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    States try to ban driver distractions

    wow.... what do you guys think about this?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070208/...to_distraction

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    May as well ban the radio, too. Music is a distraction. Gets your mind off of the road and on the melody.

    Other driver distractions:
    • auto accidents on the road. Man, people turn their necks far to see what all the commotion is. This backs up traffic and sometimes cause more accidents!
    • Billboards. I often find myself reading the billboards and when my eyes finally look back to the road, I'm in the next lane!
    • car washes ... people waving towels and holding posters about their fundraiser car wash. I ran a light once because I was too busy reading which high school hosted the latest carwash!
    • People collecting money at street corners for whatever charity it might be. Too distracting
    • My nose. I sneeze and my damned eyes close!! Then I open my eyes and woh! There's a car stopped in front of me.
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    car phones + driving is a double-edged sword. even if celling while driving is outlawed, i mean, what happens if you have a medical emergency or life & death matter, or you have to call your boss to say you're running late because of traffic (if your job depends on it- the call, that is)-- and you get stopped & fined for it....? then you have to sit there and explain to the cop that it's an emergency. what are they going to ask, "on a scale of 1 to 50, how much of an emergncy is it?" i mean, can you imagine the courts getting even more clogged up with all these cases??
    sheesh.. i'm ready to go back to the stone age myself.

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    Just DRIVING is a distraction. Maybe we should all walk, ride bicycles or use the bus - we'd be really safe then.

    GMAB - cell phones ARE a distraction but so is life. I don't like to drive around people who are talking on their phone, but this is taking it about 50 steps too far. Require people to use a hands free phone and move on. Playing a FLUTE - that tells me right there somebody is trying to yank everyone's chain. I think loud stereos are a distraction - like if I can hear it in MY car from their car it's TOO LOUD. Are they gonna issue tickets for that to? Stand on street corners with a decibal meter? This MUST be some small town with a lot of bored cops or it would never have gotten past the "hey I have a great idea" stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrayersForMaura
    May as well ban the radio, too. Music is a distraction. Gets your mind off of the road and on the melody.

    Other driver distractions:
    • auto accidents on the road. Man, people turn their necks far to see what all the commotion is. This backs up traffic and sometimes cause more accidents!
    • Billboards. I often find myself reading the billboards and when my eyes finally look back to the road, I'm in the next lane!
    • car washes ... people waving towels and holding posters about their fundraiser car wash. I ran a light once because I was too busy reading which high school hosted the latest carwash!
    • People collecting money at street corners for whatever charity it might be. Too distracting
    • My nose. I sneeze and my damned eyes close!! Then I open my eyes and woh! There's a car stopped in front of me.
    LOL. Better ban toddlers trying to get out of their car seats and older children fussing and fighting. That's my biggest distraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Rain
    LOL. Better ban toddlers trying to get out of their car seats and older children fussing and fighting. That's my biggest distraction.
    LOL, I feel for you. I don't have kids but I sometimes take my dogs with me for a ride. They LOVE the car, and the windows rolled down with the wind blowing their flappy ears!! My one dog likes to walk all over the car while I drive... occasionally plopping his cute but big butt on my lap! He's so cute!

    I remember when I was a kid! My poor mother!! I was always saying things like "Mom, are we there yet, I'm hungry!" and then my brother and I would start hitting each other!! I'd see her looking at us in her rear view mirror! That HAD to be distracting!!

    Oh, the things you appreciate when you get older.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrayersForMaura
    LOL, If feel for you. I don't have kids but I sometimes take my dogs with me for a ride. They LOVE the car, and the windows rolled down with the wind bowing their flappy ears!! My one dog likes to walk all over the car while I drive... occasionally plopping his cute but big butt on my lap! He's so cute!

    I remember when I was a kid! My poor mother!! I was always saying things like "Mom, are we there yet, I'm hungry!" and then my brother and I would start hitting each other!! I'd see her looking t us in her rear view mirror! That HAD to be distracting!!

    Oh, the things you appreciate when you get older.
    My mother sure is a gem of a lady!!
    Imagine this: "NO, I WANT TO SIT BEHIND MOMMA", "MOMMA, SHE KEEPS PUTTING HER HAND ON MY SIDE OF THE CAR", "MAMA TELL HER TO LEAVE ME ALONE", "MOMMA TELL HER TO BE QUIET." I tell you what...some mornings I just couldn't get to the daycare fast enough.
    Now though, we have a portable dvd player and my two girls both have gameboys. They still argue and fight, but not too much.

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    how about this- banning people talking! conversations are also quite distracting.
    and also, that naughty thing that perverts (or just ordinary men) do in cars when they're alone... LOL

    OK wait a minute.. now we have to ban tinted windows too- how are the police going to see if you're breaking the law in your car?

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    From the original link:

    Vermont lawmakers are considering a measure that would ban eating, drinking, smoking, reading, writing, personal grooming, playing an instrument, "interacting with pets or cargo," talking on a cell phone or using any other personal communication device while driving.

    absolutely right, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reb
    car phones + driving is a double-edged sword. even if celling while driving is outlawed, i mean, what happens if you have a medical emergency or life & death matter, or you have to call your boss to say you're running late because of traffic (if your job depends on it- the call, that is)-- and you get stopped & fined for it....? then you have to sit there and explain to the cop that it's an emergency. what are they going to ask, "on a scale of 1 to 50, how much of an emergncy is it?" i mean, can you imagine the courts getting even more clogged up with all these cases??
    sheesh.. i'm ready to go back to the stone age myself.

    find a suitable place to park to take/make the call. rather than creating another emergency involving someone else who has nothing to do with others' phone calls.

    and, also IMO: turn the radio/cd player OFF while driving for gawd's sake!

    this goes way beyond people's 'rights' and 'freedoms', i believe as it can infringe on others' rights and freedoms to keep their lives. end of story.

    ETA: mobile phone usage by drivers has been banned here in Germany for some years now unless on a hands-free set. i never even use the hands-free set when driving.

    and on my car the radio/CD player is operated on the steering wheel. there will come a time when that, also, becomes law. don't know when.

    as it happens, i choose not to play music while driving as i wish to concentrate fully on the road when driving. i seldom have passengers while driving so the talking to others while driving doesn't arise for me 90% of the time, but when it does, i'm usually not listening to a passenger talking.

    Another ETA: i don't fiddle around with a cup of coffee, bottle of pop, a sandwich or anything edible while trying to drive either.

    or put on make-up, while trying to drive.

    i just drive the freakin' car!

    what's sooo difficult about concentrating entirely on where you are aiming a potential lethal weapon and not causing harm to others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reb
    how about this- banning people talking! conversations are also quite distracting.
    and also, that naughty thing that perverts (or just ordinary men) do in cars when they're alone... LOL

    OK wait a minute.. now we have to ban tinted windows too- how are the police going to see if you're breaking the law in your car?
    Here in GA tinted windows have to be very very lightly tinted, and they are very strict about it. My ex-husband got a window tint ticket in our own yard. I kid you not.


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    No one should be putting on make-up or shaving or talking on a phone while they are driving. Not only does that put them and their passengers in danger, it puts the lives of others in jeopardy also. My best friend, her pregnant mom, the baby and her father were all killed by a semi-truck driver when he bent down to pick up his phone/ change the radio or whatever his story was and took his eyes off the road for a minute. He dragged their car 500 ft before stopping. I was devastated when I found out and I am so terrified of semi-trucks that I can barely drive because I have panic attacks if I get boxed in.
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    I get really riled up about these issues. I'm still pissed that my government thinks they can MAKE me wear my seatbelt in the car. Yes, I know it's a good idea to do it and it's safer, but come on.....don't infringe on my personal space.

    We need to fight giving up all these personal rights that we have. I absolutely blast my radio when I'm driving (by myself). However, if I get in a situation where I need to really be alert, I turn it down. Anything can distract anyone at anytime. I bout break my neck every time I see a nice car on the road or a good looking guy on a good lookin Harley. But, for heavens sake, let's not outlaw those too.

    All this BS is sprouting from the petty lawsuit lives most people lead. I swear, I people (not friend, BTW) that lawsuits are their career.

    Another issue, how the hell is LE going to have time to enforce this crap? Don't we have enough real crime out there that we don't need to give them busy work?

    Sorry, guys and gals, this is one of my soapboxes. We're spending bazillions of dollars "creating" freedom for Irag while we're losing ours - by the same hands!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LisainWV
    I get really riled up about these issues. I'm still pissed that my government thinks they can MAKE me wear my seatbelt in the car. Yes, I know it's a good idea to do it and it's safer, but come on.....don't infringe on my personal space.

    We need to fight giving up all these personal rights that we have. I absolutely blast my radio when I'm driving (by myself). However, if I get in a situation where I need to really be alert, I turn it down. Anything can distract anyone at anytime. I bout break my neck every time I see a nice car on the road or a good looking guy on a good lookin Harley. But, for heavens sake, let's not outlaw those too.

    All this BS is sprouting from the petty lawsuit lives most people lead. I swear, I people (not friend, BTW) that lawsuits are their career.

    Another issue, how the hell is LE going to have time to enforce this crap? Don't we have enough real crime out there that we don't need to give them busy work?

    Sorry, guys and gals, this is one of my soapboxes. We're spending bazillions of dollars "creating" freedom for Irag while we're losing ours - by the same hands!!!!!
    I hear ya, Lisa. I think it was Robin Williams, when talking about Iraq said: Let 'em take our Constitution, we're not using it anymore!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by White Rain
    LOL. Better ban toddlers trying to get out of their car seats and older children fussing and fighting. That's my biggest distraction.
    No doubt - they would also have to ban my entire brain, which suffers from constant distractions!
    I do not intend to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death!

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    I'd like to see real statistics on crashes that are caused by these so-called distractions. They didn't even mention sexual activites while driving.

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