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    I know when the law first went into effect here, my husband (an RCMP officer) commented that he could never see giving a ticket for it because he would feel like a huge hypocrite, since he is on the COMPUTER constantly when driving at work. He is constantly typing in license plate numbers and looking things up, not to mention the amount that he is talking on the radio.

    Having said that though, he is also trained to do this, while the average driver is not. I think hands free should be OK, but not texting or even putting the phone up to your ear. Cell phones are too hard to hold that way. I always drop mine when trying to do other things, which would be very distracting when driving.
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    So in the accident cited in the article why weren't the TWO bus drivers able to stop in time? Were they texting too?
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    My suburban has Onstar, and our new pick-up has sync (though I've not added my phone to it yet, we've only had it just over a wk) my cell phone also has voice to text....so I'm totally hands free. I am on the road every day during the wk though picking up and dropping off kids at different activities and while I don't call a lot while on the road it does come in handy in the event I'm going to be a few minutes late picking a kid up or if I'm running late coming back home to be able to call home and have one of the kids at least start cooking dinner.

    I do see people all the time though texting while they are driving, just coming back from one of hubby's Dr.'s appointments on Monday there was an idiot whipping down the interstate steering with his knee and texting like a bandit...needless to say the idiot was all over the road using up both lanes of the interstate.



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    I think that texting should be banned, but not all usage. hands free is fine with me.

    There are so many other distractions in a car and hands free talking seems no different than having conversation with your passenger. maybe, even less dangerous because you aren't tempted to turn your head and face the person you are talking to periodically.

    I admit to talking on the cell in the car. I don't text though.

    My brother drives a Jaguar and the computer does not allow you to use the navigation screen while in drive. I thought that was cool
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    So in the accident cited in the article why weren't the TWO bus drivers able to stop in time? Were they texting too?
    Because big, heavy vehicles like buses and commercial trucks require way more stopping distance than a pickup or car, and they were probably following too closely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elleon17 View Post

    My brother drives a Jaguar and the computer does not allow you to use the navigation screen while in drive. I thought that was cool
    I don't know of any cars that DON'T do this. However, my entire car is voice controlled ~ so I can call up my Nav (or my address book or phone #'s) hands free simply by voice, and direct my NAV to go to that address or that preset in my address book. I would assume that if they ban hands free phone calling they would also ban all hands free audio communication within the car, which is nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elleon17 View Post
    My brother drives a Jaguar and the computer does not allow you to use the navigation screen while in drive. I thought that was cool
    What if there is a passenger in the car? Can they navigate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire'sMommy View Post
    Because big, heavy vehicles like buses and commercial trucks require way more stopping distance than a pickup or car, and they were probably following too closely.
    Exactly. So how does that have anything to do with whether the first driver was texting or not. It sounds like they wouldn't have had time to stop anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethanwinfield View Post
    What if there is a passenger in the car? Can they navigate?
    Not in any car I have ever been in. I have to be in park or fully stopped to use my computer or access my preset address book, whether driver or passenger. The end around, of course, is hands free voice control over Nav.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Exactly. So how does that have anything to do with whether the first driver was texting or not. It sounds like they wouldn't have had time to stop anyway.
    Were it not for the fact that the pickup truck driver was texting the chances of him rear-ended a bus, and then been rear-ended by another bus would've been greatly decreased. It's hard to slow down for a construction zone that's approaching when your eyes aren't on the road.

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