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Cell phone ban urged for teen drivers Transportation officials say phone use and inexperience on road do not mix when it comes to teens. September 21, 2005: 7:02 AM EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Banning teenagers from using cell phones or other wireless devices while learning to drive should be a national auto safety priority, say U.S. transportation safety officials. The National Transportation Safety Board put the proposed restriction on its "most wanted" list of safety improvements for the upcoming year, which also includes older appeals for more states to impose limits on teens' night driving and carrying of passengers. "Learning to drive and being distracted is a recipe for disaster," Mark Rosenker, the board's acting chairman, said at a hearing on the new safety priorities. "We must do everything we can to reduce these needless deaths and we strongly believe that banning wireless communications devices for teen-agers learning to drive will help significantly," Rosenker said. Highway crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year-olds. From 1995 to 2004, about 64,000 young people were killed in traffic accidents, federal statistics show. More than half the fatalities occurred at night. A survey released by U.S. auto safety regulators earlier this year found that hand-held cell phone use among drivers between 16 and 24 increased to 8 percent in 2004 from 5 percent in 2002 and 3 percent in 2000. At any given moment in the United States last year, an estimated 8 percent of all motorists, or about 1.2 million drivers, were talking on cell phones while driving, the survey found. The figure was 6 percent in 2002 and 4 percent in 2000. University of Utah researchers found last spring that teens and young adults on the phone while in a driving simulator reacted as slowly as elderly drivers not using a phone. The safety board's cell phone recommendation surfaced after a crash in Maryland that killed five people in February 2002. Investigators in that accident said an inexperienced young woman in her new sport utility vehicle ran off the Washington Beltway, flipped and landed on a minivan in the opposite lane. The board concluded that the woman, who was killed, was talking on a cell phone at the time of the accident and was probably distracted. Inexperience, unfamiliarity with the SUV, windy conditions and speeding were other likely causes. Kevin Quinlan, a senior safety board staff member, said elevating the recommended cell phone restriction will give "heightened visibility" to a measure that has achieved some momentum already. Eleven states and the District of Columbia have imposed some limits on wireless technology while driving. Most prohibit cell phone use by drivers who are getting their license. Critics of attempts to restrict the use of wireless devices by motorists contend that only a fraction of crashes blamed on distracted driving are related to cell phones.
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My thinking on this? Give them all cell phones, make them talk on them every minute they are behind the wheel. Thin the herd out a little bit. Not like they bring much to society anyways. :o :P
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cell phones and driving should be lessened as much as possible amongst all ages, maybe a requirement for hands free? IDK, but it definitely makes a lot of people in LA stupider drivers, like they need that anyway...
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I'm all for people younger than 18 not being allowed to talk on the cell phone while driving. I can't count the number of times I've been cut off or nearly sideswiped by some dip**** kid thtat is paying more attention to trying to punch in a number on the phone rather than watching where he is driving. And it's not just kids, there's tons of middle aged moms and dads in minivans and SUVs that have no clue what is going on around them on the phone. If it's an emergency, that's a different story...but there needs to be a limit put on teens at least.
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Old enough to vote, shoot people in Iraq, but not old enough to drive and talk on a cell? Ageism, like sexism and racism SUCKS. Stop dumping everyone in the same category. Most people I've seen can't multitask, period. I've seen people who were walking and talking on a cell step off a curb on a red light! Then give me the finger because I honked the horn! Stupid people are stupid. Stop dumbing down laws to the lowest common denominator.
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whooee, I agree on the age factor, it's not about age, multi-tasking is a blessing to some people, others are not as capable.
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What is so hard about driving and talking on a phone? Am I just incredibly gifted or what cuz I don't see what is so difficult about it. The only thing that gets tricky is answering or dialing while driving, but I don't do that unless no one is around me or I am at a traffic light. It's no different than talking to someone in the car, actually I find it less distracting than talking to someone else in the car.
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unfortunately I have a razr so it isn't easy to support on my shoulder without the use of my hands holding it (Like I could probably do with bigger, bulkier phones) so it isn't easy to talk on a cell phone and drive a manual car...in town anyways with all the stopping and speeding up and whatnot... For the most part when I see people talking on their cell phone, they are women in their 30's+ driving some SUV or full size car or something like that and it is obvious they can't multitask because they seem to get tunnel vision when they are on the phone and they cut me off or drift into my lane or do something downright stupid...dumb bitches...I normally don't see nearly as many teenagers driving and talking at the same time than I see adults...
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I only talk on the phone while driving with my headset. Clipping the phone between my head and my shoulder. It hurts and it's dangerous. I'm still fully aware of the road while I'm talking on the phone. I always hold out conversations when say like making a turn or something, because I watch for pedestrians and traffic. I balance my calls so that I'm talking when my car's actually stopped, or simpler yet, tell the caller that I'm driving and I'll call back. Although I myself has been a victim of people who yammer on their phone while driving. I almost had a bad accident last time because a bitch was talking on the phone and went straight into me. So I don't know. I'm in between banning and not banning.
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What is so hard about driving and talking on a phone?  Am I just incredibly gifted or what cuz I don't see what is so difficult about it.  The only thing that gets tricky is answering or dialing while driving, but I don't do that unless no one is around me or I am at a traffic light.  It's no different than talking to someone in the car, actually I find it less distracting than talking to someone else in the car.

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I agree, and about dialing, I know where the numbers are without looking at the phone, just like I dont need to look at the keyboard to type. I hate when people think someone cant do something because of their age. Chances are if they cant do it when they are 16, they wont be able to when they are 30 either.
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I drive a stick and I can talk while driving. Because of where I rest my left foot, it is really easy to steer with my knee, which is a handy skill to have when you do what I do. Taking corners is interesting, but I can do it. You want to have a little fun? Get in a car with a stick, get on the phone and drive around. Anytime you go to turn left, get in the turn lane and change cds as slowly as you can. Talking on the phone, shifting, steering and changing cds requires otherworldly coordination.
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That's a load of crap. I'm about 18 and i drive better than a BUTTLOAD of people on the roads. In fact, most of the people that are the worst out there are middle-aged women talking on cellphones. It's not just teens, people.
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There is a cell phone law in NY State. Ive always wondered why we cant have an input jack in sterio system for phone that seems to be the biggest problem is hearing and holding. Headsets kinda suck dont they ? I dont like CB's much but have had to use them for a few Blacktop jobs I did. They are very easy to use and do not distract from driving because you can hear real well and dont need to hold something up to your ear. I think this sterio idea is awsome. Then a larger pad & display higher on the dash for calling and identifing. As for teenage drivers, its just scary period. You must think, if one bad driver has and teaches two children how to drive you now have 3 bad drivers. Like my wife teaching my daughter how to drive. The horror !
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I've seen infomercials for things like what you describe, raz. Except instead of an input jack, they use an FM transmitter and a microphone you clip onto wherever. I wondered how well they work, but never bothered to follow up. Headsets are a pain in the ass, although I might be a little biased there, since my phone took one too many drops and decided that it didn't want to get out of headset mode even though I dont own a headset. I couldn't hear anything, had to get a replacement. Anywhoooo.......I have a feeling that cell phones will play a part in the apocolypse.
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"Cell phone ban urged for teen drivers" Good idea but Ix-nay on the "teen". :)
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Dude, its not just cell phones. Studies have shown people are just as distracted talking to people next to them and behind them.

Besides, if you're going to both ban and enforce a ban on cell phones, then what about shaving, reading, applying makeup and all the other distracting, asanine activites drivers participate in?
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Just get OnSTar in your next vehicle. The hands free cell works very well. The voice recognition program is first rate. It will even understand a New York taxi driver (but probably not a Toronto one.)
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Just get OnSTar in your next vehicle.  The hands free cell works very well.  The voice recognition program is first rate.  It will even understand a New York taxi driver (but probably not a Toronto one.)

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Good point.

BTW: all joking aside as much as I hate cell phone distracted morons hoggin the road I'm against big brother and as a Libertarian I'll say NO to this one!

Less Gov. regulation = GOOD

More Gov. Regulation = BAD!!! :angry:
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