Distracted driving: Cell-phone ban to...

Distracted driving: Cell-phone ban to be considered

There are 10 comments on the El Paso Times story from Feb 22, 2010, titled Distracted driving: Cell-phone ban to be considered. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

City Council on Tuesday is going to start considering the possibility of banning the use of cell phones while driving in El Paso.

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EpCynic

Glendale, AZ

#1 Feb 22, 2010
We already have laws against distracted driving that the police choose not to enforce. I guess the revenue generated by that ticket isn't sufficient for the police to enforce the law.
Scott

Irving, TX

#2 Feb 22, 2010
And Quintana also had a great point: "One accident and one death caused by a driver using a cell phone is one too many. We need to move forward with this."

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Um, no see this is not a "point". It is conclusory language lacking support. The statement does not draw a link between the result Ms. Quintana wishes to achieve and the ends she is proposing.

Don't take my word for it. Try out the idiocy of this statement for yourself and see how asinine it sounds.

"One ______ and one death caused by a ________ is one too many. We need to move forward with this."

"One heart attack and one death caused by a eating too much pizza is one too many. We need to move forward with this."

"One gunshot and one death caused by a privately owned firearm is one too many. We need to move forward with this."

etc.
Proud to live In El Paso

El Paso, TX

#3 Feb 22, 2010
I support this ban on cell phone usage, but it must be enforced. It is going to take some time to get the wording correct on the exemptions, i.e. hands free devices.

When Fort Bliss started theirs, I rarely saw anyone using their cell phones. As time has gone by, I have seen more and more people talking on their cell phones (including some military officers). I even saw one women on her cell phone with a Military Police vehicle right next to her. Given, she was stopped at a red light waiting for the light to turn green.
Leigh

Canutillo, TX

#4 Feb 22, 2010
A ban on cell phone usage while driving would be pointless as it would be very difficult to enforce. How would police officers be able to see people using their cell at night?
If people were using wireless or dash mounted type phone how would police be able to tell that the person is talking on the phone? Seems like in both cases a lot of people would be able to get away with using their cell while driving. That would be an unfair advantage for those people.
Banning cell phone use in a school zone seems more likely to succeed as an officer would be able to specifically look for a violation visually in that smaller more contained area.
Bravo

Brownsville, TX

#5 Feb 22, 2010
Hope the ordinance passes - too many fat middle aged women all over town going slow because they are talking about what to eat next in their freakin cell phone - hope they get a ticket and get sent to Jenny Craig
Paul

El Paso, TX

#6 Feb 23, 2010
Makeup, eating, reading, talking, drinking, changing the radio dial; we need to ban them ALL.

If you don't like it, move to a place where you have freedom.
Sal

El Paso, TX

#7 Feb 23, 2010
I think the city should ban all of this snow, rain, and wind. It seems to be having a greater effect on drivers.
Whaaaaat

Copperas Cove, TX

#8 Mar 9, 2010
ban new mexico and chihuahua plates close the border

go house to house and kick out all the mexicans who are living here for free not just free illegally...

ban all mexico plates from coming into el paso....

ban all woman from driving.....

ban all high school kids from driving....

see a trend here? it isn't just cell phones..... it is drivers.
Manny

Alamogordo, NM

#9 Mar 11, 2010
In nearby Las Cruces it was not the cell phone ban while driving that was the problem... it was the non documented "other things" that were added like
1. having a pet in your lap
2. having an arm around a loved one
3. eating or drinking (applied if there is an accident)
I personally have no problem with ordinaces that cover the above, but it is the sneaking them in (in the dark of the city chanbers) Is my problem with it.

One of Las Cruces's Finest has been observed recently talking on a cell phone and eating a burger at the same time if I had my camera it would have been on U-tube
Rey

AOL

#10 Mar 11, 2010
The city councils proposed and passed these bans NOT the police departments. If you are really upset with the ban, then the councils should be the target. Your anger is misplaced.

By the way, I agree with the ban even if it means I have to ignore, the President's call.

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