Should it be illegal to talk on your phone and drive?

@harmonee (1236)
United States
January 10, 2010 11:51pm CST
My state just started enforcing the no talking on your cell phone while driving law. I must confess that I do talk and drive and it is really making me irrate that I can no longer do that. I have never been in an accident while on my phone and have a totally clean driving record. I know people are going to respond and tell me to get the hands free set which is problematic for two reasons. #1 - I'm broke and can't afford it. #2 - My ears are SUPER small and I can't put anything in them because it won't fit. I can't even use ear bud head phones. So far there are only three states that have this law and I'm wondering how you would react if your state or country decided to have it too. I'm not a supporter and definately not happy about it.
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31 responses
• India
11 Jan 10
I do like this law because its for our safety and i lost my uncle in an car accident.Well this is for your safety so why is necessary to talk while driving.You can cut the phone and call the person later.
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@stand87 (667)
• Bulgaria
11 Jan 10
To talk on the phone while you drive is dangerous thing! You have to pay attention when you drive. If you don't use head phones it's even worse because you drive with one hand, you know. If there's surprising situation on the road you'll not be able to act correctly. That's why it's illegal, I thing. For me - if I want to make a phone call, I just stop somewhere for a while to do that. I suggest this as a better way.
@sikat101 (149)
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
I think it should be illegal. It is so unsafe to be talking to someone on the phone while driving. Your concentration is not on the road but on the conversation. I don't even think getting a hands-free set or headphones is the answer. The best option is to leave a voicemail message to inform your caller that you are driving and you will be returning the call when you are able to find a spot to park and call back.
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• Malaysia
11 Jan 10
While multi-tasking is something we all love to do, but this law actually have its perks. We should respect the people we are conversing with, despite how lame or unimportant thing they wanted to say about. Think about the rule of 'look at the yes when you are talking to someone'. Yeah, a little like that. And say if it's important, what happen if you are temporarily stunned or shocked or excited? One second slip of control could cause fatal consequences. Driving slow would just piss off the people who are actually in a hurry behind you, so... Maybe you could do it when no one's there watching (even cameras),and no probability of troubling other? I know, I know, what's the chances of it happen, only in movies, right? Well, my friend got the opportunity to change from the audience seat to the movie character. She was driving, answered a call from her Mom, you know, normal call, 'what's to wear on your sister's wedding dress' call, when she got too engrossed and it's too late to swivel away from the incoming nine years old girl, on the way back from the store. Which happen to be her mother's neighbour's daughter. And hate is too soft of a word for the single mother too. They moved out, but the guilt haunts her to this day. What if she hadn't been to engrossed? What if she saw that girl earlier? Too late for what ifs. We just love to play with fire, don't we, until we got burn. So, it wouldn't hurt to stop at the side of the road to talk. And if you're in a hurry, just let them leave a miscal. If it's important, they'll call back, or at least you'll call when you stopped driving. Better get irritated of stupid rules but saved lives, instead of against it and one day regret it.
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@littleone3 (2065)
11 Jan 10
Yes it should be illegal to talk on the phone and drive. It has been here in the UK for a few years you can get up to a thousand pound fine and I think up to 6 points on your license. There have been accidents here where people have been killed because someone has been talking or text on a phone. Surely it is better to pull over somewhere safe and answer the phone then risk an accident or even don't answer the phone until you are not driving you can easily call the person back. We were in a near miss ourselves because the other driver was on the phone we were going down a narrow country lane which was just the width of one car the other driver would have hit us but luckily there was a driveway they swerved into and it was because they were too busy on the phone to concentrate on the road.
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@Java09 (3085)
• United States
11 Jan 10
Well,I don't drive now,but when I did ,I used to pull over because I felt it as a distraction from the road.I live in a state where it is already against the law,but I always see people do it all the time anyways.I always hope they get caught,because they don't obey the law and they don't pay attention to the road.They do cause accidents.Why don't they just pull over to talk or wait til they get home?People act so addicted to talking on their cell phone.
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• India
11 Jan 10
Legal or Illegal it's secondary. First tell me? to whom it's really harmful. Speaking on phone while driving is very dangerous, firstly for us, the the people on the road. Specially if you are driving the car then it's threat to our whole family.
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@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
We have it now too. My phone's speakerphone works fairly well, so I'm going to make a little pocket for my phone to put it on the visor.
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@magic9 (981)
• China
11 Jan 10
I wish my local government made such a policy to protect passers-by. It's no doubt that we need to pick it up when it keeps ringing, but the time should be limited. It's hard to count people to abide by it automatically, therefore it demands the authorities to get in. A short answer should be allowed or pull over to make the call. It's for the safety of the drivers themselves and passers-by. Any car accident can take place within a single second.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
hello harmonee, Here in our country,it is punishable by law. Some accidents were caused by people driving while using their phones...calls or texting. Some people might say...it depends on how you use it while driving...ok...granting for several times there's nothing accident happen while you using your phone. But,we never knew when accidents ever happen. It wouldn't tell us "hey' you are using your phone and now it will cause accident"(ugh!) So,it is better to avoid anything that might cause accident or damage to other people. It is better to be obey rules than regretting things after. Have a good day always
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@jojorv (201)
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
there are tons of hands free gadgets that doesnt require inserting them in your ear. there are those that acts like a car stereo speaker with microphones on it so you will not have to put those earphones again. if you have problems with your budget, maybe you should work double time posting in mylot.
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@nocturn98 (956)
• Venezuela
11 Jan 10
There are a lot of options available so you can talk on the phone hands free without putting things inside your ear. There's speaker phone, headset, bluetooth... If you can afford to talk on the phone and drive , I'm pretty sure you're a very important person and can afford to buy these things.
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@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
11 Jan 10
It is already illegal in my city to talk to the phone or send messages while driving. I think it's a good law because there are many accidents occurring due to the driver talking on the cellphone or texting while driving. If you want to talk to the phone, then perhaps it's a good idea to park first. I know some people might say that they've done it a hundred times and nothing happened, well that's why it's called 'accident' in the first place, because regardless how many times you've done it safely, there'll be always the first time you'd commit mistakes, and the toll for these mistakes in high speed driving doesn't spell out slight injuries in most cases.
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@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
11 Jan 10
Thats why most phones also have a speaker phone option. And in some states it already is. You may be considered lucky, but not having your hands on the wheel is dangerous. You may be a careful driver, but believe it or not those around you aren't. If you are ever forced to slam on the breaks, then where would you be? The reason this has become a prob lem is bec acuse drivers become to easily distracted and without the ability to put both hands on the wheel, crashes can and do happen. However, you can work around that by using speaker phone, and most blootooths sit on top of your ear, and don't actually fit in your ear. And some are dirt cheep.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
31 Jan 10
Yay! I am pleasantly surprised to see that you are NOT happy about the 'no talking' thing. I don't have a problem with a headset though, and I have a bluetooth. There are other options - using speakerphone with the phone in your lap or in a mount on your dashboard or door, etc. My reaction to the law here stating you have to use handsfree only is kinda meh. I mean, people don't really seem to care about it because I still always see people talking on the phone and I haven't noticed it to be a huge problem locally. It's not like there is any increase in fender benders or injury accidents or anything similar because people are still talking on cell phones. I usually use my bluetooth or speaker but I would never just NOT TALK ON THE PHONE. People who think this should be implemented are nuts and I'll sue someone for it if I have to. My feeling is that your (general you) rights end where mine begin - meaning I don't tell you what you can and can't do - although you can decide for yourself whether you want to NOT do something, and I won't be offended, but neither can you tell me what *I* can and can't do based on how you feel about things. If someone else feels it's not 'appropriate' to talk and drive, then that person has every right NOT TO DO THAT, but NO right to get involved with MY right if I want to. Especially if they live nowhere near me, don't even know me, and have a .0000000000001 percent chance of ever coming in contact with me in person in the next 100 years. My life and theirs would never interact, so for them to even CONSIDER they could prevent me from doing something which isn't their business is preposterous and arrogant.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
1 Feb 10
I think you are the only person to respond that doesn't care if people are on their phone. After I posted this discussion there was an article on the front page of the paper that stated after a month of having this law, there is not decrease in fender benders or accidents and the law simply isn't having any effect. Chances are that most of the people who are driving and talking aren't going to crash. Oh well, maybe they will change the law, maybe not.
@esjosh (915)
• India
12 Jan 10
Dear Harmonee, I understand that your hands free is broken and now you are not in a condition to buy new one. But dear if you will talk while driving and if you meet some disastrous accident (the chances will be more with talk and drive rather than normal drive) and as a result of that accident you will be also broken,,,,Oooooppss. Dear It's better not to talk than being broken.
@esjosh (915)
• India
12 Jan 10
I am 100% agree that it should be illegal. But the things will be come easier if people develop the self-disciplined. If they don't then some strict rules must be imposed.
• United States
12 Jan 10
I rode with a lady that thinks she is an awesome driver since she can text and talk on the phone while driving. I will never get in another vehicle with her. She is horribly unsafe but doesn't realize it. There was a show on driving while on a cell phone. It was interesting. A drunk driver did better than those who were texting and driving. I can't remember the name of the show but I'll look it up. I use speaker phone since I can't wear earbuds either.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
12 Jan 10
That show does sound interesting. I am not so bold as to think that texting is safe. For that you MUST take your eyes off the road. Thanks for your input.
@nemrac12 (388)
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
it is not illegal , but it is dangerous .... dangerous in a sense that your attention is focus into two. one is in driving and the other one is talkiing to somebody on the phone while you are driving? if the call is important, park the car on the safe side and answer the phone.. a lot of accidents occured in our place because of using cellphone while driving..
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
12 Jan 10
So, should other things that divide your focus also be illegal? Plenty of people eat and drive and that is also taking a hand off the wheel and dividing attention. I've even seen people reading or looking at papers while driving. I think that cell phones should not be singled out. If that is dangerous, so are these other activities.
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
11 Jan 10
Hi, our state is going to start that soon from the direct the legislature is taking. You might want to consider Jupiter Jack as there is nothing that goes in your ear. It's under $20 and works thru your car's radio so no set up. Super easy and works great! I am a supporter mostly because I have seen folks swerve oddly and then realize that they are only half paying attention to the road since they are talking on the phone. Put two such folks together and it's an accident just waiting to happen. It only takes a moment for a disaster to happen and I'd hate to see anyone die because they couldn't wait to make or take a phone call. It's not your driving that is in question really, it's how crazy some of the others drive and will you be able to react fast enough. When you are driving, you are in control of a dangerous weapon and need to give it the respect it deserves. You'd likely think much differently if you'd ever been in an accident or seen one unfold before your eyes. I've worked in emergency rooms and the reason for so many of the bad accidents are because someone didn't pay attention for just a moment..that's all it takes to end your life or someone else's..
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
12 Jan 10
Thanks for your response. I will totally check out Jupiter Jack. $20 is much more reasonable than the $75 Radio Shack wanted for their cheapest gadget. You are right, there are some horrible drivers out there and you do need to react when they are doing crazy things.
11 Jan 10
It should definetly be illegal....if you think about it so should driving and smoking at the same time.....as an ex-smoker i can vouch that it is also distracting whilst driving. but then where do you draw the line.....can you control people enough to say you cant eat or drink while smoking??/ what about listening to the radio and singing....surely these are distractions too.
@harmonee (1236)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I totally agree. If talking on the phone is illegal, I've seen people engaged in way more dangerous practices than that! I even saw a guy on his laptop while driving. Maybe instead of singling out phones, it should just be that you need to have 2 hands on the wheel while the car is moving.