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roadrunner
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Another recent thread reminded me of this... I know it's not legal to talk on the phone while driving on STX. Is it legal to use a headset? Is it legal for a passenger to talk on the phone? (And is any of this ever enforced? I see lots of drivers chatting away with the phone to their ear.)

Also, not that I would ever do this, but I hear that it's legal to drink and drive as long as your blood alcohol content is less than 0.08... meaning that you can sip a beer on the way home from work, and that's okay as long as your BAC stays low enough. True? Urban legend? Funny thing to watch newcomers try to get away with?

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Topic starter Posted : July 26, 2010 12:57 am
terry
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It is illegal to talk on the cell phone while driving. I "think" you can use a headset or Blue Tooth. Passengers, OK.
It is legal to drink while driving as long as you are not drunk. I was unsure about this and asked a police officer in F-sted about it. He said he came there from Florida and was shocked to learn this.
It is also illegal to drive without you seat belt on. same with anyone in the front seat.

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Posted : July 26, 2010 1:49 am
Linda J
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In some states there is what is called an "open container" law which says that you cannot have open alcohol in the car. There is no such law in the USVI.

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Posted : July 26, 2010 8:02 am
robbySTX
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A friend of mine got popped this past April (on STX) for talking on a cell phone while driving (no headset/earbud).......cost her a $150.00 ticket!!

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Posted : July 26, 2010 10:24 am
Juanita
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I'm not a fan of drinking and driving, but I do sometimes have a drink as the passenger. I particularly appreciate that if you go out to eat and don't finish your bottle of wine, you can bring it home.

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Posted : July 26, 2010 1:00 pm
terry
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The cell phone ticket must have not been her first.
I got one and it was $50. They said the second would be $100. There will be no second. I don't know anyone worth $100 to talk to without waiting.

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Posted : July 26, 2010 2:55 pm
stx_gb
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What classifies as "not drunk"? One post said a BAC < 0.08. Do they have breathalysers here, or do they just arrest based on appeared level of drunkenness?

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Posted : July 26, 2010 3:27 pm
Linda J
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We have breathalysers. Best idea, don't drink and drive.

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Posted : July 26, 2010 6:19 pm
East Ender
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Linda: If the police DO have breathalyzers- and from all the notes in the police reports about "failed a field sobriety test" I don't believe they do- do you think a. that they know how to use them and b. that they are maintained in good working order? 😛

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Posted : July 26, 2010 10:10 pm
stephyjh
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If you're going to talk on the phone while driving, the only legal way to do it is on a Bluetooth or other headset.

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Posted : August 1, 2010 4:05 am
moving
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Also, not that I would ever do this, but I hear that it's legal to drink and drive as long as your blood alcohol content is less than 0.08... meaning that you can sip a beer on the way home from work, and that's okay as long as your BAC stays low enough. True? Urban legend? Funny thing to watch newcomers try to get away with?

Okay, fine... I'll try it... 😉

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Posted : August 1, 2010 4:12 am
Linda J
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Why not just don't drink and drive??

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Posted : August 1, 2010 11:56 am
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