Why are cell phones still being used?

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  1. Jenn Jilks says:

    I’m not sure the young people are the worst offenders!

    • safedriver says:

      I agree…there are so many drivers who have built up the bad habit over the years and have a hard time with stopping.

  2. Rob Macdoanld says:

    I am 20 and can say with 100% confidence that I have never touched my phone while driving, other than to say to my passenger, “answer this for me”. I can see young people being the worst offenders and I can see them not being the worst. On one hand we have basically grown up with cell phones in our hands, and everyday when I’m at school I see people walk into each other because they are too busy texting. But on the other hand we are new drivers and this law has been in effect or has been talked about for most of our driving careers and we haven’t gotten use to driving and texting/talking like our parents.

  3. TY, SafeDriver, 4 the Reminder 2 Turn Off Cell B/4 Driving! I M happy 2 learn Ontario has had this law on hand-held devices 4 a year!! I M saddened, tho not surprised, 2 hear about the number of drivers CAUGHT ignoring it!!! MANY more, I M sure, just didn’t get caught… Hands-free devices R dangerous, 2, as it isn’t the HANDS that R important in driving: The MIND must B focused on the road & circumstances surrounding the moving vehicle. Studies prove the brain can’t choose which is more important: What the eyes C or the ears hear 🙁 U can refer Ur clesses 2:

    http://www.nsc.ogr/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Pages/CognitiveDistraction.aspx

    specifically page7

    Pls don’t hesitate 2 use Free Turn off Cell B/4 Driving safety reminder stickers w/ Ur students! Just Print 720 +30 site directions w/ 1 pkg of Avery 5260 labels @

    http://myplace.frontier.com/~DriveSafely

    STAY SAFE!!

  4. Sean says:

    Great article, as always, Scott! You know as well as I that the biggest issue is the “well, I am better than that, it won’t happen to me” the attitudes that go along with the action. I had a student in a classroom not long ago chewing a pen, I told him “man, you better be carefull… You will end up with a mouth full of blue…” The response “I do it all the time, not going to happen!” Then my buddy Mr. Murphy and his wonderful laws stepped in… 20 minutes after the conversation came the expected sound of… “Awwww grosss!” Just because nothing happened the first time, doesn’t mean it WON’T!

    Stay Safe!
    Sean

    • safedriver says:

      Thanks for the great story Sean. It helps to hear things like that to reinforce safety…in all forms.

    • Sean, Thank you for Sharing an example of how REAL life “happens”! We must be AWARE & THINKING at all times to END 100% preventable mishaps of all kinds!! Glad to see someone else using STAY SAFE consistently!!!

  5. radiowd says:

    I agree, that the use of cell phones and texting machines are very dangerous while driving, and the provinial governments were smart in banning there use while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. BUT,… the Government of Ontario went way too far by including our usage of 2-way amateur radio hand-mikes in Bill 118. To date, there has never been a recorded traffic accident, in the history of amateur mobile 2-way radio hand-mike usage, in either Canada, or the USA. That means, the use of these mobile hand-mikes has had a skeaky clean traffic slate ever since being introduced, approx 60, or more yrs. ago. Amateur radio is a very vital part of emergency radio cummunications in locations where you live, and around the world. When government cummunications get cut off in times of disaster, our transmitters are still up and running perfectly, non-stop. Mobile 2-way radio stations (as they are called)are just as vital in time of emergencies, or disaster, as a base or field station setup. The Ontario Government is now about to completely ban the use of our hand-mikes in 2013, while driving on Ontario’s roadways, while those in government agencies, such as police, fire, ambulance, are exempted, and will continue using the very same hand-mikes we now use on our 2-way transmitters. The Canadian vehicle insurance companies across Canada, have had no problems with mobile hand-mikes being used on 2-way transmitters, and have never sot to have any restrctions placed upon their usage anywhere in Canada. Come on, legal for government vehicles, but not for amateur radio use, who’s pulling one’s leg here, specially when there has been no recorded accidents throughout the complete history of 2-way mobile radio’s and their hand-mikes. Amateur operators had 2-way radios installed in their vehicles long before government agencies did, because we founded the 2-way radio transceiver in the first place, many yrs. ago. You folks are about to loose a very vital, free, volunteer resource of emergency mobile radio cummunications in time of emergencies, or disaster, all because of the Ontario Government’s stupid way of thinking, and what they introduced into Bill 118, banning the use of our present day hand-mikes. It’s all because they “THINK” the use of these mikes are dangerous while driving, where the facts from the past on their usage, proves to be the complete opposite, they’re safe to use. Amateur radio operators using mobile 2-way radio tranceivers, with present day hand-mikes, should be completely exempted in Bill 118. You folks normally don’t hear about us often enough, as we don’t seek recognition for any emergency aid we supply both to you (the public), and all government agencies that need us, and it’s all done absolutly free, at no cost what-so-ever to anyone, but ourselves. Bill 118 has to be amended, to allow the continued use of our present day hand-held mikes on our mobile 2-way radios, like it has always been for so many years gone by.

  6. alsopollyanna says:

    Since TEXTING while driving is the same as having 8 alcoholic beverages B/4 driving & just TALKING on a cell, even hands-free, = 4 drinks B/4 driving, I’d “Like” 2 Share this info w/ U:

    Turn Off Cell B/4 Driving! 750 FREE safety reminder stickers 4 cells &/or drivers’ visors &/or 2 WEAR &/or Share 2 Print on Avery 5260 labels @

    http://myplace.frontier.com/~DriveSafely/

    2nd pdf @ site yields 30 site directions/ 8.5×11 sheet of paper; others can get their own 750! IF each site visitor Printed 750 stickers, THEN 915,000 stickers R already in use around the world!!

    Multi-tasking while using a cell phone – even hands-free – is dangerous 4 1 simple reason: R brain uses the SAME area 2 make decisions on what the eyes SEE & what the ear HEARS! If U R driving – or even walking – while listening 2 sum1 on a cell, U hav NO CONTROL over what the brain is processing 1st: What U HEAR or what U SEE!! U THINK U R making the rite choices, but it is NOT up 2 U, as the BRAIN will decide, by reflex only, which 2 ALLOW U 2 B processing in that area of the brain L A study of this was done with a driver on a cell while “driving” in a simulator w/ a video showing a street scene. Testing proved that MANY did NOT even SEE (i.e. RECOGNIZE or REALIZE) that a clown riding a unicycle crossed in front of them as they were LISTENING & “driving”!! This was DIRECTLY in front of them!!! The peripheral vision is GRRRRRRRRR8LY narrowed (“Like” seeing thru a tunnel) & has been called inattention BLINDNESS, the brain NOT ALLOWING U 2 SEE, as it is busy LISTENING. PLEASE view page 7 @

    http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/Distracted_Driving/Pages/CognitiveDistraction.aspx

    4 WHY Drivers can’t SAFELY use cells while driving! STAY SAFE!!!

  7. Abdul says:

    This is going to be an uphill task as more and more people are using mobiles and their use is on the increase.
    http://www.afzalschoolofmotoring.com
    http://www.afzal-driving-lessons.co.uk/

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