I'm curious to know if the fatal crashes mentioned in the OP were the result of texting, and not just talking on the phone. Not to say there are never accidents while someone is on the phone, but I wonder how many were accidents would have happened anyway, but the driver just happened to be on the phone. kwim?
I view talking on the phone the same way as Lana, as having a conversation with someone. Assuming, that is, that I don't look down at my phone during that time (or look at the ear piece, lol). If I need to stop talking I just say "hold on a minute, " or if I'm in heavy traffic I tell them and we hang up. If I have to jot down a note or look for something while on the phone, I pull over and stop. Also, when I can, I wait until I am parked before calling someone. I live in an area where there are a lot of open roads with little traffic and so sometimes I will answer the phone if it rings. I don't do it constantly, but having my DD strapped in her booster seat is THE best time to talk on the phone That being said, there are some people who just should not talk on a cell phone while driving. Those are the same people who, bless their hearts, cannot walk and chew gum at the same time, either. So... maaaaybe cell phone talking while actually driving should be banned. I dunno.
As for texting, it absolutely should NOT be done while driving. Ever. Pull over and stop to do it. And when I say stop, I don't mean at a stoplight waiting for the light to change. I mean PULL OVER AND PUT IT IN PARK. Maybe even turn the engine off. lol. I was texting today while in a parking lot inching along slowly, as parent pick-up lines for school go (thinking because I was waiting in line and going so slow, that it wasn't really "driving," right?) and a mother was walking out of the school with her kids and decided at the last second to cross in front of me and I alllllmost didn't see them! And she was about nine months pregnant, too, no less. All because I was engrossed in texting. I just happened to look up right in the nick of time. Almost gave me a heart attack! (Note to anyone out there who crosses between cars in a parent pick-up line: please check to be sure the driver is watching first! Especially if she has reddish-dark blonde hair and freckles [i.e., me.] )
Not talking to my kid while driving? Ridiculous! I have some of the very best conversations in the car with my kids.
I think that if you feel you cannot drive and talk to passengers or on your blue tooth then dont do it, but I dont think most people become horrible drivers when then are talking to their kids
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I think it's a great idea to ban drivers from talking on the phone or texting. Maybe my commute time will go down. I'm so sick of being stuck behind people going 10-15 miles under the speed limit because they are too busy paying attention to whoever they are talking with to drive the car.
I can not imagine not being willing to talk to my kids in the car. They would be crushed. We went on about an 1 1/2 drive one way yesterday and that was some of the best family time.
In my State it is still legal to talk on the phone. Texting was recently made illegal. I admit, I have texted while waiting at a stop light. Mostly just the word driving so the person will know why I do not respond. I do talk on the phone while driving but only numbers I have on speed dial. My family all lives in either NY or DC. They all have to talk through a blue tooth. I think that is no different than talking to other passengers. I would be fine with it being that way here, but I would not want all phone talking banned. I would think it would be much better to talk to someone on the phone to help you stay awake and alert than it would be to fall asleep at the wheel. With no radio, talking to passengers, or talking on the phone, I am sure some people would fall asleep.
I definitely understand what they are getting at with this law - but then I think that some people must be a lot better than me at multi-tasking. I actually do very little talking in the car when I'm driving (even to my son and passengers); not because I have a rule about it, but simply because I am terrible at focusing on more than one thing at a time. If you try to talk to me when I'm reading or watching a movie or driving, or whatever is absorbing my attention, I am a terrible conversationalist. I just can't concentrate on talking when something else is using up my mental reserves. Haha, that makes me sound like such a dumba$$, but it's true.
Having said that, I do understand that not everyone works the same way that I do. I have seen many people drive successfully while talking to their passengers and/or on bluetooth cell phones. I think maybe a better way to address it is to have stricter laws about what happens if you crash while texting, or whatever. Of course, that would be harder to prove unless the DA got cell phone records.
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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What about people like taxi drivers, truck drivers, ambulance drivers, etc. who need to be able to talk or not work?
At least here in AB emergency workers are still allowed to use their cell phones/computers while driving.