Drivey McChatter

Apparently, MA might ban people from talking on their cell phones while driving. Seems like a good idea to me, as a pedestrian I have been *ALMOST* hit by a few people not paying attention as they speed around the corners on their very important (and animated) calls.

4 Comments so far

  1. lizbet (unregistered) on July 8th, 2004 @ 4:56 am

    this morning I nearly hit a woman who was riding on a bike while on a cell phone… even less of a good idea than driving while chatting away (and she was helmet-less as well)
    I don’t know whether I’m really pro or anti cell phones in cars, I know they’re extraordinarily useful, but I’ve seen some bad, BAD, drivers out there on their phones, and I don’t think even forcing them to use hands-free devices instead will really improve things much.

  2. smeg (unregistered) on July 8th, 2004 @ 6:03 am

    I don’t think it’s the phone thats the problem, it’s the distraction. Loud music, another passenger, reading, eating, putting on makeup … they can all be as bad as a cell phone.
    Typically though, drivers with cell phones are worse than those without, so I’m in favour of a ban.
    Then again, Boston drivers could all do with being sent back to a good driving school :) (IE, not one in Mass!)

  3. mk (unregistered) on July 8th, 2004 @ 6:09 am

    I think it was AAA that did a study where they put cameras in cars to see what distracted people the most, and what caused accidents. Cell phones were only ONE of many causes – basically, what smeg said about how there are other distractions.
    Personally, I am a little tired of being over-regulated. I feel like we are the little children of the State sometimes, being forced into all these rules because they are supposedly “good” for us. I’m not a Libertarian by any stretch of the imagination, but this over-legislation for popular things (smoking, cell phones, etc.) is getting a little over the top.

  4. Cassford (unregistered) on July 9th, 2004 @ 1:48 am

    I’m all for freedom until it endangers others. Smoke all you want, as long as you don’t give me cancer by doing it in an enclosed public space and your high-risk behavior makes your health insurance premiums higher than mine so that the rest of us aren’t paying for your suicide. Talking on the phone while driving has been shown by many studies to endanger pedestrians, other drivers, and others. One UK study showed that the impairment created by carrying on cellphone conversations while driving is equal to driving with the legal limit of alcohol in your bloodstream (study.

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