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Texting and even calling while in a car? Read this

Posted Monday, November 22, 2010, at 6:15 PM

From Komando newsletter:

"Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said phone scramblers might soon be put in cars. He said the measure would prevent drivers from using cell phones while driving. LaHood has been on a campaign to end distracted driving since February. Texting while driving is extremely dangerous."


Hmmm, I get a fair amount of business done (by voice and headset) while driving.

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And what pray tell will happen when a person wrecks on a back road at night, and their cell phone doesn't work?

More government stupidity.

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Nov 22, 2010, at 7:18 PM

Ditto, I get everything done on headset. I always wait to answer txt when I've reached my destination.

Another reason to keep that vehicle that's paid for!

-- Posted by Freedomof Speech on Mon, Nov 22, 2010, at 7:27 PM

We have hands free calling through our radio. Just more government intervention...will it ever stop!

-- Posted by Harleytodd on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 9:46 AM

Um, it doesn't say anything about phone calls, on the other links, just texting. No-one in their right mind will allow this to pass if it were for phone calls.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 11:12 AM

I would think they could limit or stop text and e-mails while allowing voice. To me, a voice call using hands-free devices is no more distracting than talking to a passenger. Maybe less, since I do not try to look at a phone call, but I might another person.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 11:54 AM

Funny but just the other day I was nearly ran off the road by a car that turned left next to me and just kept pulling over in front of me and into the parking lot. I had to pull up over the curb or get hit. I had my phone out and he was the one causing the near-accident--not me! I was actually paying attention to my driving and that of other drivers. My phone wasn't the problem.

-- Posted by neena on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 5:11 PM

Boy! Man oh man! The Government just won't stop their involvement into our rights.

I had a CB Radio years ago and found that when I was talking on it either I had to concentrate on my driving OR my conversation. I found it hard to drive and talk serious on the radio and make a sharp turn at intersections. I would have to wait until I made the turn to pick up the mic and start talking.

I borrow my daughter's car to go to FL and was confused with their on board Star phone system. It kept asking me for the number I wanted to call. I would have to wait until I parked to use it.

Now, even the cops can use your on board Star phone system to shut your engine off and disable the car. If they install a phone disruptor system in the new vehicles, they won't be able to use the on board Star phone to violate your rights.

We have too many safety features installed on vehicles that are nothing but death traps to its owners.

Doors automatically lock when you drive. Have a wreck and everyone is locked inside, especially if the battery has been knock lose. Your Power Steering locks up if your engine dies because an oil or water sensor turns your engine off because water was too hot or low on oil etc., or some other safety feature malfunction.

When the engine dies ever notice how you no longer have any brakes either?

People are just a bit too hooked on cell phones. I see people on them when they go in Walmart. The whole time they are in the store they are talking on them and have to try to pay for their items while still talking. I see them coming out of the store talking on them.

I have even seen women take their toddler out of the cart and let it run loose in the parking lot while they are trying to unlock their car door while talking on the phone.

I do believe that if all the cell phone towers were disabled the American population would go nuts. They wouldn't be able to do anything without their phones.

If I was talking on my cell phone while driving, like so many people do, I think I would be bored to death and fall asleep at the wheel.

I think cell phones are an addiction just like smoking, drinking or sex. People just can't listen to a phone ring without answering it.

In my opinion, cell phones are making people extremely rude, obnoxious, inconsiderate, offensive and odious, not to mention deadly on streets. Oh wait, I just mentioned that didn't I?

The bad thing about it, is the fact that AT&T is removing all the pay phones making it even worse.

Now people will have to rely on their cell phones which is ok if done in moderation or when you need help.

For those who do business on the phone while driving... I see you out there driving, talking and leaning over trying to write a number or address down. Maybe filling out an order?

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Wed, Nov 24, 2010, at 1:00 PM

I can't argue with your points Unique-Lies but the cell phone has freed me up probably more than it has tied me down. (maybe)

I work out of the house and my clients are spread around the world. For the most part, we all consider what time zones we are in and if we need to contact during off times, we e-mail, but without the cell phone, I could not take walks in the garden, punish PITA when she has torn something up, catch an emergency call from a loved one, etc.

Cell phones are a blessing and a curse because some can not manage the tool well. I learn where the silence, call only, vibrate or volume controls are on a new cell phone very quickly and use them extensively.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 25, 2010, at 9:53 AM

Our government spends far too much time and wastes God only knows how much money foolishly trying to accomplish the absolute impossible...protecting people from themselves. Government stupidity at it's absolute worst.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Fri, Nov 26, 2010, at 12:04 AM

no texting unless the car is stopped.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Wed, Dec 1, 2010, at 6:59 PM

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