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Today the Tulsa World published a letter to the editor I wrote to them Wednesday. Unfortunately letters to the editor are limited to 200 words otherwise I could have gone on.... Just thought it might be of interest to some.



Don't text and drive

By Staff Reports
Published: 6/19/20094:29 AM
Last Modified: 6/19/20094:29 AM


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Last evening, while out for a ride, my wife and I were witness to a textbook texting accident.

Being a motorcycle rider, I have often been plagued by cell phone drivers who are not paying enough attention to the road. Now, with the volume of texting that is occurring, the problem has become epidemic. It is not just the moving inattentiveness of a phone call, it is now true visual interference, including while "stopped."

What we witnessed last night was something difficult to "keep an eye out for." While sitting at a traffic light, stopped, the person in the car next to us began moving when the lane beside her did. The problem was the lane beside her was a turning lane where the light had changed. Her light had not, a fact completely lost on the driver. She, as we could see while watching the accident about to happen, was busy staring at her cell phone and texting. She saw the movement out of the corner of her eye, and started driving without truly looking up.

The moral of this story: It is not safe to text behind the wheel, moving or not.

Clint R. Parsons, Jenks
 

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Cell phones know where they are - they have to, in order to know which cells to connect to. Thus, they also know when they are moving. I would like to see a mandatory "feature" in cell phones that prevents the use of text messaging features when the cell phone detects that it is moving.

Actually, to tell the truth, I'd like to see all cell phones with a mandatory "feature" that shuts them down entirely when they detect they are moving!

Failing that, perhaps a portable jamming device that could be mounted in my motorcycle, that would disable all cell phones in a 1000 foot radius around me, forcing people to hang up and drive. :)
 

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Something needs to be done, I see it all too often as well. In fact I've seen them check their mirrors and then raises their cell phone to their ear. It is illegal here in California, but still happens so much. I've even seen the police on cell phones while driving. :shock:
 

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GSMacLean wrote:
Cell phones know where they are - they have to, in order to know which cells to connect to. Thus, they also know when they are moving. I would like to see a mandatory "feature" in cell phones that prevents the use of text messaging features when the cell phone detects that it is moving.

Actually, to tell the truth, I'd like to see all cell phones with a mandatory "feature" that shuts them down entirely when they detect they are moving!

Failing that, perhaps a portable jamming device that could be mounted in my motorcycle, that would disable all cell phones in a 1000 foot radius around me, forcing people to hang up and drive. :)
These are great ideas, GS...I just KNOW it can be done, technically!!! Does anyone know how to overcome the industry's LOBBYISTS???:clapper:
 

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(As of June, 2009 ): Here is a list of the current laws that each state has on the books concerning text messages and cell phone calls while driving.
(I am not sure how accurate this list is, pm me with any corrections - Thanks - Jim )

(DougW PMed me that NY had banned cell phone use, And I did another search and found a more updated list. Thanks DougW - Jim



http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/cellphone_laws.html
 

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GSMacLean wrote:
Failing that, perhaps a portable jamming device that could be mounted in my motorcycle, that would disable all cell phones in a 1000 foot radius around me, forcing people to hang up and drive. :)
How about one manufactured by Smith and Wesson. :shock:;)
 

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If you didn't know, I drive a Taxi here in Hot Springs, 6pm to 6am. It's almost scary to see the number of "drivers" that have a phone glued to their ear. And if it's a primary law, the worst offenders here are the police. I'm constantly seeing them cruising windows up, A.C. on and phone to their ear.
And now for another rant, how about those window shaking, bass thumping, cars running around? I may like it loud, but I like the sound clean. " If I want to listen to your music, I'll get in your car"
 

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Texas: Only illegal for school bus drivers and those under 18 to talk or text on cell phones while driving

While this is true, I drove for a small ISD here a few years ago that supplied cell phones for communication rather than having radios. They've since upgraded their fleet of buses, and I expect have radios now. However, to me using the radio, and even having to listen to it is as distracting as a cell phone.

A couple of years ago while I sat next to an on ramp on I-20 here waiting to meet friends for a trip, I observed that probably 80-90 percent of the 18 wheelers holding a phone to their ear as they made a turn off the intersecting highway at high speed. Probably steering with their knee while shifting with the other hand.
 

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GSMacLean wrote:
Failing that, perhaps a portable jamming device that could be mounted in my motorcycle, that would disable all cell phones in a 1000 foot radius around me, forcing people to hang up and drive. :)

This I think would make the situation worse because then you have a frustrated texter trying to figure out what is wrong with their phone and becoming even more distracted.

I personally feel that texting should just be eliminated all together from cellphones.
 

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I had texting turned off, both sending and receiving, on both mine and my wife's phone. At first they told me it could not be turned off, to which I replied " Then cancel my home phone, internet, cable TV and 2 cell phones. All of a sudden the response was " Mr. Gallant, the text messaging will be turned off in 3 minutes." I thanked them and hung up.
 

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GSMacLean wrote:
Cell phones know where they are - they have to, in order to know which cells to connect to. Thus, they also know when they are moving. I would like to see a mandatory "feature" in cell phones that prevents the use of text messaging features when the cell phone detects that it is moving.

Actually, to tell the truth, I'd like to see all cell phones with a mandatory "feature" that shuts them down entirely when they detect they are moving!

Failing that, perhaps a portable jamming device that could be mounted in my motorcycle, that would disable all cell phones in a 1000 foot radius around me, forcing people to hang up and drive. :)

Cell phones only need one radio tower to send and receive a signal and it could be within a 10-15 mile radius for 800-900 mhz phone (obsolete) or a 5-10 mile radius for 3-4 ghzphone (current phones)of the cell phone. In order to do locaton, cell phone must do quadralateral locationoff at lest four towers. The way it works is it picks up the signal off the four towers and by the speed of which the signal"bounces" of each tower locates the cell phone, there "locating" the phone. The rate at which the phone sends out the signal and receives it is only milli seconds but how often it sends the signal out can vary. There other mitgating circumstances like terrain, atmospheric conditions, propagation patterns of cell towers that could make it harder to do.
 

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I like the idea of jamming the phone, as long as it don't jam any of the electronics on the bikes or other cars around me. There aren't a lot of, real, options to solve this though.

Unless you're willing to pass some real stiff laws, that are similar to drunk driving laws and involve a hefty fine (this would give the cops some incentive), I don't see this going away any time soon.

This is a problem of focus.....lack of. I want the people (driving) around me to be focused on the task at hand......driving their vehicle. What ever it takes to 'get their attention', I'm in favor of. Even so....blaming the device isn't the real answer. Changing their behavior is.

Maybe if folks started getting their licenses suspended, for this, or paying a $1,000 fine, it would get their attention?
 

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I think texting while operating should be a jailable offense. In fact I think jail should be mandatory. A texter could be chanrged with Criminal Negligience, reckless driving, inattentive driving, causing or risking a catastrophe, reckless endangerment, and creating a public nuisance. Be labeled a hazard to society, then they could be keel hauled from the left side of an inner city bus and their thumbs summarily lopped off rendered infertile as a precautionary measure and just to be fair suspend their license for 90 days.
 

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Failing that, perhaps a portable jamming device that could be mounted in my motorcycle, that would disable all cell phones in a 1000 foot radius around me, forcing people to hang up and drive.



You would end up worse off because there new focus would be "why did I loose cell coverage".
 

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The problem I see with jammers is, they user would get more frustrated and more determined to use their phone. Thereby causing even more distraction.

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In general I'm not a guy that likes too many laws where choice should be the right option, but this cell phone thing is a real problem and causes harm to others. It relates to possible harm to walkers, bikers, and cage drivers as well. Every state needs strict laws. I don't even really like hands free. People need to be paying attention when they drive. When your concentration is somewhere else, problems happen. When did we (and what we do for a living) become so important that we cannot wait until we can pull over to a safe place before using communication devices? Aren't we all just so important though. I'm happy to turn mine completely off and listen to my messages at a later time.
 

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goldwingnut wrote:
jk-1 wrote:

Try This...
http://www.phonejammer.com/home.php?cat=249


FYI owning or using a cellphone jammer in the US can land you in the federal pen. Make your own decision though. I enjoy me freedom too much.
I never said it was "Legal" ! - LOL... :cooldevil:

:action:Take Care - Jim
 
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