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Old 11-28-2019, 12:03 PM
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Fines aren't going to stop the people that insist on doing this.
If they want to endanger themselves ya can't stop that but, to endanger others is another matter.
I'm no saint and have had close calls so, I've took an approach of waiting for a moment where I'm sitting still or giving it to someone riding with me.
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Old 11-28-2019, 12:17 PM
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I agree with the last three posts entirely As a motorcyclist, truck driver and a Highway department worker I see it getting worse all the time.
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Old 11-28-2019, 06:14 PM
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I'm not sure about how the Saskatchewan law is written, but here in Alberta holding your phone or even wearing headphones that are plugged into it are considered distracted. You're not even allowed to glance at a phone screen while driving.
Same thing here. I'm not a phone addict, but I always have it with me and I keep it out of sight while driving. (I have yet to receive a phone call or text that can't wait a few minutes.)

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I was in Saskatoon last weekend and the RCMP had plain cloths officers on the sidewalk radioing to cars ahead giving them the tag numbers of people on the phone.
I've seen similar efforts here. For example, there's an interchange on the east side where it's common to see beggars and window wipers... more often than not, they've been replaced by cops in disguise.


I agree with the comments. Penalties are more than enough to deter the abiding citizen and those who care to reduce the epidemic... they do nothing for the habitual offender.

Typical reactive behavior: Increase penalties in effort to offset the rising costs incurred by the epidemic. If the penalty monies were spent on enforcement, that would be nice... but they go into the coffers, supposedly buffering insurance costs for the rest of us... again, reactive and no solution to the problem.

I can't imagine any real, effective enforcement without serious, dedicated resources.

Smart phones are incredibly capable... so, you'd think it more than possible to make them "safe" in a driving environment. I mean, really, they make vehicles with touch screens, 360 cameras, "trailer assist", butt warmers and plenty of "feel good" BS features nobody really needs, while the driver is nosed into a bloody phone.


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Old 11-28-2019, 07:41 PM
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All windows open, music blaring, 90 mph, little bit of rumble....phone? what phone...
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:08 PM
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Smart phones are incredibly capable... so, you'd think it more than possible to make them "safe" in a driving environment. I mean, really, they make vehicles with touch screens, 360 cameras, "trailer assist", butt warmers and plenty of "feel good" BS features nobody really needs, while the driver is nosed into a bloody phone.


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There are programs that do exactly that,if the vehicle is moving the phone is
unusable.

Us truckers have to use a hands free device in the truck---headset, speaker phone,etc. These newfangled electronic logs they make us run now you can't do anything on them if the truck is moving. When moving,it goes to a screen that gives you a total hours report, but that's it.

I'm with ya on the touchscreens, too. Look inside a Tesla lately? A huge 17" sitting in the middle of the dash! That thing would blind me at night! A touchscreen is a poor choice for radio and climate controls, it takes forever to go through menus to find what you want to change! Talk about distracting! Give me a knob or two and a few pushbuttons!
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Old 11-29-2019, 07:08 AM
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With my last two daily drivers the controls were easy to operate without looking at them. Now, with smooth buttons and touch screens, even my 11 year old pickup I have to take my eyes off the road to mess with the radio or heat. It looks sleeker, but it's more distracting.
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Old 11-29-2019, 08:08 PM
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There are programs that do exactly that, if the vehicle is moving the phone is
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Perfect... we just need the offending phone addicts to have the program, whether they like it or not!

I sympathize with truckers, Bama... though I've never been one myself, I know a few and through their accounts, I understand your frustration.

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It looks sleeker, but it's more distracting.
User friendly!

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All windows open, music blaring, 90 mph, little bit of rumble....phone? what phone...
I can hear you from here. Not so long ago I drove a 4-speed Impala with a hoagie sammich in one hand, a cigarette in the other, beer between my legs and Van Halen cranked at full volume.

That was a different time, when cell phones didn't exist and the local constabulary understood, within reason. I don't recommend or endorse my behavior, but I've always kept my eyes on the road, like my father taught me.

Thank You for your comments, guys. I hoped this would be a civil discussion and you haven't disappointed.

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Old 12-04-2019, 11:34 AM
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I can hear you from here. Not so long ago I drove a 4-speed Impala with a hoagie sammich in one hand, a cigarette in the other, beer between my legs and Van Halen cranked at full volume.
Still not as distracting as a phone. Touch screens aren't any better. Men especially since we tend to tunnel vision more than women. If I look at my phone, the whole world disappears.
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Old 12-04-2019, 02:02 PM
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Sam Fear, you touched on the real, hidden problem. Phones take your fingers or thumbs away from driving. That's a bit of a problem. BUT nobody worries about taking your brain, [concentration] away from your driving. AND that is a BIG problem.
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