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Old 01-14-2009, 08:07 AM
 
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A few days back, while taking a morning walk near Jefferson Center, one of our esteemed APD officers almost hit me in the crosswalk because he was too busy TEXT MESSAGING on his phone. I had a green light and a walk signal. First time in my life I got to give a cop the bird without fear of retaliation.

I am amazed at the number of drivers oblivious to their surrounding because of cell phones, radio, Ipods, and now even television.

I vote that cell phones must be in the glove compartment and used only in case of emergency.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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joanie55 reasoned:

> ... in Alb, ... They have the worst drivers there on the planet.

True. Good observation.

> ... I'm for the ban. ... They don't need any distractions.

They'll still find something to distract them.

They're bad because they don't take the act of driving seriously.

A ban on __LEGAL__ use of cellphones whilst driving wouldn't change anything.

Think about it. If a law was passed:

(1) Would people stop doing it?
(2) Would it be enforced in any serious manner?
(3) If caught doing it, would the offender cease that behavior in the future?
(4) Would crappy drivers improve?

then trappedinNM related an experience:

> ... morning walk ... almost hit me in the crosswalk because he
> was too busy TEXT MESSAGING on his phone.

As a pedestrian and bicyclist, I *always* assume that the car is going
to TRY to hit me - every time - ALL the time. Sometimes, I'm pleasantly
surprise that they are not. (*)

ObSaying:
"It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you."

(*) My latest peeve is crappy bicyclists who come up behind you without
a warning and come within a couple of inches of clipping you with their
handlebar. If I did that to them in my vehicle with my rear view mirror,
they would be rightfully pissed.

Now, I carry a couple of egg-sized rocks in my pockets and I intend to use them.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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I vote that cell phones must be in the glove compartment and used only in case of emergency.
This made me laugh for several minutes..
Sorry, but we have got ourselfs into the Cell Phone Generation.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: southern california
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last person that caved in the back of my civic was on the cell phone.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Bans on cellphone use while driving are in the works in Texas, too. It allegedly has been shown the hands-free cellphones are just as dangerous as the regular phones. I have noticed that people with cellphones jammed in their ears are often very poor drivers. I don't see how a ban could be enforced, especially on hands-free devices. I think that if you really need to use the phone, it might be a good idea to pull over before doing so, especially in a city.
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:38 PM
 
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This made me laugh for several minutes..
Sorry, but we have got ourselfs into the Cell Phone Generation.
A little enforcement would go a long way to changing a few minds.
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:41 AM
 
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I absolutely hate politcal correctness - protecting us all from ourselves seems like a shade of Nazi thinking to me. I was a realtor for awhile down here in south Florida so it would/could have been annoying. But in Alb, I'm for the ban. They have the worst drivers there on the planet. They don't need any distractions.
Banning cellphone use while driving has little to do with "protecting us from ourselves" vis-a-vis protecting the rest of us from careless cell-phone drivers.

p.s. I've been rear-ended once by a cell-phone user, almost rear-ended a 2nd time by another [both times stopped @ a red light], and yelled at by an SUV driver who couldn't maneuver their Navigator through a tight spot [because they were too busy blabbing on their cell-phone].
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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... and yelled at by an SUV driver who couldn't maneuver their Navigator through a tight spot [because they were too busy blabbing on their cell-phone].
Just experienced that one at the Defined Fitness on Juan Tabo this morning!!! I got honks and the works.... to top it off, when I pulled out they parked their SUV in a (well, multiple actually) motorcycle area (I'm so lucky there's never any other cars in this space, but why do they make these spaces so small and with so many extra stripes?). Glad I was in my after-workout high and just shook my head wondering what it's like to go through life as a thoughtless pinhead.

The real point is that there were plenty of people who were poor drivers before the onset of cell phones.

Handsfree just alleviates any guilt or second thought, allowing them to fill every driving moment with cell time. It's literally like a time filler: Why should I just kill time driving? I could be asking somebody what they're doing and if they're busy I could always call someone else and ask them what they're doing. And the suggestion that it has to do with available appendages ignores the thought required to carry on even the most pointless conversation. Until driving is recognized and treated as it's own activity, it's a lost cause. GPS with the 4 inch wide screen, text capable cell phone with convenient qwerty keyboard, large, flip up screen sound system with ipod integration for video, OnStar for on-the-move concierge service and multiple DVD stations for video or video games. There's a lot going on in the modern car.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:10 AM
 
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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Eating while driving bans will be the next liberty to be sacrificed at the altar. Give it 3-4 more years.
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Old 01-15-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Burque!
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Cup-holders... BANNED!

Vanity Mirrors... BANNED!

Automobiles... BANNED!
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