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Old 06-16-2012, 03:26 AM   #29
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Make it simple, get a bluetooth head set and use it all the time. Almost all states now have some form or regulation concerning cell phone use while driving.
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These things are one of the worst things ever invented, and one of the best. It just depends on the inteligence of the user. If everyone was inteligent enough to use them properly, we wouldn't need laws to raise money for the state. Just this old guy's nickels worth........
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:36 PM   #31
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I just ordered and installed a replacement radio for the dash. It has a bluetooth feature included. It will ring for incoming calls, and I can answer without taking my hand from the wheel. It has a built-in microphone and the sound comes through the system speakers It's a lot like the unit that came with my new car. I got used to it in the car and wanted it for my coach.

Talking with the blue tooth unit is not much different from talking with someone in the car. So far, that's not outlawed.

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Old 06-18-2012, 01:25 PM   #32
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A little trivia about the Nevada state law; ... GPS units not incorporated into the vehicle are also illegal.
I don't think that's exactly correct, from what I've read. My understanding is that it's illegal to "handle" any hand-held device, including cell phone, GPS, MP3 player, etc. while driving in Nevada. But if you program your GPS before starting out, then just listen to it ... ? Funny that they would think an in-dash unit is any less dangerous, too.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:17 PM   #33
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^ You are correct. That's what I get for taking a press release at face value. NRS 484B.163.3 reads: "The provisions of this section do not prohibit the use of a voice-operated global positioning or navigation system that is affixed to the vehicle."

Who knows how they will eventually define "affixed."
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:51 PM   #34
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I use 2 hearing aids (thanks to Mr. Howitzer) and I have to take one out to use a cell phone anytime, otherwise I get a feedback squeal.
I am assuming that your hearing aids are VA issue. I also have two and when I asked about working with a phone the audiology clinic issued me a blue tooth for the aids. Mine is about 1.5 inch square, hangs around my neck on a wire and has a button on the front for answering and hanging up. When a call comes in, I push the button and the signal is transmitted to the hearing aids (the wire is an antenna) so that I hear the conversation directly from the aids. The microphone is in the box. There are some other designs from what I have seen (also has an input for MP3 players, etc so you don't have to pull out the aids and use a headset.
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Old 06-21-2012, 12:35 AM   #35
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I love hearing stories about drivers who text and talk and drive right off the road into trouble. Usually a tree or power pole tells them they were pretty stupid doing that. Trouble is sometimes they run into other people and end up getting sued because of it. Is there a difference between driving drunk and talking and texting while driving? In either case the driver isn't wide awake to traffic conditions.
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Talk and drive at the same time? Isn't that some kind of multi-tasking? Wait, I'm a guy, I can't do two things at once....
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:25 AM   #37
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I am sure the next no-no will be not to program the GPS while driving. This also makes a lot of sense to me. Go ahead and flame I can take it.

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I have a Garmin that refuses to let me enter anything while the car is in motion. It gives me a warning. Obviously, I've tried, but I appreciate that it won't let me do it.
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I love hearing stories about drivers who text and talk and drive right off the road into trouble.
I was driving down US-41/US-70S (Murfreesboro Pike) in Tennessee not too long ago when I saw a car coming in the opposite direction suddenly veer into the grassy gully-like median and flip over end to end sending the driver flying through the air. The car hit him and he flew further though the air. Both coming to a stop almost in the oncoming left lane. For several seconds my heart stood still as I thought he'd cross the median and hit me head on or someone else head on. But the ditch/gully flipped his car. All traffic came to a stop. It was a young well dressed man.... I don't think he survived the crash. I left as there were too many people already trying to help him and calling 911 for the police and ambulance. Someone at the scene said there was a cellphone in the grass.......
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I have a Garmin that refuses to let me enter anything while the car is in motion. It gives me a warning. Obviously, I've tried, but I appreciate that it won't let me do it.
My Ford will not let you if you are going over about 5 MPH.
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Since I can't walk and chew gum using a phone and driving is not an option.I have never received a call so important that it had to be answered imediately.
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I was driving down US-41/US-70S (Murfreesboro Pike) in Tennessee not too long ago when I saw a car coming in the opposite direction suddenly veer into the grassy gully-like median and flip over end to end sending the driver flying through the air. The car hit him and he flew further though the air. Both coming to a stop almost in the oncoming left lane. For several seconds my heart stood still as I thought he'd cross the median and hit me head on or someone else head on. But the ditch/gully flipped his car. All traffic came to a stop. It was a young well dressed man.... I don't think he survived the crash. I left as there were too many people already trying to help him and calling 911 for the police and ambulance. Someone at the scene said there was a cellphone in the grass.......
Horrible as that was, it's actually Darwin at work. Here's another example:

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I have the Blue Tooth for hands free talking. I won't use it as I realized one time when I did use it that I reached my destination and had no idea how I got there. Hands free or not, it's dangerous.
Ditto, the best policy is never to talk on the phone while driving. Anytime you have to interact like that, it is dangerous. If my phone rings while driving, I let it go to voicemail.
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