California, a state that once tried to ban Happy Meals from McDonalds, has decided to take on distracted drivers. The state has proposed a regulation that would ban drivers from all types of cell phone use.

"GHSA supports a total ban of cell phone use (hands free and hand held) and text messaging for all drivers," the resolution obtained by The Detroit News says.

"GHSA also supports a ban on electronic devices used for entertainment purposes with video screens that are within view of the driver and a ban for school bus drivers on text messaging or using electronic devices except in emergencies."

If you read that correctly, it basically means that if you own a new Ford and live the Golden State, then the wonderful Sync system could put you in jeopardy. We all know that states have been cracking down on cell phone use, but hands free systems never seemed to be an issue. Needless to say, the automakers are a bit unhappy.

"We support state laws that ban texting or calling while driving if a driver’s using a hand-held device. But we realize people are going to have conversations, read maps and directions, and listen to music while they drive. Automakers have worked to make sure this can be done while still maintaining focus on the road," spokesman Wade Newton said to the Detroit News.

If this law does pass, it should be interesting to see how systems like Sync and OnStar will adapt.


Source: The Detroit News

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  (274) posted on 05.10.2011

Well, based in the statistics there’s a growing rate on the accident due to texting while driving. Maybe this is the right time to get serious about this issue and I guess everyone needs to understand and follow this rule.

  (815) posted on 05.10.2011

hmm. Its better to say I agree rather than explaining your side as a private individual and driver. It seems that the local government of California is decided to implement this law.

  (777) posted on 03.31.2011

Well, there goal is good but I think there are some issue to be furnished before they could actually implement this system.

  (1211) posted on 01.24.2011

We can’t deny the fact accident due to the use of phone while driving is increasing. There should be a strict law against it!

  (592) posted on 01.23.2011

I understand that it creates accidents when someone is driving and talking on his/her phone. Better use a handset!

  (745) posted on 11.21.2010

Yes, this is really appropriate and beneficial too to lessen and prevent car accidents. And of course, a driver must concentrate on driving for his/ her own safety.

  (1333) posted on 10.11.2010

Well that’s good, having a regulation for using cellphone while driving should be a strict policy for the safety of all.

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