Does your area have a law against using your cell phone while driving?

@jesssp (2712)
Canada
January 8, 2010 2:53pm CST
Do you obey it? Does anyone else? Our area adopted the law and it started at the beginning of January. So far people do not seem to take it very seriously. Maybe that will change come February when the police can start writing tickets but for now no one seems to be too concerned about the new law. In fact, a lady almost pulled out into traffic right in front of me today because she was yakking on her cell phone! The tickets for texting will be more severe than the ones for just talking and so far that hasn't got people to think twice about texting and driving either. That one really bothers me. It's so dangerous, so stupid, so unnecessary and now it could lead to 3 points on your driver's license but people still can't wait until they're stopping to text. It's a small town, you're only ever 5 minutes away, you would think that message could wait! Do you have talking and texting while driving laws in your area? Have they made you think twice about picking up your cell when you're behind the wheel? What is your opinion on these laws?
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Jan 10
Yes we've had it for a while. If the phone rings while I'm in the car, if there's somebody else there, I hand it to them to answer. If nobody's there, I don't answer it. The laws are a very good idea. Now we need one for putting on makeup, shaving, etc. while driving.
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@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Jan 10
right dawn, once almost got hit by this lady who was using her elbow to steer in the mall parking while she put on her makeup. I looked up in time to jump to one side as she was not even looking at us people on foot who were crossing the lot to the stores. that taught me to watch even slow drivers as some were not watching us at all.
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@dawnald (85135)
• Shingle Springs, California
8 Jan 10
Yikes, scary...
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
I agree, those things are as distracting as the phone if not more so. One thing that always seemed dangerous to me is smoking while driving. Having something in your hand that's also on fire seems kind of distracting.
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@maezee (41997)
• United States
9 Jan 10
They made it illegal to text & drive here in Minnesota but for some reason, as long as you're over 18, you can talk on the phone & drive - perfectly legally. I don't know if I agree with this. I rarely talk on my cell when I'm driving as it is..Because it definitely IS distracting. And rarely do I have anything SO important that I need to make a phone call for THAT urgently. *shrugs*. But I'm assuming there are many people who feel that they're SO incredibly important that they couldn't possibly STOP TALKING ON THE PHONE for 10 minutes to drive somewhere. Or for 10 minutes to run into the dry cleaners (Ha, I had to throw that one in there.. I hate that!). A lot of people seem totally glued to their phones. Now, I love my phone (which I recently lost..But I've ordered a new one so I'll be getting it soon thankfully!), but it's not GLUED to my ear. And I know that no phone call in the world is worth putting yourself (and others!) in danger because of it.
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@mommyboo (13174)
• United States
10 Jan 10
Do you talk to passengers in the car? I'm sure we all do. If you can talk to a passenger in the car with you, there's not much difference being on the phone with them. Now there will be people I'm sure who try to split hairs and say that it's not the same, but it is, especially if you're not holding a handset. I would really laugh if anybody tried to push through legislation that prevented you from talking to passengers in your car. Plus I would still do it anyway.
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
Wow, that seems silly. I guess once you're 19 you must be 'mature' enough to talk and drive at the same time. I hate it when people are glued to their phone too. It drives me nuts when they can't even be bothered to put the thing down for 2 minutes to go through a till. I've noticed a few business actually have signs up saying they won't serve customers who are talking on the phone. It's pretty sad that they even have to do that. I don't feel that talking to someone in the car is less distracting than talking to someone who isn't and that's why hands free and Blue Tooth devices are legal. When you're talking to a passenger you're not dialing or looking down at your phone, your eyes stay on the road and both your hands are on the steering wheel where they should be. It's not the talking that's distracting, it's the operating of the device.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
9 Jan 10
I think it's high time we had such laws! When did we become so self-important that we couldn't function without being available to the world at all times? Our trivial communications are more important to us than our own safety and especially more important than the safety of others. We need to get things back into perspective. These laws might help. They will certainly save lives!
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
Exactly! There was a time where we could drive to the grocery store without checking our texts or talking on the phone and we functioned just fine. In fact, we even managed to function without cell phones -- or even cars. Things do need to be put back into perspective and people clearly aren't able to do that on their own, that's why the law needs to step in. Unfortunately laws can't teach common sense.
@MrKennedy (1978)
8 Jan 10
Yes, and for good reason too. Here where I live, it is a felony to be speaking down or texting on a mobile phone whilst managing a vehicle, and will lead to a fine and points on your license. However, blue-tooth headsets are still allowed, though I think they still have a negative effect on concentration and focus whilst driving.
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• United States
8 Jan 10
While I don't know the fine details, Illinois does have a law now about driving and talking or texting. You can talk if you have a bluetooth but get a ticket if talking and holding the phone. You can text or read text messages only if at a complete, safe stop. Otherwise, you get a ticket.
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@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
Where I live the law pertains to texting and talking at any time in any place. Which makes a lot more sense to me.
• United States
9 Jan 10
Thank you for the full info. Hey...I was close lol.
• United States
9 Jan 10
think hat they are considering making it illegal to drive while using your cell phone, but they obviously haven't yet. There are so many people talking on their cell phones wile driving, it is insane. You can go down the street without seeing someon driving a little carelessly about while on their cell phone.
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
A few days ago a lady pulled right out in front of me because she was too busy yakking on her phone to pay attention to the road - and we do have the law here! People aren't going to take it seriously so I really hope to see it strictly enforced.
@shaggin (71664)
• United States
9 Jan 10
I know that New York state which I am close to has a law against talking on the phone when your driving. I was in New York state the other day and I'm ashamed to admit that for the first time I was texting while I was driving. There werent any cars near me and I was being very careful but still its a bad idea. I know that talking on the phone is against the law there but I wasent sure if texting while driving is. I would imagine it is against the law as well because its probably more risky then just talking actually. I live in Pennsylvania and I don't think its illegal to drive while talking on the phone but I don't know for sure. I know a few years back for sure that it was legal but I don't know the law could have been changed since then for all I know.
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
I imagine before long it will be a nation wide law. It's obviously been proven to be unsafe so it's for our own good, definitely worth keeping your phone out of your hand when you're behind the wheel!
@Hatley (163781)
• Garden Grove, California
8 Jan 10
hi jesssp I don't drive but I see people breaking this law all the time and do such erratic stupid driving as they have the thing in their hand not on a stand like they are supposed to. People just do not believe that they are going to get caught so I do hope some do, then maybe someone will get the message'not to drive while holding that damned cellphone. maybe someone has to get killed first I suppose. horrors its so dumb that people will risk life and limb over a silly cellphone.
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
Our basement renter's brother is a police officer in town and he said that all the cops are just itching to write tickets for it. And I hope they do, and stick with it too. It's just so dangerous and so stupid.
@katsmeow1213 (28717)
• United States
8 Jan 10
We've had a law like that for years, if talking on your cell phone you must use a hands free device. It's been around for 5 or more years, I know that for a fact. We used to have cell phones ages ago, and the law was in effect then. We didn't use our phones often, but one time hubby worked almost 2 hours drive away, and he'd call and chat with me on his drive home, but he always had a hands free device. We don't own cell phones anymore, it's just an unneccesary bill that we can't afford. But it does drive me crazy when I see others yapping on their phones while driving. It makes me want to get out of my car, go up to them, and scream at them to hang up the f'ing phone and DRIVE!!! OMG! I remember a time when I had to sit through 3 red lights because the moron in front of me was too busy yapping on the phone that they didn't realize the light had changed. Oh I hate those jerks! No texting while driving is a rather new law, which seems to me like it should be more common sense than a law. I mean come on, how the heck can you text while driving? Some people are just idiotic!
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
I see people texting and driving all the time, a friend of mine even blew a red light a while ago because he was doing it. It's just so careless and stupid, I welcome this law. It's going to suck for all the kids in the graduated licensing program who will be getting 3 points on their driver's licenses every time they get busted texting at the wheel - especially since 5 or more means they lose their license for at least 3 months.
@ANTIQUELADY (36440)
• United States
8 Jan 10
tHEY HAVE PASSED A LAW about texting but i don't know if it's being enforced or not but it should be. I very seldom use my cell, don't even know why i have it really. i'm home most of the time but do feel better having it when i get out in case of car trouble etc. I'm like u i never saw people that couldn't drive, go to the grocer etc. w/out having that cell to their ear.
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
They're definitely a handy thing to have but I don't think there are too many calls that are SO important they can't wait until the car is stopped.
@JenInTN (27514)
• United States
8 Jan 10
We had these laws pass here back in the summer. The fine is $50. I think that it might help if the penalty was a little more extreme because there aren't a lot of people respecting that law in my area either.
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
8 Jan 10
Since it's a safety issue I think the fine and punishment should be more extreme too.
@nijolechu (1842)
• Canada
9 Jan 10
Yes, the province where I am from just implemented this new law against using your cell phone while driving. It started on January 1st but I still see people using their cell anyway. I guess its pretty tough to police it if you live in a big city like me.
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
I think it's going to be pretty tough to enforce anywhere so we'll see how many people actually get ticketed. Something tells me that there won't be many, and most will be in issued as the result of an accident.
@skyhawk3 (63)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Yea i mean it's a good law to me. i mean many kids have been killed in school areas where stupid people are not watching and kill someone because of a stupid text message. can you live with that ? knowing you killed and innocent child because of a text message ? i don't know about you but i wouldn't live with myself knowing how selfish i was and how unregarded i was of he rules and laws. i still see people doing it and am very concerned about what happens to them on the road. i mean they should put a sign up that says "Would you kill for your phone?", or "would you risk your money for your phone ?" those are stupid people who are stuck on the phone all day and don't know what else to do with there lives.
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
I agree with you. The way I look at it is that laws are there for a reason and they should be obeyed, even if we don't agree with them or think they're valid. It bothers me when people just ignore laws like this because they think it's silly or that it's not a big deal when it's obviously been proven that it is serious and it could very well save lives.
@tangurama (204)
• Canada
9 Jan 10
I live in Canada and as of January 2010, it is no longer legal for citizens to drive while talking on their cell phones. The only exception is if you're using a headset or earpiece where your hands aren't occupied.
@jesssp (2712)
• Canada
11 Jan 10
So it this law nation wide now?
@cyberfluf (4996)
• Netherlands
9 Jan 10
As far as I know both using your cell phone to call without a head set and texting while driving are illegal. The penalty is steep, but I don't know exactly how high the tickets are. I think it's a good thing because people are not only a risk for their own health by being on the phone or texting while driving, but to others aswell.
• United States
25 Jan 10
Wireless headset is the SafeWay - STOP HOLDING n DRIVING especially if you can't do 2things @ once
I know of 2 states that have a law that passed about cell phone usage in my area. The state that I live in currently just passed a law that if cops see anyone texting on their phones will driving will receive a $500 fine for our 1st offense(personally I think they need to have them no require them to use the hand-free method if you ask me but who am I) and the othe state is the state that I was born and raise in up north it is required that you have a blue tooth, earpiece, etc. something of that nature. If you are seen by a police officer you can have a fine upto but not limited $200up depending how many times you've been cited.
@writersedge (22563)
• United States
14 Jan 10
Yes, cell phones, texting, and doing most things instead of just driving. It doesn't seem to do much good, they just stop doing it when the cops come around. Then they start up again. The only people I see pull over and use their cells are the police and people in business trucks.
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
9 Jan 10
Not yet, but I wish it would come soon. The people who text and drive don't pay any attention to anything around them. They'll run over anything and not even know it. Pity anything in the road. (Or sidewalk!) They can hit something on the sidewalk, then get out and scream at whatever it was about being in their road!! You just want to point at them and scream, "Here comes a Darwin Award future winner!!" Or "Moron U. graduate!!"
@delkar (1712)
• Romania
9 Jan 10
In my country this law have more than 10 years from the moment that it was aplied, but in the first year there were a lot of tickets for driving while you use your cellphone, but after the first year, there were not any tickets for that, just if the policeman really wants to stop you . I don`t know how many points you will get for that, i think just 2 or 3 . I think that now maybe almost all the people have speaker in their car . It`s a dangerous thing to speak or text while you drive the car , even if you have experience or you drive a little slower . Speaking like speaking, but texting...it`s really dangerous . I`m texting sometimes, but without to take my eyes from the road . When i`m speaking on the phone, i just tell that person that i`ll call him/her a little later, because i`m driving .
@happy6162 (3001)
• United States
9 Jan 10
We now have a no texting law here in my state for both teenagers and adults. Adults can still talk on their cell phone while driving but teenagers can not. I think the texting law is great and glad we have it. I do not talk very much on my cell phone while driving only if it is important. There are lots of things that distract people from their driving and they cause accidents too like changing channel on your radio or adjusting your heater it is not just the use of cell phones.