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California may ban cell phones for some...

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Nick1911, Apr 26, 2004.

  1. Nick1911

    Nick1911 Well-Known Member

    All I have to say is wow. This is for anyone who thinks the "slippery-slope" is a myth. Here's proof.


    California may ban cell phones for some

    SACRAMENTO, CA, Apr. 25 (UPI) -- Legislators in Sacramento, Calif., have been considering a bill to ban cell phones while driving for bus drivers and teens under the age of 18.

    The Los Angeles Times reported Sunday that even though a 2002 California Highway Patrol study endorsed the idea of banning hand-held cell phones while driving, legislators against the bill said that studies have shown that cell phones are not the only thing distracting drivers.

    "The research is very sketchy on how much more dangerous are cell phones than eating a hamburger," said Anne Drumm, legislative representative for the Automobile Club of Southern California.

    Hands-free phones might be a good alternative, according to California Assemblyman Joseph Simitian, a Democrat, who has sponsored a ban on hand-held phones for the past four years. "If we have a readily available technology that costs next to nothing and saves lives, why wouldn't we use that?" he asked.

    However, this view has lost support as studies have found hands-free phones to be a significant distraction, perhaps as much as hand-held phones.

    Because when your 16 year old daughter's car breaks down at dusk in a bad neighborhood, cell phones are still just too dangerous.


  2. Chuck Jennings

    Chuck Jennings Well-Known Member

    Incrementalism at work!! :banghead:
  3. Drjones

    Drjones member

    The really funny (read: pathetic) thing about this whole cell phone fiasco is that, in reality, on the list of distraction-caused accidents, cell phones are 3rd, 4th, or maybe even 5th on the list, well below food, makeup, and other longtime distractions. Cell phones actually only account for, IIRC, barely two percent (yes, 2%) of distraction-attributed accidents.

    *sigh* :rolleyes:

  4. c_yeager

    c_yeager Well-Known Member

    Please, don't sully this trendy emotional argument with FACTS.
  5. Bruce in West Oz

    Bruce in West Oz Well-Known Member

    $100 on the spot fine for using a mobile (cell) phone here, unless fitted with a hands-free kit. No correspondence was entered into, the .gov just made the decision and banned it. We actually DID hear the phrase, "If it saves just one life .... "

    Silly things is, couriers et al. can still use two-way radios and taxis still use the dash-mounted computer. :rolleyes:

  6. Pendragon

    Pendragon Well-Known Member

    Uhm. I seriously doubt cell phones are banned from the CAR - you just cant USE one while driving.

    Merits aside, not allowing a cell phone in a car would be assinine - even for CA.

    I believe its already illegal here in Texas.
  7. 4570Rick

    4570Rick Well-Known Member

    My Nanny State will take care of me, right? Right?

    :fire: :cuss: :banghead: :barf:
  8. Leatherneck

    Leatherneck Well-Known Member

    I'm with the Banners on this one. Because your simply using one causes an increased hazard to me and my family. And I don't believe for a minute that the total decrement in driver performance from eating a burger is anywhere near as bad as that caused by even a normal cellphone conversation. The mental effort required to participate in any kind of two-way discourse is subtracted from that available for attending to driving. Why do you think pilots have to say "Stand by, Center" every once in a while? Because driving the airplane requires their attention at the moment, and they can't spare the attention required to chat.

    TFL Survivor
  9. erikm

    erikm Well-Known Member

    Having heard/seen second hand what cellphone distraction can do (my sister got distracted one time and fender-bended a bus:D ), I'm partway with the banners on this one.

    While I would not outright ban drivers using cellphones while operating vehicles of any kind, I would say that to do so you have to use a handsfree handset and/or a headset.

    ErikM :evil:
  10. nero45acp

    nero45acp Well-Known Member

    Nowadays when I hear the expression "land of the free, home of the brave".........I laugh.

  11. GigaBuist

    GigaBuist Well-Known Member

    And the proof that EVERY person on the face of this nation cannot use a cell phone and operate a vehicle at a satisfactory level is where?

    You only ever hear about the reports of them causing accidents. The news doesn't come across at 6pm with the groundbreaking news that thousands of cell calls were handled today by people operating a vehicle who didn't get into an accident. It's just like the gun news.

    If somebody doesn't have the mental capacity to hold a conversation while running a phone then fine -- they shouldn't do it. I don't need a law telling me I can't hold a casual conversation with my mother as I tool down a nearly empty expressway for 15 minutes though. On the other hand I had to stop a phone call once (actually a conference that I got buzzed into) because I was not going to try and recall blueprints, network designs, and such while driving a stick shift through the city without a hands free set.

    Know your own capabilities. Don't let the government mandate them.
  12. sm

    sm member

    Memo to the Department of Gummit Meddling.

    It is the user - not the object.

    This DOES NOT mean besides meddling with objects the DGM should meddle with users.

    See a Document called the Constitution.


  13. Joe Demko

    Joe Demko Well-Known Member

    Someday, you all may see me on TV doing the perp walk. The charges? Well, whatever you get charged with for badly beating another driver and inserting that person's cell phone into his rectum. Sure most people can drive and talk on the phone at the same time. It's the ones who can't that trip a whole row of breakers in my skull.
  14. Drjones

    Drjones member

    "My mind is already made up. Don't confuse me with the facts."

    Sorry man, but the numbers don't lie.

    "According to an American Automobile Association study -- one of the key studies used by the insurance industry in setting rates across the country -- cell phones did not rank in the top five causes of auto accidents last year. Of the 32,000 analyzed accidents, cell phones contributed to only 1.5 percent.
    Tops, attributing to more than 29 percent of accidents, was driver distraction thanks to an ''outside object, person or event'' -- tough to legislate against gawking at that cute puppy on the roadside or trying to steal a few extra seconds looking at that nice body on the sidewalk or even rubber-necking at those poor souls who had an accident in front of you.

    Other causes factoring in well above cell phones include messing with a cassette or CD player (11.4 percent of accidents caused by this) and distractions from a chatty passenger or baby (there's another 10.9 percent of accidents). Even eating, drinking and smoking figure in above cell phone use (1.7 percent)."

    Source: http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/070701/opi_0707010001.shtml

    "Cell phones rank between fifth and eighth on the list of driver distractions involved in traffic crashes. The list includes listening to the radio, talking to passengers, eating and drinking and fiddling with tape decks or CD players."

    Source: http://www.thehollandsentinel.net/stories/071403/new_071403031.shtml

    "A recent study conducted by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety, a coalition of government and corporate members interested in reducing traffic accidents, revealed that: 70% of distracted drivers talk to passengers, 29 percent eat while driving, and just 19% talk on the phone. A survey conducted by Response Insurance, a nationwide auto insurance company, claims that a whopping 26% of drivers "caused or nearly caused an accident by separating their kids." The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has the most surprising statistics of all: After scouring 26,000 police reports, they found that using or dialing a cell phone was the cause of accidents in just 1.5% of the crashes."

  15. cordex

    cordex Well-Known Member

    I think we should just be done with it and ban driving. Yeah, cell phones contribute to some accidents, but motor vehicles contribute to 100% of motor vehicle accidents.
  16. dischord

    dischord Well-Known Member

    New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C. already have banned cell phone use while driving.

    Of course, New Jersey doesn't let people pump their own gas.
  17. Ratus

    Ratus Member

    No, its now "land of the fee, home of the blame"
  18. Drjones

    Drjones member


    Right on!

    :D :D :D
  19. Yowza

    Yowza Well-Known Member

    This is what gets me about these studies. If you can't concentrate on the road well enough to not get in a wreck while simply talking, then you don't need to be driving, period. What's the difference in using a hands free cellphone kit and talking to a passenger in your car? Is the distraction level any greater? I would guess it would be less because at least you wouldn't be tempted to turn and look at the person you're talking to. Logically, if there is practically no difference between speaking on a hand-held and a hands-free cellphone, then there must be no difference between speaking on a hand-held cellphone and the person in the passenger's seat. So how are they gonna ban that?

  20. dischord

    dischord Well-Known Member

    Although I'm not in favor of banning cell phone use while driving, yes, talking on a hands-free device can be more distracting than chatting with the person in the passenger seat.

    The difference has to do with the type of conversation -- idle chatter versus indepth, work-related conversations. A lot of cell phone calls are work related, and some people tend to blank out their physical surroundings when talking work -- partly because they often are dealing with more abstract, higher-order thoughts and partly because they simply feel obliged to give a little more focus to their jobs than they would to idle chatter.

    I suppose that if your boss were in the passenger seat discussing work, you'd be just as distracted as if he were on your hands-free device, but how often does that happen for most people?

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