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    Should it be illegal? If so, what should be the penalty? What things should be included?

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    There are some things you can't regulate. How about talking to the person next to you? How about thinking about something else? How about crying or sneezing?

    And I haven't smoked cigarettes in years, but driving and smoking when alone in the car was one of life's sweet and simple pleasures, back in the day.
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    Years ago my SIL told me that in DC you can not eat and drive (She lives in Alexandria). I have always found that interesting. It was only a few years ago that texting and driving was banned here, but you can still legally talk on a cell phone (hand held) and drive.

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    There is already a distracted driving law in Maine that covers things like eating. They aren't going to pull you over for actually eating a sandwich, but if they pull you over for something else and can prove you were eating at the time (i think that would be hard to do actually)...they could give you an extra fine. Plus i'm pretty sure if you caused an accident and were eating at the time (again, not sure how they would really prove that), the charges would be heftier.

    I don't know how i feel about it. I mean, i think a lot of it is really hard to prove and fairly unenforceable so I think to myself, whats' the point. But at the same time, maybe the psychological part of it....just driving home the fact that it really can be a distraction is beneficial to a minor degree. If having it in the books just makes people minutely more mindful...i suppose i don't see the harm in it. People really are too lax about what they do behind the wheel. Anything to reinforce how important it is to not be doing other things really isn't a bad thing in my mind.

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    I dont know. I tend to nod off really quickly when I am in a car. Something about the sound or vibration is really sleepy making for me. So when I have to drive long distances, on the highway, I always either have a drink or a snack with me, and turn the radio up really loud to sing along Especially at night when I am alone, or just with the kids. I honestly think I am more likely to have an accident or drive off the road without those things than with them, so this would suck for me.
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    I am with you Kyla, I always have a drink in the car so that I can stay focused. I dont typically eat while driving unless we are on a road trip though.

    I think the most distracting thing for me is kids. Not really a way I can not have them while driving, so that is out. I do have to say though that I think some people are just more dis-tractable. My sister doesnt eat, drink, or talk on her cell phone but she has been in a lot of accidents. Only one was her fault and that was when she was 16. But she is constantly looking at signs or other cars and I dont think she is a very good defensive driver, and no law will change that
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    I want them to ban just being a jerk on the road. You know, the people who drive up on the shoulder to squeeze into the front of a traffic jam....can we ban them?
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    I think one thing that should be banned is people who drive with their dogs on their laps. Seriously....how can that be safe at all???
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    The new vehicles with their GPS screens that switch to radio/etc etc etc back up camera et all are way worse.. I tried to test drive one and had to just not use that part it was scary.
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    I'd like to ban all people who can't drive perfectly like I do
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