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Sound Off: Cellphone ticket

Do police give tickets to people talking on cellphones while they drive?

Not in Lawrence, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley. Because no state law or city ordinance bans the use of cellphones while driving, McKinley said, Lawrence officers do not issue citations “solely based on individuals talking on the phone while driving.”


Bob Forer 5 years, 5 months ago

Why should they? Its not against the law. If its dangerous, they need to make itt illegal, and if such a law is passed, tnen they should issue tickets.

appleaday 5 years, 5 months ago

I think it would fall under the inattentive driving laws.

Food_for_Thought 5 years, 5 months ago

If you look at the inattentive driving law, that particular law only applies (is considered a violation) when it causes an accident.

hujiko 5 years, 5 months ago

The police officers in Lawrence are too busy talking on their own cell phones to even care.

Food_for_Thought 5 years, 5 months ago

Police talk on their radios and use computers in their cars too...perhaps we should ban those too?

appleaday 5 years, 5 months ago

Exactly. God forbid someone would have to give up a privilege in order to protect the safety or the life of another person.

hujiko 5 years, 5 months ago

You must be severely confused, I in no way advocated the use of cell phones while driving. I too believe it is a wholly reckless and dangerous behavior that should be outlawed. In fact, I regularly see law enforcement officers driving while using their cell phones, so I would find it hard to believe they would even notice other drivers should they become illegal. Don't be so quick in jumping to conclusions, it makes you look like a fool.

hujiko 5 years, 5 months ago

My contention was with oletimer, not you.

Ryan Kruse 5 years, 5 months ago

This is easily the best response to a stupid comment I have ever seen on this trashy comment site. Thank Thank you oletimer, you made my Sunday

hujiko 5 years, 5 months ago

Stupid comment, huh? You must think it's acceptable for law enforcement to drive around distracted on their phones like everyone else. Setting the bar real high today.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 5 months ago

Have a couple of drinks and you get screwed for a couple of years. Text, chat or have some other form of inattentive driving and that is just fine. The guy with a couple of beers is at least watching the road. Screw some and let others go.

Lisa Medsker 5 years, 5 months ago

EXACTLY, CHIBW. Talking with a cel phone glued to one's face is every bit as dangerous as driving drunk. The accident statistics for a "hands-free" device drop dramatically. I can't, for the life of me, imagine what is so incredibly important about any conversation that it can't wait.

Cai 5 years, 5 months ago

"The accident statistics for a "hands-free" device drop dramatically."

Research shows that, in all actuality, the hands free headset bits don't change much. It's the act of conversing with a person who's totally unaware of the driving situation that pulls your own attention out of the car. Hands free can't fix that.

Lisa Medsker 5 years, 5 months ago

Ooo... Hadn't read that one. Good to know, thank you!

Cai 5 years, 5 months ago

passengers shut up when things get dicey. You tune out the radio when you have to concentrate.

Walking and chewing gum isn't a good analogy - chewing gum is an automatic behavior.

And we've got proof that people, in fact, can NOT walk and talk / text on their cell phone. Driving is more attention demanding than walking. ( for the proof, among many others found via google search).

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 5 months ago

"passengers shut up when things get dicey."

Not always. Sometimes they start screaming.

PikesPeakJhawk 5 years, 5 months ago

When an individual is operating approximately 2000 lbs. of machinery (moving metal), they owe it to themselves and those around them to concentrate on the road.....not anything else...

Randall Uhrich 5 years, 5 months ago

Get ready for a change in the law. My brother got a $340 ticket in Grapevine, Texas, for using (talking or texting) a cell phone in a school zone. I'm tired of seeing ignorant twits driving cluelessly while obsessed with blabing on their cell phones. Hang up and drive!

George_Braziller 5 years, 5 months ago

Five times in the last two years I've narrowly missed being hit by someone driving while on the phone. Two blew through a stop light, without even slowing down, two pulled out into cross traffic at a stop sign, and another ran a stop sign and almost hit me while I was crossing a street at a crosswalk.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 5 months ago

You should always assume that the trajectory of a moving automobile is going to be totally random.

A look at accident statistics will prove that I'm correct.

George_Braziller 5 years, 5 months ago

The trajectory of a moving vehicle is generally forward regardless of what's in the path. A Cadillac blowing through a stoplight at 40 miles an hour would have probably killed me on impact as I was turning if I wasn't the one who was paying attention. Saw him coming but he had a cell phone glued to he his head and didn't notice traffic moving into the intersection. Crazy red lights -- who needs them? Obviously he didn't think he did.

Missed my front bumper by about 18 inches and he never even tapped the brakes.

Richard Heckler 5 years, 5 months ago

Law enforcement and emergency service drivers are exempt from theses types of ordinances.

Cell phone talking while driving has been equated to a DUI. This activity is obviously a distraction demonstrated by the many times all of us have been stuck at intersections etc etc etc waiting for cell phone talking drivers in front of us to get moving.

Cell phone talking drivers put pedestrians crossing streets in the endangered species zone.

My guess is if at each accident cell phones were confiscated and searched we might find a ton of cell phone chit chat as the culprit.

Studies have estimated that about 10% of drivers can cell phone talk and drive. Which leaves the other 90% a huge problem.

Liberty275 5 years, 5 months ago

I can talk and drive at the same time.

KS 5 years, 5 months ago

There is probably already an ordinance on the books. It would be called "inattentive driving".

auntmimi210 5 years, 5 months ago

How 'bout one called "Inattentive Reading" ?

Charles L. Bloss, Jr. 5 years, 5 months ago

I have a bluetooth, and I can drive and talk at the same time. I am retired, but when I was working my job was multitasking, so I am used to doing several things at the same time. I do advocate bluetooth technology, so you don't have to hold the phone up to your ear. Doing that is more distracting than simply driving and talking.

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