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Bill would ban motorists from drinking coffee and driving

Discussion in 'Autonomous Vehicles' started by mczajka, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. mczajka

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    Would AutoPilot use in NJ not be too far behind something like this?

    Only in New Jersey: Bill would ban motorists from drinking coffee and driving

    New Jersey already draws ire for not letting drivers pump their own gas. But the state might ban them from having a cup of coffee behind the wheel too.

    A bill under consideration in the state Legislature calls to prohibit "any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle on a public road or highway." That means no cup of coffee for those sitting in traffic, no munching on that breakfast burrito, no time to groom. (No, the law does not target coffee verbatim.)

    The bill is meant to target distracted driving, which plays a role in thousands of fatal crashes in the state each year. At least 3,179 fatal crashes were attributed to distracted driving in 2014, according to the state's Division of Highway Traffic Safety website. Distracted driving played a role in nearly 800,000 crashes between 2010 and 2014.

    "The issue is that we need to try, in every way, to discourage distracted driving, it's dangerous," Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a Democrat in Central Jersey, who sponsored the bill, told The Star-Ledger. "Education and enforcement can change the attitudes of people."

    Wisniewski and two other sponsors, Assemblymen Nicholas Chiaravalloti Patrick Diegnan, said the legislation was modeled after a law in Maine passed in 2009 that outlawed distracted driving altogether.

    So, the penalty for sneaking a bite of your ham sandwich? Between $200 and $400 for the first offense, $400 to $600 for the second and $600 to $800 for the third, as well as a 90-day license suspension and points on the license.

    Wisniewski said he has seen people try to multitask while driving, even reading newspapers behind the wheel, according to News 12 New Jersey. The law, he said, is meant to educate, not punish motorists.

    But some drivers aren't convinced such a broad interpretation of distracted driving is the answer.
     
  2. kort677

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    braindead NJ politicos, just another unenforceable intrusion. while I am not encouraging distracted driving this shouldn't be on the list of distraction problems. I am so glad to have escaped from that place.
     
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    We should also ban talk radio (very distracting, mentally)...and wives/girlfriends.

    Personally, what I find to be the MOST distracting thing in a car while I'm driving, is having to listen to my passenger having a phone conversation (and obviously only hearing once side of it)
     
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    I guess this would extend to pets as well. I wonder what the powers that be would make of me allowing Yoyo the Pekingese to drive on autopilot. I'd probably get jail time
     
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    as it should be for pulling such a foolish stunt
     
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  7. AZ Desert Driver

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    If my girl friend was talking to my wife and I got to listen to only one side of that call - I'd be distracted for sure. Ban, Ban, Ban
     
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    My wife totally agrees!
     
  10. CraZ8

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    Oh good lord lighten up. The post was written tongue in cheek. If you look at my avatar I had my wife take a pic my pet dog with its paws resting on the wheel while I held her on my lap. No animals were hurt during this procedure and my hands were inches from the steering during the entire15 seconds it took to stage this. Sorry I didn't put the sarc tag on for you
     

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