This falls under the "Common Sense" category but sadly, we often need laws to remind us that we actually have common sense.

Nobody likes the distracted driver and when there are as many vehicles on the road as there are in New York, the appropriate steps must be taken to protect people from…well, from idiots. According to Game Politics citing Buffalo Business First, the New York State Senate has "overwhelmingly" passed a bill that "bans texting, playing video games or surfing the Internet while driving." Here in Connecticut, it's illegal to talk on your cell phone while driving (unless you have a hands-free headset, as if the distraction is caused by your hands and not your mind when locked in a conversation 'rolling eyes'). Anyway, this new measure has already been approved by the New York Assembly and now, all it needs is Gov. David Paterson to sign it into law. Newsday quoted Sen. Martin Dilan (D) on the topic:

"This is a long-overdue safety measure for New York. Texting and burgeoning [portable electronic] technologies continue to pose serious, and sometimes fatal, distractions to drivers of all ages."

Well, duh . If you're caught in violation of this law, you will be slapped with a $150 fine, but the good news is that this ban is considered a secondary offense, which means the police officer can only enforce it if you're pulled over for something else. Honestly, if you're driving down the road playing a game on your PSP, you should just be flat-out arrested . Not so much for endangering everyone around you, but more just 'cuz you're stupid .

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556pineapple
556pineapple
11 years ago

In Minnesota now, it's perfectly legal to be pulled over for a secondary offense. Well, maybe not all, but at least not wearing your seatbelt.

It really is sad that we need a law to remind people to pay attention to the road. I've never heard of someone playing a video game while driving, but I wouldn't doubt that it's happened before. I did see a shirtless guy driving his truck down the freeway once, with an open book on the steering wheel and drinking from a gallon of milk though…

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I'm in MN, and got a ticket over $200 just for following a guy too close. I would have complained but I was just happy he didn't notice that I was stoned off my ass.

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

There are laws on the books already for moving violations such as careless and wreckless driving and it carries penalties simular to dui's. I'd rather that they apply something like this instead of making a new law for texting because I don't want to be mistaken for texting when I pick my phone up.

Jed
Jed
11 years ago

@ world. Fu*king awesome.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

thanks, wasnt my fault a**hole was goin so slow.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I usually don't like these kinds of laws, but this one might need to happen.

Craigo
Craigo
11 years ago

Are you an EG fan?

fatelementality
fatelementality
11 years ago

I fear for my life every day because of the assholes that do this instead of paying attention to the road. It's not like I'm not guilty of it, but I keep it to a bare minimum. No gaming period, just texting. ipods hurt alot too.

dveisalive
dveisalive
11 years ago

I dont text period, but i cant stand it when people do that, especially women cause all girls text and are bad drivers because of it!

Jiggy
Jiggy
11 years ago

They are bad drivers when they aren't even doing anything but driving. Texting and other things just make them worse, if they can get any worse. Actually just yesterday some old woman driving was in my lane and almost hit me head on!

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Not all women are bad drivers. My sister is a much better driver than a lot of guys that I know. She's also smarter so that could play a factor.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Here in California, you can no longer talk on a cell phone, while driving, unless you have an earpiece connected (hands free) which I still believe there are people that cannot do that properly. Texting was banned this year which is why I only email while driving. Only joking.

Kempy21
Kempy21
11 years ago

you'd have to be fu**ing retarded to play a game or text someone while driving

CONTRABAND
CONTRABAND
11 years ago

they just need to step up with the enforcement of laws, we should copy the laws for driving from Germany. it would be a lot safer…

www
www
11 years ago

And how the hell do you drive and text or play games?
The only thing i can do while driving is simply talking on the phone.For real, i don't recall the last time i sent a text.I'd rather call and say anything on my mind,texting to me is sometimes dumb! I mean, what is it you want to say that you can't say with your voice,huh?

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

My friend was doing this while driving the other day . He had some kind of fight with his girlfriend and was texting some mushy crap to her and I was holding the steering wheel till he was done .


Last edited by Sir Shak on 7/18/2009 1:21:24 PM

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Why are you typing in here instead of calling all of us? I'm not pointing out any validity to typing/texting while driving but to say that there's no point to texting is blatantly ignorant. Ever been in a meeting and an emergency notice popped up on your phone? Or can you think of any instance where someone can't answer the phone and vocally conversate but they would be able to read something?


Last edited by fluffer nutter on 7/18/2009 1:23:36 PM

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

"Why are you typing in here instead of calling all of us?"

lol

www
www
11 years ago

fluffer, basically i was saying that with social life aspect in mind,like calling your friends,family etc……not typing on psxextreme type of texting,honestly i dont really text,truth! If PSX had a voice feature i'll be using that and talking to all you. BTW i called,you didn't pick up lol.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Just because you don't use one form of "communication" doesn't make it invalid. That's my point. I text a lot, for work, and it is a very useful feature. In my free time, I do not use this feature but understand how it can benefit many.

Imagine this. You're in a crowded arena, trying to meet with people that were at the same concert but seated in different sections. Your ears are hurting because of the awesome volume levels that you were entranced by and so you can't hear a phone ringer for the life of you. Your friends send you a text and lucky for you, you set your phone/PDA to vibrate and you feel that wonderful tingle. Look. You have a message where to meet up with these friends and then you can reply back that you received the message. Wasn't that just spiffy?


Last edited by fluffer nutter on 7/18/2009 6:45:51 PM

robinhood2010
robinhood2010
11 years ago

.."but the good news is that this ban is considered a secondary offense, which means the police officer can only enforce it if you're pulled over for something else."

Why is this good? This doesn't put off drivers from doing it.

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

Well, they can pull someone over on suspicion. If they feel for any reason something is a'miss, then they can flip the switch and show you their belt buckle.

therabbitkinge
therabbitkinge
11 years ago

The way I see it multi-tasking while steering a machine that weighs in at a good ton all by its lonesome is a bad idea no matter how well you can drive. Look at speed racer! Every two seconds he had to talk to himself while driving almost got him into an accident every race! Lol all in all any law that makes the roads safer while im in the backseat playing my PS2 is a good one (^-^)

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

These laws have been in Ireland for years now. If you're caught talking on your phone they give you 3 points and fined a hefty sum. If you reach 12 points, you get your license taken off you and banned from the roads for a few years.

NightHawk17
NightHawk17
11 years ago

this is only step one in new york game banning, i'm gettin tired of this state, if they ever make laws against consoles and handhelds imoutta here

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

I was behind a car one time that was swerving and changing speeds back and forth on a two lane highway. When the road opened to four lanes I decided to go around this person. I got beside the vehicle and discovered it was a woman putting on make-up, so I laid on the horn and scared the sh*t out of her making her smear her lipstick across her face. That alone brought way more satisfaction to me than a law could have. Her middle finger salute to me was a sign of a job well done on my part.

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

…I salute you…

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

sweet justice

N a S a H
N a S a H
11 years ago

Imagine if she swerved into you though. Couldv'e been bad.

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

"Imagine if she swerved into you though. Couldv'e been bad."

Yea…it also could've been her fault, it also could've been her insurance company that raises her premium too…

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

@ NaSaH

Seeing her Joker impersonation was well worth the risk

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I am guilty of texting, but I'm a careful ass driver. My Pop was a driving instructor for the handicapped and he taught me with a full able body (just ask the ladies) so I picked up on how to be slow and easy early on. But I don't do it often and probably shouldn't at all.

I wanted to stab this guy today that was driving really slow while talking on his phone.

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

Smoking weed and stabbing people , I see you are having a nice weekend .

tes37
tes37
11 years ago

Shooting people is way overrated.

Thumbs up to WorldGrinsWithWeed

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

He said "ass driver". Huh, huh. Huh, huh, huh.

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
11 years ago

Sad. Im gonna miss playing Gran Turismo while driving 🙁

kevinater321
kevinater321
11 years ago

well in ontario you arn't even allowed to use a portable gps, it has to be mounted.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Am I the only one who finds the word "mounted" hilarious?

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Doing anything other than driving while you're driving is just plain nuts. Well… unless you're just about to level up.

RadioHeader
RadioHeader
11 years ago

Can I still slide the passenger seat forward and watch TV in the head-rest?

smileylyon
smileylyon
11 years ago

It's kinda sad that they have to make a law to enforce common sense! But hey, there are a lot of stupid drivers out there!!

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

The only thing you should be allowed to do besides driving should be listening to radio/music.

Can't believe people actually text or play games while driving. No wonder people have so many car accidents.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

This comes under the heading of laws that exist merely to exist. I mean, isn't this already covered by the good old driving without due care and attention laws?

Ah well, at least there is a chance that this law will eclipse the coverage of the Tennessee State Legislature's attempts to show that they are indeed the stupidest legislature in the Union. Apparently the legislature feels so strongly about freedom that they passed a law making it legal to possess a handgun in a bar.

No, seriously. I mean, if you stop 100 people in the street and ask them if it's a good idea to mix the consumption of alcohol in a bar with guns, you'll get 100 shouts of "NO! Are you nuts!?" Not in Tennessee. We're still trying to figure out who in their right mind thinks it's a good law, and why on earth it was so important that it needed time in the legislature. In fact bar owners across the state are spending their hard earned money challenging the law, and putting up signs telling customers not to bring guns into their establishments.

As least this pointless law in New York is aimed an improving safety.

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
11 years ago

And I thought my state's official pronunciation law was stupid.

It's "officially" Are-can-saw by the way.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

LOL< I remember reading about that on some website that lists all the dumb laws, something like dumblaws-dot-com. There are some jaw dropping laws out there.

I'm in TN, and right now worse than the whole guns in bars thing is the whole Memphis Mayor in the will-he, won't-he retire thing…

wano
wano
11 years ago

does this mean i have to trim my nose hair & cut my toe nails before i get behind the wheel 😉
On a serious note though, talkin & texting on a mobile phone while driving has been banned here in the UK now for ages.

Its kind of weird how you get used to it prety quick though. When your not allowd to, you do find your self thinking why the hell would I risk it anyway.

Problem is, the twitchy bum moments / near pile ups Iv had, have mainly centered around me eating food, pervin at nice ladies or trying to spark a fag. So theres still way more distractions drivers are subjected to. But texting has to be the worst in my opinion.


Last edited by wano on 7/18/2009 8:30:16 PM

ThePearlJamer
ThePearlJamer
11 years ago

I once saw two people having sex outside of where I worked a few months back, my boss called everyone over when we were just opening and there was one car in the parking lot that was shaking up and down…they weren't driving but everyone went outside the car and started to clap and when they noticed that people could see them they immediately drove away…it was an experience like none other lol

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

New Jersey's had a "hands-free" cell phone law on the books for about 2 years now, but every f*cking douche-bag cage (car/truck/SUV for you non-bikers)I see has STILL got a hand-held cell up to their f*cking ear.

You think you guys/gals have it bad. Try being a biker with all the f*cking stupid "gotten-from-a-Sears-catalog" licenced drivers
But guess what, if you get stupid & cut my motorcycle off, there will be hell to pay!

There won't be any cop or law needed to ticket you, because I'll become both your judge & jury after I've turned around & caught you at the next light.

A lot of my bro's have been killed or maimed by careless cagers, so I don't consider it careless driving, I consider it "attempted murder" & I WILL respond appropriately.

"I didn't see him isn't a excuse, it's their F*CKING admission of guilt"!!!!!!

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
11 years ago

Tell me are you an equal opportunity responder? By this I mean, if some MotoGP wannabe sitting on his nearly new 500cc Yamaha street legal GP bike (you know the kind that sounds like a horsefly on steroids) flies past at 60+ in a 30 zone weaving in and out of traffic – because he can – flies past you and cuts you off. Will you apply the same amount of effort to point out how stupid he has been?

I ask because I have no problem with bikers on touring bikes or similar larger bikes because the riders typically don't drive like tools. Unfortunately wannabe racers (at least where I live) appear to think that a) the laws of the road do not apply to two wheels, and b) they believe that the reaction times of other road users are in the region of a few hundredth of a second. Then there are the idiots who blast around neighborhoods on quad bikes in te evening, and tool around on a 250 during the day, taking a very casual approach to road safety, and traffic lights, and stop signs.

I'm not saying car/SUV/Truck drivers are great people or even decent drivers, but there are a lot of motorcyclists that shouldn't be allowed on two wheels. Also, as a car driver I have to say that however unobservant a car driver appears to be, they're positively attentive compared to your average soccer mom in an SUV or redneck driving a pickup (easily the worst drivers on the road).

Just sayin'….

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I find imbeciles are imbeciles. Some drive bikes, some drive "cages."