Maine Woman Cited under New Distracted Driver Law

October 6, 2009

  • October 6, 2009 at 11:27 am
    Yawn says:
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    So some idiot in Maine crashes into a telephone poll b/c she was too busy yapping on her cellphone and its newsworthy how?

  • October 6, 2009 at 12:20 pm
    J Doe says:
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    It’s newsworthy, “Yawn”, because it has become a national problem. The Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, has recently been touring the talk-show circuit to address the issue of texting while driving.

    When more states start to enforce such laws, like Maine apparently has done, hopefully fewer innocent people are hurt and killed by those thoughtless enough to drive while distracted.

  • October 6, 2009 at 12:22 pm
    WK says:
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    Well said J. Doe. Hopefully all states will have laws regarding cell phones and texting soon.

  • October 6, 2009 at 12:38 pm
    Are You crazy says:
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    Ever heard of the slippery slop? Every accident is due in part to inattention. Tickets have been given out from the beginning. You are so focused on cell phones you miss the big picture. We don’t need new laws, enforce the current ones. Pretty soon, we will have laws for laws. Can we just stop and start using logic and reason?

  • October 6, 2009 at 12:39 pm
    Actuary says:
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    “Hopefully all states will have laws regarding cell phones and texting soon.”

    …which will have absolutely no effect on the use of cell phones and texting.

  • October 6, 2009 at 12:40 pm
    Porky says:
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    “Ever heard of the slippery slop?”

    I LIVE in slippery slop.

  • October 6, 2009 at 12:52 pm
    Reality Bites says:
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    What about the guy eating pizza from a box on his lap? His defense was that the box was there because he didn’t want to drip on his clothes.

    Or the lady whose eyeliner slipped and she jabbed her eye just as the driver ahead and in the next lane changed into hers.

    Or the fellow who got so bored in bumper-to-bumper traffic that he completed the NY Times Sunday crossword puzzle. In ink.

    Or the hundreds who spill coffee in their laps.

    Or the old guy who insists that his bassett hound ride on his lap with its head out the window and its cheeks flapping in the breeze.

    Or the hot blonde in the convertible with her top down (the CAR’s top).

    Or the cop with donut powder on his navy blue shirt.

    Or the mediterranean hands-free cellphone driver who gesticulated so wildly that he wiped out the drivers on either side of him.

    Or the guy who SWORE to the officer that all the empties in his car were intended for the recycling center, his next stop.

    Or the woman using the GPS mounted in the middle of her dashboard, out of line of sight of the oncoming tractor trailer.

    Or the mid-level exec who was driving at 80MPH so that he could attend a meeting on time?

    Where does the law stop at drawing the line? What behavior is safe? Is ANY driving behavior inherently safe?

  • October 6, 2009 at 1:53 am
    CSP says:
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    Forgive me for I chew gum and drive…..is that distracting also???????

  • October 6, 2009 at 2:13 am
    Amy says:
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    Much like DWI, driving while using techno-toys (cell phones, blackberries and the like) will continue to be a dangerous epidemic among idiots because there is no significant consequence to the behavior. You don’t suspend a license for a drunk and think he/she won’t drive. You don’t slap somebody with a $50 fine for talking on a phone or texting. It’s not perceived as that bad. IF anybody wants to get serious and change behavior on both issues, make the penalty hurt. I suggest impounding the vehicle for 30-days, making the driver pay the storage costs, and sending a notice to their insurance carrier. That will get their attention and I’d bet they’ll think twice before doing it again. It’s unfortunate that such draconian measures are needed, but unfortunately, there are a lot of stupid people out there who put us all at risk. When somebody is behind the wheel of more than a ton of metal going at a high rate of speed, they had better be paying 100% attention.

  • October 6, 2009 at 3:14 am
    Water Bug says:
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    Gee- if Ray LaHood says its important it must be so. No Obamatron would lie or exaggerate would they? Especially about something that will save children!

    Distractions of ANY kind are not acceptable while driving a car. It’s common sense and there is no need to have yet another moronoic hack making the news show circuit to tell us.

  • October 6, 2009 at 3:39 am
    Spins22 says:
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    Well said Amy!

  • October 6, 2009 at 4:00 am
    GL GURU says:
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    I have the solution. Remember the comic Gallagher? We should all be armed with suction cup guns with “stupid” stickers on them. Every time we see a driver do something stuipid we hit them with the sticker. 5 stickers you lose the car for a day.

    I know it won’t work but it seems like every night my drive home is an exercise in dodging morons talking and texting on their cell phones at 80 mph weaving in between cars. I am not a big regulation fan but lets get som cops out there a nd enforce the current laws. It is getting insane.

  • October 6, 2009 at 4:14 am
    Reason says:
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    Laws pertaining to cell phone use in vehicles do not work; anyone driving on the road in southern California can attest to that. We have had laws for years and I still see a large percentage of people with a phone stuck to the side of their head.

    I could give two turds whether someone talks on the phone while they drive, my concern is the crappy drivers that only get worse when distracted. In general; people drive like liquid crap to begin with, then they stick a phone to their ear and get directions while driving instead of writing it down before leaving the house like we did in the “olden days” and it’s a recipe for disaster.

    The only thing that will make people stop doing it is accountability. There is none right now. A $25 dollar ticket isn’t going to cut it.

    You need something more motivational; something like pelting their car with rocks as they’re gabbing away to Aunt Tilly, I bet they’d hang up the phone.

    If someone lost their license for thirty days (or until they were 18 or 21 years old), paid a fine, and had to attend a refresher driving class where they teach you that piloting a two ton peice of metal at terminal velocity is a responsibility that requires attention, not a right; I bet you’d see far less people fingering their crackberry on the freeway.

    But since that will never happen, I say create a law that creates a loop-hole in other laws for people that go vigilante on the vehicles of bad drivers and cell phone commuters.

    Go Mad Max on their @$$; that’s my motto.

  • October 6, 2009 at 4:33 am
    Anthony D. Grande says:
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    I was going to say, if you want a deterent, send the driver a bill for fixing the busted telephone pole and maybe we’ll see less of this stuff but Mad Maxx has a point too albeit a little more drastic than I would normally like.

  • October 6, 2009 at 4:55 am
    Actuary says:
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    I’ve always felt that I could make the world a better place if I just had front- and rear-mounted missile launchers on my car.

  • October 7, 2009 at 8:25 am
    Batman says:
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    Holy lack of commom sense! A police officer was killed last year in broad daylight at 10 AM by a woman who was putting on makeup and yakking on her phone…a cab drive and his passenger were killed at 2:30 AM by a fellow who had just gotten off work and had to check his text messages…these are the tip of the iceberg. The need to pay attention while driving has been slipping in the last few years because people think they can multi-task. And now police officers CHECK to see if the driver was distracted. So where will it end? When people are responsible drivers. this isn’t a new phenomenon, just more folks doing it and there are more cars on the road than ever. the absolute numbers have increased. So I say, hit ’em with NO TEXT WHILE DRIVING, NO CELLPHONE WHILE DRIVING, NO ANYTHING BUT DRIVING WHILE DRIVING. The fact is that ALL these activities will be enforced. I don’t care if they pass more laws or whether this is an old or new problem. What I want is to be protected FROM these folks while I am on the road PERIOD!

  • October 7, 2009 at 8:27 am
    Amy, mon aimee says:
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    I am with you, Amy. Your arguements are solid, valid and to the point; anyone who wants to dispute your points has to be disingenuous at best and a liar at the least.

  • October 7, 2009 at 10:17 am
    Ultimate Warrior says:
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    Yesterday while driving to the office, I noticed a woman driving a minivan and swerving all over the road. I maintained a 4 car distance b/c I didn’t trust her. Sure enough she was yapping on her cellphone when the car in front of her went to turn left. The idiot in the minivan slams on the brakes, nosedives, nearly rearending the car in front of her. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she clearly didn’t react quickly enough so to avoid rear ending the car in front of her, the nimrod swerves left into 2 lanes of oncoming traffic where she was nearly cremed by a large Oil delivery truck. How she wasn’t hit and/or killed is a miracle! That truck missed hitting her head on by a matter of inches!

    I see things like this several times daily. People texting, women putting on makeup while driving, etc etc. To the person who stated they feel like their commute consists of dodging idiots the entire drive, I’m with you.
    I call my commute “running the gauntlet” b/c of all the horrendous drivers that nearly hit me on a daily basis.

    Common sense is diminishing rapidly in this country :(

  • October 7, 2009 at 11:55 am
    LOL says:
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    You failed to mention speeding in your little rant.

    Since SOBER speeding and SOBER inattentive drivers are doing the majority of killing (97%+), how about people get but t r aped for going 1mph over the speed limit.

    Cuckoo, cuckoo

  • October 7, 2009 at 3:13 am
    LARRY LOGIC says:
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    MAYBE THE PENALTY SHOULD BE TO REMOVE THE OFFENDING APPENDAGE? USE A GUILLATINE AT A PUBLICALLY-ANNOUNCED LOCATION!



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