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Cellphone Driving Ban: Good Idea?
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gjwills1
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12/14/2011 | 8:33:26 PM
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As a Motorcycle rider, all I can say is 'It is about time!'. I lost two friends this year to distracted drivers and had five more friends injured. All these friends are members of Motorcycle Clubs and as such are very disciplined and experienced.
I understand the arguments about laptops, make-up, GPS devices etc, but you HAVE to start somewhere.
NTSB - THANKS!
Now let's get to work at the State level.
EVVJSK
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12/14/2011 | 8:33:03 PM
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I would have to say I lean toward bans on Texting, Email, Twitter, etc.. while leaving in place the ability to use a phone for a phone call (think of all the cab drivers, police officers, etc... that communicate while driving on a daily basis). Hands free devices should be encouraged where possible, but not limited to factory installed (those things tend to be extremely over priced).
EVVJSK
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EVVJSK,
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12/14/2011 | 8:30:26 PM
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How dare you actually site a reference or study! You should just throw out your opinion and let everyone assume you know what you are talking about (or even better make them go do research because they don't believe you know what you are talking about) ;-) !
ANON1244120476502
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12/14/2011 | 8:28:43 PM
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As someone who has wrestled with the after effects of being slammed into at a red light by a texting teenager, I think it is a great idea. Distracted driving for whatever reason is dangerous. There will always be calls for exemptions for various "important" reasons but they are just smokescreens to say "regulate you and not me.". Why not just equip every vehicle with a cell signal suppressor?
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12/14/2011 | 8:11:15 PM
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There are many people who completely zone out when on a phone cell phone or other. I think that they may try to visualize who they are talking to at the time. I almost got rear ended by a woman going to work and turning and talking to her car seat with no one there. I believe she had her phone on the car seat. I know some people believe that with a blue tooth that they are hands free but I still see people talking and glancing up to their visor. Not everyone is distracted while carrying on a conversation but if you think of some family members or office workers , you can stand right in front of them while they are on the phone and they don't see you. One second is too much time while driving
Leo Regulus
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12/14/2011 | 7:55:53 PM
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NO - Do not ban using cellphones behind the wheel. CRIMINALIZE 'Driving while Distracted', of which, using a cell phone, texting etc., are cited among other things as examples of unlawful distraction. You don't want someone to get off because a 'Nook' , or applying makeup or equally distracting device or activity - perhaps not yet invented - is not specifically cited in the law. NIP IT IN THE BUD. Not fair? Think about that while that SUV crushes your 4-year old.

Acquaintances and others visiting here from other lands, are constantly amazed at people driving while using cell phones.
Madcow9597
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12/14/2011 | 7:41:40 PM
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I would agree to banning talking on a cell phone while driving because so called studies (as biased as they can be at times) claim that drivers are distracted. Lets do this kind of thing across the board. Lets ban police from turning on their lights or using flashlights. They distract drivers too. I was once driving at night in a snow storm and there was an accident ahead. The state police officer who was at the scene nearly caused me to hit him because his lights were too bright and he was flashing a flashlight at my windshield which prevented me from seeing the road and him. Another time I was in an accident because the person in front of me slammed their brakes on because a state police officer was three lanes to the right with his lights on. I hit the guy in front of me because in his words he was distracted by the police lights. I was even at a safe distance but like the guy in front of me I too was distracted by the lights. While we are at it lets ban listening to the radio or driving cars and go back to horse and buggy.
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12/14/2011 | 7:32:26 PM
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I watched a driver in a van talking on a bluetooth ram the back of a Beemer. No one else was in the van. Talking is not a hardwired function, so something else has to give way to such a highly complex activity. Talking to a passenger does affect driving but not, it seems, as much as using a phone. I agree with TSB on this. The bright side is that we will take a step backwards from increased productivity, which is too high as it is.
Chris Spera
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12/14/2011 | 5:00:32 PM
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I see this vote as very misinformed as to the root cause of the problem - the distracted driver. Smartphones, tablets and other mobile computing devices are NOT going to go away. The better thing do to instead of banning them in the vehicle is to insure that they function appropriately in that vehicle while the engine is one and the vehicle is moving. For example,

1. Require bluetooth to be implemented in all mobile hardware (cell phone, smartphones, tablets, etc)
2. Requiring hands free car kits in all motor vehicles.
3. Implementing a method by which the driver's smartphone disables ALL, non-navigational data transmission (so the phone can't text, surf, etc.) while the car is moving.

While this may require software updates to existing and new phones, and may require additional hardware or accessories, this is the more appropriate mandate. It should be easy to implement given GPS hardware in most modern smartphones (and perhaps some high end feature phones). Specifically, it

* Supports the implementation of new jobs by employing additional hardware and software design, development and sales engineers.
* Saves current jobs by preventing the recall and disablement of existing hands free features in most Ford and other vendor's automobiles, thereby saving the jobs of existing hardware and software engineers and testers.
* Appropriately addresses the root cause of the problem by turning off the social networking features in mobile devices in a moving vehicle, and reenables them after the vehicle stops and is turned off.

OBVIOUSLY, in order to satisfy the intent of this recommendation - to save the lives of American citizens and tourists - its going to require individuals at the NTSB and all Mobile Communications Carriers (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.) as well as all mobile device hardware manufacturers to work together and think out of the box.

Amputating a leg because of an infected toe doesn't make sense. Treating the infection and/or localizing the amputation to the effected toe is more appropriate and still allows you to walk. If something like my above suggestions are NOT considered, then the issue of distracted driving must also include a recommended ban on

* Multipassenger vehicles
* Children in ANY vehicle
* Radios and/or any music or media playing devices in any vehicle
* Eating and/or drinking in any vehicle
* Applying make-up in any vehicle
* Any activity other than driving in any vehicle

I would like to challenge Deborah Hersman and her team at the NTSB to revisit this recommended technology ban. A better solution is to employ technology to control the technology, not to forbid its use.

I'm also available to help - advise, consult, etc. - should the NTSB like to explore this further.
Chris Spera
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12/14/2011 | 4:31:14 PM
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I'm sorry, @BodoP, but that's probably one of the silliest things I've heard in a while. If this is the case, I hope you ALWAYS drive alone, and don't have any other passengers in your vehcile(s).

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