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No Hands-Free Phones In Cars: Why Stop There?
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sing4you
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4/4/2012 | 1:41:37 PM
re: No Hands-Free Phones In Cars: Why Stop There?
I'm sorry to be a buzzkill but people should not be talking on the phone while driving. I have been rear-ended twice by people on cell phones. Having to buy two unplanned vehicles has put a serious dent in my retirement savings. I'm lucky to be alive.

Can you follow a TV show while talking on the phone? Well, you can't follow traffic either.
TechnicallyMonkey
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4/3/2012 | 8:56:20 PM
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Hmmm...100% is a catchy phrase, but is that the case? There are laws making things like domestic violence and prostitution illegal, but do you really think the intentions behind those laws were to elinimate those behaviors 100%?

"Let's get people to change their behaviors without outlawing the technology."

1. This law prohibit the use (in case you missed that part) of cell phones while driving. Not the cell phones themselves.
2. Its goal is precisely to get people to change their behaviors.

Besides, what's lost by banning the use of cell phones while driving? What's lost?
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4/3/2012 | 8:35:22 PM
re: No Hands-Free Phones In Cars: Why Stop There?
While we're making ham handed laws, why not eliminate speed limits? All that checking the speedometer distracts drivers from watching the road. Of course some cars have cruise control, but setting and resetting it is distracting, too, and some cars shut it off if the "check engine" light comes on.
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4/3/2012 | 6:41:40 PM
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Silly arguments exist on both ends of this debate. There are stats showing that people taking on cell phones (of any type) and texting (handheld, obviously) are as likely to cause crashes as drunk drivers. That seems to be an acceptable benchmark - society regarding drunk driving as unacceptable - so any behavior that poses a similar risk ought to be illegal.
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4/3/2012 | 6:27:25 PM
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" A courageous society faces problems head-on and tries to solve them. A fear-based one hides behind regulation. What kind of society will we be?"

Silly Rabbit, we are already a fear-based society since 2001. True courage in the public arena is dead. Why else would we spend billions on the ever expanding security theater that is TSA, coming to an interstate and train station near you, while our government goes bankrupt.
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4/3/2012 | 5:19:58 PM
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Right on; Just another example too many "Nanny State" regulations.
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4/2/2012 | 11:55:48 PM
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Agree with the logic behind the argument of Jonathan Feldman. I have also felt that how useful or dangerous are those dash board data displayed by the modern vehicles when you are driving. In addition to GPS how about indicators like speed,engine rpm, and even back rear view mirrors , they are all cause distrations.
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4/2/2012 | 10:12:45 PM
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You can't fix stupid! It's a popular disease in California.
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4/2/2012 | 10:11:19 PM
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Have you seen the Google car that drives itself? Test driven by a legally blind man! The car is being tested in Nevada at this time.
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4/2/2012 | 9:30:23 PM
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Regulating common sense has never been overwhelmingly successful.
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