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JT

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Message Posted: May 5, 2013 12:01:00 AM

Should talking on a cell phone while driving be illegal?
Yes, for everyone
Yes, unless talking hands-free
Only for new drivers
No

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2WW5
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Message Posted: May 26, 2014 8:31:38 PM

Yes, Unless talking hands-free

[Edited by: 2WW5 at 5/26/2014 8:32:06 PM EST]
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SnagaDeal
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 1:14:23 AM

Yes, Unless talking hands free
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coffeebrake1015
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 12:42:16 PM

yes
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dongo50
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 12:22:44 AM

i can say yes to necessities, but plain old no reason chit chat as usually the case, NO!!!!
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dongo50
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2013 12:18:04 AM

Yes, for everyone
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theocean
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Message Posted: Oct 4, 2013 2:08:32 PM

unless talking hands free
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2013 7:28:41 AM

YES
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2013 8:33:41 AM

YES
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3940
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Message Posted: Sep 12, 2013 3:12:34 AM

what is difference between an cell phone and a two way radio? You must use one hand to hold the micro phone. What about the computers in police cars, package couriers. Trucking companies use two way radios to make contact with drivers all day long. The drivers answer the radio calls while driving, shifting gears, steering.

Some people are more capable to multitask while others can only do one thing at a time.
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Hydrogen
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 12:08:43 PM

Should talking to a passenger in your car be illegal? Where does this garbage stop? I have seen people that can't drive and talk, I am not one of them. Life is dangerous, stay home if you're afraid.
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Sep 3, 2013 8:30:44 AM

yes
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rjoeh
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Message Posted: Sep 2, 2013 2:17:07 PM

No... But the use of hands free should be strongly encouraged. In the past... had I not had a cell phone and communicate... I might have driven an extra 300 miles one way when the emergency at home suggested I return home immediately. Glad I got the call and went home.
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jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2013 1:56:02 PM

Yes
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2013 6:14:54 AM

yes
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kegga_99
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Message Posted: Aug 25, 2013 12:53:49 AM

Yes, but people do it anyway.
Even the cops!
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jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Aug 24, 2013 7:35:02 PM

Yes for everyone
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navyman1988
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 11:47:56 AM

It is where I am from.... yes it should be all over the place
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coffeebrake1015
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2013 9:08:37 AM

yes
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BabeTruth
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2013 7:17:47 AM

IAmKyng "People are just too distracted while they are on their phones."

IAmKyng "As far as truckers go, they have been using Cbs for long before cell phones."

So what makes truckers so special that they can talk on a CB while the other 99% of Americans can't talk on a cellphone?

Remembering to use the tx button makes using a CB more difficult than talking on a cellphone, and driving a big rig is inarguably more difficult than driving a car, and the average trucker isn't any smarter than the average driver, so what's the difference?

In fact, how is that cops can handle driving and talking to their dispatchers at the same time? Or cab drivers?

It's nothing more than a convenient excuse to write more citations and therefore suck more money out of the average driver.
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dongo50
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2013 12:07:01 AM

yes
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IAmKyng
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 11:21:06 PM

Yes, I think that using a cell phone should be illegal. People are just too distracted while they are on their phones.
I agree with CliffW2012, as well. We were fine, long before cell phones.

As far as truckers go, they have been using Cbs for long before cell phones. Honestly, I have NEVER heard of a big rig hitting someone or something due to talking on the cb.
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CliffW2012
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2013 9:44:27 PM

For some strange reason when they outlawed talking on cellphones requiring some sort of bluetooth, violations seem to rise significantly !!??
And secondly this is what voice messaging is for !
In conclusion, if the law enforcement would enforce the law a little more stringent, I think the message would get across and we did fine for years without a phone with us, whats so important other than a 911 call????
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joelube
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 3:19:04 PM

yes it is very dangerous and I will blow my horn at people using cells wile driving.
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TriniB
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Message Posted: Jun 25, 2013 10:23:25 PM

No
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redkeen
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2013 3:49:50 PM

Absolutely
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Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 7:35:45 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2013 6:58:20 AM

Yes
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: Jun 15, 2013 7:17:51 AM

y
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pinkkitty1060
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2013 8:46:34 AM

yes it should be illegal, I would vote for it in a minute.
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snirt
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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2013 10:47:00 PM

no
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BabeTruth
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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2013 8:15:46 AM

It's strange how LD truckers have had CB radios, which as far as affecting the driver would be the same as hand-held cell phones, and yet nobody ever complained about truckers 'distracted driving'.

In fact, it's slightly more difficult to use a CB when driving since you have to remember to press the 'send' button when talking and let go of it when listening, but you just hold a cell phone.

And if a trucker caused an accident with 40 or more tons of loaded trailer for 100 feet behind him, it's going to be a much worse accident.

And yet, nobody ever questioned about banning CB radios.

And with modern cars, there's lots of distractions inside. GPS nav systems. Fuel-efficiency computers. Even climate control systems and radios take your eye off the road as long as it takes to dial a preset number on your cell (assuming it doesn't have voice-activated dialing). Today's dashboards are far more complicated than cars were in the 50's and 60's.

So I think the problem isn't distracted driving with cell phones. I think it's just some people who like to control what other people do, and they're jealous because perhaps they can't afford a cell phone.

A cell phone doesn't distract anywhere near as much as a screaming toddler in the back seat (they were less distracting when they could be in the front seat and you could actually do something for them) or a mother-in-law complaining about your driving. (Hmmmmm, maybe M-I-L's should be banned from being in the car?)

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NakedDriver
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Message Posted: Jun 1, 2013 4:57:57 PM

ə it should be illegal everywhere.
even a handsfree device distracts one from the driving, and that could have fatal consequences.
i m o, such things should not be under the scrutiny of the law, but unfortunately we live in a society that refuses to do what is right unless it’s under penalty of legal action. ə
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sugarcreekgeek
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Message Posted: May 28, 2013 12:03:24 AM

NO.
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VictoriaLovely
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Message Posted: May 23, 2013 3:10:56 PM

Yes! I'm sure we've all seen first hand how badly people drive while talking on the phone. Drivers need their full attention on the road. I can't tell you how many times I've seen people run red lights, or if they're stopped at a red light, take off before the light turns green while talking on the phone. No phone call is worth anyone losing a life.
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M_Pruz
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Message Posted: May 23, 2013 11:22:48 AM

Hands free only but if involved in an accident, ticket should be issued if phone or text conversation was occurring. Hopefully that's not too late.
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Vanyel12
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Message Posted: May 22, 2013 7:44:18 PM

Hands Free is still distracted driving as is talking to passengers in the back seat. Keep your eyes and mind on the road.
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kerberalt
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Message Posted: May 22, 2013 1:52:31 AM

What can be so important that it can't wait until you are stopped and out of harms way.
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hatterasjack
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 12:16:32 PM

I don't have a problem with talking on the phone while driving. What's the difference between having the phone up to your ear and talking to someone and holding a cup of coffee and talking to a passenger? I don't see it. Now texting is a whole different ballgame. I heard on tv the other day about legislation requiring phones manufactured for the US not to work for texting while moving. Way to go. With phones having GPS these days that wouldn't be too hard.
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Storywood
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 11:41:35 AM

Absolutely not!
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HFAJR0034
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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 7:41:01 AM

y
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kegga_99
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Message Posted: May 19, 2013 3:48:10 AM

YES
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yyc2yow
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Message Posted: May 19, 2013 12:02:24 AM

no
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jjfisher
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Message Posted: May 18, 2013 11:46:51 PM

Yes, unless talking hands-free & new drivers.
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RoamerNLV
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Message Posted: May 17, 2013 11:16:12 AM

Yes, Unless talking hands-free
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GRock1
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Message Posted: May 17, 2013 7:40:03 AM

Unless talking hands free
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nopnopnsht
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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 4:26:39 PM

for sure..it is hard to focus on the road when doing other things,, i found out it takes even you looking at the spedometer for a sec to not see an animal running out
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kendog1850
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Message Posted: May 15, 2013 2:09:13 PM

as long as its a 100% hands free.

[Edited by: kendog1850 at 5/15/2013 2:12:49 PM EST]
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Samsplace5022
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Message Posted: May 14, 2013 10:17:29 AM

For everyone
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LOLMAM
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Message Posted: May 13, 2013 10:12:33 AM

if you can have a hands free and you CAN talk, WITHOUT having to split your attention, I don't have a problem with a mobile being used while driving. In my case "dumb, UNIMPORTANT conversation" that do NOT require my serious, WHOLE thoughts/ATTENTION, I do. IF I HAVE TO THINK about the conversation I am having I don't use the mobile,because I find that I figure out(for)the way the other drivers are driving. Did that come out correctly?
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tjc09f
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Message Posted: May 12, 2013 8:25:06 PM

yep
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