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NTSB Recommends Ban on Driver Cell-Phone Use


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Cal
- 1110 days ago - azcentral.com
States should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board said



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Cheryl B. (64)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 4:30 am
thanks for telling the world
 

Carol H. (229)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 4:38 am
noted and agreed!!! thanks Cal
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 4:48 am
thanks
 

ellen m. (222)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 5:01 am
I still see so many people talking on phones while driving you'd never know there were laws...i've even seen police on cells while driving, and you could tell it wasnn't job related. Thanks Cal
 

Naoko I. (260)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 5:40 am
Of course !!
 

Bill K. (14)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 6:28 am
hopefully states will actually ban these now
 

Carlene V. (203)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 7:05 am
It will never happen, even though it should be against the law. Wait until the lobbyists for the cell phone companies get to those who will vote on this. Disgusting how things work.
 

Les Derbyshire (28)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 7:52 am
It's the law in the UK so it can be done. Mind you, it still doesn't stop some doing it and getting away with it.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 12:59 pm
Should be, but doesn't make much sense unless it's enforced.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 1:17 pm
This would save a lot of lives, both human and animal.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 1:52 pm
Since some states don't have enough sense to ban electonic communication by drivers the Federal government should impose the ban.
 

Mike and Janis B. (7)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 2:12 pm
That is the law here in Ontario, but you still get morons who start to drive then immediately make a call. Pity that cell phone signals don't stall cars! Emergencies are another matter of course. However we have yet to see a copper stopping a cell phone user in commission of the crime.
 

DAVID LAIRD (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 2:17 pm
IT`S ABOUT TIME
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 2:23 pm
This has been recommended by every insurance company, the NHTSA as well as AAA and a host of other similar organizations around the world. I was wondering when someone would start to take notice at the federal level.

This is a move that is long overdue.
 

Robert O. (12)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 2:41 pm
I think that would be a great idea and save countless lives since driving while distracted can be just as deadly as driving while intoxicated. The only difference is that with all these new gadgets one is still impaired and is driving under the influence of technology instead. Thanks Cal.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 3:08 pm
A woman plowed into another car while using her cell phone. She then used it to call for a tow. They do come in handy.
 

Shan D. (49)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 4:18 pm
My province of Alberta in Canada has a "distracted driver" law that went into effect September 1 of this year. It not only bans drivers from using cell phones (unless they pull over), but also reading, texting, putting on makeup, shaving, etc. It's taking awhile to educate people, though. I had to remind my own taxi driver that it is now against the law for him to do sudoku puzzles while driving (even though we were stopped for a red light). I've flatly told other taxi drivers that while I am their passenger, I don't want them to use their cell phones because I don't feel safe with them when they do that. It's frightening how automatically they reach for those things... (no, I don't own one; I have a basic landline that's plugged into the wall and when it rings I have to get up and physically go to it to answer!)
 

Patricia E. G. (57)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 4:27 pm
Noted & Commented
Thank you Cal
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 4:38 pm
I have no problem with people making brief calls with a hands-free equipped cellphone while driving, or using a CB with a microphone you don't hold all the time, or similar 'minimally distracting' events; I despise seeing someone drive with a handset clapped to his face unless it's a short emergency call, or fiddling with a computer or map blocking his vision while driving. Passengers should not be so inhibitted. Nitwits should not be allowed driver licenses (where do they get them, box prizes in Cracker Jacks?).
 

Kara C. (15)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 6:20 pm
It's illegal here in Australia, your allowed to use phones hands free but get a nasty fine if you use it normally. Although you still see people who do it and get away and not sure how much it has helped.
 

Walter Firth (45)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 8:02 pm
Thanks Cal .It is already a no no In Australia.The use of hand held mobiles in cars already brings stiff fines and loss of points.If causing an accident loss of licence an possible gaol time.
 

Walter Firth (45)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 8:04 pm
SORRY KARA I DIDN'T SEE YOUR POST.I REPEATED YOUR COMMENT.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 8:33 pm
I think a cell phone may have been the reason for what happened several months ago.

I was walking and had stopped at the corner, I observed the light was green. The cars were stopped where they should be,

I started across the street. A driver started up her car, turned and was coming right at me. I fell. The
car came within inches of hitting me, (Thank you, Lord,)

I am grateful.
 

Holly Lawrence (473)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 9:50 pm
FINALLY. ..hwe many deaths did it take for this action to be taken!
 

Andrea Connelly (94)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 11:05 pm
There was a study in the UK that claimed that were more accidents caused by cell phone use than drunken driving. I agree, I think phone hands free or held makes no difference when the attention is not directed on driving. Should be emergency only, and the law must be enforced. Somehow in Montreal the cops are never where they should be.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday December 14, 2011, 11:16 pm
I resent that I have to maintain a level of alertness that exceeds what's reasonable whenever I drive because of the lack of focus displayed by people who are talking and texting while driving! Common sense tells us that this is just wrong! If you need to communicate with someone that desperately, pull off the road and do it to your heart's content! Unfortunately, the convenience of cell phones has created many problems because of irresponsible users. What did we do before we had cell phones? We managed to make our calls when we were not behind the wheel! I have no objection to their use for emergency purposes. But for socializing, I have plenty of objections. Like one of my favorite bumper stickers says: Hang up and drive!
 

. (1)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 2:31 am
Noted. Thank you Cal.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (1008)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 2:47 am
Thanks everyone for your great comments~ This is a soapbox issue for me--only when penalties are at the same level as for DWI--heavy MANDATORY fines and jail time--will this issue be impacted. Too many people are being injured or dying needlessly due to pure selfishness and disregards of the rights of others on the roads!

Contrary to what one moronic Georgia state senator said yesterday, this is NOT at all a case of government intruding on personal rights or state rights, its a public safety issue pure and simple which impacts EVERYONE anytime they drive.

I would urge you all to visit and join the efforts of the website for Focus Driven, an organization comprised mainly of survivors of these accidents or the relatives of those killed


www.focusdriven.org
 

KS Goh (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 4:37 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Latonya W. (83)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 12:08 pm
I have to admit that even on the blue tooth cell use is dangerous I received bad newz while driving and started crying and my foot got heavy on the gas pedal next thing u know Im getting pulled over for speeding.........smh now I wont answer while Im driving i couldve crashed that day.........
 

Terri Hughes (412)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:55 pm
It's about time something is being done to banned cell use. It's great to have them if you need to make a call, but, people SHOULD ALWAYS STOP TO USE THEM. There is nothing that important that can't wait until you are stopped to use the cell phone. When people are on cell phones, they ARE NOT paying attention to what they are doing. People need to use some common sense once in a while. TOO, many people are getting hurt or killed because of cell phones!!!!!!!!!!
 

Colin Hope (243)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 10:31 pm
Noted and signed!!
 
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