Why Using Cell Phones While Driving Is Dangerous

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Cell phone and driving

I wrote a tongue and cheek article a few months ago, entitled, Oh No.........I Left My Cell Phone At Home. It's not funny anymore, the statistics, pertaining to driving while using the cell phone, are frightening.

I got the idea to write this hub from something I saw today. I was riding the subway, and as we rose above ground, I peered out my window and looked right at a female, (actually the gender didn't matter, just trying to be accurate), truck driver in an eighteen wheeler, (transfer truck, big rig, whatever you want to call it), pick up her cell phone, hold it out in front of her and proceeded to dial the number, then put the phone to her ear and began a conversation. Oh, did I mention that she was driving on the freeway at near rush hour. I was mortified, mind you I see this on a daily basis, but to think that 40 tons of steel riding down the highway at break neck speed, with the driver on the phone is terrifying to say the least.

Harsh Video About Texting and Driving

My thoughts

Let's try to lighten it up a bit here. Whatever happened to driving down the road by yourself, with yourself alone, with your thoughts. I was just wondering, when we didn't have the luxury of the cell phone, what we did. I know, we spent time with ourselves, listening to radio, tapes, Cd's or our own horrible, or melodious voices. And, or, (watch out now), picking and flipping boogers. Oh, don't be so grossed out, you know you see that, (or do it yourself), all the time. As a matter of fact that's one of the things I also witnessed, (yuk), today, while on my train ride. As detestable as it is, I'd almost rather see that than a phone conversation, because the only thing that would come from that is a little nausea, on the part of the onlooker. Just a little aside, "you're not invisible while driving, we see you, so quit that." I digress. Let's go back to the music a minute. It has also been noted that tinkering with your music maker, (Cd, radio etc), whatever it is, is also to blame for numerous accidents. The message here is, "people, the car is not your playground, family room, or wherever you are comfortable doing these things." Concentrate, concentrate, concentrate on the road while driving.

Before I take this any further, I want to raise my hand and say I was guilty, but not anymore. Of course, it had to be mandated, before I completely quit. We have a "no cell phone while driving law," in California as do about fourteen other states, in the U.S.

Hold on now, let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. There are benefits to having a cell phone along for the ride. Emergency calls can be made, as a matter of fact The Cellular Telephone and Internet Association estimated that about 139,000 emergency call are made from cell phones every day, and no doubt a good number are made from drivers. Also when experiencing mechanical problems, drivers are able to reach towing services easier. In addition, what mother doesn't welcome her cell phone if a child falls ill when they're apart.

Even with all the positives, I can't help but wonder what happened between the time the first auto makers put the first car on the road and Motorola, Samsung, or whoever put the first cellphones in our hands? I've been driving far longer than I've been talking on a cellular phone, and I'm still here to talk about it. I would venture to say, all those years cell phones didn't save my life on the road, although they might now. Sounds like a politician now don't I, speaking out of both sides of my mouth, but,(I'm just saying).

All I'm saying is, with all the proof that using the cell phone while driving is detrimental to our health and life, shouldn't we be about the business of adopting new habits for our travels along the road, again. Oh say, I have a novel idea, why don't we spend a little time with ourselves, or, are we afraid of what we'll find, from a little introspection. (I'm just saying).

Just one more thing, please view the second video I inserted, and see if it has an impact, if not, it should. Make it a habit of not talking on a cell phone while driving, and don't let anyone with whom you're riding, talk or text while driving. If there's ever a time to speak up this is it. I have no qualms about speaking out when I'm riding with someone who wants to talk on the phone while I'm riding with them. In my immediate circle of friends and family, both my daughters, and a 78 year old friend has gotten tickets while talking and driving. That perhaps saved their lives, and the lives of someone they might have met intimately, through an accident. So, speak up, and, help save a life or two.

If your driving and cell phone habits are bad will you change them now

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creativeone59 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thanks fastfreta for a very true and informative hub, thank you for sharing it. Have a blessed day. creativeone59


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

Wow fatfreta! This hub was very powerful. I've been guilty of driving and talking on the phone before, but I've put a stop to that a long time ago - especially while my children are with me. Even if my friends or family call me, the first thing I ask is if they are driving while conversing with me. If so, I ask them to call me back. I don't want to be the last person they were talking to before they got into an potential car accident. If any of us still text, talk on the phone, or allows ourselves to be distracted while driving, then these powerful videos should put a stop to that (hopefully). Thank you for this vital information.


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Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

I so agree with you. What's wrong putting them on answering machine. Thank you for writing this great hub.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you all for weighing in on this very important hub. I do hope that you paid attention to the last part of the hub, and viewed the videos, because they are so important for making my point. Hope to see you all soon.


ladydijay 7 years ago

A good reminder.


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bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

i once blogged about it, too, because of the many accidents happening in the Philippines caused by this.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks ladydijay, haven't seen you for awhile, thanks for stopping.

bingskee, I'll have to go over and look at yours. Thanks for stopping.


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Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

Love it! I almost crashed my dad's new truck into a gal that wasn't paying attention the other day and she ran the stop sign. I get really nervous when I see people driving while talking on their phones. I have precious cargo most of the time when I am in my vehicle. I have talked on the phone in the past in the car but it's my rule now that I don't ever. If I just have to use the phone I pull into a gas station or other parking space. Mississippi doesn't have cell phone laws.


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jimcain207 7 years ago from HUMPHREY, ARKANSAS

fastfreta--Day before yesterday coming home on my motor scooter, a truck drifted fully in my lane. He jerked it back about the time I hit my brakes. Cell phone was the culprit. I believe it happens more often than we realize. Great Hub!!!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Tammy for your validation of my hub. It's a shame that we have to drive around afraid all the time, because of the people that don't seem to value life. I say that because it has been conclusively proven that, talking on the phone and driving don't mix, and people continue to do it. Thanks again for stopping by, please come again soon.

Jim, you would think that truck drivers would be more cautious, because they are out on the road more often than most and can really see all the carnage associated with accidents caused by phone usage. Thanks Jim for weighing in. Please come again.


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DynamicS 7 years ago from Toronto, Canada

fastfreta, very timely hub in light of a recent band on hand held cellphone while driving in Ontario Canada. This law became effective on Monday october 26th and on that same day I saw 3 drivers in a row talking on their cellphone in the lane next to me on the highway. Granted they were using hands free devices, but I feel that as you rightly mentioned talking while driving increases the risk of an accident.

While cellphone is perhaps the main culprit, other devices such as GPS, dvd players, ipods & mp3 are just as bad. Not to mention the people who drive and do their make up, brush their teeth, pluck their eye brow,brush their hair, have a meal or adjust their baby in the back seat - these are all dangerous things to do while operating a car at over 100 km/hr or any speed for that matter.

Thanks for the reminder that we should take responsibility for our driving and think about the consequences of our misbehaviour on the roads.

fasfreta, I just love your writing style. It is like have a conversation with you. Keep up the fantastic work!


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Bail Up ! 7 years ago

so true... I have often wondered what is so more important than arriving alive.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Bail Up, for your comment. Your comment arrived twice, I deleted one. Hope to see you again soon.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks DynamicS, for stopping. I wish the law would apply to all 50 states, no to the whole world, because the second video above looks to be from somewhere in Europe, so it's a worldwide phenomenon, and bingkee even speaks of what's happening in the Philippines.


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

fastfreta I think this is the first hub of yours that I have read which has a sense of urgency and seriousness to it. It shows you must have very strong feelings about this. I applaud you for sending the message that cell phones are not compatible with driving.

I have come into contact with drivers who were performing poorly, and as I drove past them, in most cases, I noticed that they were being distracted by their cell phones. Thank you for this hub which was well written and very informative.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Yes create a page, I do have very strong feelings on the subject, after witnessing so much carnage left behind by these drivers, I don't think enough could be said, until it ends. That second video says a lot, and it adds, (I think), depth to the message. Thanks a lot for stopping.


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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

A very important Hub. The Video's bring it home.

I was caught using my Mobile in the Car years ago (as I was stuck in traffic, not moving). Well, long story short. I got a fine of £30. Since then I've always pulled over or just used Hands free.

I hope people adhere to this Hub. Thanks. :)


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Lady_E for validating my hub. I too hope that it makes just a little bit of difference.


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Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

I voted no cause I think I don't have such bad habits.

Great hub Fastfreta, great analysis, and conclusions I agree to wholeheartedly! Thank you for writing it. :)

Lady_E, it has been shown that "just" talking on a phone while driving, even hands free, is a great distraction, too. Be careful please :)


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks Misha for your observation, and for being a safe driver, we could use more like you on the road. Thank you also for stopping, please come again.


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Carmen Borthwick 7 years ago from Maple Ridge, B.C.

Well done, an articulate and easy read with important content fastfreta. You're setting a wonderful example for those 5 grandbabies! Keep it up and happy Halloween!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you very much Carmen Borthwick, for your comment and compliment. Thanks for stopping by, please stop again.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

My favorite part of your hub was whatever happened to the days before cell phones?We absolutely were able to drive and listen to the radio or CDs. I'm not a huge fan of this technology that "enables" us (as addicts) to communicate 24/7.

California has so many drivers -- so many really bad drivers already. With cell phones in their hands they're impaired. Seriously impaired.

Thanks for making the point so eloquently and the videos -- shocking. MM


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks MM, haven't heard from you in a while. You're so right about the drivers here. I can tell that you really read the whole hub. Thanks for that. Hey, funny new avatar. Hope to see you again soon.


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pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

This hub was much needed. I can't count the times I've passed drivers, on the freeway, TEXTING, I spoke to a co-worker about and she said she does it all the time. What is wrong with people? None of us do well at multi tasking..I don't care who you are were lousy at it. Thanks for the excellent read


abid ahmed 7 years ago

Thank you very much Carmen Borthwick, for your comment and compliment. Thanks for stopping by, please stop again dis things r verryy dengerous we should more careful


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks pmccray, you're so right about the multi tasking, especially when driving. Thank you for stopping, please stop again.

Thank you abid ahmed for stopping.


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rios65 7 years ago from Lowell

This is so true . I have a 18 year old daughter who does that and plus textes and I'm alway getting on her about that. Maybe she should read this. It might change her mine about doing it.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Maybe if she sees the second video it might just help her see the light. Thanks so much for your comment, please come again soon.


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habee 7 years ago from Georgia

True, true, true, FF! I fuss at my daughters all the time about this!


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

I fussed at my daughters all the time too, and both had to get tickets before they stopped. But thank goodness they stopped before they had an accident. So hopefully your daughter's only consequence will be a ticket. Thank you habee for weighing in on this.


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G.L.A. 7 years ago from Arizona

Thanks for taking time to write this most profound hub! Cell phone usage while driving should be against the law, and is in some states already. However, like many other crimes of this sort, the fines are way too light.. the pocketbook is still the best way to get our attention.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks G.L.A for your comment. How I wish that all states would outlaw the use of cell phone conversations while driving. As you implicated, stiffer fines, heavier consequences should be the order of the day. Let's hope it doesn't take more carnage for all to wake up. Thanks G.L.A for stopping, please stop again soon.


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Love this one fastreta, Bill 118 here in Ontario has put a ban on cell phone use while driving. Period. It's about time.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

I'm glad to hear that the laws are being changed everywhere, hope it catches on worldwide. Thanks for your comment.


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PegCole17 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Great hub on a topic of much concern to us all. Whenever you see an eratic driver they're usually on their phone. Thanks for this insightful hub, fastfreta.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Peg, you're right, that has been my experience also. Thanks for stopping, please come again.


Damion 7 years ago

Yes you hit a strong one here. Of course I fall into the gulity party, But have A teeage cousin who Drives a stick shift and likes to text at the same time drives me nutts.


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

WOW, Damion, you take your life in your hand every time you ride with you cousin. Being a teenager, I'm sure there is nothing you can tell him. However, maybe the one video in the hub will have an impact. Thanks for stopping by, please come again.


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CANDLE 7 years ago

Another great hub on cell phone use and its potential lethal implications. Let your article serve as an educative and informative tool for reckless motorists, unaware and unconscious of the harmful consequences of multitasking (cell phone use) while driving.

Your hub is a must-read. The videos, by the way, are to the point.

Keep it up!

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Size does matter. Sooner or later one would be compelled to use a cell phone in the event of an emergency. If the use of such device results in an accident, the size, safety and reliability of the vehicle in operation during the occurrence could make a life and/or death difference.

http://hubpages.com/autos/WHAT-TO-LOOK-FOR-WHEN-BU...


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fastfreta 7 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you CANDLE, I certainly appreciate your input. Thank you for stopping and reading my hubs, please come back again.


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christalluna1124 6 years ago from Dallas Texas

Fastfreta,

What amazingly horrific videos. I personally carry a cellphone with me but do not answer it unless I pull over. My grownup daughters on the other hand are constantly texting while driving, they claim its okay because they kow the keys and don't have to look to write, BUT... you do have to look to read. Being a former over the road truck driver 48 states and Canada I know it only takes a second to end a life while driving. Your article is so straight to the point. Also ladies get up early enough to do your makeup at home. That second you are looking in the mirror could turn disastous. The car is for driving!!! not socializing, daydreaming, playing with the music device. Fastfreta thank you for a very interesting article and very informative. I hope it shocks some into reality.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS,

CHRIS


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Chris, I hope everyone reading my hub will read your comments also, because you said some things I wish I had included. Suggestion, why don't you write a follow-up hub to this one from your prospective of being a long haul truck driver, I'm sure you could make even more poignant points. Please stop over again.


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Rose Ella Morton 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, Michigan

Hi I am now a believer. I will save my driving time for coffee and light snacks. Which I have master very well.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you Rose for getting the message, please pass it on. Thanks also for stopping and taking the time to comment. See you soon.


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mwatkins 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

You really put a lot of work into this! Thank you - especially for the comment at the very top alerting people to read the whole thing and watch the videos! I go back and forth between Oregon and Vancouver BC regularly and those two states recently banned hand held cell phone-thank god! Every single time I watched a driver swerve or sit at a green light when they were given one, it was because they were talking on the phone. As a commuter, I can honestly say that it was . . . "About Time!" Thanks again! ;-)


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you very much mwatkins for the validation. Most of us have had similar experiences. I hope this helps to serve warning to all who read this to be on the lookout for those types of drivers, and not to be one ourselves. Thanks so much for stopping. I'll see you soon.


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christryon 6 years ago

Hi fastreta. I haven't forgotten about you. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I have avoided numerous accidents because I was paying attention when the other driver was talking or texting.

Your message needs to get out to a lot more people.

My husband and I have only had cell phones for a few years. We have rules of usage. Only make calls when we are in a parking lot or stopped at a train crossing. Whenever our cell phone rings when we are driving, we let another passenger in our car answer it. If we are driving alone, we will pull over to take the call if necessary.

Granted we aren't perfect at this, there have been a few times, when we have been running errands close to home when a family member has called and we have taken the call. We always exercise immense caution when doing this.

Excellent hub. Now, HANG UP AND DRIVE! (This last comment is only for those individuals who are still having a problem with this very dangerous habit.)


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks christryon, for visiting me again. I like your suggestions and have employed them myself, "Whenever our cell phone rings when we are driving, we let another passenger in our car answer it. If we are driving alone, we will pull over to take the call if necessary." Thanks for the validation. Please come again soon.


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zgr8rtst 6 years ago

September 3, 2010

I absolutely agree--I did not see this until I had posted my commentary, but this is EXACTLY what I am talking about--especially the video!


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you zgr8rtst for stopping over. I don't quite understand, where is your commentary?


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esllr 6 years ago

Powerful information you have here. There is a virtual assistant now that will send unlimited text, emails, and calls for you while your on the phone.http://www.fdivoice.com/ktb


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks esllr, for stopping and reading. I hope this info will help someone.


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purpleangel47 6 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

Thank you fastfreta for this hub! You wrote it awhile ago and I'm just commenting ... but I just found you! :)

I ride public transportation and it affords me a great opportunity to see too much drama with cell phones. Frankly I'm glad, ecstatic, THRILLED that states have passed the law; while also frustrated that we needed to have a law pass before we started practicing safety on our own. I watched a lady fussing on her cellphone STOP in the middle of the street to scream at the person she was fussing at! State law please save us from ourselves.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California Author

Thank you very much purpleangel47 for stopping, and taking the time to leave a comment. I really do feel as strongly as you do, so I continue to write about it. Hope to see you again soon.


John Do 5 years ago

I'm writing an essay about cellphone and drivers for my college class. After I watched the video about these teenagers in their car, I shocked of what happened to them and other people. Now I'm scare of driving and plus I don't even want to use my cellphone with me anymore whenever I'm driving. It is a good thing that they have public phones a lot of places now.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

John,I'm so glad you were able to use the article, and also that it had an impact. Thank you for taking time to leave a comment.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

My daughter in law made fun of me because I refused to talk on the cellphone while driving. She told me she can drive and talk on the phone, even text because she is young and coordinated. I really hope so.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Oh, I hate to hear comments like that, I'm sure everyone that was unsuccessful in texting and, or talking while driving thought that way before everything went wrong. I certainly hope your daughter-in-law changes her tune before it's too late. Thanks ruffridyer for stopping, and taking the time to leave a comment. Please come back.


Fried Green Tomatoe 5 years ago

The problem at least in Ontario, are lenient rules. You cannot use a hand-held device while driving. That law sounds good on paper but the fine is abysmally low to the point where people just ignore the law and continue texting and/or talking. I see it everyday. That is a problem.

A simple solution would be immediate confiscation of automobile as well as a much larger fine to act as deterrents to these idiots that continue to disobey common sense and the law. Minimum fine should be set at $100,000. Prison term should be invoked as well, yet we know how quickly the cells would fill. Hey, when my life is at stake on the road, I don't want to see my last day come to an end just because some arsehole decides to text his dog. Since these criminals are not talking it seriously, it's time to get serious with them.

It appears to me that the law officials are just appeasing the masses and that too many influential people would be affected if the law were too stringent. If they want to get serious, then get serious with the ramifications of unlawful driving habits.

My city:

From highly aggressive [poor judgement calls], to nervous wrecks on the road whom you're just not sure what lane they're going in, red light runners and so on.

If there's one extra thing we can do to make the roads safer, grab the steering wheel with both hands and make the law something to respect, not laugh at.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

I couldn't agree with you more, if we had more stringent laws on the books this would curtail, if not stop, the blatant use of these devices while driving. Here in California I still see phones in use just as if the law doesn't exist. While traveling around the country this summer, I was just too upset at the use of the phones behind the wheel. I especially hated to see senior citizens use them that way, because our motor senses are already slow, even without that distraction.

Okay let me get off this soap box. Thank you so much "Fried Green Tomatoes," for stopping, please come again.


.... 5 years ago

We defiantly can use people like you in congress to try to pass laws on why driving with cell phones should be illegal.


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fastfreta 5 years ago from Southern California Author

Thanks????, but they couldn't handle me! LOL!


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juniptermoon 4 years ago

Georgia law bans cell phone use by truck drivers and novice drivers must be 18. Texting is prohibited any type and age of driver. Despite these laws, I see people chatting on their phones while driving all the time. Also, I have noticed an significant increase in the number of people who were about to hit me head-on while driving, which really scares me.


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fastfreta 4 years ago from Southern California Author

Juniptermoon, the same thing happens to me here in California, and everywhere I've traveled around the country during the last year. And you're so right about Atlanta, I just spent 7 weeks there during the first part if the year, and I was amazed at the number of people using the cell phone while driving, more even than here in So. Cal.

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