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U.S. ban sought on cell phone use while driving
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called on Thursday for a federal law to ban talking on a cell phone or texting while driving any type of vehicle on any road in the country.
Tough federal legislation is the only way to deal with what he called a "national epidemic," he said at a distracted-driving summit in San Antonio, Texas, that drew doctors, advocates and government officials.
LaHood said it is important for the police to have "the opportunity to write tickets when people are foolishly thinking they can drive safely or use a cell phone and text and drive."
LaHood has previously criticized behind-the-wheel use of cell phones and other devices, but calling for a federal law prohibiting the practice takes his effort to a new level.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 3,000 fatal traffic accidents nationwide last year were the result of distracted driving. Using a cell phone while driving delays reaction time the same amount as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08, the legal limit, the highway agency said.
Originally posted by thisguyrighthere
Amazing there would be a federal cell phone law but no federal seatbelt law.
Not that there should be either but it really illustrates the fickle stupidity of public opinion and how much clout that stupidity has over government action.
Originally posted by eazyriderl_l
So who will enforce this other than the police that are already on their cell phones and all have a computer monitor directly in the center of the dashboard that they must interact with- even while driving- and the band radio for dispatch and I personally witnessed cops texting while driving.
My point. Why allow those enforcing the laws to break them in order to enforce the laws?
This is just another excuse to approach and harass any given citizen.
Originally posted by Cassius666
Dont cops ride in duos? Or is it common for an officer to be alon in his patrol car in america?
As far as I know, there are no federal laws regarding traffic enforcement. All traffic enforcement is done by local and state police. If there were federal laws governing traffic, they would have to be enforced by federal officers.
Originally posted by cavalryscout
Sorry guyz but I'm going to disagree.
Any idiot caught texting while driving should be treated the same as a drunk driver.
If it's an emergency I can understand using your cell to talk but only in an emergency.
edit on 27-4-2012 by cavalryscout because: (no reason given)