Feds Weigh Ban on All Phone Use by Drivers

I would love to see this come into law, I hate people driving and texting and talking on the phone. I’ve watched people swerve all over the road, across lanes, just texting away. If it wasn’t for the other drivers on the road paying attention they’d be in an accident surely. Now if they could enact a law that bans putting on makeup, eating, shaving, reading the paper, using your computer etc while driving we’d be set.

In the full article it mentions the system that you can update your Facebook status and other social networking from your car, and I totally agree that’s a bad idea. Drivers don’t need anything like that in their cars. I can see it now, talking on the phone,eating,  driving and Tweeting, not much of a distraction is it?

I love this quote: “It’s so ingrained at this point, I think banning that would be extremely difficult, bordering on folly,” King said in an interview. “There would be no legitimate, public support for an outright ban.” Then if you look it it has over 2,000 people who like it on Facebook. No support? I think there’s some really.

Quote:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says he believes motorists are distracted by any use of mobile phones while driving, including hands-free calls, as his department begins research that may lead him to push for a ban.

LaHood, whose campaign against texting and making calls while driving has led to restrictions in 30 states, says his concerns extend to vehicle information and entertainment systems such as Ford Motor Co.’s Sync and General Motors Co.’s OnStar.

“I don’t want people talking on phones, having them up to their ear or texting while they’re driving,” LaHood said in an interview this week. “We need a lot better research on other distractions,” including Bluetooth-enabled hands-free calls and the in-car systems, he said.

Full article here via Bloomberg: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-08/lahood-weighs-urging-u-s-ban-on-all-driver-phone-use-in-cars.html

Via Drudge Report

  • mks

    So do we ban people riding in the car talking to the driver too? What about the radio? Maybe we could ban smoking too, as that surly is a distraction. Maybe we can ban all the dials and guages on the dashboard. No? That is required for the safe operation of the vehicle? Well, with the same logic, we should ban all road-side signs (but not the ones required for safe operation of the vehicle) and advertising.

    • whatiswrongwithpeople

      Don’t forget to ban having kids in the car because that’s extremely distracting, especially a newborn. And the noise you hear outside the car, man, that’s really distracting. Engine noise, wind noise, road noise. And what about all those people that stand at overpasses that try to protest? That’s so distracting. And those green, yellow, white, and red signs all over the place in various shapes and sizes, they’re so distracting to me because I’m forced to read them. And what about those signs with arrows and numbers on them? You constantly have to read those signs and not pay attention to the road…

  • EyBeSea

    I never understood why they actually banned talking on the cellphone (holding to ear) while driving. I know that cellphone usage isn’t the only reason why people are involved in accidents. They’re only using it as a distraction to the general public into thinking that the government actually cares; they allow law enforcement, fire, medical, and probably various others, to use the phone (holding to ear) while driving. Personally, I don’t see them driving any better than any other person.

    Now, texting while driving, I can understand because you really have to take your eyes off the road to text, but is texting any different than you reading signs or billboards? You’re still taking your eyes off the road.

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