Most Americans do not support full ban of cellphone use while driving

Most Americans do not support full ban of cellphone use while driving
Parrot, the world's largest manufacturer of hand-free kits for cars, commissioned a survey to see what American drivers felt about proposed legislation to fully ban the use of cellphones while driving. We would probably all be guilty of driving while texting, or calling or checking on the score of that big game on our cellular device. As a result, it might be no surprise that a little more than 3 out of 4 Americans surveyed said that they feel that people  would be somewhat likely to vote against any law maker who was in favor of the NSC's proposed ban on cellphones if it were to pass in their state. 46% of Americans said that true voice-activated hands-free devices make using cellphones while driving safe and should not be banned. For that question, speakerphones and Bluetooth devices were not considered as a hands-free alternative because most of them are not fully voice activated and require manipulation of the handset. The bottom line, not a surprise considering the products that Parrot makes, suggests that voice activated kits are the best solution for those who want to drive and call.

source: Parrot

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21 Comments

1. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

funny, every BT device I sell works perfectly with every handset as far as voice activated dialing.....

8. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

Nothing can stop them now.... Because they don't care anymore....

2. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I work for a cell phone company, and I do support a full-on cell phone ban. Americans are bad enough drivers, I mean, I've seen so many stupid people that are somehow allowed to operate a vehicle cause wrecks, or just do stupid things without the assistance of talking on a cell phone. Those same awful drivers are the same ones that are dumb enough to actually text message while driving in gridlock traffic. I completely disagree that bluetooth devices don't fix the issue, because they do. Any kind of hands free headset or kit is sufficient if you ask me, but people do not need to be allowed to use their cell phones while driving, bottomline.... On that matter, the driver's license test should be much more difficult to pass, because any idiot that knows how to breathe can drive a 3,000lb. wrecking machine, which definitely should not be the case.

3. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

God people are stupid! All the idiots texting while they drive should be drug from their cars and arrested ala' DUI. Oh and wtf to bluetooth not being handsfree? When I get in my car my hands never touch the phone, Ive even got my phonebook programmed into the dash.

4. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Haha, I'm sure your sarcasm will subside the day your car is totaled by a moron talking on their cell phone, not paying attention while they're driving. Haha, keep laughing, reality will come into contact with your world someday, hopefully it's nothing serious though.

5. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I was being serious, lighten up douchebag. EDIT: I hope the same thing happens to you.

10. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

WKL is a major idiot. Just saying.

12. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Lol, I can tell.

14. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i notice when people are talking on their cells they dont use blinkers when they exit or switch lanes

15. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

EXACTLY, ever see the movie "Shoot em up"? The guy flips out because the driver in front of him keeps on switching lanes without his blinker so he drives up next to him and runs him into a telephone pole.

6. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

wow this article is the equivalent of saying most poeple did not support prohibition. DUH! i really dont care personally. i dont talk much on the phone as it is. but my question is if its illegal to talk on the phone while driving when will it be illegal to eat while driving, put on make-up while driving...i mean i cant count the amount of times where ive driven past some stupid female swirving all over the place and when i finally pull up next to her she looking in the mirror slapping on some cheap make-up to make herself seem prettier. anyway do i think its stupid to ban all cell phone usage while driving....no.

7. SilverPearl

Posts: 31; Member since: Jul 08, 2008

If only today's society would use common sense. It's worked well for centuries. What happened, people?

9. insider80

Posts: 93; Member since: Jan 26, 2009

this is a waste of time i as most people are still going to use there phones while driving, it like driving without a seatbelt its not legal but we all do it from time to time, besdies what about the cops with there computers, cb's ,cellphones and all the other crap they use in there car while driving. i swear almost everytime i pass a cop there on the cell phone or doing something else

16. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

most people cant bear to drive without a seat belt because most cars now a day make an annoying ding and a warning comes up if you dont put it on

17. Charlie unregistered

But doesn't the 'ding' turn off after a few seconds? I wouldn't know; my car is so old, it doesn't even have one.

19. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

My car beeps after about 30 seconds, then pauses for 10, then beeps, then pauses, beeps, then pauses............ you get the idea. Besides, I would assume any semi-intelligent moron would wear a seatbelt while driving a 3ton vehicle at least 25 mph.... Would you like me to find my old physics formulae and calculate the mass amounts of energy and momentum that are produced and how much force is exerted on your body during an accident, let alone what would happen without a seat belt?

11. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

heavybreathing has to remind himself to breate to stay alive. Just saying.

13. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Try again.

18. Charlie unregistered

I never text while driving, I let the passengers handle that. But I can drive really well while talking on the phone, and I never forget to do anything like look behind/beside me when changing lanes and using my blinkers. I can tell that a lot of people do forget, though. They should learn to multi-task (or just not talk on the phone while driving) instead of making it illegal for the people who actuall can do it. Either ban all multi-tasking (cell phones, make-up, food/drink, etc.), or none of it

20. Vitamins4022 unregistered

It would be impossible to ban doing anything while in a car. Talking on the phone while driving is just as dangerous as talking to the passengers in your car while driving or changing the radio station. There is no way to regulate it, people would just learn to put the cell phone down if a cop pulls up beside them. Illinois has a cell phone ban and the people who live there still talk while driving. Its a stupid law.

21. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

when i change my radio staation the buttons are on the steering wheel so it doesnt distract me. my buddys distract me all the time and ive almost crashed. especdially in the snow. when i tried stopping for a red light and my antilock brakes were activated for 20 seconds or so the roads were bad.

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