The bluetooth controversy

@mommyboo (13197)
United States
July 16, 2008 12:00pm CST
My state recently instituted a law that you must have handsfree for your cell phone in order to drive and talk on it. Look who is benefitting from this law - now everybody is raising the prices of bluetooth sets because everybody has to have one. My complaint here is not strictly about the earpieces, it's about the fact that lawmakers MUST realize that some greedy corporation is primed to benefit off anything they pass! What can be done about this? Do you think it is fair? I kind of feel that if a law is passed and people must buy or obtain something to comply, then it should be provided free to consumers to ensure they are lawful. Otherwise it stands to reason that laws like this are made in an attempt to be greedy and profit off people, not in the name of safety or civility or whatever the law tries to pretend.
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@sk66rc (4257)
• United States
16 Jul 08
I see 2 sides to this issue... I do agree with the fact that some people can't do 2 things at once, drive & talk on cell. phone at the same time... I've seen people on cell. phone weive in & out of the lane... Although bluetooth ear peice is not "be-all" & "end-all" to this problem, it should make enough difference to where it would be safer... Flip side of that, just like majority of the corporations, they will turn this into chance at making profits & that's all they care about...
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@mommyboo (13197)
• United States
17 Jul 08
This bothers me though. I don't think that new laws should be made that are going to cost all the consumers MORE MONEY without instituting a fair way to ensure people can comply with the new law. Even if they can't do it free, at least cap the price so that people are not gouged. It should be at cost if there is one and this should be in place BEFORE the law goes active.
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
2 Aug 08
Well personally I feel that everything that is done by the governments nowadays is done with the profit of this or that company in mind. I actually feel that it's big corporations that rule the countries, the government is just there to do as they bide - generally speaking of course. It sure makes sense that if something is needed by law, then it should be provided for free by the manufacturers, specially in cases like this, but then there wouldn't be that much profit right? As I grow older I grow more cynical and less prone to believe that government's actions are for our benefit or safety - it can be as a secondary consequence, but certainly not the primary goal.
@34momma (13891)
• United States
20 Jul 08
i think that it is a great idea for people who drive to have one of those. yes they do cost a lot of money, but you can't replace the life that can be taken because someone just had to take a call. I think it is so dangerous to talk and drive. i rather spend the $100 it cost for one, then try and live the rest of my life forgiving myself for taking a life