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Old November 26th, 2012, 06:38 PM
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Moogles, cellphones in cars are illegal or cellphones in general? That is some strict place you're living.
In cars. Should have clarified, oopsies.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 06:54 PM
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Where I am, texting while driving is illegal, but I dont know how its actually enforced. I think cellphones in cars are legal though.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:00 PM
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In my country, texting while driving = massive fine. Caught doing it again = loss of licence for an indefinite amount of time. God bless New Zealand.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:30 PM
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I usually put my phone on speakerphone unless I absolutely can't hear the other person. It's not illegal to talk on the phone while driving here, but I use the speaker most of the time anyway.

Texting is illegal here though - as it should be. Texting while driving is the height of stupidity and is just asking for a death wish. :/
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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:42 PM
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Banning talking while driving if you don't hold the phone in your hands is kind of silly imo - it's the same as talking to a friend while driving and that's not banned.

I also read a study once where listening to music calms you down while driving but makes your actual driving worse. >_o
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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:43 PM
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Old November 26th, 2012, 07:44 PM
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I usually put my phone on speakerphone unless I absolutely can't hear the other person. It's not illegal to talk on the phone while driving here, but I use the speaker most of the time anyway.

Texting is illegal here though - as it should be. Texting while driving is the height of stupidity and is just asking for a death wish. :/
See, I don't understand why talking on the phone is allowed when texting isn't. I'm assuming you mean physically holding the phone to your ears and talking is't banned, by the way. I have no problem with talking while the phone is on speakerphone, that's fine. I just don't see how you can be allowed to hold the phone to your ears and talk if texting is banned too.

Unless I've misread your post entirely, oops.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 08:13 PM
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Whether you're talking or texting its still distraction. Texting is worse obviously since you're taking your eyes off the road in most cases to type a message. Even talking on your phone, some focus is shifted from driving to conversation.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 08:21 PM
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I guess it's because texting you literally have to take your eyes off the road? Idk governments are very self-contradictory when it comes to laws, look at pot and alcohol.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:08 PM
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I usually put my phone on speakerphone unless I absolutely can't hear the other person. It's not illegal to talk on the phone while driving here, but I use the speaker most of the time anyway.

Texting is illegal here though - as it should be. Texting while driving is the height of stupidity and is just asking for a death wish. :/
No phones here. Texting or talking, doesn't matter. Can't use a phone behind the wheel. I guess because they want you to have both hands on the wheel. But then... why not ban drinking coffee behind the wheel?
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:17 PM
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New drivers where I live aren't allowed to talk at all. Not even a hands free device. It's just one of the restrictions we have until we pass a test (which I think I take next April?) I don't have any burning calls anyways /shrug.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:35 PM
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No phones here. Texting or talking, doesn't matter. Can't use a phone behind the wheel. I guess because they want you to have both hands on the wheel. But then... why not ban drinking coffee behind the wheel?
I never understood that either. I would think you'd get more distracted when eating or drinking in the car than by simply holding a phone to your ear.

And Nick, it's the same here too. I think cell phones are illegal while driving before 18 or 19 here, but I'm pretty sure you can use hands-free.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:49 PM
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Ohio actually just passed a bill to ban texting while driving this past year, makes it a ticket-able offense I think.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:52 PM
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I think part of it is more like it's not just your hands leaving the wheel when you text... but rather, you aren't looking at the road but looking at your phone as you text. With a drink, most people can grab their pop or coffee without looking and drink it while you drive looking forward, similar to hands-free phone.

Just my guess that it's the fact how calling someone and mostly texting someone distracts your eyes and not so much about your hands.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 09:57 PM
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Well I agree, texting is way too distracting and you're just asking for an accident if you text while driving. But if you're on the phone, your eyes are still on the road and you still have control of the steering wheel, so I don't see it as nearly as distracting. Hands-free should still be the best option, of course.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:02 PM
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Well I agree, texting is way too distracting and you're just asking for an accident if you text while driving. But if you're on the phone, your eyes are still on the road and you still have control of the steering wheel, so I don't see it as nearly as distracting. Hands-free should still be the best option, of course.
Maybe if you were answering a call.

But if you're making the call, won't you need to look at the screen at first?
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:12 PM
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You would need to look at the screen to make a hands-free call to I think, at least my mom does even if she's using a bluetooth. Not to answer the phone or hang up though.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:22 PM
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You might still be looking at the road when you're just talking on the phone, but that doesn't entirely mean you're actually paying as much attention as you should...is the justification I could see for that.

(I dunno, just memories of certain family members driving cars while they talk on a phone. Ogod no. I'd rather the phones just stay away from them.)
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:23 PM
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Seriously, don't. ;( You're not just risking your own life.
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:35 PM
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You would need to look at the screen to make a hands-free call to I think, at least my mom does even if she's using a bluetooth. Not to answer the phone or hang up though.
I keep my phone in my pocket. I press the phone button on my steering wheel and I can say who I want to call o.o
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:53 PM
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Old November 26th, 2012, 10:55 PM
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Old November 26th, 2012, 11:22 PM
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A lot of people I know text while driving way too much. l:
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Old November 26th, 2012, 11:45 PM
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My Uncle's car has a built in phone system but hes in another country so...

I hate when people text at the traffic light when they're in front of you and then the green light comes up and they're like "Whaa? Hunh.." and eventually go.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 05:43 AM
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I just don't like texting period. But doing it while driving... how is that any different from having your laptop open and typing up an email while driving? Either way you're distracted from the road, and it's those idiot drivers that frighten me most.

Though I recall once seeing a guy reading a novel while driving in the middle of the night, dome light on in his car so he could read it... on an interstate highway going about 70-75 miles an hour...
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