call I tap my Bluetooth and hold it for about 3 seconds and use voice command. I never have to touch my cell phone.I'm aware that some of you hate the looks of a Bluetooth but it is a very useful appliance and keeps me from having to hold my phone, or search around for it when it rings as I'm driving.

Now my question is: If I'm not using my hands, but just talking, how can that be any different than talking to someone in the passenger seat? When I go out with my friends we usually take turns driving and I often have 4 other people in the car with me. We're all talking so what's the difference?

Am I missing something?

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Old 01-13-2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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That law became effective here in Washington as of 1/1/09
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:32 PM   #3
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Cell phones have become the highly visible poster boy for all driving distractions. It's one easy target to attack.

I have seen people eating, drinking, shaving, brushing their teeth, putting on makeup, beating their kids in the back seat, and a myriad of other things that are more of a distraction that talking om the phone.
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Maybe not looking at the road when your bluetooth is acting up on you could distract you.
Talking is distracting in a vehicle, phone, bluetooth, or human. NOBODY is perfect. Not even you.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:37 PM   #5
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I also use bluetoth, and i would hate to see this law pass, and I agree it is not diferent than talking to somebody in the back seat, but it is much easier to pass the law outlawing talking on the phone than to pass the law oulawing talking to a person next to in your car.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:40 PM   #6
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Our law is that you have to use a hand's off device in the car, that's all
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:48 PM   #7
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I think it's a terrific law. I have trouble carrying on even a normal conversation with my passenger while driving. I can't think and drive at the same time. Can you imagine me arguing with my wife on the phone while driving? I think this law is written for people like myself.

BTW, I can chew gum and ride my bike at the same time, or exchange obscenities with a road raged driver while riding my bike....
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Wearing a headset while you're in the car could obstruct your ability to hear a car that you didn't see in your blind spot, among other things, essentially something happening that you should know about while driving. I know it is illegal to wear stereo head phones in your vehicle while driving, why should it be legal to wear just one in one ear?

Hands free is touchy. There are some people who certainly shouldn't be distracted while they are driving and that's that... the law protects against those types of people, whether or not it makes the rest of the population upset.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:52 PM   #9
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I agree with you DQ. I think like anything else the cellphone has its place and there are safe ways to use it. I also use a bluetooth (I call it a geektooth though cuz it looks so dumb) when I'm driving and IMO it is much safer than having a conversation with someone in the passenger seat.

Edit: This topic comes up periodically and often gets very heated so please don't be surprised if this thread goes missing.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:00 PM   #10
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I think most of can take the heat. After all, this is the cooking forum....
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