I'm not so sure about all this. I think they should really crack down on inattentive driving, like raise the fines and all, so that people who weave and wobble while talking on their phones would get the shaft but responsible people with the ability and self control to put driving first could be considered responsible safe drivers. There are some people who are so air-headed that adjusting the cruise control takes 110% of their concentration. What are you gonna do, ban cruise controls? When you look at the thousands and millions of cars on the road, either on the interstates or on city streets, it is amazing to me how few accidents there actually are. It says a lot about the abilities of the human race. Again, thousands upon thousands of cars, passing, meeting, merging, turning across lanes of oncoming traffic, travelling at very high speeds on interstates, often mere feet from each other, and in an average community we can literally go for days and weeks without seeing even a fender bender. Do we really need to freak out about statistics? Sure, there are going to be an increasing number of accidents, population continues to grow and there are more and more cars on the road.
Kendall hit my point to objecting this law right on the head. There already is laws for inattentive driving and distracted driving. Hit those people with those laws who are not paying attention, not those who respect the road but do have the ability to drive and talk on a phone at the same time. Instead, it penalizes those who understand that the phone comes second to the road, those who answer quickly and make calls short, and do not stare at the screen for miles on end. We have enough laws, let the police enforce the laws as they feel necessary, the two existing laws covered this problem, no need for additional laws that leave no judgement room on either end.
We have a friend who was a professor at Ohio State and he studied statistics, I don't know what his field of expertise was but he delved into statistics of any type. He told us that statistics can be manipulated to suit the fancy of anyone. For instance, he told us how the medical field was up in arms because the number of hearth failure related deaths was way up from 50 years ago. Then he went on to explain that it was because of several things, one was that there was a much higher population than 50 years ago, and two because the medical field had found a cure for so many other ailments that used to be fatal. For example, lots of women used to die in childbirth, polio and whooping cough claimed many lives, people even died from influenza, and many, many other things. Now, all those ailments have been conquered but people still have to die from something, so when the old ticker quits ticking due to old age it is often attributed to heart failure. He said that per capita the heart failure rates are lower now than they ever have been, and besides that people are living longer than they used to as a general rule. We aren't really going downhill, but statistics would have us to believe the worst.
That is why I have very little faith in statistics of this sort, and that is why when it comes to issues like this such as safe driving I like to look at the big picture instead of the one photo of a fatality caused by someone texting. We all know texting while driving is unsafe. You don't have to tell me again. Another thing that gets me is that the transportation industry takes it in the shorts every turn of the way, there are WAY more laws governing commercial vehicles than personal automobiles, yet they are the ones who get hit with another crippling law. As a commercial driver, when you just paid a ticket because the U-joint on your steering column had a tiny bit of play in it and you pass an old Toyota with bald tires, a busted out tail light, that dog-tracks badly, it tends to tick you off. Who is unsafe here?
Oh, and has anyone ever thought of this: Is it more unsafe to have drivers driving down the road talking on a phone, or is it more unsafe to have a commercial vehicle parked on the shoulder every half mile because his phone rang?
There is a grain of truth to most laws. IMHO most gov. reasoning is BS. Special interest, insurance lobby, buddy system, whatever. Many are just a money grab, laws with penalties and fines to trip you up. Government does not give one rats behind about your safety or welfare, its all about control. Granted there are plenty of irresponsible, idiot people around to make the revenue generating laws seem resonable. Been a long slow fade to the countrys present condition and many reasons for it. The news is saying there are 40,000 new laws in place for the new year across the country. Here in Calif. law enforcement will not tow an illegal aliens car because its to much of a hardship on them. Thats a known group for high dui, hit and run incidents.I GUARANTEE you if i'm stopped with no license, registration or insurance my car is gone! Goverment is going to only take from those who have something to take from.
Guess the recent political enviroment has me fired up. Its sad on all fronts Dem and Rep.I Have not given up hope. I'm Trusting the American people will wake up and remember what a great country America is and not let it slip away.
Have a nice day.
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There are far more dangerous distractions to a driver than a cell phone. While I'm in 100% agreement with banning texting while driving, the inclusion of hands-free phone use in the ban simply re-enforces my belief that the overwhelming majority of laws, along with their fines, passed and enforced under the umbrella of 'public safety' are merely a means of revenue generation. Just another form of taxation.
"HONK if you've never seen a gun fired from a moving Harley"
"HONK if you've never seen a gun fired from a moving Harley"
What chaps my hide is this, if public safety was really the goal, why not all vehicles? And why stop there, what about alcohol? A little is ok, but not too much, why not just ban it, public safety you know!
I have had a mobile phone since 1997, and have been talking in my vehicle for probably over a years worth of minutes, I haven't crashed once from talking on a phone (dare I say texting... I keep those to yup, no, and one word responses if I feel its important enough, and either stopped at a light or traffic, not at 70mph... )
My question is, when do the tables finally turn and LEO's interpret their oath to protect the public by starting to protect them from a over powered government...