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Calling While Driving Bans: Readers Speak Out
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/11/2012 | 10:33:51 PM
re: Calling While Driving Bans: Readers Speak Out
you think what you think right or wrong does not matter the I can do it because I am better than you is the attitude of most people
User Rank: Apprentice
4/10/2012 | 2:54:06 PM
re: Calling While Driving Bans: Readers Speak Out
"We have serious conversations about both in my household."
Good for you! And for the 90% of reckless folks who don't do any of that we need laws...unless you can come up with some way to make them more intelligent.

As far as DUI is concerned, there is also DWI. DWI stands for "Driving While Impaired", which covers anything from changing CDs, eating a donut, shaving, and holding hot coffee at 80 mph all at the same time to texting while driving or reaching back to deal with the kids.
All of that should not require laws and penalties as anyone in their right mind would never think about doing that. Unfortunately, we deal with a growing number of egocentric morons, especially on the road.
User Rank: Apprentice
4/10/2012 | 12:53:40 PM
re: Calling While Driving Bans: Readers Speak Out
Idiots can behave like idiots all they want, but they are not entitled to do so in public. Why should a driver be allowed to do anything but drive? Everyone should be able to drink and text all they want, just not when operating their vehicle on a PUBLIC roadway. It is that simple. It is the same as guns - own all you want, just don't use them in public. To suggest that "mob mentality" is a bad thing here overlooks the fact that the time for critical thinking was actually BEFORE the first driver was ever allowed to use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. So, you proved your own point when you said Gǣ
Taking action without applying critical thinking can be embarrassing and even dangerous.Gǥ The action (allowing people to use a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle) was already taken without applying critical thinking, and you are right G it proved to be very dangerous G more so than the last 10 years in Iraq!

The mob is in response to the idiots that allowed something so stupid to be allowed in the first place. Just like a responsible gun owner would never drive on a crowded freeway using his gun, so should a responsible car owner know he shouldn't do the same with his cell phone <or distraction="" favorite="" here="" insert="" your="">. To argue that you should be able to shows that you are not a responsible car owner. Just pull off the road and use your cell phone all you want.

One last thingGǪwhen kids act up in a car to the point where it distracts the driver, a responsible car owner would pull off the road and take care of that.
User Rank: Strategist
4/10/2012 | 11:44:12 AM
re: Calling While Driving Bans: Readers Speak Out
i like Google's Self Driving car concept: there are just too many idiots operating vehicles.

but, a place to start is distracted driving : cheeseburgers, newspapers, coffee, diet pop, cheezeos, cell phones, --- computer consoles -- which are being built into many new cars -- the list goes on and on
User Rank: Apprentice
4/9/2012 | 8:44:17 PM
re: Calling While Driving Bans: Readers Speak Out
Dear Jonathan,

I am with you (explicitly) on the notion that you can not blanket a scenario by blocking with a law that costs the taxpayers millions and reduces the liberties of 'responsible' and 'intelligent' citizens. For that reason, I just don't understand why an IQ test (or something similar) is not required for drivers.

I find that creating such 'bans' does actually harm the population more than it helps. For instance: There are many many countries with much lower threshold for legal drinking age. They have far less drunk-driving accidents per capita.

Using a hands-free device will not guarantee that the driver of a 3-ton vehicle traveling at 80mph will be alert.

I don't see hands-free as a solution; only because the drivers are not responsible enough to realize that driving is a 'privilege' and not a 'right'.

English is the primary language of US. If road signs are written in English, then why should the books need be translated into several languages to help "drivers" who can't read English?

I say: Stop wasting my money. If you can't read and write in English, learn it or don't drive.

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