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Old 04-04-2013, 06:58 PM
 
Location: tampa bay
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Rather than putting a law in place that violates our freedom, why not lobby cell-phone providers to create their cell phones with a kill switch that disables cell phones when they're traveling at speeds above 5-10mph?
So if I am a passenger in a car I can't use my cell phone?
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Old 04-04-2013, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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There's no "right" to text while driving. Heck, every state DMV will tell you that even driving isn't a "right", it's a privilege.

I find it surprising that you can't wrap your head around the notion that society has changed in the last 200 years and conditions that weren't even dreamed of then shouldn't be addressed. For example-back in the early years of flight, pilots were free to fly willy nilly anywhere at anytime. After they started crashing into each other, someone somewhere thought that it might be a good idea to make the pilots have a license and follow a flight plan. Did the pilots loose the "right" to fly unlicensed and willy nilly? Yes they did, but society is better because of it.
I think at this point he's arguing for the sake of arguing.

Both sides are guilty of proposing silly laws, but any reasonable person would not be against a law that makes our roads safer. And yes...I almost always vote "lefty".

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Old 04-04-2013, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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I support car inspection too.
Ditto.

We had this discussion recently here on C-D.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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I think a law should be passed that every car should have a device that detects "unsafe" acts, and cuts the engine off and gives a strong electric shock to the driver every time it detects one. The acts it detects should include, but are not limited to....

1-texting
2-eating
3-talking to passengers
4-using the radio
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Wake County, NC
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I think a law should be passed that every car should have a device that detects "unsafe" acts, and cuts the engine off and gives a strong electric shock to the driver every time it detects one. The acts it detects should include, but are not limited to....

1-texting
2-eating
3-talking to passengers
4-using the radio
Yes, and the next person who comes to a complete stop in the left lane on I-4 because they missed the I-75 ramp should be put in front of a firing squad. The newspaper reader should suffer the same fate or at least a little extra juice. There should be an amperage chart for every offense.

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Old 04-04-2013, 09:27 PM
 
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It's nice that they finally passed the bill. But why does it have to be a secondary offense? Wouldn't it be nice if a cop could just pull someone over and issue a ticket if he observes them texting? And a $30 fine is not much of a derrent.

Florida House panel OKs ban on texting while driving

Another BS law on the books..Not sure how many such laws we have..it's just not practical to enforce it..only the FEAR of enforcement will have some effect.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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It's not my intent to argue just to argue.

I even conceded that texting while driving shouldn't happen, even though I'm sure we've all been guilty of it once or twice..

I look at making texting while driving illegal to be similar to other ridiculous laws, such as allowing alcohol to be legal, while marijuana is illegal. So they ban texting, is that a universal law that applies to all technology or is it strictly in force for cell phones only?

Does this law cover browsing on an Ipad? Does it apply to changing songs on a device such as an Ipod?

Is it illegal to text on a phone, but fully legal to shave and read a news paper? (Which I've seen done, both at the same time, on I-40 in Memphis)

I don't have a problem with banning texting in a vehicle, I'm just scared of what it'll lead to, and how the legal system is going to work when it's virtually a "he said/she said" between an officer and a citizen. Not every police officer is a boy scout and I truly believe that most agencies aggressively ticket to meet budget quotas. One of the reasons why Florida is switching from a classic license plate design to an incredibly ugly plate is to make them easier to read for cameras, so that they can collect fines.
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Old 04-05-2013, 05:14 AM
 
Location: tampa bay
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I have no problem with them changing our plates to make them easier to read...it's not just going to catch red light blowers...it will also make it easier to read bank robbers cars,molesters cars,kidnapper cars etc...As far as being a he said/she said situation...it has always been that...sure their will always be the dishonest LEO out there but we have to hope most aren't... otherwise we will have a breakdown in our society and nobody will be safe like in third world countries...but I don't see it happening here...I have more faith in our justice system...
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:23 AM
 
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It might not be perfect legislation out of the barn but it is a start. If a few of the morons who sit at green lights texting 30 seconds after it turned green get a ticket here and there that would be good.

People talk about this law infringing on individual liberties...how about the morons texting at green lights stop infringing on my liberty to get where the hell i am going once the light turns green
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:24 AM
 
Location: says MA on my license but can be found wandering the beaches of RI
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It might not be perfect legislation out of the barn but it is a start. If a few of the morons who sit at green lights texting 30 seconds after it turned green get a ticket here and there that would be good.

People talk about this law infringing on individual liberties...how about the morons texting at green lights stop infringing on my liberty to get where the hell i am going once the light turns green
Then again...the moron who's keeping you from going on that green light may be protecting you from the other moron blowing through the red light at the cross street. It's awful, you can't not pay attention for a second.

But I hear ya!
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