CELL PHONE USAGE ON THE ROAD: Where do you fit in????

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 13, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    So we've all heard about how dangerous texting is while driving. I've heard
    that one is more dangerous texting.. than drinking. Certainly the subject can be debated. Blabbing away on the cell while driving is a distraction..
    and is a problem. I was behind some woman who was in the middle of a major conversation today and she wasn't paying attention to what the hell she was doing!

    So my question (and be honest)

    1. Do you text and drive? Do you plan to change??

    2. Do you talk on your cell while you drive?

    3. Does your state (or if you reside in another country... your government there) have any laws about cell phone usage on the road as of yet?

    In Kansas we have nothing yet... and yes, I do talk on my cell when I'm road driving (not in the city)... and never text while driving.
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    Aug 13, 2009 1:34 AM GMT
    I've never texted in the US before because I can't imagine doing that with so many cars on the road. But, here in the Caribbean, there aren't THAT many cars on the road so I find myself doing it on occasion. But, I'm trying my best to stop totally.

    I talk on my phone, but try to use a headset whenever possible. It's rare of I INITIATE a call while driving though. Most of the times I talk on the phone is when it rings in.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 13, 2009 1:52 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle said

    That's manslaughter waiting to happen.

    Well Adrien, considering...... maybe I should pass on that comment


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    Aug 13, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    laws brought in to australia means we can only use a headset to talk, no holding the damned mobile phone up..

    The problem is, that they are still very unsafe.

    My ex was terrible and I can't count the number of times he scared the crap out of me, so badly I went off at him while he was on a call to a client, my life is worth more then a client.

    phones should be banned in a car completely!
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    Aug 13, 2009 2:02 AM GMT
    I never use my cell while driving. If it was up to me, that little apparatus would have never been commercialized. Some individuals believe that relationships should be dependent on texting....ummmmm, no thanks!
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 13, 2009 2:04 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidI think you should STFU too. icon_smile.gif

    I will only STFU if I'm talking on a cell phone in a car....

    LOL LOL ... well actually its prudent.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 13, 2009 2:11 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidIt's also prudent to show your fellow RJ members (namely "ME") some manners. icon_smile.gif

    I'm very mannerly...and you didn't have to say it twice....LOL
  • baldone

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    Aug 13, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    ohio just initiated a text law ......only will talk on phone in car if necessary..usually,i repeat, usually do not initiate calls
  • PaMedic

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    Aug 13, 2009 2:15 AM GMT
    In PA we just got a cell-phone law and you can be fined.

    I never text while driving but my new car has voice activated cell phone in it, so I do chat on the phone as long as I remember to connect it to my phone.

    Being a medic I respond to so many accidents from people on the phone or texting. We have had people killed both in autos and 4-wheeler from phones. I wish people that do this could see some of the sights I have had to deal with from cell phones. It would change their minds.

    Think before you send! Be Safe, I carry big needles if I coume to pick you up icon_sad.gif
  • silverfox

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    Aug 13, 2009 2:20 AM GMT
    I talk on the phone but through the speaker system in my car...so no holding the phone. I do text. At red lights (mostly). Yuck I have got to stop texting.

    But those of us GOOGLE maniacs.....supposedly Google has in the works through GOOGLE VOICE a voice recognition text system...so basically you talk (clearly) and it can be put into a text and sent to someone. Great for car usage!

  • Timbales

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    Aug 13, 2009 2:30 AM GMT
    My phone doesn't have texting. I have a bluetooth and use that to talk when I drive. The majority of the time, it's a quick call I am answering. If I don't have my bluetooth in, it goes to voicemail. I drive a standard, so holding a phone to me ear and steering isn't an option.
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    Aug 13, 2009 3:04 AM GMT

    Whatever it is can wait until I get to my destination. It is my pet peeve to see some loser driving 20 km under the speed limit weaving about...only to find it is someone on a phone.icon_mad.gif
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    Aug 13, 2009 3:36 AM GMT
    I've had a cell phone for about five years.

    Used it in the car a few times, never in town.

    It can be handy to call and say your going to be late etc.

    Probably should not give a play by play of your whole day while driving.

    I don't text.
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    Aug 13, 2009 6:29 AM GMT
    1) No texting while driving. Not even at a red light. But I do read incoming texts. If it's important, I'll pull over somewhere to respond or call back.

    2) I let the call go to voicemail. If it's important, I'll take the call but keep it short.

    Besides, I drive a manual transmission car. It's kinda hard to do any of the above while shifting through gears.

    3) Yes, we have laws against talking or texting while driving, here in California. People still do it. I see it all the time. Cops can't be everywhere, but I hear they do indeed pull people over for talking/texting while driving.