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Old 07-22-2010, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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Default No more texting and driving in Huntsville!

Finally passed the bill. Goes into effect in 60 days. No use of GPS either? Texting While Driving Passes In Huntsville - WHNT (http://www.whnt.com/news/whnt-text-ban-passes,0,3965441.story?track=rss - broken link)
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:02 PM
 
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Finally passed the bill. Goes into effect in 60 days. No use of GPS either? Texting While Driving Passes In Huntsville - WHNT (http://www.whnt.com/news/whnt-text-ban-passes,0,3965441.story?track=rss - broken link)
No GPS is going too far.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
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No GPS is going too far.
The ordinance does not ban the use of GPS systems while driving, it simply bans the programming of such GPS systems while driving.

As long as you program the coordinates before you start driving, you're good to go.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:29 AM
 
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Good and bad - one part of me likes that an activity dangerous to others is now illegal. Another part of me wishes it was just a blanket coverage of "distracted driving" -> doing you're makeup, reading the paper, texting, programming your gps, etc etc.
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Old 07-23-2010, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
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This ordinance in general seems as though it will be hard to enforce. Hopefully it will cut down on texting while driving by simply making it illegal and saying "you can't do that!" But this is a secondary offense meaning they can't pull you over just to see if you were texting. They need another reason to pull you over.

"No law enforcement officer shall stop a vehicle solely for the purpose of verifying a suspected violation of Section 25-181."

Secondly, how will they prove a person was texting or just dialing a number because the latter is legal...

Under Exceptions:
"an individual using a wireless communication device to make or receive a telephone call"
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:05 AM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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This ordinance in general seems as though it will be hard to enforce. Hopefully it will cut down on texting while driving by simply making it illegal and saying "you can't do that!" But this is a secondary offense meaning they can't pull you over just to see if you were texting. They need another reason to pull you over.

"No law enforcement officer shall stop a vehicle solely for the purpose of verifying a suspected violation of Section 25-181."

Secondly, how will they prove a person was texting or just dialing a number because the latter is legal...

Under Exceptions:
"an individual using a wireless communication device to make or receive a telephone call"
We had it in TN and it was next to impossible to enforce. I never heard of anyone getting a ticket for it.
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:33 AM
 
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Good and bad - one part of me likes that an activity dangerous to others is now illegal. Another part of me wishes it was just a blanket coverage of "distracted driving" -> doing you're makeup, reading the paper, texting, programming your gps, etc etc.
It's just an ordinance.

Trust me, if you cause an accident or kill someone while doing any of those types of activities they can still bring charges against you.

As such, whether or not there are ordinances like this people should be aware that they can get PRISON time for doing those activities if something bad goes down.

Lady got 18months for killing a motorcyclist while doing her nails. (Just this week in chicago)
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Old 07-23-2010, 07:36 AM
 
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If I was texting and got pulled over, I would just say I was checking the weather. Is there a ban on checking the weather on my phone?

Same w/ the GPS, I would say I was checking the traffic on my GPS, is there a law agiants that?
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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Same w/ the GPS, I would say I was checking the traffic on my GPS, is there a law agiants that?
...or accepting a new route, or turning the volume down, etc. It is a good common-sense ordinance, but impossible to enforce.
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Old 07-23-2010, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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It's just an ordinance.

Trust me, if you cause an accident or kill someone while doing any of those types of activities they can still bring charges against you.

As such, whether or not there are ordinances like this people should be aware that they can get PRISON time for doing those activities if something bad goes down.

Lady got 18months for killing a motorcyclist while doing her nails. (Just this week in chicago)
I think this is the gist of it. Some laws may be written not to be enforced, but to determine culpability should there may an accident. May have insurance implications too. If it can be proven (probably not hard these days) that a driver was distracted by one of these electronics, he is in bigger trouble than if he wasn't distracted. Insurance might not pay? Not sure.

[thinking out loud] I've always wondered if (why) insurance should cover someone who was drunk and injured or killed someone. Maybe they have to because if they didn't victims would never get compensated.
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