AAA Idaho floats idea of banning cell talking for drivers 18 and under

It took three years to get the 2012 ban on texting for all drivers passed in Idaho, so AAA Idaho's Dave Carlson acknowledges his group faces a considerable hurdle in getting the law amended in 2013.

"It don't know if it'll fly, but we're talking it up," said Carlson, AAA Idaho's director of public affairs.

The wrinkle pitched by AAA would add a ban on the use of cell phones for voice conversations, but only for drivers 18 and younger.

Carlson said the long wrangle over texting -- which was blocked by then-Idaho representative and now-Congressman Raul Labrador in 2010 -- leaves lawmakers skeptical about another change. "I think they're a little bit gun shy," Carlson said.

But ordinary Idahoans like the idea, Carlson said, citing a November 2012 survey of 426 voters by Riley Research Associates of Portland. The poll has a margin of error of 5 percent.

"The survey shows Idahoans believe there's more to be done, especially as it relates to the state's youngest drivers," Carlson said.

The survey found 88 percent of respondents supported legislating a ban on both texting and talking for novice drivers 18 and younger.

Outstanding Idea

But I wonder if the ban creates an incentive for teens to text while driving more often.

Why is age a determining

Why is age a determining factor? It shouldn't be. Any age driving and talking on the phone is dangerous unless you have a hands free system.

Hands free

I went to a safe driving presentation a few months ago and the studies they presented indicated the difference between hands-free and not was negligible. I don't remember the studies they presented, but I think they were done in "hands-free" states. Their point was it wasn't only having one hand versus two on the wheel, it was the act of carrying on a conversation whilst driving. As another poster mentioned, the same case could be had for chatting with passengers, but the presentation didn't address that.

Not buying it.

You're telling us that driving with one hand is not more dangerous than driving with two? I drive in Oregon every day. You still see the people with Idaho plates having those really important conversations and not signaling for turns. If it's that important, pull over. I wouldn't make the exception for law enforcement either. That's why we buy them radios for police business.

The ban should apply to ALL

The ban should apply to ALL drivers.

Might as well go for broke

and ban talking on cell phones for everybody. It's not just teenagers who are driving inattentively while yacking on their phones. Of course, we all know, the legislature would never pass such a law, anyway!

And bring back payphones too.

If you actually had to THINK about what youare going to do instead of rolling your thumb everywhere maybe you'd ENJOY the quality of the life and choisces you made.

Computers are for PHONE LINES.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

AAA

Why doesn't this organization stick to overcharging motorists for services that are already available for free and stop trying to make themselves more relevant than they are.

+1

+1

Shameful!

Whoever is holding a gun to your head to force you to belong to AAA should stop doing so immediately.

Why don't you text this to them.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Big Government

Would this qualify as "big government."

Yah, let's ban talking to passengers & radio too!

The Nanny State mentality is restricting your freedom, again. Yes, people driving have killed innocent victims while texting and talking and other distractions. How sad for the victims, but while AAA wants to feel they have helped, this is adding more stupid to already stupid regs.
My GrandDad used to turn his head for WAY too long to talk to passengers. Lucky he didn't kill us all.
Perhaps folks are just getting stupider, but the driving rule is a glance is all you can afford to distract. You can glance at the gas guage or speedometer, radio or passenger, but you must return your eyes to , ummm, the freeeaking road you are driving on with your 2 ton weapon of mass destruction. It ain't rocket science and those who choose to text OR WHATEVER for a full minute while driving are simply cleaning the gene pool of themselves and their non-fittest survivor status.
I have no problem with police ticketing a driver who is not looking at the road for more than one second, if they witness that.
If AAA wants to effect safety, perhaps they should spy on driving instructors to see if they really teach the basic rule of driving- eyes on da road- glancing at distractions only.

Gee, don't you spend all morning and evening...

wondering why you are stuck in a five mile backup?

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

Lead by example

Often this bills are "requested" by law enforcement.

Let the LEO lead by example.

Dear BPD,
STOP TALKING ON YOUR CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING!

It helps them form stopping packs of five cars.

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.

it is coming,

Some states have banned using cells, I am for it. hang up and drive you dolt! If you run into me while talking, you will meet the nastiest lawyer I can find. I don't want your money, but you will donate to my lawyer!

What if we just ban the "assault" phones?

My Droid has a pistol grip and a telescoping shoulder mount

...when they pry your charger from your cold, dead hands?

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People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him.