I actually had the same thought wrt pilots of aircraft. However, I believe the answer there is more than just training. That's part of it, but the other part is that pilots can and do stop yacking on the radio when they are busy doing something. For example, during landing and takeoff. It's not constant chatter.
The air traffic controllers are well aware of this, and they give pilots space.
Driving a car is more similar to the landing and takeoff portion of flights, than it is to the steady cruising at altitude.
And when taxiing on the ground, the conversations between pilots and controllers are short and sweet. If drivers could manage to restrain their cell phone confversations similarly, I submit to you that we wouldn't have a problem.
As always happens, the rest of us inevitably pay for the abuses of the many.
Maybe it's all a tempest in a teapot. I plan to look at the NTSB reference, and see if there are any statistics. The NTSB are a cut or two above most of the agencies in DC, they may actually be rational. Just how many lives would be saved by the end of texting and voice from the driver? How many would be saved if cars couldn't go faster than 35 mph?
There seems to be no end of great ideas from the government on changing our behavior for our own good. I don't want to be safer courtesy of civil servants in DC constantly dreaming up restrictive laws. I don't mind if they fix the responsibility for my actions more firmly on me, but I don't care to have my actions limited by the bad decisions of others.
...continued... Of course cell phone usage by a driver increases risk. Aircraft pilots spend a lot of time training to fly the plane, navigate the plane, and talk to controllers, all at the same time. And then they retrain. People driving cars spend as little time as possible "training" and then never get a refresher again. The entire license system needs to be overhauled, and I don't think cell phones are the straw on the donkeys' backs in DC to do it.
Hmm... motion control is an option, but then no one in the car could use their cell phone. If you were on a train, presumably your do-everything phone would know you were on a train track, and would let you use the phone. The train engineer, however, would have to be trusted. Texting could be prohibited at all velocities above a walk, for everyone, everywhere. Personally, texting annoys me... my kids send me text messages at work: why can't they just speak to me? Dad is too cranky? It's possible, I suppose.
I've another idea: you need insurance to use your cell phone in a car. You get into an accident while on your cell phone, your liability insurance is ok, but your property damage is void. And your medical bills are your problem. People will buy insurance, or not, as they please. Or not use their cell phones. Or use a hands-free device. Passengers aren't bothered by cell phone restrictions in this case.
All the following are legal: driving with your eyes closed, driving while exhausted and delirious, reading a magainze on your lap, adjusting the EQ on the radio, digging items out of the center console, checking out your review mirror for more than a few seconds.
Windows would have to be made conductive, and the rubber seals would also need to be conductive to form a Faraday cage.
Windows would have to be forced closed when an internal RF field is detected This can be defeated by use of an external antenna.
Forcing the windows closed while the vehicle is in motion because of RF field detected could trap Junior's little arm. Someone would be sued.
Fully agree with your last statement. If any occupants of the vehicle absolutely must talk, pull over into a McD's or such and tend to other bodily requirements at the same time.
@ seaEE I once mirror-watched a female in an SUV come tearing up behind while stopped at a red traffic light. She had a hamburger in one hand and a phone in the other.
1st thought - Didn't your mother tell you that speaking with your mouth full is rude?
2nd thought - What are you steering with - your elbows?
Instead of making legislation which only sane people follow and hence are of no use let the technology itself impose such restrictions.
Let the Car body itself act as a shield jamming all kind of transmission (except may be GPS) while engine is running. If anybody in the car wants to talk, take the car out of the traffic , stop the engine and then talk.
Never mind safety issues when wired to the engine controls!
Irresponsibility is there all the time, phone use just provides another opportunity for the idiot within us to reveal itself.
Maybe set cars' EMS to run very slow, very safe (and yet economical) unless the driver holds a advanced licence which is as hard to get and hold as a commercial pilot's licence.
Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Now days there are laws that compel us to do a myriad of things which most would be better off learning through parental instruction. What next--a law banning drive-thru food since someone taking a bite out of a quarter pounder while exiting McDonalds is more likely to get in an accident? Burgers have been around a lot longer than cell phones and are certainly as dangerous.
I approve of the ban. More people are killed by phone or texting users than drunk drivers. While there has been some reduction in drunk driving, accidents by distracted phone and texting is on the rise. We all need to identify and expose the ignorant people who think they can do other things while driving. Perhaps if they lose their drivers licenses, they will have more time to phone or text without endangering anyone.
Interesting concept but I suspect there would be a huge uproar about government pushing personal freedoms if such a device were mandated in a car. I agree that something needs to be done, I've seen too many close calls due to cell phone use behind the wheel.
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