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Lizard
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There is no prohibition against using a camera while driving. But a camera Phone? Now there's a dilemma:S

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Topic starter Posted : February 27, 2010 4:41 pm
STXBob
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If an activity like using a camera or a camera phone while driving is not specifically prohibited, then one might get cited for something more general like careless or reckless driving, or vehicular homicide.

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Posted : February 27, 2010 7:16 pm
Lizard
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Sorry Bob.
As I stated there is no prohibition on using a camera while driving a vehicle, nor smoking, eating, playing a harmonica, or pulling the passengers hair next to you for directions.

Careless Driving: Varies from state to state, but is viewed as a person who drives a vehicle carelessly or without due caution and circumspection in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger a person or property. What that means is a person does not operate or drive a vehicle in a careful and prudent manner in Keeping with driving habits consistent with LOCATION and WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Reckless Driving: Again varies from state to state, A person who drives a vehicle heedlessly, in a willful or wanton disregard or the rights or safety of others in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger a person or property.

Use of a cell phone could come under the Reckless Driving charge or a specific Motor vehicle law but not a camera. That's the Dilemma.

Police don't issue a summons for vehicular homicide, In the US VI a Superior Court Judge would make that determination. There is no Grand Jury in the US VI Court System, only Federal Court District Court which does not hear death by auto cases.

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Topic starter Posted : February 27, 2010 10:07 pm
loungestx
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Does it say cell phone? could you use a landline phone with a really long cord and be legal?

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Posted : February 28, 2010 1:09 am
STXBob
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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilemma :
A dilemma (Greek "double proposition") is a problem offering at least two solutions or possibilities, of which none are practically acceptable. One in this position has been traditionally described as "being on the horns of a dilemma", neither horn being comfortable, "between Scylla and Charybdis"; or "being between a rock and a hard place", since both objects or metaphorical choices are rough.

So what's the dilemma here exactly? A choice between which two bad things?

Do you have the language of the USVI law which prohibits cell phone use while driving? Maybe we can guess what the judge would say based on that.

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Posted : February 28, 2010 1:34 am
Lizard
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Hey Bob,
Regardless of exactly how cell phone Ban is worded. There is still no prohibition on a camera! No Guess needed.

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Topic starter Posted : February 28, 2010 3:00 am
Uttica
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At least half the time, every cop I pass on STX is talking on a cell phone.

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Posted : February 28, 2010 11:54 pm
jay
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So, if "cell phones" are prohibited......I suppose its ok to use my wireless phone?

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