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bethburnett70
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Anita, LOL at your brother, that's fantastic!!!

I also believe my phone is there for my own convenience... if you want to pay the bill, I will make myself accesible when you call. Otherwise, the phone rings, I may or may not answer it, depending on how I feel about talking on the phone at that moment. I HATE talking on the phone (ten plus years of telephone related customer service) and only use it to make plans to meet in person.

However, I did slip once on the cell phone thing... I was at a light, not wearing my seatbelt and my phone rang.. I answered because it was my Mother and as I did, I looked at the lane next to me and a police officer was there, looking at me. I mouthed "I am so sorry" and he mouthed back "That;s ok" and we went our seperate ways. 🙂

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Posted : December 8, 2008 7:58 pm
A Davis
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bethburnett70, God love you.8-) - the officer had better things to do that day, bully for you!

My big brother would probably be mortified to learn that he is forum fodder! LOL

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Posted : December 8, 2008 10:29 pm
Scremped
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Why is it so hard to pull over while making your call? I think this is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. I say hooray to the officers to give the tickets. When you're driving - DRIVE.

Ha ha ha ha! Not that I am using my cell on the road, but I just had to laugh at this statement. Pull over? Pull over where? Is there some amount of shoulder on the roads you're driving on, because here on STT the doofus who designed the roads seemed to do with the thought that we all drove golf carts or something. Or I could pull over like a local pulls over, which is to say I just park in the road without making any attempt to get out of the way of on coming traffic. I guess that might work.

Also had to laugh at the comment that only men wear the Bluetooth's in public. I've seen many a lady at Pueblo jabbering away on their pink colored ones. And once when I went to the movies, I had a woman on my immediate left who was wearing one and it was blinking at me till I asked her to turn it off. Of course the movie I was watching was Transformers, so it was sort of appropriate.

Cory

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Posted : December 9, 2008 2:05 pm
terry
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Linda, really. I hardly ever use my cell phone when driving. After all, I only have two hands.One to hold my sandwich, and one to hold my drink.:P
Have you and Ric been diving lately??
Have you been winning at Trivia?
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Posted : December 9, 2008 2:15 pm
dylandrewsdad
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"And once when I went to the movies, I had a woman on my immediate left who was wearing one and it was blinking at me till I asked her to turn it off. Of course the movie I was watching was Transformers, so it was sort of appropriate.

Cory"

That's Funny!.....LOL 😀

Mike

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Posted : December 9, 2008 3:26 pm
tropicvi
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Rules not equitably applied... I almost got hit by soon to be ex-Senator Jimmy Webster rapidly evading running a red light all the while continuing to talk on his cell phone at his ear. In fact, I don't think I have ever seen Senator Webster driving without talking on his cell phone, and I do see he and other senatorial cars being driven in such a manner... I also see police vehicles, drivers talking away on cell phones... once again, one law for the mere mortals, and one for the so called privileged.

Also calls to mind the lack of enforcement for window tint... once a popular ticket revenue source.

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Posted : December 9, 2008 3:36 pm
speee1dy
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lets not forget a few months ago in the states where those young girls died because they were using the cell phone while driving. put the cell phone away while driving

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Posted : December 9, 2008 3:46 pm
Bombi
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one problem with the cell phone law is that visitors aren't informed about it. A few years ago I was stopped in Christiansted for talking on a cell phone and pleaded ignorance of the law. The officer said show me a plane ticket that you just got here and no problem.

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Posted : December 9, 2008 4:22 pm
Trade
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It's even scarier for tourists to be driving with a cell phone, especially those not used to driving on the left.

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Posted : December 9, 2008 9:47 pm
newarrival
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If they really don't want anyone driving with a cell phone, they should have a sign at the airport, or at the car rental places. For example, I am from NYC and when you cross in from NJ, there are signs on the highway that tell of NY-specific rules. ("NY LAW: USE HEADLIGHTS WHEN YOUR WINDSHEILD WIPERS ARE ON.") They might have a cell-phone announcement sign also.

I do remember one of the horrible teen cell-phone accidents recently. The driver's cell phone logs showed that she had been sending and receiving text messages in the seconds before the crash. Several teenagers were killed instantly when she crashed. PLEASE DON"T TEXT AND DRIVE!

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Posted : December 10, 2008 12:16 am
Trade
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Not really. When I go to the mainland & rent cars I assume it's against the law & wouldn't do it & I've never seen a cell phone law sign posted. Besides, people that drive using a cell phone probably wouldn't see the sign anyway because they'd be too busy yakking on their phone.

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Posted : December 10, 2008 8:14 am
aquaponics
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SunorSki,

just another ting to consider...i got one of them tickets a year or so ago (it was $25 then). I went to the court house to pay the fine in advance of court. this was a couple weeks after the ticket was issued. The girl at the office told me the officer had not filed the ticket yet and she advised me that I may want to keep my cash and call back in a couple weeks. They can let you know if it was filed or not. It was never filed and I never had to pay. I think you can call them with the ticket number and see if it has been filed.

FYI,
charlie

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Posted : December 10, 2008 6:34 pm
jay
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Why is it so hard to pull over while making your call? I think this is one of the most dangerous things a person can do. I say hooray to the officers to give the tickets. When you're driving - DRIVE.

I think we should do as the Safaris do.....Just stop anywhere you please. Make your call and when you're damn good and ready.....move on.

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Posted : December 12, 2008 2:22 pm
Linda J
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I don't care where/when or if you stop -- just don't drive and use your cell phone at the same time. It's dangerous and illegal.

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Posted : December 12, 2008 3:48 pm
Trade
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Gee, wonder what all of us did in the 80's without a phone stuck to our ears 24/7. :@)

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Posted : December 12, 2008 3:48 pm
NugBlazer
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i told him sorry not me,no phone i'm not a drug dealer or a parent so i have no need for a phone

There you go again with your hasty generalizations. Yeah, because we all know that only drug dealers and parents would use cell phones, right? Sigh.

Aaaaanyway, I do agree that phone use while driving can be a distraction. But, I don't think using an earpiece has ANYTHING to do with it. Think about it: it's not the fact that you're holding a phone to your ear that's distracting, it the fact that you're TALKING ON THE PHONE. What does it matter whether you're doing it with a hand set or a head set? There is NO difference.

If they're going to outlaw phone use while driving, then they should outlaw ALL phone use. All the current law does is make a bunch of money for the blue tooth companies!

Last time I checked, using your hand to hold something while driving wasn't a big deal. People hold a soda can in their hand while driving all the time, what's the difference with a phone? The difference is that you're talking to someone else and your mind isn't on driving where it belongs.

FWIW, I personally don't favor the cell phone law. I'm just saying that if they are going to pass a law, then make it one that actually does what it intends to do.

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Posted : December 12, 2008 7:18 pm
aschultz
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I feel it is the dialing that is the most dangers part. That is when people are looking down.

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Posted : December 12, 2008 8:42 pm
Juanita
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Just for fun.

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