Teens driving and using cell phones

I know I wrote teen dies in car crash and I still do feel that way.  I feel with other kids in a car, the driver is way to distracted.  But I’ve been hearing more and more about passing a law that teens can’t drive and talk on a cell phone and I simply don’t think that teenagers are any different than any other person or driver when it comes to talking on cell phones while driving.

How many of you have been behind someone on a cell phone?  They are either driving way to fast or way to slow.  They weave to the right and then back to the left.  You can’t signal when your holding a phone in one hand and the steering wheel in the other. 

I mean, I can walk and chew gum at the same time but I don’t feel I have the right to talk on a phone and drive at the same time if a teen can’t.  I don’t feel “unsafe” like this has age boundaries.  I don’t pay enough attention to what I’m doing.  I am an adult and I know this in my case to be true.  I don’t live in a high traffic area and if my phone does ring while I’m driving (which it never rings but that’s beside the point) I will answer it but chances are 95% of the time, I’m either on a dirt road or won’t pass another car.  If I were on a busy highway or freeway, I’d wait until I could safely pull over and call whoever called me back.  I took a road trip with my brother and when my phone rang, whoever wasn’t driving answered it.  There was NO way I could have talked while driving through the mountains.

Why would anyone think just because your a teenager you drive worse than an adult while talking on a cell phone?  I know a lot of people like to bash kids and teens but I just think “generally,” PEOPLE shouldn’t talk on phones, weaving in and out of traffic or causing jams because they are blabbing away on a phone.  I’m not talking about the phone call, “honey can you pick up milk on the way home,” I’m talking about “conversations.” 

People’s lives are at stake.  I also know a lot of people who “catch up” with their phone calls on their way to and from work while driving.

I apologize if I offend anyone but I’m with the teens on this one.  I don’t think anyone should drive and talk at the same time.  Pull over if you have to take that highly important call but don’t tailgate me or cause me to drive 20 miles under the speed limit or have me try to guess which way your are going to turn or what you are planning to do.  Let’s all be safe on our roads.  Isn’t there enough to distract us while we’re on the road?


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14 Responses to Teens driving and using cell phones

  1. SKL says:

    I hate to admit it, but you are right, and I am sometimes guilty. I really don’t like talking on the phone at all, but there have been (and will be) times when I’ve had to take a call while in transit, because there are some days that are back-to-back meetings. I am usually not too distracted, but when things get complicated, I can miss some detail or other. I kinda wish there was a law against being on the cell while driving – then I would have an excuse to keep my phone off – but I don’t think that’s going to happen around here.

  2. Amber says:

    It has just become law here in CA…. no one drives using a cell phone. Must be hands free completely. The cops are out in force to make sure that happens too. They gave everyone 1 year’s notice and are now writing tickets left right and center. Im glad. Too many people don’t pay attention.

  3. SanityFound says:

    Sorry wait, you mean to say that it is legal for adults to drive with a cellphone??? Did I understand that correctly?

    Here ironically in the bush it is a R20,000 / $2600 fine if you are caught using your cellphone while driving… even more ironic is the fact that if you are caught speeding it is R500/$65

    I don’t drive I just tend to knock people over

  4. shane says:

    I am always on my cell phone when driving and it doesn’t interrupt my driving!

  5. Sue says:

    I do talk on the phone and drive at the same time, and I will admit that it does take away from the attention of the road. I do think though, anything that you do other than drive also distracts you (the radio, eating, talking to passengers, smoking a cig) so where does it stop or start? I think they target teens b/c they are inexperienced drivers and they don’t want them to have one more “challenge” while driving.

  6. Jennifer says:

    It’s illegal here in NY to drive and talk on a cell phone.

    Unfortunately it’s rarely enforced…only around that magical ‘quota’ time…that the police always say they never have…

    I think it’s very distracting to drivers. I can’t do it. Hell, I can barely drive and talk to the REAL people in the car with me, much less on the phone.

    I also think part of the issue is dialing as well.

    I do think having a hands free phone with bluetooth is legal however.

    The worst? I’ve seen troopers talking on their cell phones…

    I agree with Sue. It’s all distracting.

    My father had always told me it was illegal to wear headphones and drive (like a walkman). He told me that when I was a teen. Now I see people with ipods all the time and where do the bluetooth headsets fit in? I’m thinking he made it up?

    I agree with you Joy. I think there should be a law limiting the number of teens in a car. I think their IQ drops 10 points for every teen in there.

  7. Just a Mom says:

    You are right on the money Joy! I never answer my phone if it rings while I am driving. Nothing is that important that it can’t wait for me to stop driving. Remember the good old days when the only way people could get ahold of you was for them to call you at home! Can you imagine the horror?!

  8. kweenmama says:

    If my cell rings while I am driving I have one of my kids answer it and take the call. If I am alone, I ignore it. Nothing is so important that it can’t wait a few minutes.

    There is legislation in the works here trying to make it illegal to drive and talk on a cell.

  9. Smilf says:

    I am guilty of driving while on my phone all of the time. However, I can pay attention to the road and talk at the same time, no problem. However, some people can’t and they just shouldn’t do it. My husband for example can NOT. He gets way too distracted. I make him hang up the phone when we get in the car.
    But yeah, teenage drivers, adult drivers, it doesn’t matter – anyone can get distracted on a cell phone. Period.

  10. K. Trainor says:

    ” I think they target teens b/c they are inexperienced drivers and they don’t want them to have one more “challenge” while driving.”

    I agree with Sue’s statement. I also agree with you–that we’d all be better off if none of us used the phone while driving.

  11. paul says:

    I agree with Joy cell phones should not be used in the car at all by anyone . I have used mine but very little and I would be all right with a law not allowing the use of them at all while the car is moving.

  12. nikki says:

    I too think that if you’re going to make it a law to not talk on cell phones while driving, it should apply to everyone. Saying it would only apply to teenagers would be age discrimination. And that’s unfair. I know people who shouldn’t even listen to the radio or have ONE other person in the car while driving and they are well over 18!!

  13. Candi says:

    I agree nicole, It should be a law for everyone, because someone that is 30, can act like 16, and someone that is 16 can act 30, so age is just a number these days.

  14. Jane says:

    I live so far in the sticks that I have no worries using mine. I could drive for days and not see another car. It’s very rare that I us mine though. I use my walkie talkie more than my cell. But I do agree with most, it shouldn’t be allowed for anyone. It’s to broad and before you pull someone over, how do you know how old they are?

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