Don't drink and drive

And don't use the cellphone either.

  • (4 Pages)
  • +
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • Last »

58 Replies - 2856 Views - Last Post: 23 January 2010 - 03:35 AM

Poll: Call and drive (66 member(s) have cast votes)

Should it be illegal?

  1. Yes, unless using a headset (23 votes [34.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.85%

  2. No, it doesn't affect driving (3 votes [4.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.55%

  3. Yea, focus on the road (23 votes [34.85%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.85%

  4. Certainly, women shouldn't drive (17 votes [25.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.76%

Vote Guests cannot vote

#1 Gloin  Icon User is offline

  • Expert Schmexpert...
  • member icon

Reputation: 235
  • View blog
  • Posts: 4,489
  • Joined: 04-August 08

Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:31 PM

I read about an accident where a woman driving 70MPH on the freeway ran into a stationary vehicle resulting in the death of a 24 year old woman. The driver had been constantly talking on the phone and sending SMS while driving at the time of the accident.

Should there be a law against this?

If yes, what would be an apropriate penalty?
Is This A Good Question/Topic? 0
  • +

Replies To: Don't drink and drive

#2 DoubleFission  Icon User is offline

  • D.I.C Head
  • member icon

Reputation: 24
  • View blog
  • Posts: 223
  • Joined: 20-September 08

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:37 PM

Well it is illegal in Australia...

If the police see you using your mobile phone it's a couple of hundred dollar on the spot fine, it goes up for repeat offenders
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#3 Gloin  Icon User is offline

  • Expert Schmexpert...
  • member icon

Reputation: 235
  • View blog
  • Posts: 4,489
  • Joined: 04-August 08

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:42 PM

That's cool, I wish it was like that over here.
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#4 Ellie  Icon User is offline

  • D.I.C Addict
  • member icon

Reputation: 8
  • View blog
  • Posts: 533
  • Joined: 17-January 07

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:44 PM

It is also illegal here in the UK. Also, driving without due care and attention can result in prosecution, fines, points, license suspensions etc depending on the seriousness. Having said that, I do still see plenty of people driving while doing other things, and clearly not paying attention. Seems to affect many BMW drivers... :rolleyes:
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#5 no2pencil  Icon User is offline

  • Admiral Fancy Pants
  • member icon

Reputation: 5410
  • View blog
  • Posts: 27,410
  • Joined: 10-May 07

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:48 PM

Some states already have texting illegal, others are currently working on passing it as illegal.

Doesn't mean that people will stop doing it.
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#6 Amadeus  Icon User is offline

  • g+ + -o drink whiskey.cpp
  • member icon

Reputation: 248
  • View blog
  • Posts: 13,507
  • Joined: 12-July 02

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:48 PM

Hmmm...as much as I wish it were illegal, I was forced to acknowledge my own rampant hypocrisy (I speak on phones a great deal while driving, albeit on a headset, the option I chose).

Regulations where I live are becoming more stringent, with a proposed end goal of banning driving while speaking on the phone, headset or not. Not sure how long that will take, or if it will happen at all, but probably better if it did.
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#7 BigAnt  Icon User is offline

  • May Your Swords Stay Sharp
  • member icon

Reputation: 101
  • View blog
  • Posts: 2,392
  • Joined: 16-August 08

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:56 PM

Quote

while speaking on the phone, headset or not


Do not know how they can enforce this. I can say that I wasn't talking I just had the headset on my head.
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#8 Gloin  Icon User is offline

  • Expert Schmexpert...
  • member icon

Reputation: 235
  • View blog
  • Posts: 4,489
  • Joined: 04-August 08

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 02:02 PM

I guess they could just check the phone and see if it was being in use (call history). If that's ok according to law, maybe it isn't.
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#9 pr4y  Icon User is offline

  • Location: 127.0.0.1
  • member icon

Reputation: 35
  • View blog
  • Posts: 621
  • Joined: 19-September 08

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 02:05 PM

IMO, talking on the phone while driving isn't the worst thing in the universe... the real problems arise when you have a driver sending SMS the entire duration of their trip. Take a poll on how many of cell phone related accidents were from Talking as opposed to Texting, and you will see the differences.


Another thing to note is the education on this subject. In the 21st century, we have things that no other generations did. We need to start adapting better to today's way of life in order to be responsible people. You wouldn't hand out a driver's license to someone that was paying no attention at all to road hazards during testing, would you? So why isn't there at least a 10-15 minute section of the HOUR long driving test in regards to safe cell phone driving.

Instead of holding the phone at your lap while texting, try holding it up by the road, and just glancing views to your phone when you need to. Rather than taking your immediate and peripheral vision entirely off the road, you can still focus on the road (somewhat) while driving.

I know there may be lives saved while BANNING something else in this country... but when is enough, enough? Instead of another prohibition for law enforcements and governments to profit from (and people's lives to change), why not set aside some money for EDUCATION on safe driving. Or how about Cell Driver's permits? You cannot be pulled over for being on the phone, but if an officer HAS a reason to pull you over and you HAPPEN to be on the phone, and you don't have a Cell Driver's permit, he can write you a ticket. This would prove that you haven't yet achieved the level of safety required to make decent decisions while driving, and therefor could even lead to suspension of license until you've been to a Cell Driver's Safety course and gotten the permit.






Again, I just woke up (4:00 PM) from a VERY late night (SuperBowl) and my thoughts are abit hazed. I haven't proofread this, and I was just spilling thoughts onto the keyboard (like usual)... So just be warned :P

This post has been edited by pr4y: 02 February 2009 - 02:07 PM

Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#10 Amadeus  Icon User is offline

  • g+ + -o drink whiskey.cpp
  • member icon

Reputation: 248
  • View blog
  • Posts: 13,507
  • Joined: 12-July 02

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 04:11 PM

View PostGloin, on 2 Feb, 2009 - 04:02 PM, said:

I guess they could just check the phone and see if it was being in use (call history). If that's ok according to law, maybe it isn't.

I do not think that would be legal, at least in North America.
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#11 pr4y  Icon User is offline

  • Location: 127.0.0.1
  • member icon

Reputation: 35
  • View blog
  • Posts: 621
  • Joined: 19-September 08

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 04:19 PM

View PostAmadeus, on 2 Feb, 2009 - 03:11 PM, said:

View PostGloin, on 2 Feb, 2009 - 04:02 PM, said:

I guess they could just check the phone and see if it was being in use (call history). If that's ok according to law, maybe it isn't.

I do not think that would be legal, at least in North America.



Nope. An officer can't look at your personal cell phone's call log without:

A) Warrant
B) Lost phone, trying to identify
C) Dirty cop, breaking the law :P
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#12 KYA  Icon User is offline

  • g++ jameson.cpp -o beverage
  • member icon

Reputation: 3124
  • View blog
  • Posts: 19,168
  • Joined: 14-September 07

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 02 February 2009 - 05:15 PM

They could subpoena phone records as part of a criminal proceeding.

As for the topic, yes it should be illegal, but it would be hardly enforceable on a large enough scale to make it effective. .
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#13 GIJewishPenguin  Icon User is offline

  • New D.I.C Head

Reputation: 0
  • View blog
  • Posts: 23
  • Joined: 19-November 08

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 14 February 2009 - 02:19 PM

Last July in California talking on the phone while driving w/o a headset became illegal. In January it also became illegal to text while driving. I got a ticket a little while back for talking on the phone and its about a $100 ticket.
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#14 Raynes  Icon User is offline

  • D.I.C Lover
  • member icon

Reputation: 611
  • View blog
  • Posts: 2,815
  • Joined: 05-January 09

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 14 February 2009 - 10:34 PM

Should be illegal without a headset. Talking in general doesn't seem to effect most peoples driving, talking inside of a car to the guy in the passenger seat never messed with me.
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

#15 PsychoCoder  Icon User is offline

  • Google.Sucks.Init(true);
  • member icon

Reputation: 1642
  • View blog
  • Posts: 19,853
  • Joined: 26-July 07

Re: Don't drink and drive

Posted 14 February 2009 - 11:20 PM

Here in Washington State it is now illegal to text while driving (who the hell does this anyways?!?!) and to even talk on a cell phone without some sort of headset. I think it should be enforced more than it is, and should be nationwide. Just my 2 :)
Was This Post Helpful? 0
  • +
  • -

  • (4 Pages)
  • +
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • Last »