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Hands Free? Just as Risky!
Do you think hands free is safer?
With so many other distractions that are just as risky, i.e. children , other passengers, smoking, eating, drinking, radios, cd players, smoking etc... Why cell phones? Aren't there already laws for distractions no matter what they are?
Goverment Power Grab?
It is a power grab by the Nanny State! No NEW LAWS with HIDDEN TAXES! "Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.: -- President Thomas Jefferson. 1743-1826
And If we cannot use phones niether should any Public Servant. Ie Police, etc.... It is a Slap in the face to every tax paying citizen, for this to be an issue. I believe the Magna Carta states that in the law of the land, EVEN the KING is subject to the law established. And if they are above the laws that are established, then we are no more than just Slaves.
Studies are treated like too sharp a weapon!
I think that studies are given too much consideration. When groups of people try to act on the results of a study (perfect example is the global warming myth) they often times use the study as a razor-sharp sword. I think studies should be used as a 4-million pound rod of steel - too big, broad and coarse to be appled directly to a piece of legislation. They should instead be used to HELP DIRECT the disccussion or language of the law, NOT be used as the frame work for that law. Proper use of available technology could easily help reduce the danger posed by using hand-held comminication deviceds, mainly cell phones, while driving (and probably is already doing so). The study, however, seems to take apon itself more proactive action by suggesting a ban. Why. Some amount comminication can take place while driving by some people. Even a conversation between the driver and passenger(s) can be accomplished saftly. It can also lead to an unfortunate accident. Banning cell phone use while driving may lead to fewer accidents but also will futher restrict our freedom. Any new legislation on this issue must not take away our rights. To the contrary, it must fix current laws so that people are lawfully allowed to use these devices in a safe manner and punish those people who do not (I do not think any form of texting or composing text-based meessages like FB and Twitter have any place behind the steering wheel!).
Hands Free? Just as Risky?
What is the difference between talking on the phone while driving and talking to someone in the car? It would seem talking to someone in the car should be at least as risky since we humans have a tendency to look at people when speaking to them. If that's the case then maybe we should design cars with the driver encased in a sound-proof booth so as not to distract these poor babies? Isn't this the same as "not being able to chew gum and walk"?