Should the government ban cell phone use while driving?
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- It's not a multitasking failure, it's a prioritization failure. The cell phone should be the lowest priority, not the highest. Be glad you don't have to find a working pay phone and remember that the person on the other end of the call can repeat themselves when needed or wait on a reply -- if they can't do that, they're not worth talking to (i.e. the conversation vs. your, and others, lives -- I'll choose the later every time).Apr 27, 2012
- Why bother, the law will be ignored. End of story. Cell phone use is banned in Washington State, and everyone still uses their cell phone while driving, even the cops.Apr 28, 2012
- Cops, at least in Florida and Virginia, use cell phones while driving because many those law enforcement agencies have decided to replace the police radios with cell phones. Regardless, I think that would make them the ideal test bed for hands free cell integration into the dash.Apr 28, 2012
- The ban, where it exists, is generally ignored, yes. And a nation-wide ban will have the same fate, at least eventually. It's really a lot like Prohibition: all you're going to accomplish is turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into willful criminals (a common ploy of fascist states I might add).
I'm not arguing that cell phones are not a distraction, but that it's a symptom and not the disease. The real problem is a lack of attention to their driving and I see examples of it every day on my commute (the worst of which, IMHO, is makeup application at 90mph).Apr 28, 2012
- Makeup, reading the newspaper, eating, texting, messing with a kid in the backseat while going forward. Phone calls definitely aren't the worst of it.Apr 28, 2012
- Agree.Apr 28, 2012