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AIR DATE: March 3, 2011

Nevada lawmakers are looking at five different proposals for a ban on cell phone use while driving. The Nevada Department of Transportation believes this form of distraction is the cause of many accidents and fatalities in the state. But one group says its research shows laws against cell phone use while driving is not enough.

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Meg Ragonese, Public Information Officer, NDOT
Chuck Reider, Chief Safety Engineer, NDOT

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I find this discussion always conspicuously short sited. No offense to the messengers! Many of us who are entrepreneurs rely on our cell phone. There is never any discussion of the statistics of the amount of accidents NOT resulting from cell phone use. One of the guests on the show even stated that the statistics have been non conclusive. As is often the case, those with time and energy remain steadfast on archaic ideals rather than accepting that it is a new age all the way around. The technology is here to stay. We need new ways to deal with it. I suggest cell phone assessment tests that are added to our licenses. I implore the narrow-sited "powers-that-be" to think outside the box! If fire was discovered during this time certain people would want to control it's access and use so much that the original flame would be in danger of being extinguished.
evelyn ThompsonMar 1, 2011 10:28:09 AM
Would the people trying to get this law passed accept a more severe penalty if they get caught? I understand the need to control texting, but someone always wants to control what other people are doing.
JamesMar 1, 2011 10:16:38 AM
Let's go two years in the future and take the steering wheel out of the hands of drivers. Google has already developed a vehicle that can react faster than any human ever could. Heck the move in this direction can create many new jobs. Also, no more worrying about other drivers -drunk, distracted, whatever. Let's do this!!!
DougMar 1, 2011 10:10:42 AM
How could automated cars CREATE jobs? Think of the driving jobs that would be eliminated.
billMar 1, 2011 11:33:51 AM
Not to be a finger pointer, but........ I have seen so many police officers here in Las Vegas using cellphones while driving!
AmyMar 1, 2011 09:56:42 AM
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