New York: Talking on the phone while driving is now illegal. Long overdue or that sucks?

CAPISCE 2012/11/20 14:01:30
Long Overdue
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Operation Hang Up is on its way this week for New York. Use the phone while driving, and you could face a 150 dollar fine and 85 dollars in court fees. Starting Wednesday, police will be specifically hunting for those of us that like to talk or text and drive. Violators can get 2 points on their license for talking and three points if they're caught texting. Last year, state police issued more then 20-thousand tickets for texting violations, a four fold increase from the year before. The operation runs through November 25th, this Sunday....
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  • patrick.bonacoscia 2012/11/20 14:08:55
    Long Overdue
    Talking on phone while driving regardless if a handsfree phone is used, increases by 3 time the risk of accidents. Driving requests 100% attention

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  • iamthemob ~ the 444th Guru ~ 2012/12/03 16:31:41
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    Is this for any conversation on the phone? If so, that's overbroad...as there's no reason to fine people for driving with a hands-free device or for using their speakerphone.
  • NightRyder 2012/11/27 00:25:34 (edited)
    Long Overdue
    Driving in this country is a serious undertaking as can be seen in the country's driving fatality rate. It has far surpassed death cause by Airplain cashed, train wrecks and mishaps. It is even higher than the killed in combat rates of the wars this country has fought, including Viet Nam, which holds the highest fatality rate of all other wars of recent history. World wars are not included for obvious reasons.

    Average number of deaths on Nam per year during the conflict from 1965 to 1973 was 6,478, while the average fatality rate for the United States in traffic accidents was 2732 per month in 2009 and 2010, for a yearly total of 32,788.

    If your mind is not totally on the road when you are driving, it can easily mean that your body can end up in a Hospital or Cemetery. Take it from a pro-driver (30 years long haul), with 42 years of accident free driving; Stay within the speed limit, and be courtious to other drivers, Being late for something, if that is the problem, is not worth your life.
  • User Deactivated 2012/11/24 22:48:40
    Long Overdue
    User Deactivated
    And I'm as guilty as anyone.
  • Quazimoto 2012/11/24 03:59:35
    Long Overdue
    It seems like the individuals who are on the phone, and especially texting, are drivers who have the least amount of experience behind the wheel.
  • marty 2012/11/22 18:16:48
    That sucks
    Welcome to another police state. Next, when you can use the bathroom and reproduce.
  • ruthannhausman 2012/11/21 23:07:45
    Long Overdue
    About time. People need to get used to the idea that you're on the road to drive to your destination, not maintain your social calendar. If there is need to talk on the phone, there are always ample spots where you can pull over and take care of business.

    Not all phone talking bothers me. Sometimes it's brief message, direction clarification, etc., and short. Hands-free phones wouldn't bother me. But texting? Never, ever, ever would I approve texting to be legal. Never. I've got idiot relatives who do it all the time and it disgusts me that they think they're accident-proof.
  • Kookieless The Sexy Nihilis... 2012/11/21 22:15:57
  • ruthann... Kookiel... 2012/11/21 23:04:04
    Passengers are capable of seeing dangers ahead and usually watch out for traffic anyway, just as a normal practice. Telephone passengers can't see a thing from the driver's perspective.

    Although I wouldn't totally recommend it, talking on a hands-free phone doesn't stress me too much. But texting? You cannot imagine in your wildest dreams how much that infuriates me. The penalty for texting should be 100 times whatever just talking on the phone costs. To me, that is an honest to goodness danger to everybody on the road.
  • Kookiel... ruthann... 2012/11/21 23:08:12
  • ruthann... Kookiel... 2012/11/24 14:27:42
    Wow, that's idiocy at its best, now, isn't it?

    (Unless she was stalled and texting car help.)
  • Swampdog PWCM 2012/11/21 20:46:46
    Swampdog PWCM
    To me talking on the phone is no different that talking with a passenger. However some people will slow down 10 to 15 MPH lower than the speed limit. This endangers their lives and those around them.
  • P. Sturm 2012/11/21 18:06:52
    Long Overdue
    P. Sturm
    "Hang Up and Drive" by Ray Stevens
  • cc 2012/11/21 07:20:45
    Long Overdue
    I see too many people wagging across lanes of traffic, or not paying attention because they're on the phone.... bust'em!
  • Woof 2012/11/21 06:45:39 (edited)
    Long Overdue
    I wish we didn't need to make laws for absolutely everything that said commonsense dictates this one.
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/11/21 06:20:49
    That sucks
    Stan Kapusta
    Driving and talking is wrong. What sucks is more big government. What next males must have a counter attached so thay don't shake more than the government regulation. Fines up to 50 dollars per bathroom visit. If they really wanted it stopped suspend service. Not turn it into a money maker and take away choices. New Yorkers are losing their....
  • Jesferkicks 2012/11/21 06:19:27
    Long Overdue
    Needed evil. People just aren't that good of drivers to be distracted.
  • Jbug799 2012/11/21 03:48:48
    Long Overdue
    Especially the texting!
  • stevmackey 2012/11/21 03:46:17
    That sucks
    Amateur Radio operators and the military and the police have been talking mobile for years. And do not leave out the truckers. It is the idiots that text while driving that should be censured.
  • I NEED A HORSE 2012/11/21 03:04:24
  • Cat 2012/11/21 02:53:51
    Long Overdue
    Holding the phone, dialing and texting are bad because they make your eyes leave the road and cause accidents and deaths. But with an earpiece and voice commands, I see no problem with just talking, as one would converse with a passenger.
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/11/21 02:30:21
    Long Overdue
    It should be illegal in all states.
  • jc 2012/11/21 02:06:03
    Long Overdue
    I don't even like to use a blutooth device while driving.It distracts me.
  • JET 2012/11/21 01:18:11
    Long Overdue
    I'm sure it wont stop, but I bet they'll be more cautious when driving and gabbing on the cell phone.
  • No One 2012/11/21 01:14:07
    Long Overdue
    No One
    It's dangerouse to talk on the phone while driving as it is a distraction and could cause an accident. car accidents from talking while driving
  • Andrew 2012/11/21 00:17:07
    Long Overdue
    Now that's a reasonable law. Not banning soda that's just plain ridiculous.
  • Andy Fletcher 2012/11/20 23:53:11
    Long Overdue
    Andy Fletcher
    This is one of the few areas of government intrusion I agree with. I don't give fat rat's ass if you drive yourself over a cliff in your selfish distraction. I care deeply about your passengers and the other folks sharing the roadway with you, and less important, the material roadway itself that taxpayers paid for and maintain for your safety. Driving requires your full attention but not for YOUR sake, for everyone else's.
  • Mary Mary 2012/11/20 23:42:05 (edited)
    Long Overdue
    Mary Mary
    MASSIVE fines In Australia for this, you can't even pull over with you car running and talk you have to have the car turned off. We had a friend killed about 6 yrs ago from being in the phone while driving.
  • CAPISCE Mary Mary 2012/11/21 02:04:57
    I like it
  • Mary Mary CAPISCE 2012/11/21 02:10:08
    Mary Mary
    It's illegal to smoke in cars with kids too
  • John 2012/11/20 22:28:16
    Long Overdue
    It really distracts. When I drive I can recall any mile I was driving. But when I pick the phone in the car is there no memory of anything what had to do with traffic during the time of the call. Thats for me alarming enough, NO phone when driving.
  • doomsquirrel 2012/11/20 20:52:50
  • Tic-Toc 2012/11/20 20:31:19
    Long Overdue
    What is so important that you are willing to risk not only your life, but the lives of others who happen to be traveling on the same road as you. Hang up the damn phone and DRIVE.
  • ZB 2012/11/20 20:30:50
    How about those that use hands free devices? I have one. Works great and doesn't keep me from watching the road. No phone in my hand while driving. And I can't even text while walking, never mind while trying to DRIVE.
  • SusanG 2012/11/20 20:03:32
    Long Overdue
    Saving lives...don't talk or text while driving
  • **StarzAbove** 2012/11/20 19:48:23
    Long Overdue
    Good idea. Hope it saves some lives. I have never done that, in fact I hardly ever use my cell phone.
  • Jan 2012/11/20 19:46:42
    Long Overdue
    It has been illegal to use a mobile phone while driving in the YK for a few years now. The accident rate on the roads has dropped as a result though some idiots still do it. Following a car that weaves and changes speed used to mean the driver was probably drunk but now they are more likely to be chatting or texting on the phone. If they could see how badly it affects their ability to drive it would be quite a wake up call for them.
  • none 2012/11/20 19:46:30
  • john 2012/11/20 19:45:53
    We have had that law in England for years, but people still do it and like any driving law, it is hard to catch people.....don't know if it has saved any lives, although they will tell you it has......
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/11/20 18:41:19
    Long Overdue
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    They've been illegal in Chicago for several years, ditto the suburb next to me.

    We all survived for years without cell phones and should still be able to.
  • Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA 2012/11/20 18:40:25
    Long Overdue
    Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA
    many times i have come upon a green traffic light and had to blow my horn to let the driver in front know that they were sitting thru a green light while yaking on the phone

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