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Discussion in 'The OT' started by kevinturcotte, Apr 27, 2012.
What sense does it make to ban them from everyone to solve problems created by very few?
Part of the problem is that we have a lot of people on the roads that just plain shouldn't be there. Just a few tidbits to make you think a bit:
- How easy was your driving test? (Mine was pathetically easy - 20 question multiple choice)
- Did your road test actually go onto a highway? (Mine didn't)
- How much did Driver's Ed cost you? ($40 in 1978)
- What about the actual test? ($12 in 1978)
- Are you aware that it costs HUNDREDS of dollars in Germany and they have better safety stats than we do?
- Why is it that the AARP opposes even TESTING elderly drivers when stats show that they are the only people who have more accidents than teenagers?
- Have you ever decided you would NEVER ride with a particular elderly relative yet didn't have the guts to report them? (My ex-wife faced this)
We treat driving as a *right* in this country, not as a privilege.
Now this is an interesting one, people being told they must text while driving to pass the driving test.
Yes we do. There should not be people on their 3rd or 4th DUI conviction on the road. Or out of jail for that matter.
A Judge has at least temporarily blocked the Chapel Hill, NC cellphone ban. Apparently Chapel Hill had a neat little problem they created for themselves with contracted Tow Truck drivers for the city...
The Tow Truck driver was required to answer his phone when it rings (probably the person who just had his car towed would be calling)... but the new ban would require that he simultaneously not answer said phone while driving... which created a conflict, so they sued the city.
Not sure how it will all play out, but I figured some company would be impacted and would fight it.
Maybe the next electronic device they'll get for people who want to simultaneously use something while driving is an "ankle monitor"...that shouldn't interfere in any way.
There is a lot of things we treat that way. I live in a community where most every household has a golf cart and uses it as a mode a transportation throughout the city. Some of the things I have seen in last 4 years has scared the he!! out of me. A woman with 6 kids (on a cart designed for no more than 4 people) on the cart driving a with a baby (no more than 6 months) under one arm drinking a cup of coffee while talking on her cell is one I will never forget. If this is how they drive something like a golf cart, can you only imagine what they are like on the road?
Infant Child Killed, Five Others Hurt in Golf Cart Crash - Mother Was Using a Cell Phone at the Time of the Crash
TV News Lead:
Mother using Cell-Phone while driving crashes killing her infant child and injuring five others, details at 11:00...
"This is happening way too often, Golf-Carts are vehicles too, they must also be included in the cell-phone ban!!!"
In reality...the result is that golf cart laws in such a community emulate auto laws in many ways. So a universal cell-phone ban would likely affect both.
People will drive with or without a license. If the person is out of jail, he will drive. If you put DUI defendants in jail, there is a whole group of people who will be screaming he needs help, not jail. And they will complain that you are hurting an entire family because now the father, who is really a good guy, can't go to work and support his family. Remember, society considers these DUI defendants who may kill or injure people to be non-violent.
I was thinking the same thing the other day. They can put 10,000 laws on the books to keep people from using cell phones but people will still use them. Basically (just like with any other law) it keeps the honest people honest. It seems like every time I'm witness to a traffic incident, one or both of the drivers have a suspended license, no insurance or some other infraction.
I suspect that logic holds true for almost any illegal activity.
Only 1/2 of the distracted folks halting the practice would still be a welcome and life-saving improvement.
Not only are you an admitted distracted driver, you are now a self-confessed international criminal. Please deposit your car keys in the nearest mailbox and proceed to turn yourself in to authorities.
Not necessarily! Georgia laws regarding cell phone usage were written to include Golf Carts, LSV's, & NEV's because of this community. Police do patrol the path system and do issue citations, confiscate vehicles from underage drivers,etc.
Last I checked... in NC... cars and trucks require a license to drive on public roads. Motorcycles do as well... but I'm not sure about mo-peds... and I know bicycles do NOT require a license last time I checked.
So... would a cellphone ban cover people who drive their bicycles?
Typically the operation of a moped falls under that of your general drivers license (no special endorsement needed)
I checked... in NC you don't have to have a driver's license to operate a mo-ped on public roads. IF your vehicle meets the definition for a mo-ped, then like a bicycle, you can drive it on the roads without a license. There is an age requirement, however, of 16... but no license requirement.