Why do people have to talk on the phone while driving?

@celticeagle (114120)
Boise, Idaho
June 14, 2008 2:59am CST
I see people on their cell phones manuvering through traffic all the time. They do some of the stupidest things but, they keep that phone stuck to their ear through it all. Is it too much trouble for any of them to get the apporatus that lets them talk with no hands so they can use their hands to drive like a person should. Do they realize how many pounds you get behind when you get in your car and start the ignition? Does it matter to any of them? Life and death. It is so easy to get the apparatus. I would like to hear your thoughts on this subject.
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@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I'm with you on this one. Personally, I think that anyone seen talking on their cell phone while driving should be ticketed the first time, then have their license taken away for the second offense. Here in Cincinnati, it's almost a given that when someone crosses the yellow line or swerves in the other lane, it's because they're talking on a cell phone. When I get a call when I'm in the car, if I have a passenger, I'll ask him/her to tell me who's calling or the number. If I think it might be important, I'll get off the road and call the person back. Usually, there is no call so important that I have to risk my life or the lives of others around me. And texting while driving? You have to be insane.
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@TinaCL (429)
• United States
14 Jun 08
absolutely agree with you on that one. texting is even worse than talking on the road. how can people look down, punch keys, while keeping their eyes on the road? They should have laws against that (just like they have laws that require people to wear seat belts). Just my opinion.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
14 Jun 08
I think that this is the one things that makes me crosser than anything else. The time I notice this the most is when I am picking the kids up from school. When we are crossing the road and cars are pulling out I can guarantee that one bright spark will be gas bagging away on the mobile phone. These are not young people either, these are Mums who have just picked their kids up and so have them in the back of the car with them. The roads by the school are a nightmare at this time of the day as well, and how there has not been a serious accident before now I really do not know.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
14 Jun 08
Thanks for BR xx
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14 Jun 08
when we drive we don't want to hear any phone because it is very dangerous we can held with a accident .if we see that it is a urgent call we should stop and listen to the call.ur little mistake would became very big sometime people has to wash there hands from there life.our life is very precious we cant get it again so dont fall in any mistake
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@celticeagle (114120)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Jun 08
So true. People just don't seem to take it seriously.
• United States
14 Jun 08
Here in California starting July 1st, if police catch you it's a $25.00 for first offense, $50.00 second ect.. we'll see if it's in force. I don't believe in cell phones. My wife and kids do.
@celticeagle (114120)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Jun 08
Cool.
14 Jun 08
Daft and dangerous is the answer to that,i mean how daft can you get,there you are trying to drive and talk to someone at the same time,they must need there head read for goodness sake.
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• United States
14 Jun 08
I don't know why people talk and try and drive. I try not to unless it is important People should all earpieces while driving if they have to talk
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@TinaCL (429)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I agree. My dad does it all the time. He'll be driving 70 mph on a freeway while making a deal with his stock broker. It's drives me crazy! Not only it dangerous to the driver, but it's also unfair to the other drivers on the road. Why should be have to be subject to danger because other people's calls are more important than our safety?
@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
14 Jun 08
i think the youngest drivers just do not get it. it is a law in many states and they still ignore it. my philosophy on cell phones is this. before cell phones if you missed a call you did not know about it until you got home and listened to your messages. so if you are driving and should not be talking on the cell phone DON'T ANSWER IT!! that is why they have voice mail. if you are so curious that you just have to know what the call was about then get off the road. why do people have to be so connected 24 hours a day 7 days per week?
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
14 Jun 08
If I am in busy area I dont answer the phne but get some wheres and stop to call back if I think it is important. Think they are trying to pass a law for only ear peices to be worn when driving but then that might be as good either for they could be consentrating on what they are talking about instead of driving! I now have an ear peice and need o find it for am gouing on a trip and taking grand daughter and I know daiughter will be calling while I am on the road but going thri the mountains I loose signal so I have to get to a place and stop to find one then call back!
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@minnie_98214 (10574)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I know it is so annoying to see. Or when they drive so slow because they are trying to end a text. My hubby used to be one of them till my mom bought him a hands free thing for christmas. I hated when hed do that and id tell him put the phone down.
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14 Jun 08
I live in the uk and if you get caught driving and talking on a mobile you get fined and points on you licence, People still do it though. There has been many nasty accidents due to this. If my phone rings when i am driving i ignore it. we have handfree car kits
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@edleogc (46)
• Philippines
16 Jun 08
There are three reason I see why people do this.Firstly,there has to be an emergency.Any circumstance that anyone might have experienced and truly is unavoidable.For example,a person was lost and was in the middle of an expressway desperately finding a valid u-turn. Of course, communication is used out of desperation. Secondly,the person might have forgotten his/her hands-free unit. Admittedly, sometimes I forgot mine too.Thirdly, the person did it out of ignorance and that's really bad when lives are compromised because of mere stupidity.
@fec139 (804)
• United States
15 Jun 08
In NYC, it is illegal to use a cellphone while driving, unless you are using a hands-free device. This should be the law everywhere.
• United States
15 Jun 08
I know that driving and being on the phone is dangerous... but I end up doing it anyways. I really dont know wat I'm thinking when I do it. Maybe that I need to talk to a certain person?
@paid2write (5204)
15 Jun 08
It is illegal where I live but people still do it. I was on a pedestrian crossing once and the green man was showing that I could cross the road. A car went straight past me, the driver was a man with a phone clamped to his ear, completely unaware he was driving over a crossing against a red light. There could have been small children crossing and he would not have seen them. I know from seeing people walking in the street while talking on the phone that they are unaware of anything else around them so how can it be safe to drive with one hand while speaking into a phone. Even worse, some people have been known to send SMS text messages whilst driving!
@Helios (85)
• United States
15 Jun 08
I think it has to do with how society is making our lives more hectic. People try to cram so much into a single day. I've recently read a study that researchers estimate that Americans on average cram 28(or something like that) hours of work into the 24 hour day. Everyone is trying to get richer and better off I guess. Personally I just think that too many people are too confident with their own driving. I hate talking on the phone when I'm driving, I lack the ability to fulling concentrate on either when I do that, but thats also probably because I drive stickshift. Hmm thats an idea...have everyone drive stickshift hehe.
• China
15 Jun 08
it's really danger for them to talk on the phone while driving. but we should admit that there are really some times that people need to use mobile phones while driving. so best wishes for those people.
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
15 Jun 08
I can name three reasons why people use the phone while driving. One, it's an important call. Either they need to get in touch with someone or some important is getting in touch with them. A second reason may be that hey are bored. Some people like listening to music while drive, others prefer to talk. When driving alone, there's no one to talk to, so you just have to call your friend or honey. The third reason is that they're overconfident about their driving skills. Even if they know it's not safe to use the phone while driving, they still do knowing that they're too good a driver to hit another car. That's just my idea. Personally, I avoid using the phone while driving because it's really distracting.