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Driving and Talking on the Phone Without a Hands-Free device

Which is more distracting - the phone or the children in the backseat?

There are still many drivers who continue to talk on the phone while driving. For busy moms, often toting children in a min-van, this can be a dangerous habit that is hard to break.

Is the new law pertaining to cell phone use while driving working and how have you changed your driving habits since it was put in motion last September?

 

Sharon Folts August 04, 2011 at 11:51 AM
Of course, I never use the phone while driving! Honestly, ok, I will admit it. Sometimes I do. But I am more conservative about it since the law. The fact is I am on the road running errands, taking kids here or there. I tend to make and receive calls when I don't have kids in the car. The kids can be far more distracting than a phone call. It's also a time that I can talk more freely without little ears (they're bigger ears these days but still listening intently). I have looked into the hands free options which are cumbersome, expensive, and difficult to use for me. I will continue to look for a product that I can use easily and will be buying a car that has the ability to be on the phone more safely.
Carrie Hilliard August 04, 2011 at 05:37 PM
I see a TON of women out there talking and swerving on busy Benfield Rd. It's maddening! Since the law, i have to say I've been really good about it but occasionally will have to answer or make a call. My kids call me out on it though so I'm pretty quick to get off! I I do have a Bluetooth device which is great for longer commutes or trips but sort of hard to remember to use. When I get a new car I'd love to have the built in capability as well.
Lauren Bahlman August 04, 2011 at 06:42 PM
All through the baby/toddler/small child years, I lived in Northern NJ and drove back and forth to MD about once a month. I can not count the number of trips that kids wiggled out seat belts and car seat straps, screamed over dropped sippy cups, threw crackers at each other over what tape to put in the portable 15 pound VCR player that balanced inbetween the front seat arm rests. They beat each other with toys, they argued, they cried, they wet their pants, they vomitted, they spilled everything, dropped everything, and demanded immediate attention over each and every issue. I can remember at least two occassions when we were in completely stopped traffic, once on the Turnpike and once on 78 in PA, and I had to climb in the back to assist a child on the portable potty on the floor of the mini van in a moment of tearful desperation. Just when things were getting better, we added a dog. I understand the cell phone law, but maybe there should be a law that prohibits small children in the car for more than an hour with an exhuasted, frazzled mother at the wheel.
Cindy August 04, 2011 at 10:38 PM
I know in this day it's hard to believe but I don't even own a cellphone anymore. They tend to control your life. With that said, this really should be a "real" law, not one where you have to be caught do something else. Which by the way they normally are like swerving, hitting the brakes in the middle of a highway, slowing down. Just not paying attention. I went to Severn today and 3 times I had near misses with people on thier cellphones. When I actually got around one woman who cut me off she had the nerve to call me a vile name and then with her hand told me her IQ. This is getting worse not better. Like they are thumbing their noses at the law!
Sharon Folts August 05, 2011 at 01:45 AM
Lauren, I will support your new law!! oh, the challenges of motherhood! Cindy, I will have to remember the "with her hand told me her IQ". That's a great saying!
John Thomas August 06, 2011 at 11:14 AM
a cellphone can control your life only if you let it.....
Caroline Nold August 08, 2011 at 10:57 PM
In advance of the new law I got a bluetooth. I thought it was an immediate penalty if you were caught talking on the phone and have really converted to the hands free life style. I am baffled that I see so many huge cars taking big fast turns off of Benfield while balancing a phone as I thought it was a thing of the past.

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