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No Hands-Free Phones In Cars: Why Stop There?
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herman_munster
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4/2/2012 | 6:55:48 PM
re: No Hands-Free Phones In Cars: Why Stop There?
I believe that the majority of drivers, at least in my area, should have their licenses stripped from them. I'm tired of being rear-ended, run off the road, or forced to dodge other drivers who are too busy with their cellphones, electronics, etc to pay attention to the road. I have no opinion on hands free kits (apathy, what can I tell you) but, don't see much sense in outlawing their usage. Again, laws for the sake of laws.

While corporations do share an ethical burden in communicating reasonable mobile device usage, I feel really that the bulk or this burden should fall on the individual users sense of self-preservation. But then, I also firmly believe that Darwinism must be allowed to play its role.

It's impossible to wrap the world in safety foam and expect the forward march towards social and economic nirvana to proceed. Really, though, unnecessary and even unconstitutional law has been the trend with legislation since at least the Carter years. We wont, of course, solve that problem through discussions on IW.
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4/2/2012 | 2:06:02 PM
re: No Hands-Free Phones In Cars: Why Stop There?
While there are MANY ways people are stupid and inattentive while driving, cell phones do seem to have a near-magical ability to lower the user's IQ by about half. One of my favorite examples is the moron who gave me an apologetic smile and wave of the hand holding his cell phone after I avoided his oblivious lane change by mere inches.

Too many laws are bad, but, to correct Hillary's favoite saying, "It takes a village to raise an idiot." Society needs a mechanism to correct bad behaviour; laws are one option, shame was the other traditional method. Despite society's current teaching that value judgement is somehow wrong, I'd call on everyone to actually let people know that they are doing wrong when they endanger others with distracted driving, whether induced by phone use, GPS or farding.
Andrew Hornback
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4/1/2012 | 2:31:38 AM
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Why not simply mandate that all employee ground transportation will be done by chauffered Town Car services? That way, you completely eliminate the employee (and thus the organization) from being liable. After all, isn't this really about limiting the liability of the organization?

When it comes to the NYC metro area, some of these recommendations simply wouldn't fly, no matter how good intentioned.

GPS - how about voice activated GPS systems? But how does one compensate for accents - I can't imagine how one would comprehend, "Yo, get me to Rocco's Deli, not the one in Canarsie, but the other one"
Fuel gauges - how about mandating that this information that gets displayed on the HUD? (I've heard that some GM vehicles in the 90s had this capability, but I've never seen one in person - of course, GM also implemented FLIR in some Cadillac models but that didn't seem to sell very well)
In-car audio systems - that's why what I drive has controls built into the steering wheel and an auxiliary display for the radio's functionality in the primary gauge cluster, rarely have to take my eyes off the road to switch from Beethoven to "Roll Over Beethoven"
Passengers - if you outlaw passengers, the only vehicles using the HOV lane on the Long Island Expressway are going to be the various hybrids and other vehicles that pay NY State for their "Clean Pass" stickers thereby negating the idea of a High Occupancy Vehicle.

Or, how about the idea of mandating auto-pilot for all company vehicles and simply set the GPS and allow the vehicle to get you to your destination without user interaction? Think it's not out there? Maybe not yet, but it will be soon - Mitsubishi is making some pretty big strides in this area.

Andrew Hornback
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YMOM100
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3/31/2012 | 2:46:24 PM
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Rather than adding more laws it would be more beneficial to enforce the current laws. Every day I see some jackass with the phone in one hand, cigarette in the other, fiddling around with a CD case while going 80 in a 55 zone.
We need to stop these folks, take their cars and drivers licenses away (if they have a valid one) and make them walk or take the bus. That will make everyone else much safer than any new legislation.
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3/31/2012 | 12:20:45 AM
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I agree with this column 100 percent. Over-regulation is an enemy of technology. And truthfully, no law is really going to keep people from texting while driving when they think the coast is clear.
Brian Prince, InformationWeek/Dark Reading Comment Moderator
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3/30/2012 | 7:21:02 PM
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Actually in many states there are existing distracted driving laws which make things like putting on makeup, shaving, reading the newspaper and the like illegal (and we've all seen worse than this on the Interstate during morning rush hour). However, enforcement is a problem in an era when the highest mantra in the land is, "Don't tread on me no matter how stupid and self-centered I'm being."
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3/30/2012 | 6:00:59 PM
re: No Hands-Free Phones In Cars: Why Stop There?
While we're at it, we should outlaw...reading the newspaper (yes, I've seen it on the highway), shaving, eating, smoking and applying makeup. We should probably eliminate pets being in cars unless they are properly caged and/or buckled in. Yes, it is ridiculous to over-regulate in this way.
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