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Do you think you can drive safely while using a cell phone?

Response Percent Votes
No
 
62% 695
Yes
 
35% 401
I don’t drive
 
2% 23
Total 1119

Comments

kernal 4 years ago

No problem. I can drive while putting on make-up, eating, smoking and talking on the phone at the same time -steer with my elbows. Have not figured out how to text at the same time- maybe with my toes? NOT!

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gogoplata 4 years ago

-Cell phone + Car while driving = Crash. Maybe not today , but someday soon, youl die talking on the phone in your car. If you kill one of my family members while your on a phone in a car driving, I will terminate you !!!!!

Lighten up Francis. I have some real news for you. Driving and talking on a cell phone does not guarantee that you are going to crash your car. If they pass a law against it I will continue to talk on my cell phone while driving.

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jonas_opines 4 years ago

frwent: "I don't own any berries or pods or any other electronic "fruits" I do not ever want to, I can communicate with people just fine without these expensive plastic toys.

The purveyors ot this stupidity are taking their victims, (uh..."customers") for a big over-priced ride and it alarms me that so many are becoming addicted to this culture.

Give me my good old land line and my answering machine. You can have your plastic electronic toys."

And get off my lawn!! Damn kids!

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BigPrune 4 years ago

Do you think you can drive safely while using a cell phone?

Only when I'm texting. I text "Burn Notice" style, though I wonder if people get the wrong impression since my hand and cell phone are on my lap when I text - never letting my eyes off the road. I had to teach myself how to do it this way after I rear ended a guy texting the normal way - up on the steering wheel..

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kansasmutt 4 years ago

Cell phone + Car while driving = Crash. Maybe not today , but someday soon, youl die talking on the phone in your car. If you kill one of my family members while your on a phone in a car driving, I will terminate you !!!!! I think evey police officer should pull anyone talking while driving over and ticket them for Inatentive driving. A strict, hard law is needed NOW to stop everyone from driving while on a phone in any way, shape or form.

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Pilgrim2 4 years ago

verity (anonymous) says…

I neither chew gum nor wear shoes that tie.


And for that your face is thankful.

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none2 4 years ago

Have you ever noticed that road ragers are never talking on the phone? I think that a lot of these people who want to ban something else are probably people who suffer from rage attacks. If they just had someone to call them to calm them down, maybe they would become less angry and drive safer themselves.

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Gootsie 4 years ago

I absolutely will not talk and drive ever again. I am too scatterbrained and ADD to be able to focus on two things at once. I used to but I find that I am either listening to the call or watching the road. I can't do both. And I will not do something so stupid like that that will ruin several lives (including my own) for something that could have waited.

You all should be very grateful......I won't even use the car's built-in BatPhone. I don't think bluetooth is any safer for people like me. So even with my safety and sensibility, I will probably be hit by a young female texting and eating and knee-driving person in a BMW SUV....If I do, Consumer1, go get 'em.

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verity 4 years ago

Pilgrim,

I neither chew gum nor wear shoes that tie. I try to keep things simple and not multitask. Life is just better that way.

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gogoplata 4 years ago

Some people can drink and drive safely. I know for a fact that I can drive a car without hurting anyone at .081. Most accidents are avoidable. So If it is an avoidable accident it doesn't matter to me what the reason for it was. If you injure or kill someone with a car is it any worse if you did it drunk or on the phone or just not paying attention?

What is next? Do you want to install mandatory sensors in cars so the police can monitor for driving while not paying attention? Are we going to enact laws against eating, tuning the radio, fixing your makeup, reading billboards, dealing with kids, etc. while driving?

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Pilgrim2 4 years ago

verity (anonymous) says…

You don't need to be talking on your cell phone or doing anything that is distracting you from your driving. When you are driving you need to be focused completely on driving.


Make sure you spit out that gum before you tie your shoes, verity.

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Paul R Getto 4 years ago

Forgotten in all of this is the drivers' 'license.' In other words, it's a privilege, not a right. Reasonable restrictions can be placed on those who choose to use their license to drive as long as they are not seriously risking others in the process. On another issue, I wonder how many people have wrecked while fiddling with those danged talking navigators, which will become soon become standard equipment in automobiles. Modern vehicles have become so quiet and relatively safe that we are lulled into careless behaviors.

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Richard Heckler 4 years ago

Hey city commissioners...

No texting No cell phone while driving - Bring It On...

There is plenty of ammo for such a restriction.

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beatrice 4 years ago

gogo: "It does settle it. There are people who believe in freedom and there are those who don't."

Um, it is just a question of whether or not you can do something safely or not. The question isn't, "should it be banned?" Geez, some people just can't have a conversation anymore without it being a big political deal.

I'm also sure some people believe they can drink and drive safely. Better not take that right away from anyone or gogo will go all goo goo.

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beatrice 4 years ago

Everybody who drives while talking on the cell phone think they can ... until they crash.

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wolflover1969 4 years ago

Kawatchi (anonymous) says… I suppose cities who ban cell phones while driving must also ban having loud children in the back seat while driving, eating while driving, fiddling with the stereo while driving and drinking coffee while driving. I find it absurd that in some cities it's illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving, but perfectly legal to read the newspaper and do your makeup while driving.

KAWATCHI

Just wanted to add, how bout that 90 pound lab trying to sit in your lap, or that little chiuahua bouncing in all directions from your lap to your steering wheel. While I agree that Cell Phones are a danger, there are several dangers while driving!

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George_Braziller 4 years ago

Well, there are others who do. Which one of the 20+ drivers I've had to brake for who were too busy yacking to notice there was cross traffic were you? Just because you have a chunk of electronics stuck in your ear doesn't mean you're paying attention to your driving.

Hydra (anonymous) says… If it;s a hand free phone I have no problem with it

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blue73harley 4 years ago

Unfortunately I have to commute every day. And I see people talking on cell phones every day going 70 mph on K10. Well, usually they are going 70 plus then they start talking and slow down. Until I pass them then they mindlessly start pacing me since they are too busy talking to watch the speedometer.

Then there are the ones that are startled when their phone rings and start drifting left of center while they try to pick up the call.

Anyway, here is another vote for "SHUT UP AND DRIVE". I don't think we need more laws though.

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years ago

I don't own any berries or pods or any other electronic "fruits" I do not ever want to, I can communicate with people just fine without these expensive plastic toys.

The purveyors ot this stupidity are taking their victims, (uh..."customers") for a big over-priced ride and it alarms me that so many are becoming addicted to this culture.

Give me my good old land line and my answering machine. You can have your plastic electronic toys.

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verity 4 years ago

Your freedom to do what you please ends where your doing whatever it is infringes on my right to live. I have been hit by somebody talking on a cell phone and was very lucky to walk away. I have almost been hit a number of other times by someone talking on a cell phone. You don't need to talk on your cell phone while you are driving. When you are driving you need to be focused completely on driving. You should not be texting, yelling at your kids, putting on make-up, reading, whatever.

You don't need to be talking on your cell phone or doing anything that is distracting you from your driving. When you are driving you need to be focused completely on driving.

You don't need to be talking on your cell phone or doing anything that is distracting you from your driving. When you are driving you need to be focused completely on driving.

Got that? I don't care you are, you cannot focus completely on driving if you are talking on your cell phone. You're talking about people's lives here. If you are talking on your cell phone, you are not completely focused on driving.

[Jumps off soapbox]

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somedude20 4 years ago

Can you stop from getting secondhand smoke by holding your breath? I think both questions share the same answer

Reading some of these answers reminds me of the people who say, "well others might not be able to handle drinking and driving but it makes me a better drive, I pay more attention to the road"

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gogoplata 4 years ago

It does settle it. There are people who believe in freedom and there are those who don't. I just happen to be in the minority right now.

Lets hope "I can drive safe while not talking on the phone" isn't what they put on yours.

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TrooGrit 4 years ago

gogoplata (anonymous) says… "I can drive safe and talk on the phone. Been doing it for over 10 years now. 0 Accidents"

I would guess you are in the catagory of those that think they can multi-task, until the first inattentive thing you do that causes an accident. Perhaps you're not quite as proficient at it as you think. There is a first time for everything gogo, and I sincerely hope that it doesn't happen for you because you were engaged in a cell phone conversation, and perhaps not as attentive as you might otherwise be.

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beatrice 4 years ago

"I can drive safe and talk on the phone. Been doing it for over 10 years now. 0 Accidents."

Well, I guess that settles that.

Keith Richards also did drugs for many years, so I guess heroin and cocaine use for couple of decades is now safe. I knew a guy who was well into his 90s who smoked like a chimney, so cigarettes must be safe then. I also once saw a gazelle escape the jaws of a lion, so lions aren't dangerous either I guess. Since most people who drink and drive don't actually crash, it must mean that is a safe activity as well. (have I made my point yet?)

gogo, lets just hope "I can drive safe and talk on the phone" isn't what they put on your headstone.

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gogoplata 4 years ago

The fascist state loving authoritarians are out in force today wanting to tell people how to live.

I'd rather live how I want to live. So I will keep talking on my cell phone when I drive.

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Adrienne Sanders 4 years ago

Statistics show that everyone thinks they can multitask/ use the phone while driving, but everyone else can't. Reality is, no one can. Texting while driving should be banned with huge fines if you're caught. Talking on the phone should be limited... ideally by people's own common sense though I know that's too much to wish for.

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Pilgrim2 4 years ago

grammaddy (anonymous) says…

Ban all cell phone use in an automobile.


Jeez, would we even be allowed to get out of bed in your nanny state, gram?

Pathetic.

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gogoplata 4 years ago

I can drive safe and talk on the phone. Been doing it for over 10 years now. 0 Accidents.

Forget these silly "non criminal" behavior laws and punish law breakers.

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Paul R Getto 4 years ago

"Study finds people who think they are great at multi-tasking are usually the worst at it." === Ah, the key to the debate, this is. Very current brain research suggests 'multi-tasking' is a myth. In a generation or two, this point will be moot as cars and freeways will be automated. In the short term we need to ban electronic devices of all kinds while driving and hope law enforcement can keep up and clamp down a bit. The conversation is a big part of the problem, not the type of phone. Yes, it's hard to drive with kids fighting in the backseat, etc., but clearly the phones can be controlled. If it's that big an emergency, pull over in a safe spot and talk. Most of the phone use is idle chatter anyway and can wait. It only takes 1/5 of a second to get into trouble. At a mimimum, when I see people on the phone as they drive, they are not scanning their mirrors to see what is around them...the first step towards disaster.

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gogoplata 4 years ago

Stay out of my business.

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porch_person 4 years ago

I echo Anna Undercover's remark. Get a bluetooth receiver. I love mine.

I have no problems using my phone and I can get a hell of a lot done (I have an iPhone) but I can see where it would be unwise for everyone. There are some on the road who can't handle just driving.

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"Bah, amateurs! Come see me when you can set up appointments on outlook with your laptop open on the middle console while talking in Chinese to someone on your phone and posting on the internet off of a handheld device. With the dog in the back! While eating a taco!! " ---- jonas_opines.

(laughter)

Ok, you beat me with the Chinese. I don't speak Chinese. And I don't use Outlook. And I use my iPhone instead of my laptop. Does my girlfriend using her laptop count? (Sometimes, It can!!) I had to get one of those inverters for the car.

Still a good post, jonas. Laughed at the multitasking. Been there, done that.

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grimpeur 4 years ago

Of course you do. And maybe you have. So far.

Hang it up and drive, fashion slave.

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gravitykills 4 years ago

Banning cell phones/texting from use while driving will result in big $$$ for the counties and State. Once they figure out how to prove driving while texting (DWT), driving under the influence of a cell phone (DUC)... the money will come rolling in. The repeat offenders will pay $1500, be jailed for a maximum one year, and loose his/her license in a separate court case for 1 year. If found guilty of a DWT, penalties and fines double and tack on an additional 30 days of jail time if a child is on board.

According to the studies, it’s not any different than driving under the influence of alcohol (.08). I guess a DWT would be the equivalent of 0.15 BAC.

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gogoplata 4 years ago

I understand why people want to ban using cell phones while driving. Those people should just not pretend to be pro freedom.

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gogoplata 4 years ago

I know I can. I do it all the time and I have never had an accident. Some people can't drive safe while doing nothing but driving. Punish bad drivers not behavior you think might lead to bad driving.

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none2 4 years ago

I think it is a hoot all these people that are so concerned about phone use. You hardly ever here anybody complain about other distractions -- including CB radios that have been in use for DECADES. (My grandpa had a CB Radio in his semi back in the 60's. Likewise, we had one in our car to communicate with him. That was almost 50 years ago. Back then people minded their own business.)

Furthermore, some of these same complainers think drug use is fine. How such people think having drugs in your system before you drive is fine, is beyond me.

I think the bottom line is that there are some lonely, jealous individuals that either don't have a cell phone or don't have anybody who wishes to talk to them.

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blackfox 4 years ago

And talking about bans and laws, they can only apply if the police STOP using their phones and have the laptops CLOSED while driving.

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blackfox 4 years ago

Really, how hard is it to talk and drive? If you say people cant talk on cell phone while driving, then they shouldnt be able to eat and drive, turn around and yell or talk to their kids in the back seat, or even look straight in the face of a passenger. Yes, people do these things all the time. Now texting is a whole different story. That, I have to say no to. But just talking, give me a break.

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Leslie Swearingen 4 years ago

Well, I for one am impressed by Jonas. I would go with the Bluetooth. Anna, where have you been? Can we look forward to another blog? Please say yes! Hope you have not been sick.

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gccs14r 4 years ago

Depends on the circumstances and the nature of the conversation. Heavy traffic, complicated road design, and a technically challenging phone call, then no. No traffic, straight road, and taking a call to tell someone you're on the road, then yes, no problem. I avoid hard-shell tacos and sub sandwiches while driving, though.

I once saw a guy on a chopper holding his phone to his ear with his shoulder while he tried to ease away from a stop sign. I think it's the one time that apehangers actually helped control a bike.

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gravitykills 4 years ago

National studies show... you are 4 times more likely to cause a vehicle accident while driving and talking on a cell phone... you are at least 8 times more likely to cause an accident while texting on a cell phone... and you are 4 times more likely to cause an accident while driving under the influence.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years ago

Seriously? What do you think God gave us knees for?

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jonas_opines 4 years ago

Bah, amateurs! Come see me when you can set up appointments on outlook with your laptop open on the middle console while talking in Chinese to someone on your phone and posting on the internet off of a handheld device. With the dog in the back! While eating a taco!!

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MacHeath 4 years ago

I am sorry youngsters, but no 17 year old knows how to drive. I know, I was 17 once, believe it or not. I used to think it was perfectly safe to drive my moms 68 Ford Galaxy 80mph on a blacktop road ...And 80 at night. The speed limit was 60 at night, in those days, and 70 most every other road in the daytime. You just think you know more than you do. I know you don't believe that, but its a pure fact.

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persevering_gal 4 years ago

Define "using" a cell phone. If we're talking about texting, then no, I do not think anyone can safely drive at any time of day. I think even making phone calls is distracting in a place such as Lawrence where driver's need to be on high-alert most of the time. I rarely take calls, because I have noticed it distracts me when I'm trying to focus on any traffic that may be around me. If there is an open road, I may on occasion take a call, but tend to make it brief.

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sweetiepie 4 years ago

a. I think I can drive safely using a bluetooth device, but if I'm mistaken, it doesn't mean I'm a moron; it just means I'm mistaken. b. If talking on the phone while driving is no worse than driving while ages 70-75, or reading the newspaper, or hollering at the kids, or eating, that doesn't mean that talking on the phone is better; it just means that all of the above are probably unsafe. c. Not having died in a car wreck while talking on the phone or texting doesn't mean that either activity is safe; it just means that you haven't yet died in a car wreck while talking on the phone or texting.

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I_Bejewel 4 years ago

Can you drive and talk on the phone? I'm sure most people can manage that. Can you stop or swerve fast enough if something comes into your path? I'm thinking....NOT! This is my worst fear. Sitting at a light and some idiot texting on a cell phone is going to look up a second too late. I prefer not to use my phone at all in my car. If I'm on a highway and not in heavy traffic, I may take a call. Almost never make a call with the car in drive. If they banned the use of cell phones in cars, it would not upset me at all.

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paulette2 4 years ago

perfectly fine with no more than 3 whiskey sours!

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grammaddy 4 years ago

Ban all cell phone use in an automobile.

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da2yl2on 4 years ago

Oh and it didn't help that she had wrist rolls.....

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da2yl2on 4 years ago

Well while it may not be very safe, I'm pretty sure that as I was driving back home from Florida after Spring Break I witnessed one of the more dangerous driving situations. We were right outside of Kansas City on I-35 at about 9 pm (mind you, we had no scary driving encounters in any other state) and a mini-van merges onto the highway and very nearly side-swipes me. Reason being that not only did she have her interior lights on, rather than having one or both hands on the steering wheel, she was maneuvering a Mcdonalds cheeseburger straight into her mouth and occassionally looking at the road while hopefully steering with her knee, ugh just the utter stupidity.

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avoice 4 years ago

Talking on it - yes. Dialing it - no. Texting - never. If you're driving and there is someone else in the car, have them take the call for you. If you're driving alone, turn the phone OFF before you turn the ignition ON.

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TrooGrit 4 years ago

All you who answered yes ARE the idiots that think they are in the 2.5% who actually can effectively multi-task (see related article)! Put the cell phone down, and pay attention to what you are doing!

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CATgotYOURtongue 4 years ago

Talking on the phone is no different than the people I pass every morning Eatting Mickey D's and drinking coffee or Women doing their make-up, etc. Texting is bad news, talking with a headset while paying attention to the road not bad.

I agree that at some age they should have a more test, but they need to be driving tests. When my grandpa was 93 he could pass the written test but he certainly could driver worth a $h^t, Loved him, so we'd fight if he didn't give up the keys.

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CATgotYOURtongue 4 years ago

I tend to fall asleep if I am not talking on the phone after a long day of work. Plus Bluetooth helps me text at the same time as I hold a conversation, Multi-tasking rocks.

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BABBOY 4 years ago

Consumer1 is so passionate about the issues........Wait I got to merge into I-70 while I type this.......

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consumer1 4 years ago

Only slightly less dangerous than having a newspaper spread out over the steering wheel. which I have seen way too often.

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lawrenceguy40 4 years ago

If you are unable to talk and drive, perhaps you should consider curtailing both activities.

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hungryhustler 4 years ago

I think that if you're talking on your cellphone AND drunk, they cancel eachother out and you should be able to drive just fine.

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Seth Peterson 4 years ago

I agreed that it depends on the person who we're talking about, but more importantly - even if you can be a safe driver while using your cellphone, everyone becomes a safer drive when they don't use one.

Even those that clicked 'yes' would be safer if they didn't.

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alm77 4 years ago

I can talk, but I don't dial. I hand it to my 11 year old to dial or dial at a red light. If traffic is heavy or there is road construction I just say "I gotta go. I'm in traffic." and hang up. Obviously everyone is different. Common sense?

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autie 4 years ago

I'm doing good to drive at all in the best of conditions. I have talked on the phone while driving and must say, it is a bad idea. I realized I was totally absent about what went by when on the phone...scary.

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consumer1 4 years ago

so, making a blanket statement is okay? All people over 75 are bad drivers? that is BS.

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gsxr600 4 years ago

Let us not forget Johnson County "sorostitutes", for lack of a better word.

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asbury 4 years ago

KUSP8 is actually right in my opinion....to an extent. I think older drivers are dangerous, but I don't think 17 yr. olds who are texting are safe either. I think if you need to use the phone....to talk or text you should pull over.

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consumer1 4 years ago

Only on my motorcycle. Oh, KUSP8 You're an idiot.

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jbiegs 4 years ago

I think texting is way more dangerous than just talking on the phone...people are looking away from the road for several seconds at a time to type and read. And yes, they should require driving tests for the elderly. This is going to be a BIG problem in the very near future.

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iloveyoutoo 4 years ago

In my opinion it just depends on the person and their frame of mind at the time.

Personally, the few times I have been on the phone while driving I find that I am too focused on the road and I tend to not listen to what the caller is saying so I don't bother with it anymore.

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Matt Needham 4 years ago

Study finds 97.5% of participants decreased driving ability 20%-30% while talking on cell phone.

http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2009/08/24/study-finds-people-who-multitask-often-bad-at-it.html

Study finds people who think they are great at multi-tasking are usually the worst at it.

http://www.usnews.com/science/articles/2009/08/24/study-finds-people-who-multitask-often-bad-at-it.html

Classic. The blockheads who think they are skilled are the most dangerous.

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Hydra 4 years ago

If it;s a hand free phone I have no problem with it

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kusp8 4 years ago

If you answered no, I hope that you will contact your legislature and encourage them to impose every other year tests on drivers 70-75 and yearly tests on drivers 75 and over. They're more dangerous than the 17 year old girl texting on her phone while messing with her radio.

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bluefirebird 4 years ago

Hell Yeah!! And I will aim my deathmobile directly at thebcman. I haven't died in a car accident yet moron.

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Pilgrim2 4 years ago

I do it all the time.

If you answered "no" to the question, I hope you don't fall and take someone else with you before you spit out the gum.

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Kawatchi 4 years ago

I suppose cities who ban cell phones while driving must also ban having loud children in the back seat while driving, eating while driving, fiddling with the stereo while driving and drinking coffee while driving. I find it absurd that in some cities it's illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving, but perfectly legal to read the newspaper and do your makeup while driving.

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thebcman 4 years ago

if you answered yes to this poll, you are a moron and i hope you don't take me or any other innocent person out when you die in a car wreck.

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brutas61 4 years ago

Can you eat a french fry and drive safely? No. Can you drink coffee and drive safely? No. Can you pick your nose and drive safely? No.

These all should be made criminal offenses immediately!

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beatrice 4 years ago

If the task requires both hands, perhaps you should have your brain in on it, too. People do stupid stuff while driving all the time. Talking on phones is just one of them.

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