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Should it be illegal for drivers to use hand-held cellular phones?

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“No, I don’t think so. I think the law would be too intrusive.”

“No. I think if you’re a responsible driver you can talk and drive at the same time without causing accidents.”

“No. I just don’t find it that disruptive.”

“Yeah. There are enough people who aren’t paying attention to what’s happening on the street anyway.”

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labmonkey 6 years, 10 months ago

Yes. A driver on a cell phone is almost as dangerous (and in some cases, more dangerous) than a drunk driver.

preebo 6 years, 10 months ago

Absolutely. Retailers sell hands-free devices for this particular purpose. Similar laws have been proposed in other states and have been well received. It has been shown to minimize vehicular collisions considerably.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

Drivers should have to strap their phones to their heads. It's always better than hand held.

Staci Dark Simpson 6 years, 10 months ago

No way. Not as long as people still eat in their car, apply makeup, read the paper, use their laptop, discipline their kids, etc. Its not that disruptive.

adriennerm 6 years, 10 months ago

I moved here from Chicago...the law in Chicago is you can use your cell while driving, but you must use an earpiece...therefore both of your hands are on the wheel...I think they should pass that law in Lawrence. There are too many people holding there phones not using turn signals, turning the car with one hand, which makes their Ford Focus turn like it's a semi-truck, or they only look in one direction b/c their arm/hand is blocking the other side. In addition, this will stop dumb$$$ from texting while driving

webmocker 6 years, 10 months ago

The results of numerous studies, including the following, are a strong argument to ban cell phone use of all types while driving.

June 29, 2006 --... University of Utah psychologists have published a study showing that motorists who talk on handheld or hands-free cellular phones are as impaired as drunken drivers.... The study reinforced earlier research ... showing that hands-free cell phones are just as distracting as handheld cell phones because the conversation itself not just manipulation of a handheld phone distracts drivers from road conditions.... Both handheld and hands-free cell phones impaired driving, with no significant difference in the degree of impairment.

For the whole article: http://unews.utah.edu/p/?r=062206-1

Buggie7 6 years, 10 months ago

LOL that ma girl spacy from tongie. I was driving the other day and this chick was applying makeup and went up on a curb

Buggie7 6 years, 10 months ago

Not staci but this other chick and if the law says no phone do you really think people are going to abide by it? I think the handsfree thing is great but not all of us can afford it.

gogoplata 6 years, 10 months ago

Hell no. Too many stupid laws already.

salad 6 years, 10 months ago

"No way. Not as long as people still eat in their car, apply makeup, read the paper, use their laptop, discipline their kids, etc. Its not that disruptive."

False. As posted above, there are numerous studies that show talking on a cell phone is NOT like have a conversation with someone face to face. Talking on a cell phone makes you a crappy driver. Period.

salad 6 years, 10 months ago

Wow, (un)-Informed, you have no clue. The whole "personal responsibility" vs. the "nanny state" argument is just BS, plain and simple. Everyone of the examples you list is an example of PROPER legislation. It is perfectly within the rights that WE gave our govt. to restrict things that endanger the public good. Driving without a seatbelt, not wearing a helmet, or talking on a cell phone while driving endangers the public good and should rightly be prohibited. I bet you'd also complain about how much the state has to pay for medical care for the people who don't die from an accident and become wards of the state.

PS: I bet you're precisely the kind of person who believes in personal responsibility...for everyone else.

jplanet 6 years, 10 months ago

Come on! Did you guys miss the episode of MythBusters that showed driving while talking on a hand-held cell phone was just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol (at the legal limit).

salad 6 years, 10 months ago

Um, yes (un)-Informed. Let's see, you said: " I advocate personal responsibility for all, including myself."

And then you contradicted yourself: "I usually end my mobile calls when I reach city limits "

Talking on your cell while driving at ANY time, esp. when you're doing 70 mph is NOT personally responsible. I rest my case: "personal responsibility for everyone else, I get to do what I want."

BTW, salad is form of cuisine that may contain any number of food groups. Lettuce is a veggie. Get it right.

notajayhawk 6 years, 10 months ago

I agree with those who say that having a hands-free doesn't make it okay. The conversation itself is the distraction. I admit to answering my phone on rare occasions when I'm in the car, but I'm pretty sure I could live without it. During the 35 years I've been driving I somehow managed to survive for the all-but-a-few years I've had a cell. They're nice to have if you're stuck in traffic for an accident and you want to let work know you'll be late, of course that's when you're not moving and the call takes 30 seconds. Heck, ban 'em - it would cut down on the calls from the wife asking "Are you almost home yet?"

notajayhawk 6 years, 10 months ago

Multidisciplinary (Anonymous) says:

"9:41 and still nothing on here about Castro resigning. Good ol LJW, up to date and everything."

The story will appear on the LJW's website - in seven more years. After all, it's only February 22, 2001 today.

Tammy Yergey 6 years, 10 months ago

How about they ban passangers in the car while driving? They REALLY distract me. Unlike a cell phone where I watch the road while I talk, when I have a passenger in the car, I have the urge to look at them while speaking. And with my kids, I'm forced to turn around and yell at them to stop fighting, etc. while I drive. Very distracting. No passengers would be wonderful.

trinity 6 years, 10 months ago

something is wrong with ljw's ots's flux capacitor.

salad 6 years, 10 months ago

(un)-Informed wrote: "Well, salad, that's your opinion and you're entitled to it"

Nope, not an opinion. You contradicted yourself, and regardless of the legality of your actions, You talk the talk but don't walk the walk: typical of the right-wing blow-hard. Sorry that pointing out your empty and self-serving rhetoric reduces you to silly name calling, but I can't help it! You're such an easy mark!

I also think that like most of your ilk, you're the LAST person that should be preaching "personal responsibility". Pay attention to the road, and quit "multi-tasking".

gogoplata 6 years, 10 months ago

Informed you are right. I don't need anyone telling me to wear a seat belt, wear a helmet, or put the cell phone down. I have been talking on my cell phone while driving for years. I do it in town, on the highway, wherever. And I have never been in an accident.

Of course I did learn my driving skills from the Bandit and Bo and Luke Duke. So it should be no suprise that I'm a great driver. Just look at what the Duke boys could do with the wheel in one hand and the CB radio in the other. YeeeeHaw.

salad 6 years, 10 months ago

"pwned"

Uh...not. Where?!? You alone, (un)-Informed, are guilty of silly name calling. The fact that you've proven yourself time and time again as a clue-less blow-hard, negates the name calling. I mean if it's a fact, it's hardly name calling. ...and I don't think you've "pwned" anyone...ever. Keep up the effort though, it's fun watching you fail around in a futile attempt to make a salient point.

salad 6 years, 10 months ago

HA!!! I think the fact that Gogoplata agrees with you, Informed, is proof enough that it is YOU, sir, who is the "epic fail". And, no, you will never....EVER, be done with me sir! ....NEVER!!!! Bwah-ha-ha-ha!!! Bwaaaaah-ha-ha-ha-ha!!!!*

*throws head back and gawfs insanely for effect.

salad 6 years, 10 months ago

"Don't worry though, salad, I'm in JoCo right now"

You should never leave then (un)-Informed. JoCo is your kinda people! You can all drive around in your GMC Tahoe's, talking on your cells, driving like the world owes you a favor, and preaching the "personal responsibility" doctrine, while doing the exact opposite.

yep_thats_me 6 years, 10 months ago

Hmmmm, If we approach this from the perspective that it is dangerous to hold a cell phone and talk on it while driving, then I think that we must take the next logical step and expand this to mean it is dangerous to use handheld communication devices while driving.

With this being defined, let us now understand what handheld communication devices would be included in the mix; cellular phones, citizen band radios, commercial band radios. With this in mind, we must ban the use of CB radios by truck drivers and taxi cab drivers while they perform their job of driving vehicles. THey must pull over to talk with their peers or their dispatchers. I know this is a bit of a generalization, have you seen how dangerous and reckless these drivers can be? Oh my, now what about those terribly irresponsible police cars that must now pull over to communicate with their dispatchers to call in a license plate or notify them that during a high speed pursuit the car they are chasing went down a different street. OHH MY Gosh don't let them take their hands off of the wheel to do that!

This is a bit tongue in cheek, but seriously. Why make an act illegal just because some people are too incapable of managing their actions? If I sneeze too hard, sometimes jerk the wheel to the left. I hope you are not in the oncoming lane when I get a cold or allergies. Are you going to try and legislate my bodily functions while driving? Wait, I have to take my hand off the wheel and look the radio while I change stations to one of those NPR stations so I can listen to more diatribe about how the government should not be infringing on my rights unless it fits their agenda.

OK, let the beatings begin.

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