using a mobile / cell phone whilst driving, do you?

April 20, 2007 6:38am CST
Ok this is a huge debate in the uk and there was a lot of controversy around this subject! It has even become part of the law now, you are not allowed to use you're mobile phone whilst driving, and can be issued an on the spot fine! Im not asking if its something you agree with or not, i just want to know who does it, or if you dont do it as you strongly disagree? I will hold my hands up, i have sent text messages whilst driving before, and i answer my phone by my hands, and then switch it to loudspeaker, which is just as bad! I do agree that you're full attention should be on the road whilst driving and it is in excusable, would love to hear you're thoughts on this on! Have a great day, the weekends here woo!
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I will admit that I have talked on the phone while driving. I am not comfortable doing it though. So I would usually just answer and tell them I'll call you back. Now I have no cell phone so it is no longer a problem.Have a great weekend.
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20 Apr 07
Thanks for you're reply, i dont think i could ever not have my mobile, but then again, i suppose there was life before it! Take care :)
20 Apr 07
Now though you can get 3 penalty points as well. If you have a total of 12 you are banned from driving. You can get points for illegally parking in some cases, skipping red lights and speeding. I think there should be no tolerence ot people using their mobiles or cells on the road cos imagine if you killed someones mother, father or children. Imagine having to explain to them the reason why you killed them was because you were sending a text message to your friend. And now they have lost their loved one. i know before we never really used to care about it but there must have been loads of accidents caused by phones for them to enforce this. i think it is appaulling when i am in a taxi or on a bus and the driver starts using there phone. Be careful if you are going to do it. Do you really drive so far without a break that someone should urgently need to get in touch with you. If so, please get all the proper stuff installed. That equiptment still increases your risk of causing an accident but is better than blatantly doing something that migth kill someone.
20 Apr 07
Thank you for you're points and opinions i am grateful, i agree there must have been a lot of things happening for them to enforce this, but i also think there is bigger things that go on, and are got away with. I am however not condoning this and two wrongs do not make a right at all! Thanks again have a good weekend :)
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20 Apr 07
oh yeah you are so right. in the uk there are so many things going on that shouldnt be allowed. like people taking benefit off the giverment when not entitled, violence, bigotry. the uk in terrible.
• Philippines
20 Apr 07
it is also a big issue here and laws had been passed apprehending people using their mobile/cell phone while driving. honestly, it is very tempting and i admit that i was guilty of it. it's like a good perfume, when you hear that you have received a text message or someone is calling, you can't refrain from picking up the phone, read the text and answer the call. And of course, as you mentioned, it takes away your focus on the road while driving. It may not be now, but sooner or later, it may cause very undesirable incidents. I don't want that to happen.
• Malaysia
20 Apr 07
i strongly disagree... why should one use a cell phone whilst driving? it will only pose danger to the other road users.. don't you think so? do you think everyone is so capable of handling 2 things at once? talking on the cell phone and driving.. is it possible? i can't even type while talking to my mom on the phone just now.. that's a good example already isn't it? i think anything that might distract you should be avoided during driving.. safety first .. it's not only your safety.. it's other road users too.. think of others too before doing something.. right? :) .. don't be too self centered
@mahmah (436)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I do use my cell phone while driving but I have a ear piece that I use so I don't have to even touch my phone. I do agree that your full attention should be on driving. I park my car in a lot and then get bussed into the city to go to work, well anyway, the driver the other morning was talking on his cell phone when I got on the bus. Which is fine because we sit there for like 10 minutes waiting for more people to come, but soon we start driving away and he is still on the phone. Here in New York it is against the law to drive while talking on your cell phone (actually holding it up to your ear etc). Now that is wrong. He is not only putting his own life to risk but 40 other people on the bus.