[FoRK] Laws that ban texting while driving could becounter productive

Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo ken_ganshirt at yahoo.ca
Wed Sep 14 18:45:04 PDT 2011

Hey Bill,

It would be helpful if you would mention what jurisdiction(s) you are referring to when talking about laws.  Up here in the GWN most, if not all, jurisdictions with laws banning distractive activities have made them stoppable offenses. A couple of nearby cities are having a highly publicized crackdown on such activities this week, now that the law has been in place for over a year and people should mostly know about it.


--- On Wed, 9/14/11, Bill Kearney <wkearney99 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> From: Bill Kearney <wkearney99 at hotmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [FoRK] Laws that ban texting while driving could becounter productive
> To: "Friends of Rohit Khare" <fork at xent.com>
> Received: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 11:37 AM
> > he said, hands-free phone use
> can be safer than not using a phone at all because "drivers
> on a hands-free tend to compensate by watching the road more
> carefully when they are talking."'
> Companies like pro-fit and arkon sell a great variety of
> hands-free mounts. I've got a combo of a pro-fit bracket
> with an arkon mount (along with the moto factory cradle) to
> hold Droid models in both mine and my wife's cars. They work
> great.
> What I want is a hand sign that says "Get off the Phone" on
> one side.  And something like "You jackass!" on the
> other.
> I'd support making use of a phone while driving a primary
> offense.  I've asked a few cops about it and they said
> very few tickets issued for it ever go to trial.  But
> they can't write up as many as they see because the
> motorists aren't, at that time, breaking any other traffic
> laws.  They offered some hesitation about having to use
> charges like reckless driving as it seems a bit
> excessive.  They favored having it as an offense that
> could be used to make a stop, as they felt that would do
> more to deter the offense.  I'm not one to encourage
> police activity but clearly the existing hands-free laws are
> not being effective at deterring the crime.
> -Bill Kearney 
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