THIS IS THE DEVICE BEING SHOWN AT THE CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW IN LAS VEGAS 2010.....DASHBOARD INTERNET.
THIS IS INSANE.....FREAKING INSANE!!!
If using a cell phone is as dangerous as drunk
driving (and it is), and TEXTING is worse (which it is)....how stupid and
thoughtless do you have to be to use a computer while you drive? The brain power
it takes to actually execute the kinds of decisions that accessing email, and
browsing takes, will....and there are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS.....totally distract
you from driving. At 60PMH, look away for 3.5 seconds and you have traveled the
length of a football field.
Ford, Audi, and others
(Including the Sony add on shown here) are going to be offering this in the next
year. I URGE the government to stop this in it's tracks like they are trying to
stop distracted driving in general.
THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL and THE SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION, RAY La HOOD, HAS RECOMMENDED THAT CELL PHONES SHOULD BE BANNED ENTIRELY WHILE DRIVING IN THE UNITED STATES.
FROM ABC NEWS:
"The organization has
been touting studies that show driving while using a Bluetooth headset is just
as dangerous as it is when talking on a traditional handset. NSC spokespeople
also point to a recent survey, by Nationwide Insurance, that shows 40 percent of
drivers have been hit or almost hit by another driver who was talking on the
phone. They liken the push for the new blanket ban to that of the battle for
child-safety seats and seat belts.
Many have called such a ban unenforceable, but that hasn't stopped the Council from moving forward. They're encouraging businesses to forbid their employees from talking and driving while on the job. ExxonMobil has instituted just such a ban, and a spokesman for the company defended it, saying, "We didn't want people to have to make a choice between safety and business. We will make that choice for them."
We've gotten used to being able to use our Bluetooth headsets while driving around, and it would certainly take a lot to break the habit. We understand the logic behind an all-out ban, but we'd like to see the current bans in places like New York, New Jersey and California enforced a bit better before state governments try to expand the laws."
Here is Mr. Traffic's opinion.............
There is NO question in my mind that using a cell phone while driving OR texting, is nothing short of INSANE. Every reputable study shows that the mind disconnects from what it is doing when talking on a phone to a disembodied voice. Driving is NOT for MULTI-TASKING. We all take driving for granted, and assume that we have the skills to multi-task, when the truth is that we are moving down the street at speeds that a human was not, by nature, supposed to do.....and things are happening SOOOOO fast, that we don't need 100% of our attention on the road.........we need 200%! It is selfish and stupid to text especially. It is a measure of our lack judgment about driving that we use these devices. Hands-Free laws have NOT made a difference, because it is not the hands free which makes the difference.........ITS THE TALKING. Then people ask....."WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THAT AND TALKING TO MY PASSENGERS?" The answer is....not much. Passenger distraction is in the top 5 of reasons people must get hurt or die in a car. But anyway......if you are talking on a phone, who is going to warn you that something is about to happen? No one.
We have all (myself included)...been endangered by people on cell phones. I resent the stupidity. Those of you who are against this cause you WANT to yap on a phone to kill time, boredom or make money......when you get hit and hurt by someone doing it...........when you are in the hospital...........will you go......."IT'S OK.....I DO IT TOO.............I WON'T EVEN SUE YOU!" Um......NO!
When someone YOU love is hurt or killed this way.....will you THEN regret you contributed to it?
Stop this now by STOPPING using your phone while driving, and even more....do not TAKE calls from someone who calls you from the car unless they are parked.
Visit the website of
and help them in this fight!!!
The person we really are in debt to in more ways than anyone realizes, is OPRAH WINFREY. Single handedly (and with her staff at Harpo), have saved the lives of countless people with her
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This page lists those countries that have banned the use of a cell phone when driving unless used with some form of hands-free kit.
Country Listing (USA in separate table at the bottom)
|Australia||Yes||Banned in all states - fines vary though.|
|Austria||Yes||Fines vary - up to US$22 per incident|
|Bahrain||Yes||Offenders face fines - possibly prison|
|Belgium||Yes||Phones can be used without a hands-free unit when the car is stationary - but not while in traffic (such as at traffic lights)|
|Brazil||Yes||Ban imposed Jan. 2001|
|Botswana||Being debated||The attorney general is drafting the legislation|
|Canada||Variable||Banned in Newfoundland (Dec2002) fines up to US$180. Discussed again October 2006.|
|China||Yes||Reported to be covered by general "good driving practice" legislation.|
|Denmark||Yes||Ban imposed July 1998 - US$60 fine for infringements|
|Egypt||Yes||Fines of about US$100 per offence.|
|Finland||Yes||Ban imposed January 2003 - US$55 fine for infringements|
|France||Yes||Banned 2003, EUR40 fine per infraction|
|Germany||Yes||Ban imposed Feb. 2001 - usage allowed without a hands-free unit only when the engine is switched off. Fine of �40 per infraction|
|Hungary||Yes||Not often implemented by the police|
|India - New Delhi||Yes||New Delhi - Ban extended to ban all use of cell phones when driving,
including use with a hands-free unit - July 2001
Andhra Pradesh - Ban now enforced with prison sentences
|Ireland||Yes||Banned, with a US$380 and/or up to 3 months imprisonment on a third offence. Handsfree kits allowed, although that is subject to review.|
|Isle of Man||Yes||Banned since July 2000|
|Italy||Yes||Fines of up to US$124 per infraction|
|Japan||Yes||Ban imposed Nov. 1999|
|Jersey||Yes||Ban imposed Feb. 1998|
|Jordan||Yes||Ban imposed Oct. 2001|
|Kenya||Yes||Ban imposed late 2001|
|Mexico||Partial||Ban in Mexico City|
|Netherlands||Yes||Fines up to €2,000 or two weeks in jail|
|New Zealand||Being debated||Under debate - consultation being sought from interested parties|
|Norway||Yes||Fines of over $600 per infraction|
|Pakistan||Partial||Banned in Islamabad|
|Poland||Yes||Fines can be as high as US$1,000|
|Russia||Yes||Ban imposed by Prime Minister - March 2001|
|South Korea||Yes||Ban imposed July 2001 - US$47 fine + 15 points on the license.|
|Taiwan||Yes||If the driver is using a reflective screen on the car, local privacy laws forbid stopping the car for violating the ban.|
|Thailand||Yes||Bill proposed in May 2000|
|Turkmenistan||Yes||Signed into law with effect from May 1st 2003, by President Saparmyrat Turkmenbasy|
|UK||Yes||Banned from December 2003|
|Zimbabwe||Yes||Ban imposed in Sept 2001, announced via official news agency only though, so not confirmed|
USA states breakdown
|Arkansas||Partial||School bus drivers are banned from using a cell phone.|
|Arizona||Partial||A bill to introduce a ban was lost by a 4-3 vote in the Senate Transportation Committee. Bus drivers are banned from using a cell phone|
|California||Yes||Beginning July 1, 2008, violators face a US$20 fine for a first offense and a US$50 ticket for subsequent infractions. Law passed Sept 2007 bans all under-18s from using a phone at all, even with handsfree kit.|
|Colorado||No||Teens with restricted licenses are banned - but can only be stoped for another violation first|
|Connecticut||Yes||Banned with effect from Oct. 2005 - teens are also forbidden from using handsfree kits while moving|
|Delaware||No||A driver can already be prosecuted for "inattentive driving" - which can include using a cell phone. Studies into the issue have been requested|
|District of Columbia||Yes||Banned from July 2004|
|Florida||Partial||State Attorney General said that cities can set local regulations - July 2001. Overturned by Governor Bush..|
|Georgia||Partial||School bus drivers banned from using cell phones while driving. DeKalb County has fines when crashes can be attributed to driving while using a cellphone.|
|Hawaii||Being debated||A bill has been introduced in Hawaii's legislature by Sen. Joseph Souki, D-Wailuku-Waiehu.|
|Illinois||Partial||School bus drivers are banned - Chicago has passed a bill banning driving while using a phone, fines of US$50 per infraction.|
|Indiana||No||Ban proposed by State Sen. Rose Antich Carr - Jan 2004|
|Kansas||No||Bill to introduce ban failed in 2000|
|Louisiana||Being debated||Study into the effects of a ban underway|
|Maine||Partial||Minors and those on learner driving licenses may not use a cell phone while driving|
|Maryland||No||Bill to ban dropped Feb. 2001. New proposal in the House, proposed by Delegates Arnick and Mandel|
|Massachusetts||Partial||Bill for most users pending - but bus drivers already banned. Drivers required to keep at least one hand on the steering wheel while holding a phone.|
|Minnesota||Partial||Teenagers and provisional drivers are banned - $100 fine plus delays in license upgrades for offenders|
|Mississippi||No||Legislation prevents local councils enacting their own ban.|
|Nebraska||No||Bill planned by State Sen. Jim Cudaback - Jan 2004|
|Nevada||No||State bill to introduce ban failed April 1999. Local bill in Clark County also blocked Nov. 2001. Nevada state passed bill banning local regulations, March 2003.|
|New Hampshire||Partial||Not explicitly banned, but you can be prosecuted if using a cellphone when involved in an driving accident.|
|New Jersey||Yes||Banned from 2004, updated from March 2008 - fine US$100|
|New Mexico||Partial||Being debated - local ban in the cities of Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos, and Las Vegas|
|New York||Yes||Ban effective from Nov. 2001|
|North Carolina||Being debated||Study into the effects of cell phone usage while driving being carried out.|
|North Dakota||Being debated||Bill proposed by Sen. Harvey Tallackson, D-Grafton, Feb 2005|
|Ohio||Partial||The City of Cleveland is discussing a ban. Ban in place in Brooklyn.|
|Oklahoma||No||Bill to introduce ban failed in May 1999. Legislation prevents local councils enacting their own ban.|
|Oregon||No||A new bill enacted in Jan 2002 forbids the local governments from implementing their own cell phone ban.|
|Pennsylvania||Partial||Local cities have their own laws - state legislation pending|
|Rhode Island||No||Governor Almond rejected a ban - July 2001. School buses are banned from using a cell phone. Proposal for a ban being debated, April 2004.|
|Tennessee||Partial||School buses are banned from using a cell phone|
|Texas||No||Senate Bill 154 proposed. If passed would come into effect from 2008. A previous attempt in 2005 failed|
|Utah||No||Bill to introduce ban failed March 1998. Highland city planning a ban - Feb 2005|
|Virginia||Partial||Bill banning minors passed Jan 2005. Bill banning 16-17yr olds with conditional licenses passed March 2007|
|Washington||Partial||Ban imposed, to come into effect from July 2008. Driving while sending text messages separately banned with effect from Jan 1st 2008|
|West Virginia||No||Bill proposed in 1999, but never debated|
|Wisconsin||No||Bill to introduce ban failed in April 1998. Bill to ban younger drivers only being debated.|
|Wyoming||No||Bill proposed by Rep. Floyd Esquibel but not debated|
Information is understood to be correct at the time of going to press - please notify us of any oversights by using the contact us option on the bottom menu.
Last update 10th March 2008