Plans of "no more cell phone calls in cars" to be implemented soon?

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Ray LaHood, the U.S. transportation secretary told a show on MSNBC earlier this week that "there's a lot of technology out there now that can disable phones and we're looking at that" or, to put it straight, he suggests all cell phones to be automatically disabled as soon as you enter a car. His thesis is rather strong – he says that if this proposition is approved, 5000 road deaths a year would be avoided.

However, there are a few practical setbacks with this suggestion. First of all, it means you would be unable to talk on your phone, regardless of the fact that you may be just a passenger. Second, the implementation of the idea would be very expensive for car manufacturers and that's exactly what we don't need (as end customers) in these times of economic turmoil. There are a few other "small" issues – like what would happen if emergency case arises and you are unable to leave the car and would the GPS features work at all.

We guess that it's only a personal view whether the idea has more pros or cons. However, our opinion is that all practical implementations should be taken into account before someone simply decides that this is the end of the phone calls, while you are in a car.

source: Gizmodo

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8 Comments

1. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

This is as stupid an idea as locking out parts of the nav system while driving. So even if you have a passenger who can do it, they can't make changes. This is why I've not bought built-in nav in my last vehicle. And I'll do anything necessary to defeat such a system if they implement one for cell phone use. When there IS more than the driver in the vehicle, NONE of us can use a cell phone? What BS. Empower the police to ticket people talking on the phone, especially handlheld, when driving. You can see them on the phone. I just had some bozo behind me today talking on his phone while changing lanes while entering a 65mph highway. WRITE THESE BOZOS TICKETS AND LEAVE THE REST OF US ALONE.

2. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

I can't give you enough thumbs up for that! This law is as stupid as Oprah's "No-phone zone" pledge. The statistics of deaths in cars are at best inconclusive since they've been been properly tallied. I'm sure if the number of accidents caused by women putting on make-up while driving was tallied, it would far exceed the number of true deaths caused by drivers on cell phones, but since that's sexist, no one wants to bring it up...

3. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

That may be sexist, but they should be ticketed too. On the other hand, so should the guys out there with jackrabbit starts and excessive speed, and trying to nuzzle their girl while driving. Oh, and the ones with a fake pair on their back bumper or trailer hitch, since they must think that's makes up for their own lack. Actually, there are some of both genders who should be prohibited from changing their radio station or chewing gum while driving, but I'm inclined to believe the crash / cell phone stats.

8. Dollgrin

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 21, 2010

I'm a woman and don't find that sexist - I think you're absolutely right. I've seen plenty of women putting on makeup while driving in all kinds of crazy conditions. I've also seen people reading, changing their clothes, etc. Why don't they keep people from eating/drinking while driving? That's just as distracting.... just throwing that out there.

7. Dollgrin

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 21, 2010

Where I live the city passed something stating you can get heavy fines for talking on your phone while in the car, and of course, no one actually gets pulled over or ticketed for talking on their phone without a hands free device. I agree with you. Start ticketing people more.

4. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

So this jack-wagon wants to ban cellphone use in vehicles huh. I wonder how often this person uses their cell while driving

5. kabukijoe

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

I bet they wouldn't bother putting that cell phone jammer in police vehicles... What's next, no heating, AC or stereos allowed either?! Accidents can happen at any given time for almost any reason. Yeah the intentions are good but this is a ridiculous. Especially if there happens to be an emergency situation.

6. JT unregistered

Just another example of .Gov inserting their dirty little thieving hands into every aspect of our lives. This government has to go! Vote the rats out!

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