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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

beatrice 5 years, 1 month 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.

Kawatchi 5 years, 1 month 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.

kusp8 5 years, 1 month 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.

Matt Needham 5 years, 1 month 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.

iloveyoutoo 5 years, 1 month 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.

jbiegs 5 years, 1 month 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.

asbury 5 years, 1 month 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.

gsxr600 5 years, 1 month ago

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

alm77 5 years, 1 month 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?

Seth Peterson 5 years, 1 month 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.

hungryhustler 5 years, 1 month 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.

avoice 5 years, 1 month 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.

da2yl2on 5 years, 1 month 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.

da2yl2on 5 years, 1 month ago

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

grammaddy 5 years, 1 month ago

Ban all cell phone use in an automobile.

I_Bejewel 5 years, 1 month 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.

sweetiepie 5 years, 1 month 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.

persevering_gal 5 years, 1 month 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.

jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month 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!!

gravitykills 5 years, 1 month 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.

gccs14r 5 years, 1 month 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.

blackfox 5 years, 1 month 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.

blackfox 5 years, 1 month 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.

gogoplata 5 years, 1 month 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.

gogoplata 5 years, 1 month ago

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

gravitykills 5 years, 1 month 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.

grimpeur 5 years, 1 month ago

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

Hang it up and drive, fashion slave.

gogoplata 5 years, 1 month 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.

Adrienne Sanders 5 years, 1 month 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.

gogoplata 5 years, 1 month 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.

beatrice 5 years, 1 month 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.

gogoplata 5 years, 1 month 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.

somedude20 5 years, 1 month 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"

verity 5 years, 1 month 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]

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 1 month 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.

George_Braziller 5 years, 1 month 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

Cassie Powell 5 years, 1 month 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!

beatrice 5 years, 1 month ago

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

beatrice 5 years, 1 month 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.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 1 month ago

Hey city commissioners...

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

There is plenty of ammo for such a restriction.

gogoplata 5 years, 1 month 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?

verity 5 years, 1 month 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.

Linda Aikins 5 years, 1 month 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.

kansasmutt 5 years, 1 month 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.

BigPrune 5 years, 1 month 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..

jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month 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!

gogoplata 5 years, 1 month 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.

kernal 5 years, 1 month 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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