Here's one from the unsurprising file: The Consumer Electronics Association has written the National Traffic Safety Board in opposition to the proposed ban on hands-free calling.

According to The Detroit News, CEA is all for efforts to create technological solutions to the distracted driving problem, which makes perfect sense, as those products or features would be one more thing for its member firms to sell. To its credit, CEA did write that it supports banning texting and restricting phone use by young drivers.

But the organization insists that there is no "real-world evidence" to support prohibiting all phone use in vehicles, according to the report. In support of its position, it played the makeup card, saying that other distractions like "eating, drinking, applying makeup and engaging with children" would also need to be banned.

The NTSB proposal to ban hands-free calling is somewhat peculiar in that it would ban calls through a paired cell phone, but not calls through a phone built into the vehicle, like the OnStar system from General Motors. The recommendation has been controversial, with even Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood failing to get on board with the idea.


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      RocketRed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Make-up should definitely be banned, now that they bring it up. Every single day I drive to work I see someone weaving in their lane or stopped in the road after traffic moves because the driver is trying to put on eye-liner or whatever. People undoing their hair-rollers falls in the same category. What are pepole thinking when they leave home with the idea that they are going to be doing their hair and makeup whle driving to work? This is added to the people with their heads down typing on their blackberries, totally oblivious to anything else.
      Matthew
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why not just ban living all together? Might as well. God, humans are getting stupider everyday. Ban this, ban that! How about minding your own business and not worry about what others are doing? I get sick of all these dumb laws. What happened to common sense? What happened to freedom? I can talk on a phone and qualify for the Daytona 500 all at the same time.
      mypathoflight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Distracted driving depends 100% upon the driver. There are drivers who should not drive while chewing gum while others have the coordination to carry on a conversation on a phone with no problem. Of course, texting while driving is a whole other issue as there is no way to keep eyes on the road. But, banning hands free phone usage is ridiculous and as impractical as banning drinking coffee or smoking.
      bah002
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hands free calling is like talking to someone in the car, not too distracting, however, I would like to see a federal law, CELL PHONE USE /WITH HOLDING THE PHONE BANNED, ALSO TEXTING, BOY THAT'S LIKE READING A BOOK WHILE DRIVING! DON'T DO IT, THOSE PEOPLE REALLY ARE SCARY DRIVING, AT FIRST YOU THINK THEY ARE REALLY DRUNK OR HIGH, WHEN YOU PASS THEM AND SEE THEM HOLDING A PHONE AND LOOKING DOWN AT IT YOU KNOW THEY ARE TEXTING.. Although I did pass an erratic driver one time on the interstate, thinking to my self get off the phone & drive! when I passed him he was holding a Beer can!
      SHIRLEY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny part is the Governemnt will probably only enforce this on the General Public. If you work for a Local,State,Federal Govenemnt in some manner it probably won't apply. If the Government is really serious about this issue just outlaw all Cell Phones, I bet the Phone Companies would over throw the Government. I think it might get families talking to each other again. Which would be a good thing.
      wntmoretime
      • 2 Years Ago
      we are becoming a communist nation, cant do anything, if you are reckless driving get a ticket for that, but to stop using phones. you will have police pulling you over for singing to a song saying you're talking..
      hhf34
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ever looked at the inside of a squad car? There is a 2-way radio x at least 2, cell phone, video, lights, sirens, laptop computer station, guns, stun gun, pepper spray, etc. If distracted driving was such a concern cops wouldn't have so many devices in their squads. Distracted driving is distracted driving, doesn't matter if it's doing makeup, giving the screaming baby in the back their nuk, talking on a cell, falling asleep, etc. If a driver is going to be distracted, they're going to be distracted. As was pointed out by a previous poster, some people can talk on the phone, eat a burger, and drive without any issues and stop on a dime, others have enough of a problem balancing out braking before a stop sign. Bans only produce one thing, income for the state because most people will continue the behavior. Seatbelt use has been required for years yet there are a lot of people who drive/ride in vehicles without one. The laws about distracted driving are already in place, there is no need to eliminate cell phone usage in vehicles because the law is already on the books for distracted driving which draws the line if a person is capable or not.
      Jackie Landin
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they ban hands-free than they should ban talking to another passenger while driving too. It's pretty much the same freaking thing!
        Lisa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jackie Landin
        Agree with you. It is crazy to ban hands free and leave radios, children, other passengers and any other distraction in the cars. Perhaps this is going too far.
      jmkjr72
      • 2 Years Ago
      what is funny back in the day many of us talked on our cb radios while driving with no issues yet for some reason no cell phones are an issue maybe its not the device but the fact that many drivers today need to get there head out of there rectal cavity
        Joebudgie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jmkjr72
        There were never as many CB radios as there are cell phones and also news reports seldom documented why a driver veered out of his or her lane only that they did.
      cesarvis
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow will they ban talking with passengers in the vehicle too, thats the same exact thing as talking hands free right....? Good luck ticketing for any of this behavior, are cops going to have new devices to listen in on every vehicle to hear if discussions are taking place? Could they be fooled by the radio....? Its hands free, how would they know if a person is singing along to a song or talking????
        homeimps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cesarvis
        I would ask that you read my reply above to paulfortuin. Thanks.
      pasigiri
      • 2 Years Ago
      Banning hands free devices won't solve anything. There are MANY devices you can buy, from bluetooth stereo connections to headsets if you car doesn't have these capabilities. Heck, most cell phones today have apps already installed to where all you have to do is speak and it writes the texts, calls the number, sets the date, etc. for you. AND YET STILL I've seen a MANY a people in cars that I KNOW have hands free equipment built in them and they still have a phone, a phone with apps to do a lot of things hands free, pressed to their ear or thumbs. Hands free devices work, people just don't use them for some silly reason.
      Bryant Keith
      • 2 Years Ago
      Google's Autonomous Car...problem solved
        homeimps
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bryant Keith
        I Googled; very interesting but I wonder how many more people will be killed before this comes about.
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