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Old 01-15-2009, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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We have a discussion in the Burqué forum about a possible cell phone/driving ban. Anyone care to share thoughts/experiences with your city's legislation. From your experience, do you think the legislation has put any kind of dent in cell phone use while driving? Do you think the enforcement is still strong, or do you think it was a show at the beginning? Have you noticed a decrease in absurd driving, or do you still need Santo Niño de Atocha's intercession to safely navigate Agua Fria? Do hands free devices seem to help with people's attention to the road (compared to going without.). Do you think there's any point to legislating against behavior like this? If you're a cell user, did the legislation change your habits?

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Old 01-16-2009, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Yootó
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We have a discussion in the Burqué forum about a possible cell phone/driving ban. Anyone care to share thoughts/experiences with your city's legislation. From your experience, do you think the legislation has put any kind of dent in cell phone use while driving? Do you think the enforcement is still strong, or do you think it was a show at the beginning? Have you noticed a decrease in absurd driving, or do you still need Santo Niño de Atocha's intercession to safely navigate Agua Fria? Do hands free devices seem to help with people's attention to the road (compared to going without.). Do you think there's any point to legislating against behavior like this? If you're a cell user, did the legislation change your habits?
It was a waste of time, and never should have been passed.
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Old 01-16-2009, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Vinegaroon, do you mean you think the whole idea was inappropriate or that the execution was so poor it was a waste? Or both?
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Yootó
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Both.
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Old 01-16-2009, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe
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I know it has made a difference, how much I don't know. Many people I know don't talk on a cell while driving because it is illegal. What a concept...not doing something that is illegal. However, there are still a lot of drivers doing it and not much enforcement. I believe the local police had said they were going to step up enforcement, but I haven't read anything lately of the results.

People are going to disregard traffic laws, no matter which ones. Speeding, seat belts, traffic signs, etc. People have attitudes nowadays that they are better than the law and can disregard the laws because they think they are a better driver and can drive and talk at the same time. Or drive fast safely or drink and drive. Whatever they can rationalize is fine with them.
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: IA
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There is one thing that everybody has in common, regardless of race, sex, age, education level, height or even weight. That is, we all believe we are better than average drivers!

As far as cell phones and driving is concerned, I have mixed feelings (I do not own a cell phone). I can say, I have personally witnessed drunk drivers driving better than some people on cell phones.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Don't ask, we want out!
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We had a cell-phone related death here in Austin and even in San Antonio some time ago. This person allegedly was on the phone as she was driving on IH 35 in rush hour traffic, being careless. The phone slipped from her hand and she reached under her seat to retrieve it! She lost control of the car and hit a ditch going about 80 miles an hour. She was killed but her boyfriend survived. He's the one that issued the statement.

Pretty sad, huh? This happens here all the time. I've seen students near UT get almost run down by people driving and talking on the cell phone all the time. I commute to work and have seen people cut in front of buses as they're talking on the phone. It's resulted in near misses and "yikes" moments for us commuters.
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Old 01-24-2009, 12:31 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I don't see how anybody could believe that holding a cellphone to your ear is compatible with safe driving. Here in Los Angeles I can practically tell who is talking on their hand held cellphone just by observing how the car is being driven and not even looking at the driver.

We have a hands free only cellphone law in CA and from what I've seen in Los Angeles it's widely ignored. People being mostly the same everywhere I would be surprised if Santa Fe drivers are any more observant of the laws than Californians.

I think it's crazy to hold a cellphone to your ear and try to drive and talk and hold the phone. I'm not so sure it's even safe to use a hands free device, but I think that's a good compromise.

Personally I don't mind if somebody is holding a cellphone to their ear and drives off the highway and kills themselves (as in the post above), and I don't even have any problem with their passengers being killed, since they were at least passive participants and could have complained. However, probably most of the cellphone inattention accidents are in traffic, and probably most of the time innocent drivers or pedestrians are also involved in the accident, and these people deserve to have safe streets and highways.

I think that hand held cellphone driving is just as bad as drunken driving.
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