In the Edmonton Sun last week there was an article that discussed a future law that would ban all phones in cars in Alberta including those using hands free. It also mentioned a ban on GPS's although it didn't mention if the ban would be to having the units or programming them while driving. I don't know if this is a trial balloon or a done deal. I see programming bans already in other areas but an outright ban appears to be something new.
So are they going to give me a refund for the three GPS's I own now?
Are they going to rip out all those factory installs?
They made radar detectors legal a few years back now that makes sense.
Personally, I think this will mirror the Ontario and BC legislations regarding cell use, and GPS'.
Overall, it won't do a thing to stop the idiots though. People will tint their windows darker to avoid being seen.
Maybe what the police should do is subpoena cell records in the case of an accident.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: If you don't self-regulate, the Gov will do it for you. It's a wake-up call, people.
still scary intrusion of government though - one would think the populace will speak up for their own rights. I understand there are morons out there, but the level of evidence isn't there to support a lot of these laws.
GPS and phones are bad, but you can shave, play with the radio, do your makeup, eat etc to your hearts content......
GPS and phones are bad, but you can shave, play with the radio, do your makeup, eat etc to your hearts content...
That's called undue care and attention.
Are they banning all cell phones in vehicles, or the "use of" cell phones in vehicles?
If it's the actual "cell phone", then how do they expect to enforce the law? Are they going to set up a road block, stop.. and then search, every vehicle on the highway?
Inquiring minds want to know?
The proposal is to ban cell phone USE while driving.
This has been a recurring issue up here after a suburb east of Edmonton became the first municipality in the province to ban cell phone use while driving last year. Safety groups, the insurance industry and the police are pushing the government for a province-wide ban. The urgency of the demands tends to increase after announcements of similar bans in other jurisdictions, or worse, reports of accidents where cell phone use is identified as a contributing factor.
GPS units are usually lumped in with cell phone bans because trying to set the system while driving is probably as much a distraction as using a cell phone.
Perhaps this will encourage the manufacturer to develop functional hands-free or voice-recognition setting.
When they talk of banning GPS ... are they talking the GPS units that are part of the phone's software (which is the case with many of the smartphones available today) or the stand-along GPS units that are often mounted in cars. I'm thinking the proposed bans might be for the former - since a person would be handling their phone and it'd be difficult for law enforcement to be able to determine whether they were using the device for texts, phone, or GPS.
Just a thought.
People will tint their windows darker to avoid being seen.
It is illegal to have real dark tinted windows, can't recall what percentage but if caught it is a hefty fine to pay.
Everybody thinks they are a good driver and a few drinks or a quick chat on their phone or maybe setting a new destination on their GPSr does not effect their skills. Most will keep thinking that right up until they plow into the back of the car in front of them or god forbid into the little kid that steps into the street. Driving is a privilege and is very dangerous it requires the full attention of the driver.
In Victoria Australia it is a $750 fine and you lose your phone, if you are caught using your handset while driving. Maybe if we made the punishment stronger we could avoid outright bans b/c now $30 to $100 does not seem to be much of a detterent.
So the government of Alberta has shelved the proposed cell phone laws for now. It appears they are serving up waffles. GPS's, cell phones, trial balloons oh my!
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