Bowling Green voters reject cell-phone ban for drivers

Wednesday, May 6, 2009 9:19 AM

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!

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I love this quote: "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.."

Right...I'm sure that why they voted against it. (sarcasm)

I say let Darwinian natural selection handle it. Those that use cell phones while driving probably have a greater chance of killing themselves off, and thus won't be able to pass on their defective genes (the ones that prevent them from prioritizing & recognozing dangerous situations)

Pink Slip

yeah, but you have to bear in mind that the last time it happened here in town was over in Oregon and the defective gene carrier is still healthy - it's the person she hit who's dead...

That's true Billy, and I clearly see your point. But there may also be cases of cell phones saving lives (emergency situations, notifying police of drunk drivers, etc)

Pink Slip

Like I say, sometimes, "the majority", just means all the fools are on the same side.

"We're all riding on the Hindenburg, no sense fighting over the window seats"-Richard Jenni

Yes, all those distractors enable accidents, as do automobiles.

The top three categories causing human death in the US are motorized vehicles, patented pharmaceuticals, and fast food.

I ride a bicycle with no increased probability of death.


Those horseless carriages are just a dangerous fad.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at


I get so damned tired of all our "pre-criminalization" ... where we make an innocuous act a crime MERELY because we BELIEVE an actual, criminal act will follow.

New Flash: Being an irresponsible driver has ALWAYS been illegal, and immoral as well. We don't need MORE law to make that point perfectly clear.

After all, the more law you have, the less justice you end up with. With enough laws, you make EVERYONE a criminal.

CRIMINALIZE THE ACTUAL ACT OF HARM. Talking on a cellphone is not the actual act.

The ones who love bans and hate freedom WILL take up petitions, and it WILL be on the state ballot. In an OFF year, so fewer are voting. the Blade and most media will be for it, and the out-of-state money and the ads will pour in, and it WILL pass.


'I used to have compassion, but they taxed it and legislated it out of existence.'

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