City Looking Into Cell Phones & Accidents

The city of Lexington is seeking information about distracted drivers.
The Herald Leader reports the city wants to know if things like cell phone use by drivers are leading to more accidents.
Lexington couldn't enact a ban on using a phone while driving even if wanted to because the state legislature blocked that possibility in 2003.

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  • by Smith Location: Lexington on Jul 14, 2007 at 08:57 PM
    I think Cell phones should be illegal when driving. Put a signal blocking device in every car so cell phones cannot be used. With all the bad drivers and the few police it is too dangerous. People are being given drivers license based on a road test from 20 years ago, there is more traffic and worse traffic situations. The driving age needs to be raised to 18, and requirments need to be harder. There are too many people on the road that do not know traffic rules, and are too immature to be behind the wheel. The kids are more immature now at 18 than in earlier years when children had to be responsible, now they don't, and it can be seen in their behavior.
  • by thebigez Location: Lexington on Jun 11, 2007 at 10:28 AM
    I totally agree with Shane from Frankfort!! I think everyone should have to take a driving test, and pass, before getting their license renewed. That would definitely cut out many of the idiots on our streets and roads.
  • by johnny Location: evarts on Jun 10, 2007 at 12:57 PM
    cell phones can save lives in an emergys but can cost lives i belive you should use cell phones only when you haft to some people just like to all the time when there is no need to so just pul over to side when you need to talk it would a lot safer dont you think
  • by jake Location: lexington on Jun 8, 2007 at 07:38 PM
    Why are they even looking into this? Of course drivers pay less attention to the road and other vehicles while they are talking on their cell phones. People can only focus on so many things at a time, the more distractions that you add, the worse the concentration and respone times are and overall safety decrease. It's common sense. Recently military installations have banned talking on a cell while driving without a hands free device. It should be a national law. How many people have been killed or injured for this convenience? Is it worth it? Would it be worth it if one of those killed were your child or spouse? I don't think so.
  • by Shane Location: Frankfort on Jun 8, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    To Cindy and those who think there is already a cell phone while driving law on the books in KY, go to the following web address and you will see that HB9 was introduced, sent to committee, and died there. It wasn't even passed out of committee or ever brought up for a vote. Get your facts straight before you start chastising other people. And by the way, it isn't the cell phones which are the's the idiots who are driving that is the problem. We need to require a road test every 5 years for ALL persons to be able to continue to drive, and I bet we'd eliminate a lot of these terrible drivers.
  • by Steven Location: Lexington on Jun 8, 2007 at 04:50 AM
    You know, for about $50.00 to $60.00 (more or less) you can buy a bluetooth earpiece. I admit I use my cell phone while driving but I am able to keep both hands on the wheel when I use this. If you don't buy one of those, buy a regular earpiece that can attach to your phone. It's well worth saving yourself from getting into a needless accident. When you hold your phone up to your ear, 2 things happen. You don't have total control of the steering wheel and (believe it or not)it obstructs your view when you're trying to look all out the side mirrors. To test this theory, just put your hand up to your ear. It don't matter what hand to what ear. You'll see what I'm talking about. An earbud or earpiece or bluetooth will illiminate this problem.
  • by R Location: Frankfort on Jun 8, 2007 at 04:25 AM
    A friend's 10 yr old daughter was killed by a driver distracted by using his cell phone. What more reason is needed for banning use of cell phones while driving?
  • by Anonymous Location: ky on Jun 7, 2007 at 09:49 PM
    Not all accidents happen when someone is useing a cell phone yes sometime they do but in many cases people like me use them for when they get of work instead falling a sleep at the wheel they call someone and it keeps them awake so their you kept from having an accident. Also what about all this people that drive down the road reading a paper or putting on make up or even singing a song on the radio.
  • by Brandon Location: Lexington on Jun 7, 2007 at 05:51 PM
    All forms of distracted driving should be curtailed. Thes include putting on make up eating and the actual number one distraction in a motor vehicle,conversation with the passenger. Not that everyone should ride alone but common sense and personal responsibilty for the well being of yourself and others should be paramount. There are no accidents....only collisions.
  • by Lou Location: Lexington on Jun 7, 2007 at 03:19 PM
    Jerry's report made a very interesting comment. The report stated something on the line that " legisration doesn't decide what people do about safety in their cars. " Now that isn't the exact words, but it was something close to it. My comment on that is...why tell us we have to wear a seat belt then?
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