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Charles Murray
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Re: Cellphone ban for drivers?
Charles Murray   2/7/2012 7:41:30 PM
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Interestingly, Rob, the Cadillac CUE system is the least distracting that I've seen. I guess the lesson is that it's getting harder to incorporate all this stuff and still maintain safety.

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Rob Spiegel   2/8/2012 11:03:34 AM
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Yes, it seems that the dash electronics are getting complicated enough that you really need to pull off to the side of the road before using the CUE system.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   2/8/2012 8:07:54 PM
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Toyota says that their EnTune system won't let the driver go two steps deep into the menu. Beyond that, they say, you have to pull over. We'll need to check that out.

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Rob Spiegel   2/9/2012 11:18:07 AM
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I'm surprised to hear that about Toyota, Chuck. Seems like intrusion into the customer's ability to run the device -- even if it does improve safety. It sounds like that also would hamper a front-seat passenger's ability to utilize the system. Or maybe there's an override for passenger operation.

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Re: Really??
TommyH   11/29/2012 9:59:08 AM
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Even before cell phones their were distractions. Ive seen drivers reading the paper, eating, putting on makeup and once I saw a driver making out while driving.  All those are aside from the battery of controls that distract the driver from his/her primary job of driving the car.  Adding another layer of distraction isn't a good thing. Perhaps voice activated controls and true hands free commmunications are all we can hope for, but it won't keep silly people from doing silly things while driving.

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cell phone users know it is unsafe
RaceTruck   2/18/2013 3:38:25 PM
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My observation is, I am following a car in fast lane that suddenly for no apparent reason the driver slows down by 10~15 mph and maybe weaves a little but continues in fast lane.  When I pull to right and pass I observe driver is on cell phone.  My conclusion is that, unconsciously the cell phone user recognizes they are driving while distracted and they slow down.

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tekochip   2/18/2013 9:07:58 PM
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and then you see the folks with the push to talk phones holding the phone in one hand, talking and attempting to make a left hand turn that requires all four lanes of the intersection since they can't steer hand over hand.  Signaling?  Not likely.


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worse than DUI
JohnE   6/28/2013 8:39:21 AM
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As a member of focusdriven.org, I strongly oppose the use of cell phones and other distracting technology while driving. Inattentive motorists are an even bigger threat to public safety than DUIs, because they are so plentiful. The crash statisics speak eloquently and tragically for themselves.

I don't care if it's hands-on, hands-off, whatever -- do the ethical, responsible thing and HANG UP AND DRIVE!

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   9/30/2013 8:23:52 PM
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Well said, John E. What I don't understand is that so many people despise cell phone use by drivers, but when someone tries to take away their right to use it while driving, they protest.

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