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You ever seen a commuter doing aerobics behind the wheel? Now that's funny! [:I]

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Would you believe I was doing the 'Cha Cha Slide'(upper body bits) whilst driving today?

"......and this time we gonna get f u n k y"
Please don't bring that song back!

We've listened to it wayyyy too much in school.[xx(]
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RE: Should cell phone use be illegal while driving?

Actually I haven't heard of anyone being prosecuted.

It's just a law for the fun of it, or maybe so they can run up some more charges in case of an accident. Might make sense then?

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Has anyone seen a fat lady like 350lbs+ talking on the cell phone, eating, and driving stick. I have. She would drift into a lane then snap back into her lane since she would put her phone down and try and hold the wheel with her fat.
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RE: Should cell phone use be illegal while driving?

Fat ladies drive stick? [:0] I'm sure that's an opening of some kind...

Meanwhile, the IIHS study:

"There is no safety advantage associated with switching to the types of hands-free devices that are commonly in use," the study concludes.

"With several states restricting the use of cellphones in cars, the findings raise questions about how useful those laws are. Currently, New York, New Jersey and the District of Columbia require drivers to use a hands-free device. Beginning Oct. 1, Connecticut will also make holding a phone and driving illegal. But as the Australian research and other recent studies show, it is the act of talking, not holding a phone, that is the most distracting."

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^^^^^

Would you believe I was doing the 'Cha Cha Slide'(upper body bits) whilst driving today?

"......and this time we gonna get f u n k y"
Please don't bring that song back!

We've listened to it wayyyy too much in school.[xx(]
^^^^

I only have it my changer to annoy my kids.

Funny how they are soooo good at it though!



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Would you believe that in 6th grade, our gym class set aside like 4 weeks for "rythym coordination". More simply dancing.

And we played the Cha Cha Slide over and over and over and over and over again.[xx(][xx(][xx(][xx(][xx(][xx(][xx(]

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What about the BMW 'I-Drive' Jez Clarkson says it's very dangerous and distracting,so it must be.All BMWs should be banned.[^]
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What about the BMW 'I-Drive' Jez Clarkson says it's very dangerous and distracting,so it must be.All BMWs should be banned.[^]
Very good point! Although the BMWs that aren't equipped with the navigation system won't have iDrive, so they'll be legal.

BMW can't use that against MB for their new COMAND system, becuase it's basically a known fact that the new Comand is easier then the iDrive.

If only it could be as easy the Audi's MMI.

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RE: Should cell phone use be illegal while driving?

I remember and old study about cell phone talking while driving. And what they found was the act of holding a cell phone wasnt distracting but what caused distraction was the content of the call. Which makes sense you can drive normally holding a pice of plastic to your head by trying to drive talk and comprehend and respond to someone takes a lot of effort. I think in the study they asked the divers to do math problems or to answer word problems and that was enough to distract them vs the people who just held a plastic phone to the head and not doing anything. which is true if you look at it anytime you talk with someone you are kind of zoned out and only pay attention to the person you are talking to or your not paying 100% attention to your surrounding which you need to do while driving.
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RE: Should cell phone use be illegal while driving?

Actually, what we need is to ban bad drivers, not the other things that only make their bad driving worse.



Let's face it: good drivers can safely multitask to a greater extent, bad drivers have trouble with the basics. Thus, you end up with laws banning cell phone use, when the problem people were those that probably shouldn't be driving in the first place.

My first accident in a long, long time was just a few weeks ago, a minor one that scraped up the lower rear bumper cover (was rear-ended on a slow 'n go freeway ramp). The girl got out of her white Civic and was *still* yakking on the phone; her first comment -- while pointing at the 4-foot wide stripe of white paint on my brilliant silver bumper -- was "Did my car do that"?

I was very gracious throughout -- after all, it's still just a car and no one was injured, but what I felt like saying was "No, your inattention did that." (In fact, probably the only negative thing I said to her was that I was glad I hadn't been on my motorcycle.)

Re: cell phone use specifically, I used to pretty much run a business on a cell phone and talked on the cell phone the greater portion of the time I was in the car. Never had a problem, because I actually know how to drive and where to focus my attention.

What I'd like to see is a driver's test that approximates the real world, preferably done through a simulator. Have the person talk on their cell phone, change a radio station, and carry on a person-to-person conversation while driving. If they screw up, even a little, no license.

Perhaps this is more prevalent in my mind because I pass a motor vehicle office on the way to and from work. If you saw how badly the people drive just pulling into the parking lot, I think you'd agree that probably half of them shouldn't be leaving with a license, but almost all of them do. I'm fond of opining that in California, if you can manage to fill out the application in ink without drooling on it so much that it renders it illegible, then they'll give you a license. Plus you can request the manual/handbook, application and exam book in one of several languages, and they'll provide you an interpreter to help with the exam.

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RE: Should cell phone use be illegal while driving?

Here in Victoria Australia it is illegal to use a cell phone that is not hands free.
Yesterday a driver who killed two of his passengers whilst deleting a text message was jailed for over 2 years.
If the Police catch you using a celll phone whilst driving it is an automatic $165 fine and 3 demerit points. It is taken very seriously and is claimed that using a cell phone whilst driving equates to drunk driving at .08 alcohol level. Here the legal limit for drink driving is .05. It is a dangerous practice.
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