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Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: ZeeOSix] #5127207 06/06/19 03:33 PM
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I agree Zee....

Go back to zero stuff in a vehicle.

Many other items are ever bit a problem a hands free phone.


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Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: CourierDriver] #5127228 06/06/19 03:52 PM
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The law has been enforcing texting while driving here in my part of the woods NC.

My nephew is a big time text machine. He can blow you up fast. He got three texting while driving tickets in less than two months.

NC is a primary law state, so you can be pulled over just for texting and driving. 18 and older can still drive and talk on cell phones.


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Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: CourierDriver] #5127612 06/07/19 05:33 AM
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https://archive.unews.utah.edu/news_releases/drivers-on-cell-phones-are-as-bad-as-drunks/

This is an old one, but do some Googling about hands free calls being as bad as driving drunk. Talking to people in the car is just as bad for some people. Some people are unable to communicate with a person in the passenger seat without continually turning towards them. I was behind someone the other day who I would estimate spent 80% of his time behind the wheel facing the passenger he was talking to with occasional glances to the road and the left. It was scary.

Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: CourierDriver] #5127727 06/07/19 08:45 AM
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It was already against the law here to text and drive. We didn't need a law banning holding a phone while driving.

The government regulating everything is not the answer.


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Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: Trav] #5127780 06/07/19 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Trav
The only problem with that is the fine is too little, it should be $500 and 30 days license gone automatic, then enforce it to the max with cameras also.
If you want a law to work you have the make the punishment really painful, the $500 may not hurt everyone but burning the shoe leather for a month will most...


Add to the penalties "confiscation of cell phone" and this law becomes much more effective.


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Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: CourierDriver] #5127859 06/07/19 11:37 AM
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Went into effect in July 2018 in Georgia.


It's not enforced. 80% of the people on the road act as if it never happened.


Waste of time passing these laws if they won't enforce them. Police always say these laws are VERY DIFFICULT to enforce (read: you can't sit on the side of the road with a radar gun and catch'em)

GA had a no texting/no surfing law before this. People simply lied and said they were dialing numbers.


No law is going to stop it. I'll tell you who will stop it - Insurance companies. How?

Well they will start STRONGLY encouraging you not to do it (already are, seeing commercials on TV about this), then they will start telling you that your auto coverage is null and void if you are the cause of an accident and they prove you were using your cell phone.


That's about it.

Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: thooks] #5127896 06/07/19 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by thooks
Went into effect in July 2018 in Georgia.


It's not enforced. 80% of the people on the road act as if it never happened.


Waste of time passing these laws if they won't enforce them. Police always say these laws are VERY DIFFICULT to enforce (read: you can't sit on the side of the road with a radar gun and catch'em)

GA had a no texting/no surfing law before this. People simply lied and said they were dialing numbers.


No law is going to stop it. I'll tell you who will stop it - Insurance companies. How?

Well they will start STRONGLY encouraging you not to do it (already are, seeing commercials on TV about this), then they will start telling you that your auto coverage is null and void if you are the cause of an accident and they prove you were using your cell phone.


That's about it.


That won't stop it either. Only way to stop it is to make phones not work while in a vehicle with the ignition on....

Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: grampi] #5127991 06/07/19 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by grampi
That won't stop it either. Only way to stop it is to make phones not work while in a vehicle with the ignition on....


Only problem with something like that is everyone will be pulling off on the shoulder of the roads to talk or do something on their phone. I'm sure everyone here has seen the chaos even one car parked on the shoulder of a busy highway can create. Can you imagine dozens of cars parked on the shoulders all the time with people messing with their phone? They would also have to make a law that you can not pull over on the shoulder of any road unless it's an emergency. Of course people would lie and say it was an emergency of a police officer happened to come along checked on someone parked on the shoulder. In the mean time, traffic is totally honked up because of clowns addicted to their phone.

Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: WyrTwister] #5128301 06/08/19 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by WyrTwister
Question is , will it be enforced ?

Sure. By people driving around on laptops, phones, and radios.


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Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: grampi] #5128303 06/08/19 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by grampi


That won't stop it either. Only way to stop it is to make phones not work while in a vehicle with the ignition on....


What about passengers?

Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: CourierDriver] #5128306 06/08/19 05:22 AM
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NH texting law they catch you in cities with ease. Many people pull over and talk or text on side of road. It’s common now.

Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: ZeeOSix] #5128307 06/08/19 05:23 AM
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Not long ago I was in an unfamiliar place so decided to turn on the navigation on my phone. So I pulled off the road into what looked like the perfect spot. It was a bus turnout with no buses waiting. Almost the minute I stopped a police car pulled up and asked me to move on! I see people pull onto the shoulder all the time to fiddle with their phones, even on the interstate. That is just dangerous.

Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: eljefino] #5128595 06/08/19 12:28 PM
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That won't stop it either. Only way to stop it is to make phones not work while in a vehicle with the ignition on....


What about passengers?

I say tough for them. Why do people NEED to be on their phones while they're in the vehicle anyway? It can wait until they arrive at their destination...unless they can figure out a way to only deactivate the phone of the person sitting in the driver's seat...

Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: hatt] #5129082 06/09/19 07:07 AM
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Question is , will it be enforced ?

Sure. By people driving around on laptops, phones, and radios.


Precisely.


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Re: Cellphone law in Tennessee [Re: CourierDriver] #5129118 06/09/19 07:54 AM
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CA has had a hands free law for years. As others have posted, enforcement is tough.
There are not enough Officers and Officers have other priorities.
Driving while using a cell phone is a huge problem; I see lotsa soccer Moms driving their Suburbans with a car fulla screaming kids squaking away on their phones.

I am sure the laws have helped, awareness has helped. But is is a huge problem.
I guess people seem to follow the law when it suits them.


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