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US city bans use of cell phones while driving
Chapel Hill, North Carolina. You might want to remember the name of this city before driving around there. It’s the first US city to completely ban all cell phone use while driving in hoping to trim down distracted driving accidents to a minimum.

And yes, all cell phone use includes talking on your phone via a Bluetooth headset as well, no exceptions. So while previously we’ve heard about cities banning cell phone use, the ban never extended to Bluetooth headsets - as long as your hands were off your phone you’d be okay having a conversation while driving.

After two years of debates, Chapel Hill gave its “yay” for the law and announced it will go into force on June 1st, 2012.

It looks extremely draconian, but if you look into the tiny details you’d find a loophole - you can call your spouse, parents, children and anyone in case of an emergency. The fine is also not excessively harsh - a mere $25. But we don’t imagine anyone would be that willing to break the law, so this should give citizens some incentive to stay safe on the road.

source: Gizmodo

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posted on 27 Mar 2012, 09:26 8

1. NOKIA.8800.ARTE (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


THATS G®®D FINALLY

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:48 4

26. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3840; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


You know I am fine with this also. I mean sometimes people have to be protected from themselves. I hate to say this but maybe this saves me & my kids lives. Maybe this will prevent that distracted driver from crashing into me & killing me or my family in the aftermath of their irresponsibility.

I don't like it that WE the responsible folks have to suffer because of such a law, but at least I can honestly say that taking one less distraction off the roads can make those roads a little safer. I can wait to use my phone, & if it’s truly urgent then I can pull over. My life is more important than answering that text or call!

You only live once, & once you die that is it.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:58 4

29. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


its stupid. you'd think in a city with so many intellectuals, they'd realize the waste in passing such legislation.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 12:12 4

30. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3840; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I know what you mean, it's sad that if people aren't given such laws they will actually kill themselves or others.

Some people don't understand the concept of responsibility, but we the people who do know what responsibility is, have to suffer for their negligence!

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 09:29 8

2. android_hitman (Posts: 591; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


good!

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 09:36 11

3. phungn (Posts: 26; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


how is talking on a bluetooth any different than talking to your passenger?....

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:28 6

14. bigdawg23 (Posts: 351; Member since: 25 May 2011)


You can also list eating and change music station, which is just a bad. However, not every person has a distraction.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 09:37 5

4. phungn (Posts: 26; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


how is talking on a bluetooth any different than talking to your passenger?....
soon theyre gonna ban listening to music while you drive too

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:16

22. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Talk over your car's integrated Bluetooth system and when you get pulled over claim that you were simply singing along with your music. And if the police try to prove that you weren't, they will need a court order to search your password protected phone to examine call logs.
Examine a system, search for its weaknesses, use those weaknesses to exploit the system...

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:53 1

28. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


unfortunatley a law was passed saying you do not need a warrent to go through a persons cell phone. Phonearena had the article a few months back how someone was arrested then by the police going through the phone they were able to find other memebers involved and the judge said a officer is allowed to search your phone just as they search your car.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 12:15 3

31. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1560; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


If you actually read the comment he says PASSWORD PROTECTED phone. If you have a code or pattern lock on your phone they will need a warrant to search it or they can try and guess your password if they are that desperate. Please read before you comment.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 14:16

39. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


Wow you're the perfect manual for growing a**holes, just what we need in our already screwed up society.

Examine a gun, search for its trigger, use that trigger to delete yourself and do us a favor you idiot.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 21:52

45. baldilocks (Posts: 501; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)


It's a civil penalty, not a criminal one. They don't even have to prove you had a phone IN the car.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 09:41 4

5. ajac09 (Posts: 1358; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


once again a town takes the law to an extreme.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 09:43

6. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Maybe I'll get pulled.over by some yokel who will believe its just an iPod touch.... .... ....by Samsung...

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 09:43 2

7. k1ng617 (Posts: 242; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


And watch the accident rate stay the same... I look forward to the stats

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:21 2

12. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


Exactly.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 09:44 1

8. sitruc (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)


The person isn't in the vehicle.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:09 3

9. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


I wrote an essay in Highschool talking about the dress code in schools. It was a lengthy essay but the easiest way for me to explain my point is this:

The reason behind a dress code (in most cases) is to eliminate discrimination and to prevent people from being "distracted".

If person A needs a dress code to prevent them from being distracted by a spaghetti strap to the point where their education suffers... person A has a problem larger than the spaghetti strap. Person A has a difficult time focusing on what's ACTUALLY IMPORTANT.

If person A is shielded throughout their entire school "career" (18 years) and then released into the "wild" they will have NO skills regarding the ability to focus. When they are driving down the road and see a spaghetti strap on a pedestrian WHO KNOWS what could happen.

Yes, i'm being sarcastic. But seriously, if we need to completely ELIMINATE phones in cars in order to drive safely there is a more serious problem at hand. People cannot focus on what's important.

END RANT

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:28 2

13. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


I think there actually IS a more serious problem at hand and yes, people cannot focus on what's more important, it's all about personal responsibility which it not seeded the same way in everybody.

Imagine when a conversation on the phone while driving gets animated and emotional, where do your driving skills go?

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:17 2

10. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


Using a cellphone in the car is distractive no matter how it gets done, your mind is not there driving with you.
Now giving that they can't stop you to do it completely (not yet) they try to eliminate what they think is less acceptable or MORE distractive and yes, bluetooth is better than handset but is more distractive than talking with a passenger, you focus differently.
I try to limit my conversation to a few words before saying "I'll call you back" or if it's important I try to stop the vehicle if possible.

I almost got smashed by a lady on the phone backing up from a parking lot, I was with my 2 years old daughter in a stroller and the lady came out of the car in tears saying she will never talk while driving again, it almost was more shocking for her than for us. I think you don't realize the danger until something happens to you directly but then it might be too late...meditate.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 10:31 1

50. gotphone (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)


again, as SO MANY HAS QUESTIONED BEFORE, how is that different than having a conversation with another passenger.
in that scenario, if that lady is such a person who can not multi-task, it could have easily happened to her JUST THE SAME while talking to a passenger in the car, switching radio stations, or just day dreaming.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:19 2

11. sheepygalaxy (Posts: 68; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


what the hell are all you yanks moaning about in uk we havnt been able to use our phones for about 5yrs and if we get caught we a slight damn more than a $25 fine try upto £1000 and points on your license.Now will you all STOP YOUR MOANING.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:32 2

15. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


EXACTLY! I lived in Germany for 4 years until 2003 and get caught talking on cellphone and driving was almost treated like a serious crime.
People pees in their pants when the police stops you for that reason.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:52 4

27. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


But in America we are SO GOOD at moaning it's just a waste of talent to not do so!

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 12:19 1

32. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1560; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This is America, its our right to bitch ya wanker

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 13:40

38. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


and you can happily say you were not upset when they pass it right.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 16:06 1

43. andro. (Posts: 1936; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Exactly its been illegal here for years and penalty points are given straight off. Its the only way to stop idiots texting and ringing while driving

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:45 1

16. Chakra (Posts: 118; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


I hope more cities and states adopt this. People are going to hate it, but you know what - it's about my right to be safe on the road, and not about your freedom not to.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:51 1

17. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


About time for this to happen, but people will find something else to distract themselves...

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:09

21. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


True, just look at the pic than PA posted with the article. BUT still, at least one thing less. If I get in an accident with a lady putting on lipstick I would make those lips 3 times their size, much sexier.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 10:52 1

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6193; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Even if they BAN cell phone while driving in the city. people are still going to talk anyway. I see lots of people here in my city still talking on cell phone and non of them doesn't get caught or get a ticket for talking on the phone

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:02 5

19. 1eye4u (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2009)


eating, drinking, talking to passengers, listening to radio.GPS.cd, picking noses, daydreaming, changing radio stations, etc etc should all be banned in the spirit of this "law"

this is a City gone mad.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:30 1

25. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


And they should be banned, they ask you not to get distracted with those things, but they can't be proved in court, that's the problem. Again it's personal responsibility this lacks in tooooo many people.

If you're working in a factory and operate machinery that can hurt you or others, do they let you distract doing all kinds of things?
Driving a car can kill entire families.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 10:42

51. gotphone (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)


first of all,
*proven
*let you get distracted
etc etc..

driving a car doesn't kill families, DISTRACTED drivers may cause accidents, but passing these pointless laws will NEVER eliminate accidents nor even reduce them. get me a statistic that THIS LAW greatly reduced accident rates in that city and you'll have changed my mind.
drivers with poor driving habits will get into accidents, fully focused on their task.

my anger is that these kinds of laws are always passed to increase revenue, and not with people's safety in mind.
same goes for the first SPEED LIMITS.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 06:17

53. Chakra (Posts: 118; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


So you are saying if they passed this law with no increased revenue in mind, then it's ok? How about the death penalty. Would that change your mind, or is there some other excuse that you think is logical?

"THIS LAW greatly reduced accident rates in that city" , and we are to prove this how - It just passed. Get us a static how similar laws in other cities and countries in the past 5 years have done.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:03 1

20. adi4u4882 (Posts: 135; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


That ban exists in India for almost a decade. That's actually a good thing because you wont get killed and others on road also will be safe. Good thing that they are coming to their senses now.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:16

23. sinple (Posts: 98; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


what about just using the loudspeaker? would that have been better than bluetooth?

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 11:18 4

24. tbar (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Jan 2010)


Ok, I agree that cell phone use when driving is a distraction and a safety concern. Did they also ban putting on makeup, eating, shaving, fiddling with the navigation system, talking to your children in the back seat, etc., etc., etc.? Those are all distractions too. Just wondering . . .

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 12:58 3

33. xtremesv (Posts: 193; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


This kind of legislation is not different from the one of a communist state. Think about it, bureaucrats trying to dictate every movement people make as people were stupid robots.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 15:29 1

42. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


My friend I'm all with you against communist states, but get killed by a stupid idiot that looses control of the car because is arguing animately on the cellphone is not right. You have to be in that situation to understand it and I don't wish you that.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 06:42 1

47. Chakra (Posts: 118; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


Actually I do hope some of the pundits on that board do get in that situation, because for many ignorant closed-minded people - that's the only way they learn. Everyone has the right to do whatever harm they want to do to themselves. 9 out of 10 times, however, a person that causes an inicident from cell phone use, often involves another person. Hell, it's been proven, that talking/using the cell phone is as worse, or worst than drunk driving. Why don't all you righteous cell phone users also make a campaign for open bottle drinking and driving while you are at it.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 13:15 5

34. rallyguy (Posts: 526; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Maybe they should make speeding illegal. Ohh wait it is. Thank goodness people don't speed.

Better yet, why not ban driving. How many people die each year in car collisions? Let's ban driving all together. You know, for public safety.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 15:21

41. cellphonator (Posts: 298; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)


There are driving rules to follow for public safety, but people don't follow them because they're irresponsible, therefore collisions and deaths happens, at least most of them.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 13:23 2

35. PAPINYC (Posts: 2224; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


While they're at it they should also outlaw tube tops and daisy-dukes on women who are dietarily challenged. Not to mention, open sandals on women with buffalo feet.

Seriously, though, this is a good thing and iApplaude Northern Carolina.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 13:32 2

36. sheepygalaxy (Posts: 68; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


why is this so bad when it proves that it saves lives can't people go without the use off there phones for more than 5mins

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 13:33

37. sheepygalaxy (Posts: 68; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


why is this so bad when it proves that it saves lives can't people go without the use off there phones for more than 5mins

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 14:46 1

40. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


This law goes too far. If a person has a hands free device, what's the difference between that and talking to a passenger? One difference is some people will take their eyes off the road to look at the passenger while talking. I think drivers should be prohibited from talking directly on a handset. A bluetooth headset or speaker should be the only requirement.

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 18:04

44. downphoenix (Posts: 2285; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


This law doesnt really help the issue. And with how small the penalty is, its clear that the initiative is not there to help people but to add some money to the coffers.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 06:45

48. Chakra (Posts: 118; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)


You're right. This means nothing is there is no enforcement.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 01:03 1

46. Forsaken77 (Posts: 547; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


I don't think this law will save any lives at all. I can u derstand texting or just using the handset while driving, but using a bluetooth is fine. Here in NY, you can't use any electronic device in your hand while driving.... gps, phone, ipod ect...

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 08:40 1

49. sheepygalaxy (Posts: 68; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)


if any of you got any sense just google all countrys that have the ban and look at the statistics death rates have fell 2fold so why are people still complaining.This is why most european find americams arrogant and stupid.

posted on 28 Mar 2012, 18:06 1

52. jtc8008 (Posts: 11; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


They will have to ban the use of mp3 devices, cameras, tablets, gps units to make this law make any sense. I for one don't think the government should have this much control. Using a GPS or talking to a passenger or driving with noisy children is just as distracting if not more distracting. This law is just as stupid as the one in Oregon where you can't walk backwards with your shoe untied.

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