No calls plz while driving but txts fine.

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Looks like the state government outlawed talking with a phone to your ear while driving.

But texting while driving remains legal.

Also, you can use speaker phone on your cell to avoid buying a new device.

What do you think of the new laws?

11 Comments

Yet another example of a stupid, useless law written by politicians. It is hilarious that you can't put your phone to your ear, but you can still legally text message while you drive. Sadly, text messaging while driving is actually quite common. And never mind that every credible study has shown that talking on a hands-free cell phone is just as distracting to drivers as using a handheld cell phone.

So what we have is a new law that has no real impact on safety, since drivers will be just as distracted as before. But the electronics and cellphone stores will make millions selling new hands-free devices, and the police will rake in millions issuing citations to all the idiots who will still drive with a cellphone to their ear.

Winners: cellphone manufacturers, electronic stores, government

Losers: the public

The danger posed by cell phones while driving has less to do with what your hands are doing while driving than with whether you are giving 100% of your attention to the road and traffic. So called, "hands free" devices are just as likely to pose a danger.

Other things that drivers do while driving that distract them from the road are also threats to safety: eating, drinking, smoking, applying make-up, brushing hair, shaving, yelling at the kids or arguing with the spouse, gesturing and/cussing at the driver who just cut in front of you, or even being distracted by listening to the radio or a really good CD.

This new law had to do with commerce for the electronics industry, not safety. If all cell phone usage while driving is statistically linked to death, injury and property damage - and it is - why did the government choose to pass a law that allowed certain types to continue to be used and then wait over a year after passage for enforcement to "protect" drivers? The government, it seeems, did not want to inconvenience dangerous drivers or protect others if it would interfere with commerce for the phone companies.


I agree with the previous comments. This is one of those "feel good" laws that will have very little impact on accident prevention, which is the stated reason for passing it in the first place.

The text messaging loophole and the fact that there's nothing that prohibits dialing your phone, which causes the most distraction for drivers, really makes this new law laughable.

It's another example of politicians and government doing something for the sake of doing something that will have no practical benefit on society. The only thing it will result in is increased traffic citation revenue for the State and local police departments. Great!

I think the real problem is the State Legislature has too much time on its hands to come up with ridiculous "nanny bills" like this, yet they can't solve important issues like balancing the State budget. I think it's time we moved to a part-time Legislature.

I assume you also blame the governor for signing this bill then?

...and no one thinks that Motorola, BlueTooth and other com-tech companies weren't lobbying to find politicos willing to push these laws across the country, for a fee?

Yes, Brian, as a matter of fact, I do blame the Governor for signing this bill. That's not the only stupid thing he's done either.

This is just another “Nanny Law� and like all other nanny laws there is only one true beneficiary. The Insurance industry! If they can reduce accidents by one percent they will save millions of dollars. If they can reduce injuries by one tenth of a percent they will save millions of dollars. Personal freedom, personal responsibility and civil liberties are irrelevant to this monster. The only thing that matters to them is their bottom line. They are the second largest lobbying group in Washington D.C. and their lobbying effort extend through all levels of state and local government. If the general population doesn’t wake-up soon and put stop to this madness we will end up laws controlling every aspect of our lives.

If you admit the insurance industry supports the bill because it will save lives I support it too. Arguing against public safety isn't too effective. Your personal freedom sounds nice until it comes at the expense of the safety of others.

Hang up and drive.

Strawberry Fields,

I think you've been listening to too much acid rock. No one is arguing against public safety, just the stupidity and ineffectiveness of this new law. It will do nothing to save lives. It will just require people to buy more expensive hands-free devices that they can then be equally distracted with.

JimmyM said the insurance companies would push it to reduce accidents and save money at the expense of personal freedom.

Click this link to the Acorn to see the details -in question and answer format - of how this law effects drivers.

Get the facts: you will see that a police officer CAN ticket someone for sending a text message.

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