Personally I think the cited thread should be STICKIED at the top of a few of the topic/forum threads here - great info full of "ABSOLUTES"......The problem is .. you can teach anyone to drive a truck .. what you cant teach is commonsense.
Driving is all about risk removal or reduction, its just unfortunate that stupidity or arrogance of some can cause some really dire consequences.
What about dealing with a crying baby and driving? Changing a radio station and driving? Drinking a coffee and driving? Talking on a CB and driving (since we're talking about truckers . . . )? Listening to an audio book and driving?. . . that should be a mandatory manslaughter criminal charge if an accident happens while texting and driving..... no if, ands or slick lawyer butts about it.....
there is a move here in Ontario to make using a CB the same as a cell phone ... hands free or its illegalWhat about dealing with a crying baby and driving? Changing a radio station and driving? Drinking a coffee and driving? Talking on a CB and driving (since we're talking about truckers . . . )? Listening to an audio book and driving?
Or is it just texting that we're worried about?
I'm glad that you see my point there - daily, I'm finding that you see things as clearly and rationally as I do. You know, they say you can judge a man's intelligence by how much he agrees with you.there is a move here in Ontario to make using a CB the same as a cell phone ... hands free or its illegal
Except that pilot candidates are weeded out if they can't demonstrate a consistent ability to multitask, to include talking on the radio, reading charts, navigating, calculating speed/fuel/performance, etc, etc. Drivers, on the other hand, barley have to demonstrate the ability to drive in a straight line. Maybe instead of banning the use of portable devices, we should instead license based on having proved that you can multitask. Maybe then we'd have as few drivers as pilots. Problem solved!Next thing we will be banning pilots radios ... there is no real difference between that and a CB as far as distraction goes..
Back to that whole judging of your intelligence - bravo! I agree 100%. I'm just not a fan on over-legislating things like that. It becomes such a slippery slope. And, most people will try to rationalize things like babies and music by saying, 'Well, that's different!". Well, not everybody runs into walls while using a handheld device, either! LOLDriving is common sence, as stated above .. you can't fix stupid regargless of what mode of transportation used.
So does trying to change the radio station!Texting requires the driver to take his or her eyes off the road to concentrate on pushing buttons.
Is it really? Have you ever seen somebody trying to reach back and give a baby a bottle, or a dropped toy? I'd say it's pretty distracting! We just don't want to think about banning that because it would affect everybody with kids, not just those that text!!Trying to draw parallels with a crying baby is just trying confuse the issue.
Does your in-fash stereo have no buttons? Can't change the station? Have you ever changed a CD or tape (for those of us old enough to remember doing this . . . ) while driving? That's certainly distracting!Headphones and radios so not require this to happen . . .
Well, of course not! It would inconvenience you too much to believe that! Besides, texting is very new, so it's in the media. I'll bet you that just as many accidents have been caused in the same time frame by people doing the above-listed activities while driving as texting!But I don't believe the severity of the distraction is as huge or causes the potential for an accident as much as texting