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[ NNSquad ] Re: US Transportation Secretary calls for total ban on cell phone usage when driving

They can't put in automatic cut off systems, surely passengers are allowed to talk and text!

Gary B
On 04/27/2012 01:30 AM, Lauren Weinstein wrote:
> US Transportation Secretary calls for total ban on cell phone usage
> when driving
> http://j.mp/IBM07Y (Chicago Tribune)
> U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood called on Thursday for a
> federal law to ban talking on a cell phone or texting while driving
> any type of vehicle on any road in the country.
> ...
> But Gary Biller, president of the National Motorists Association, said
> laws banning specific actions like talking on a phone or texting are
> not necessary because those actions are already covered by existing
> distracted-driving laws.
> - - -
> Are you on the phone, or are you just talking to yourself? And when
> this ban didn't work, they'd start calling for automatic cutoff
> systems, and people will start dying in emergencies. Luckily, the odds
> of such legislation actually passing seems markedly slim at this point
> (he's talking about all cell phones, not just hand held units).
> --Lauren--
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