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Feds may urge ban on devices distracting drivers | The Columbus Dis...

There are 9 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Oct 10, 2010, titled Feds may urge ban on devices distracting drivers | The Columbus Dis.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood thinks motorists are distracted by any use of mobile phones while driving, including hands-free calls, as his department begins research that might lead him to push for a ban.

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fibrokat

Hilliard, OH

#1 Oct 10, 2010
Cell phone use while driving is a distraction. More than once I've had to swerve and use the horn because someone in the next lane with their phone up to their ear drifted into my lane. I haven't seen any mention of another driving distraction in articles like this one though. Smoking while driving. Have you ever seen someone trying to light a cigarette while driving? I feel that smoking should be added to any proposed ban that claims to address driving distractions. Banning smoking while driving would make our roads safer AND cleaner.
Tom

Columbus, OH

#2 Oct 10, 2010
I agree with banning texting while driving. But the current frenzy and talk of banning cell phone usage, even hands-free, and such services as On Star and Sync seems to swinging the pendulum too far in the opposite direction. At this rate we'll be banning radios in cars because of the cognitive distraction. Remove everything that could distract a driver and the then we'll be wondering why people are falling asleep at the wheel. Have a little common sense here.
Steven Streets

Grove City, OH

#3 Oct 10, 2010
This is serious advice from a pro here folks
30 years ago i learned to multitask while driving the right way.
Police and taxi drives have that skill as a job description.
It cant be eliminated from the job so it must be taught properly and safely.
You people already know what cops and cabbies think about your driving skills and you cant see my finger from here anyway so...

What we need is better driver training and more mandatory remedial driver training for serial idiots.
In my 24 years i never had an accident that was my own fault and mitigated the almost fatal damage from other idiots through my hyper awareness. I avoided millions of dollars in accidents you people threw at me to kill me every day! Often several times a day.
Yes there is a job that can put your G.I. PTS to good use.
Multitasking in a car requires the acceptance of the fact that you can lose your life if you dont maintain constant 360 awareness. Then you keep that discipline of checking your awareness to that standard constantly. Like your speedometer in a speed trap but 360 awareness is your LIFEometer in a war zone.
That's not driving for fun is it? It's driving to live, to survive, to protect the people counting on you and get the pay home in one piece.

You peoples problem is letting your heads go recreational behind the wheel. Like soldiers laying down their weapons to party in a hot war zone.
Then someone gets hurt and you dont understand why.
So you blame it on the innocent bystander....that wasnt even born when i started driving.. a cell phone.
360 driving awareness doesn't allow you to blame anyone but your own self. But it does allow you to go home to sleep.
I'm still breathing Gods breath of life in spite of you idiots and sleep on my own tatami mat.
john

Mill Valley, CA

#4 Oct 10, 2010
what about banning conversations with other passengers or listening to talk radio or 'thinking'? jeeze!!
chandrakant patel

Mount Hope, OH

#5 Oct 10, 2010
its definetely necessary to ban these
gadgets for use whilst driving.they are
the major cause of many,many disasters.
wake up ! you adminstrators ? Fix this
quickly please.
Ms Drivesalot

Greenbrier, AR

#6 Oct 10, 2010
Tom wrote:
I agree with banning texting while driving. But the current frenzy and talk of banning cell phone usage, even hands-free, and such services as On Star and Sync seems to swinging the pendulum too far in the opposite direction. At this rate we'll be banning radios in cars because of the cognitive distraction. Remove everything that could distract a driver and the then we'll be wondering why people are falling asleep at the wheel. Have a little common sense here.
Agreed. Definitely ban texting. That requires a person to take their eyes off the road.

But you can easily talk on the phone without averting your eyes from the road. If they are successful in banning the talk portion of using a cell phone, then it won't be long before we will all be banned from carrying passengers in our cars. After all, having a passenger in your car is a distraction too. Especially a child in a rear seat. Whining, fussing, trying to get out of their car seat, passing food or toys back to them, etc. That's a much bigger distraction than talking on a cell phone.
Yup

Columbus, OH

#7 Oct 10, 2010
john wrote:
what about banning conversations with other passengers or listening to talk radio or 'thinking'? jeeze!!
Thinking is already banned in America.
dpx55

Lewis Center, OH

#8 Oct 10, 2010
What we DON'T need is more paternalistic government telling us what we can and can't do. Get these lunatics out of office before they're telling you what you can and can't do in your own home. Oh wait, too late for that too.
Big Brother

United States

#9 Oct 10, 2010
Unenforceable. Next?

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