Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:19 AM
BOWLING GREEN SENTINEL-TRIBUNE VIA AP
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio -- Voters here have said no to a proposed ban on using hand-held cell phones behind the wheel.
The referendum on the ballot yesterday in Bowling Green would have outlawed talking or texting on a mobile phone while driving, except for hands-free devices. It failed by about 56 percent to 44 percent..
City Council member Robert McOmber proposed the idea and says he believes voters in his northwest Ohio community prefer a statewide ban, not a local one..
McOmber says he has no regrets about the vote and hopes the campaign raised awareness of the dangers so residents will make fewer calls when they're driving..
A handful of states prohibit drivers from using cell phones, but Ohio is not one of them..
I dont know if the number of cell phone related accidents justifies creation of a law regulating their use in cars. I do know just from watching people and being with people who use cells in cars that there are definately some people who seem to be able to handle talking and driving because they correctly prioritize the driving part over the talking part, and others who have absolutely no business being on the phone while driving.
I have heard of other countries who are more REactive on the issue - if there is an accident, it's very easy to check on phone activity for everyone involved, and if they determine that someone was on the phone at the time of an accident, their tried with similar consequences as DUI.
I just think there many other distractions than just cell phone use - food, CD's, MP3 players, the ol' mascara wand... Would advocates of a cell phone ban also advocate bans on all those things too? I dont know what to say - it's easy to say that all those laws are BS till you sit down and talk to someone who's lost a loved one due to someone who was distracted by their cell phone...
I have a neighbor who wishes there were cell phone jammers that could be installed in his teenage daughter's car that would come on if the car is running and in any other gear but park or neutral! Now THERE's thinking outside the box!