• Aug 16, 2006
A recent study by Response Insurance, a national car insurer, says that cell phones aren't the only driver distractions people want banned. Reading, grooming, and even listening to MP3 players or iPods were on the list with significant support.
A few interesting results of the survey is that more Blackberry users favor government legislation banning their use behind the wheel than non-Blackberry users (65 to 58 percent, respectively), and 28 percent of the population says that even hands-free cell phone devices should be banned.

It's no surprise that a whopping 79 percent of people favor banning reading behind the wheel, 72 percent favor banning texting, and 68 percent favor banning grooming, but a surprising number of people are also all for banning eating, smoking and listening to iPods or MP3 players (36, 34 and 28 percent, respectively).

Thanks to Jamie for the tip.

[Source: Response Insurance via Yahoo! Finance]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Although drivers' safety is at play with distracted drivers, I'd much rather the local police devote their time to cracking down on the REAL criminals that pose a threat to the neighborhood than pulling over someone with an ipod in their ear.

      Besides, isn't that the same thing as just driving with your music super loud? or, on at all?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just what I need, more big brother in my life. The radio can be just as much of a distraction. Should we ban those? Should they make it so that you have to pull over to change channels?

      Just because it is against the law doesn't mean people will do it. It's would just be another reason law enforcement could pull money out of your wallet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We are trying to build a fault tolerant system here.
      Adding more laws does not help that out. There are some people who drive their whole lives without accident. There are some people who get into an accident before actually getting their license (under permit)

      Make the laws structured so that those who can drive, do. Make it known that the greatest responsibility while driving is to the road (greater good).
      ie, don't be a left lane bandit, slowing down the throughput of the road network.

      You can't legislate morons out of driving, but can try to educated morons out of driving.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Do we really think EACH and EVERY law that has passed over that past couple hundred years are 100% enforced and effectivatly enforced in the USA?!

      -Let's work on that first.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...er, the 21% were too busy reading to comment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Brilliant. Ban simple things rather than legislating decent driving skills. Want to help everybody? Mandate bi-annual driving tests that are difficult.

      Make drivers pay for the test - $200 (that will cover the overhead easily and may even be profitable).

      People who score say 88% to 75% must take a test the next year. And do so yearly as long as they don't go over 89% (then they get a one year pass - so test again in 2 years) or go below 75%. Drop below 75% and one can take the test again within a month at the same cost. Score below 75% again and they lose their license and test rights for 1 year.

      Score below 60% and you automatically lose your license for 1 year - driver's training courses accepted while accompanied by a licensed passenger for 2 months prior to test ($50 for that permit). Score below 60% in two consecutive years and lose your license for 2 years. Score below 60% for 3 attempts and lose your license for 5 years.

      Quite simply if one is caught driving without a license or international driver's license (which requires proof of a driver's license in another country), one gets 1 year probation and a $1000 fine. Essentially, make it harsh like a DUI. Caught twice in one year - bump it to $2500 and 500 hours community service. Three times = mandatory jail time and a felony conviction.

      Legislate the morons out of driving.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A few of these are ridiculous. By all means get those twits drving eratically with cell phones glued to their ears off the roads (WTF is there that needs to be said that can't wait? - we managed to survive before cell phones). However, the rest of us are quite capable of figuring out when it's safe to take gulps from a bottle of water or gnaw on a candy bar. Do we need more nanny laws? Talk about a slippery slope.

      Take care of enforcing exisiting laws first before we ban everything because one or two dumb ***** can't handle it. Like getting the following kinds of drivers off the road: folks who do the multilane lane dash for their exit cause their too stupid or selfish to do what the rest of use do, or think that following a couple of car lengths off my ass is safe or think the shoulder is a passing lane to go tearing around someone in front who is waiting to make a left turn.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll stop smoking cigarettes in my car, when you people learn how to merge with traffic. Guess I wont be quitting any time soon.
      • 8 Years Ago
      this is rediculous, if we made everything illegal that gets morons into trouble what would be legal?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Question:
      Does this mean that GM will have to recall all their vehicles equipped with OnStar equipped to have them removed? :(
      Murphy
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey "The Git," are you honestly implying that you do not pass a driver waiting to make a left hand turn by using the shoulder or are you just saying that they don't have to pass so quickly?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd like to speak with the 21% who DON'T favor a ban on reading while driving.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Basically... I like to see everything banned as long as the car is in motion. I only find it acceptable if one has to make a cell phone call as long as someone is sitting in a parking lot and explain to the person as long as you are on the freeway, you will not be intercepting phone calls until you get home. And better yet, turn that cell phone OFF before and after you drive. Also, eating your lunch or dinner is acceptable as long you are in a parking lot with your engine off and your keys out of the ignition.
        Keep only one or two cd on the seat next to you if you want to listen to cds instead of the radio. Also, when driving with children... keep any offensive visual off even if children want to see movies in the car.... you can get distracted even to loud and sudden sounds from the dvd. Also not many people groom or apply makeup in the cars anyway so banning them isn't anything much to worry about. Also people don't usually eat while driving either.
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