US city bans use of cell phones while driving

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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53 Comments

1. NOKIA.8800.ARTE

Posts: 100; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

THATS G®®D FINALLY

26. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

29. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

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

30. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

2. android_hitman unregistered

good!

3. phungn

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

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

14. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

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

4. phungn

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 01, 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

22. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 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...

28. iami67

Posts: 330; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

31. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

39. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

45. baldilocks

Posts: 1425; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

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

5. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

once again a town takes the law to an extreme.

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

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

7. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

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

12. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Exactly.

8. sitruc

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

The person isn't in the vehicle.

9. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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

13. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 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?

10. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

50. gotphone unregistered

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.

11. sheepygalaxy

Posts: 68; Member since: Mar 10, 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.

15. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 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.

27. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

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

32. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

This is America, its our right to bitch ya wanker

38. smallcolabear

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 18, 2012

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

43. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

16. Chakra

Posts: 136; Member since: Dec 02, 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.

17. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

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

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