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NTSB recommends nationwide ban on cell phones while driving

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Beaker, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    NTSB today finally recommends full ban:


    Doesn't apply to hands-free devices or emergency calls.
  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Great step. They're banned in California, and I have become a huge devotee. (My kids know about it and they'd be all over me if I ever tried to talk or text and drive anyway.)

    I can see the industry lobby going nuts over this. But it's no more intrusive than a seat-belt law.
  3. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    One step closer.....

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  4. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    To a world ruled by Tripod? Dear god, the humanity.
  5. Gutter

    Gutter Well-Known Member

    I, for one, welcome our three-legged overlords.
  6. Killick

    Killick Well-Known Member

    "Thank you, human. Now go fetch me some kibble. Fetch! Fetch! See? How do you like it?!?"
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  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    You can't drink and drive. That's infringing liberty as well. You can't have a problem with banning drinking and driving, while at the same time saying a cell phone ban infringes on your freedoms.
  8. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Right. And this isn't about protecting people from themselves, this is about protecting innocent people from dangerous drivers.
  9. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Who here is old enough to remember when people figured out where they were going and decided when to meet the other person BEFORE they got in the car? Remember that time? It was when the world was black-and-white.
  10. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    The NTSB should know better than to recommend bans while driving. Focus on the road.
  11. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    I have a blue tooth headset, so this doesn't really affect me, but I wonder why someone is considered more distracted when talking on a handset than they are on a headset. Does it take that much extra brain power to hold the handset up?
  12. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    It takes a hand off the wheel.

    You are right, a ban on all talking, even hands-free, would be safer and more sensible. But that won't come until there's a ban on the handheld units and further research shows that the hands-free ones are dangerous too.
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