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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #30 on: August 13, 2011, 04:38:33 pm »
"Cell phone in a car is TNT".
Funny, I drove to work and back today and the phone sat right next to me on the console. Nothing happened. It's not the phone that causes the problem. It's the person using it.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #31 on: August 13, 2011, 07:46:39 pm »
It's the unintended side effects you are missing.  If a phone can't be operated when moving at a speed faster than x, then the passengers can't use their phones either.  Nor can passengers on a bus.  Or a train.  Or (as technology allows) on an airplane.  Nor can I call 911 to report the drunk driver that I'm following.  (And my passenger couldn't either, for that matter)  Or be on the phone to 911 as I transport my injured child to the hospital.  (I live in an area where this is often quicker than waiting for an ambulance)

And, there are exemptions for emergency services personnel to use cell phones in vehicles.  So there would have to be an override.  And there's no conceivable way that the override procedure would remain a secret for any amount of time.

And how did we all seem to get along just fine without cell phones..........we did get along perfectly fine, which is also a point I am trying to make.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #32 on: August 13, 2011, 07:52:55 pm »
"Cell phone in a car is TNT".
Funny, I drove to work and back today and the phone sat right next to me on the console. Nothing happened. It's not the phone that causes the problem. It's the person using it.

I bet you cant drive for **** while you are talking on your phone in the car, but obviously you and others think you can. ::) Like I have said........some of you will never be convinced about the dangers this is creating, not worth trying to convince others about something that should be obvious. I wish you all the best, and hope you and anyone that you love isnt taken away from you due to someone's stupidity when texting/talking while driving.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #33 on: August 13, 2011, 07:57:34 pm »
I bet you cant drive for **** while you are talking on your phone in the car, but obviously you and others think you can. ::) Like I have said........some of you will never be convinced about the dangers this is creating, not worth trying to convince others about something that should be obvious. I wish you all the best, and hope you and anyone that you love isnt taken away from you due to someone's stupidity while texting/talking while driving.

Don't think that anyone here has even remotely stated that these such actions are NOT stupid but lets take away your right to conduct business while seated in the back of a taxi, bus, train or plane and I'll bet that you will be one of the first to jump up and down screaming that it's unconstitutional to infringe on your 1st admin rights.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2011, 08:21:17 pm »
Don't think that anyone here has even remotely stated that these such actions are NOT stupid but lets take away your right to conduct business while seated in the back of a taxi, bus, train or plane and I'll bet that you will be one of the first to jump up and down screaming that it's unconstitutional to infringe on your 1st admin rights.

I obviously understand how much things have changed in the workforce over the years, but we did all get along just fine without stupid cell phones. I am field service and remember when the only way to be reached was by pager and finding a payphone to talk on. But you know what......that worked just fine. Nothing that we do for a living requires us to be on our phones constantly, and this is especially the case while out in public. We have all become to easily reachable and accessable because of cell phones, hence a very big reason why everyone is so rude and has no patience for anything these days. Instant info, instant access, and one rude ass person after another........I for one dont wanna hear everybodys conversations, nothing is that important which cant wait for a more appropriate time. THE CELL PHONE COMPANIES ARE A HUGE REASON TO BLAME, PACKAGES ARE SO CHEAP NOW FOR ALMOST UNLIMITED EVERYTHING........IT USED TO COST AN ARM AND A LEG FOR CELL PHONE MINUTES. I would rather it go back to that, people would be much more stingy about how they spend their hard earned money on mobile minutes. And guess what........there would be a helluva lot less folks texting and talking all the time too. :thumbs:

I also wont be one of those people jumping up and down screaming because it is unconstitutional to infringe on my 1st admin rights. :)
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2011, 08:37:56 pm »
Ha! When is the last time you looked for a pay phone? Those suckers are a thing of the past or nearly so.....

The times they be a changing fast, stand still for too long and it will run your azz flat over all the whist texting and making popcorn at the same time.....
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2011, 10:03:23 pm »
I obviously understand how much things have changed in the workforce over the years, but we did all get along just fine without stupid cell phones. I am field service and remember when the only way to be reached was by pager and finding a payphone to talk on.

I remember those days as well, Poke.  I didn't think you were that old...  ;)
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #37 on: August 14, 2011, 04:43:58 am »
I remember those days as well, Poke.  I didn't think you were that old...  ;)

Yep I recall the pager going off to which one would find a phone and call an answering service who would tell you who called and/or connect you with them.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #38 on: August 14, 2011, 05:02:12 am »
Yep I recall the pager going off to which one would find a phone and call an answering service who would tell you who called and/or connect you with them.

Ah, the good old days when we could actually get things done rather than discuss things on the cell phone. 8)
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #39 on: August 14, 2011, 05:09:23 am »
Ah, the good old days when we could actually get things done rather than discuss things on the cell phone. 8)

What was so good about having to stop what I was doing and find a phone that I could safely use as my boss full well expected that we return calls to customers within a 20 minute time window?
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #40 on: August 14, 2011, 05:16:27 am »
People didn't feel as free to interupt you constantly and you had a ready excuse that you couldn't find a phone to respond.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #41 on: August 14, 2011, 06:32:04 am »
People didn't feel as free to interupt you constantly and you had a ready excuse that you couldn't find a phone to respond.

Funny that today I'm very selective about answering my phones both personal and business related as they are usually set to silent ring.... If you want me to call you back leave me a message; otherwise don't waste your time or mine bothering to call. On the other hand if you text or email me I'll usually get back to you as soon as practical.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #42 on: August 14, 2011, 07:21:09 am »
What was so good about having to stop what I was doing and find a phone that I could safely use as my boss full well expected that we return calls to customers within a 20 minute time window?

What was good about it is that people weren't being killed by a distracted driver making that all important text or cell phone call. There will always be distractions while driving, some we can do something about and some we can't. Cell phone use by the driver of the car, any use, is something that we should do something about. I work in a college town and I see dangerous distracted driving every single day. Hell, some of them can’t even walk and talk on the cell let alone drive their damn car.

I agree with Pokey 100%.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #43 on: August 14, 2011, 08:05:05 am »
I'm with Pokey 100% on this Cellphone issue. I believe the use of a cellphone while operating a motor vehicle should be penalized the same as DUI.
I've been hit by a cellphone talking driver, she would not get off of the phone until the investigating police officer threatened to lock her up. All of the studies I've read on this issue rank Cellphone usage while driving to be just as bad if not more so than driving while drinking. It makes no difference if the phone is handheld or hands free, it's not the hand that's the problem, it's the brain. I for one cannot understand how any thinking person can think that it's a good ideal to attempt to operate a motor vehicle while talking on a phone and or texting.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #44 on: August 14, 2011, 08:20:17 am »
What was good about it is that people weren't being killed by a distracted driver making that all important text or cell phone call. There will always be distractions while driving, some we can do something about and some we can't. Cell phone use by the driver of the car, any use, is something that we should do something about. I work in a college town and I see dangerous distracted driving every single day. Hell, some of them can’t even walk and talk on the cell let alone drive their damn car.

I agree with Pokey 100%.

Never once did I say that I support cell phone or texting while driving did I? But putting a speed disabling feature in a phone is not an answer by any way shape or form.
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