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Hearing lays out evils for drivers who text

October 9, 2013

Turnout was extremely light Tuesday night for a Marietta City Council police and fire committee meeting to discuss a proposed ban on texting and cell phone use while driving within the city limits....

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eoneill

Oct-10-13 1:27 PM

There was an article in the paper Oct. 1 and posted online letting people know about the meeting ahead of time.

******* www .mariettatimes. com/page/content.detail/id/554461/Marietta-texting-ban-would-have-to-trump-state-law.html

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Tessie

Oct-09-13 9:26 PM

The question is whether it's necessary for Marietta to enact another law to override the State law, Suggestions are that the state law is weak. Then how about asking Reps. Phillips and Thompson to introduce a proposal to strengthen Ohio's current law? This is something that should be done on a state level, not a local level.

This wastes the time and energy of local law enforcement and city officials. I still say they're trying to justify hiring 4 new police officers.

How are people supposed to know about this meeting if it's not well publicized? I never read anything about it.

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upriver

Oct-09-13 8:01 PM

"And somehow, I don't remember everyone waiting 2 weeks when phone lines were land only! There's more than 1 way to do things."

I have a hard time imagining someone who just wrecked their employer's vehicle saying "I was on the cell phone when I had the wreck.

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iloverootbeer

Oct-09-13 7:10 PM

"I'm old enough to remember when phones had cords and stayed in your house, yet business went on just fine! I'm assuming you can figure it."

I would be alright with that, but the customers that would have to wait up to two weeks for their delivery for the next time we are in the area wouldn't be. The times now are different. It's a "have to have it now" society we live in, a cell phone is now the basic tool for quite a few businesses, local and national. The one i work for is a local business, been around since 1922, and the business would probably suffer without the convenience of cell phones. No driver of the company has every been in a wreck because of it either.

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 4:41 PM

Whie checking out some stats, I found this little tidbit "A new study from the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) has put forward the unsurprising conclusion that children in a car are 12 times more distracting than a talking on a mobile phone while driving." So do we ban kids in the car? lol

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 4:29 PM

asknot, I will look it up.

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iloverootbeer

Oct-09-13 2:18 PM

I am all for the band on texting. But for calling is a different story. This has effected my current job as a delivery driver already in WV. Work has to call me while on the road for call-in orders. I have to pull over on a state state highway (which i feel isnt safe to do) or some backroad half the time to give a call back to get the order. half the time ive already passed where i need to go because there isnt anyway to pull over to receive the order. Its a waste of time and gas for the company and me. I hope this doesn't happen in ohio. Ban the text, not the call. I'm sure I am not the only one that this effects in the workforce.

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 2:16 PM

upriver, so you use a scenario where people don't need to be paying attention? lol

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 2:15 PM

upriver, it is just common sense stuff. Getting involved in a text message can be distracting, yes. Driving while intoxicated is a bad idea too. I was referring to your comments on talking on the phone. What business is it of yours?

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upriver

Oct-09-13 1:04 PM

Harleyrider, in one sentence what everyone else does is nobodies business, then you say it's ok to ban texting. In other words, what you do is ok, what others do isn't. I just hope you don't drink and drive too. It's the same rationale

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 1:04 PM

asknot, please explain how talking on the phone is any different than having a conversation with someone in the car? At most it could be argued that talking on the phone is safer as you will not have the urge to look over at your passenger while talking to them. With eating; you look down to take a bite, your eyes are not on the road. These are meant to show the absurdity of it all.

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 1:04 PM

asknot, please explain how talking on the phone is any different than having a conversation with someone in the car? At most it could be argued that talking on the phone is safer as you will not have the urge to look over at your passenger while talking to them. With eating; you look down to take a bite, your eyes are not on the road. These are meant to show the absurdity of it all.

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 1:01 PM

upriver, maybe they have a business or maybe it is a family emergency. Who cares? It really isn't any of your business. It is a supposed to be a free country, not a country where you involve yourself in everyone else's business and decide what they should or should not do. Like I said I have no problem with not allowing texting, but I do have a problem with not being allowed to talk on the phone.

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upriver

Oct-09-13 12:43 PM

If people are desperate enough to do something they'll find ways to trivialize the risks and keep doing it. Common sense won't enter into it. That's why I think it's important that they find out why some people *need* to be on the phone so much.

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 12:36 PM

I can't believe I forgot to add that we need to ban sneezing while driving too. A person has to close their eyes to sneeze. We can't have that. lol

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upriver

Oct-09-13 12:13 PM

All city employees, especially police, should have to sign a form saying that they know that they are to pull over to use the phone or computer. After that, it's a major offence with punishment up to and including firing. There's especially no excuse for them doing it.

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 12:00 PM

I have yet to hear any response to the cop question. I have seen them driving while on the phone and entering crap into their computers. Should they be exempt? If so, why? What makes them so much better than any other human being? I don't have a problem with no texting, I have a huge problem with someone telling me I can't talk on the phone when I want to. It is no less distracting than talking to a passenger.

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upriver

Oct-09-13 11:47 AM

All these arguments, especially the ones comparing running your mouth on a phone to things like listening to the radio, despite daily instances that prove the difference, bring back memories. I grew up around a lot of alcoholics, people who had a sickness that forced them to drink, and I heard the same arguments from them. "I can drive better drunk than most people sober" As for not regulating responsibility, should we make dui legal? Scientists need to figure out why some people crave being on the phone so much. It's a disease, just watch some people scramble when it rings. In the meantime the least they could do is register it when one is used during an accident. Let the insurance companies solve the problem then.

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watchdog1

Oct-09-13 11:46 AM

Harley...don't forget the ones who light up a cigarette, and the crying or unruly children in the back seat! Ban them all!!! Talking on the phone is no different that having a conversation with someone in the car or any of the other mentioned.

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DevilsAdvocate

Oct-09-13 11:33 AM

Harley, You are correct in stating that the state already has a law on the books. Mr Bertram and McKitrick did a great job detailing the flaws in the current law. That is why so many are going on their own. As an added, this upgrade isn't new. There are many water downed laws on the state's books that get modified.

Bottom line is this. Society has a problem! They are addicted to this electronic drug to a point that the result of thier negligence is death, destruction, & financial ruin. So pass a punitive measure that brings the masses back into conformity. I teach my children what is right/wrong. I'm not worried about them killing a person whiling driving. But I am absolutely scared to death of some other mor.on killing my child b/c of their irresponsibility. My recourse, sue them and enrich an attorney while getting nothing b/c their don't have anything.

So I applaud the Mayor for at least trying to stem destruction from happening in our town.

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 11:20 AM

ok fair enough asknot. Then it begs the questions I posed. If talking on a phone is a distraction, how is talking to a passenger not a distraction? Same goes with the radio and eating, not to mention makeup.

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 10:47 AM

lol I see the dislike warriors are out in force too. lol

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 10:46 AM

asknot, we already have a law in Ohio about texting and driving. The article states the city proposes a ban on all cell phone use. That is what I am speaking to.

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 10:44 AM

asknot, I said nothing about texting.

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Harleyrider

Oct-09-13 10:23 AM

I have to wonder, how is it that cops aren't distracted? They use a computer, cell phone, and a radio while driving. Why is ok for them but not anyone else?

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