Who are you to decide that ANY driver operating a cellphone is impaired to the
point that of it being a DUI? Some drivers can deal with the multitasking WAY
better than others. I can handle it just fine, thank you very much; my
mirrors, my turn signals, the road, and the world around me continue to get my
undivided attention, while the person on the other end of the phone gets what's
left. However, some (most?) people can't even drive correctly when they're
carrying on a normal conversation with a passenger sitting next to them, so how
do you propose that we handle that? Should we "scientifically" block all
interaction with a driver that *might* "impair" them? Unless the activity is
*actually* impairing their ability and causing them to commit infractions, why
should there be any reason to interfere with their activities? And why should
*you* be the one to decide? This should be the domain of law enforcement, not
vigilantes. Besides, how do you know that cellphone conversation you're
jamming isn't somebody with a serious situation on their hands?
Any given amount of traffic flow, no matter how
sparse, will expand to fill all available lanes.
Many states including California have outlawed the use of cell phones
More will follow.
As someone who has made a living for many years by effectively
communicating with others, I find it impossible to effectively
communicate while trying to multitask
A recent change, or did you leave an important fact out?
It is "handheld" use that was prohibited by CA law. Motorists 18 and
over may use a hands-free" device.
That "more will follow" is why I own a bluetooth headset and use it in
the car ... and for the very reason that sensible law was enacted.
AAMOF, my city, West University Place, TX, is one of the first
municipalities to ban all cell phone use in school zones and texting
Doesn't seem to make any difference witness the fact that Maria got a
cell phone ticket.
You are kidding yourself if you think you can hold a meaningful
conversation while driving and not sacrifice the amount of attention
required for safe driving.
In the SFWIW category, back in the mid '60s, The City Of Brooklyn, OH,
a burb of Cleveland, was the first city to enact seat belt legislation
requiring that they be worn while driving in Brooklyn.
Thirty years later, Brooklyn was again the first city in the USA to
ban the use of Cell phones while driving in Brooklyn.
Don't know about now, but back then, Brooklyn was a very well run city
and a neat place to live.
They outlawed them to be in the hands and yakin on them.
How about automatic answer in radios and headsets ?
They should also outlaw newspaper reading, makeup on face, making love, etc.
A cell phone might be the only link to a loved one dying or needing
help right now.
I think wildcat cell phone killing can be cause for serious charges
by those who got cut off or blanked out.
Martin [ who was saved due to a cell phone in his pocket in the shop]
Lew Hodgett wrote:
I welcome new regulation on what we can and cannot do, enforced by all
levels of government. The sooner we become like the UK, or Vancouver,
Welcome to our Bureaucrat Overlords! Stop me from thinking or having to
accept responsibility for my actions! Make ME a victim TOO!
Agreed. Just as long as they got in there eventually and did their
best, the rest is just poking with a sharp stick.
Despite the barbs and the arguments, I for one am glad that Canada is
as closely tied to the US as it is. I can envision a lot of other
locations that Canada could be placed other than North America and not
one of them appeals to me.
You won't hear any argument on that count from me ... I'm a big fan of
both Canada and England, with relatives in both countries, and, AAMOF,
fought side by side with a Canadian outfit in RVN ... they were in my
fire support fan for 7 months and I called in artillery fire for them
I don't understand why Dave would go off on that tangent ... but we all
do strange things on a Sunday after Christmas ... maybe the eggnog, eh?
A question for you Canucks ... I always wondered about these guys ...
there was a small group of them (Canadians) serving as advisers (US) to
a Montangard tribe in the Central Highlands and were reportedly indians
themselves. Although I heard them daily on the radio, I actually ran
across a couple of them in Dalat when the ARVN Ranger outfit I was with
occupied a firebase there for a few weeks. Besides decidedly Candian
accented English, they spoke Quebecois French, similar to what I heard
as a kid and what my Dad spoke natively. Since Dalat had been under
French rule for some time, and French was as prevalent as Vietnamese in
that region, I figured that was why they were in the area.
Where and what kind of Canadian indians would be serving in the US Army
during that time?
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