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House lawmakers have approved a bill banning drivers from talking or texting on cell phones while behind the wheel. From here, the bill goes to the Senate.

Time to get a handsfree headset if you don't already have one. Those will be exempt from this bill. I recently got the Cardo Scala 700LX from amazon.com. I've been using it for about three weeks. It has worked out pretty well. According to cnet, the Aliph Jawbone is the best headset out there right now, but I didn't feel like shelling out $100 for a headset.

Adult drivers would face $100 fines for the first offense and $500 for a third offense. Those with junior operator licenses would face fines and the suspension of their licenses.

Click (here) for the Globe blurb.



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4 Response to "Texting and Cell Phones Banned in the Car?"

  1. cube Said,

    Nanny state gone wild. What's next? Will there be a law against being stupid?

    Posted on 1/24/08, 1:50 PM

     
  2. Anonymous Said,

    I disagree here: I think that Texting and Cell-phone use really should be banned while driving, because they're serious distractions that're known to contribute to a great many accidents. The 13-year-old kid who was fatally struck down by a driver who was texting while driving underscores why texting and cellphone use while driving should definitely be banned. If somebody really needs to make a call on or answer their cellphone, or to write a text message, for god sakes, pull over to the side of the road or off the highway, or whatever. NY State has a law banning cellphone use and texting. The Bay State should follow suit, imo, just as other states also should.

    Posted on 1/24/08, 10:06 PM

     
  3. Tiff/Stephen Said,

    This is such a no-brainer! How can you possibly text while driving in rush hour traffic in this town? People are already stupid when they get behind the wheel. Now we just need to try to remember that we're just not that important and we should try to insure we don't kill someone in the process.

    Posted on 1/25/08, 2:31 PM

     
  4. litchik Said,

    Education before legislation.
    Texting while driving is already against the law as it requires you to focus on your typing, not your driving.

    In an ideal world we would all pull over to have telephone conversations, change the CD or radio station and would not ever eat and drive. (I personally believe it not only leads to bad driving but large waistlines.)

    If you are in an accident because you were distracted and kept driving, say to pick up the baby's pacifier off the floor or trying to have a conversation then you are in trouble. Not that long ago vehicular assault charges were brought against a driver for striking a pedestrian while looking for a parking space. So we don't need another law, we need education. This is something at which our fair Commonwealth does not excel. Witness the number of drivers who tell cyclists to get on the sidewalk.

    Actually, state troopers may need the most education. One told me that I was only allowed to bicycle on designated bike routes and had to keep off of all "state roads." he then told me to ride on the sidewalk. I stayed on the road where I belonged.
    Then, after witnessing an accident last weekend, I stopped and waited for the police. I gave the officer my version of events and all my contact information. He called me in the evening as I was driving home, kids in the car. I told hiim I was driving, but would pull over. he said there was no need as it would lonly be a minute or two. I pulled over anyway. I didn't see how I could focus on his questions, remembering the exact progression of the accident and driving.

    Posted on 1/25/08, 3:00 PM

     
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