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Topic: Distracted driving
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11/6/2018 2:40:47 PM
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Dec 2013
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Distracted driving

So recently there was a change to distracted driving penalties. This i:ncludes increased fines and liscence suspensions. As well as a ten year period with no grace. Get caught again and fines and suspension increases.  
Personally I think it is about time these changes were brought in. Oh I can here the whining from some guilty parties now ha ha ha  
Thoughts anyone.


11/6/2018 2:50:18 PM
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Feb 2009
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Absolutely Agree

With these new fines. There is no valid reason for anyone (including doctors or police) to use their phone to text while driving.


11/6/2018 5:25:08 PM
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Jan 2014
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phones could be rendered inoperative when not stationary,end of problem,


11/6/2018 5:45:50 PM
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Mar 2015
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My friends and family get mad because i dont use my phone while driving. Hopefully this changes thier mindd


11/6/2018 7:28:48 PM
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Jun 2007
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so passengers cant use them to get directions, let someone know they are running late ect???


11/6/2018 7:33:23 PM
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Sep 2016
Total posts:61
Pets loose in the vehicle

I hope these people will get a fine to. An animals jumping around the vehicle and even in and out of the drivers lap while going down the road is a huge distraction.

Never been

11/6/2018 7:42:40 PM
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Jul 2010
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Police are on their phones all the time. But we all know they will never get ticketed!! The law is made for everyone else, not them!


11/6/2018 8:51:10 PM
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Jun 2005
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Wow! There's quite the police bashing going on. Like it or not, the police are to enforce the laws and have training to drive while using a cell phone. Just don't speed, stay off your cell phone or do something stupid and all is good.


11/6/2018 9:08:27 PM
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Apr 2018
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Just today

I saw two while I was in a drive through at Mc'Ds. The lady in front of my vehicle was literally putting on mascara!!! Serious??? Yes, you miss brunette at 8:50ish a.m!!!  
The second, I was on Victoria Avenue/26th Street. The driver next to me was literally on her cell phone. I was literally looking at her, staring, but nope, she was in another zone!!! OMG, I should have blown my horn at her!! I think next time I will blow my horn when I see someone do something like that!  
If these new laws are in place, where are the police?  
I wish we had a way of reporting law breakers. Most of us notice these things while driving so that sucks!


11/7/2018 8:30:25 AM
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Jun 2007
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unbreakable1 said "Wow! There's quite the police bashing going on. Like it or not, the police are to enforce the laws and have training to drive while using a cell phone. Just don't speed, stay off your cell phone or do something stupid and all is good. "

yes there is a law allowing police to use cells and PCs while driving ect but imo it should be very limited, the driving courses they receive are no more en-depth them a lot of other professional drivers receive yet their is no exemption for how many driving courses you have, fact of the matter is police are human and using this equipment is distraction to all of us so i disagree with the law, but unfortunately not a lot i can do about it :I


11/7/2018 9:04:12 AM
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Mar 2016
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More enforcement

I still see at least one, possibly two or three people talking or texting while driving every time I go out. When will they learn? Maybe a 5 year suspension and a $10000 fine? Texting/cell phone use/distracted driver's has proven to be potentially lethal. Brandon is not that big that your important phone call or text can't wait. Or pull over... please!


11/7/2018 10:11:13 AM
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Dec 2010
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They are pretty clear on Cell Phone usage in car. As per MPI if it is mounted in hands free device looks like you are okay. Can't touch, but can have it mounted to dash or windshield.  
"Distractions aren’t just dangerous. In Manitoba it’s illegal to use, or even check, a hand-operated electronic device, such as a cellphone, smartphone or tablet, while driving – unless it is safely anchored in a hands-free mode.  
Drivers convicted of violating this law receive a driver’s licence suspension, $672 fine and five demerits. "  
My issue is the vagueness of the law.  
In your vehicle  
• smartphones or tablets  
• GPS navigation and other technology features  
• passengers — including pets  
• adjusting your audio systems, climate control or other devices  
• eating, drinking and smoking  
• personal grooming  
Outside your vehicle  
• nearby activities  
• commercial signs  
• domestic animals and wildlife  
• emergency situations, construction and accidents  
So if I'm looking at a sign on the road, will I get pulled over. I know there list is just pointing out factors that can distract you.  
New cars have "Tablet" that controls everything. That could very easily be locked/disabled when car is in drive. But if you need to adjust the temperature of your vehicle. need to pull over and stop, just to adjust fan speed or temp.  
Look down at a red light, not even at your phone, but phone is on your person or in cup holder, that is enough to get a ticket/suspension.  
Now lets really crack down on drinking and driving. You even smell like alcohol automatic 3 day suspension of license. Or more. Drinking/High and driving to me is worse. On your phone, more then likely only on for a second or two. Impaired that is your whole drive.  
The whole disabling your phone when moving is never going to happen. To prevent a small fraction of people from using their phone when driving, they are not going to prevent every person in the world from using their phone when in motion.


11/7/2018 1:29:20 PM
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Feb 2007
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mackenzie5 said "phones could be rendered inoperative when not stationary,end of problem, "

So how does a phone know who is driving and who is a passenger? They cant. If im a passenger and quietly on my phone not talking to the driver even, thats the best option vs chatting with the driver further distracting him.  
You can't limit phone use because the phone is moving. Nobody would ever do that, for a multitude of reasons.


11/7/2018 1:47:28 PM
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Mar 2016
Total posts:332
Cell phones

They can be a handy tool in the vehicle, especially when travelling in inclement weather. Until needed, unless it's in someone else's hands other than the drivers, it should be shut off. Unfortunately, as with several other laws and bylaws that are consistantly ignored, it comes down to people. The people that break these rules, for some reason, feel they are above the law, or have some sort of sense of entitlement. Laws don't apply to them. Sad...


11/7/2018 3:28:34 PM
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Mar 2010
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Just so you know

unbreakable1 said "Wow! There's quite the police bashing going on. Like it or not, the police are to enforce the laws and have training to drive while using a cell phone. Just don't speed, stay off your cell phone or do something stupid and all is good. "

The officers do not have any special training to use cell phones while driving. Everyone should stay off their phones


11/7/2018 3:56:15 PM
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Mar 2005
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mackenzie5 said "phones could be rendered inoperative when not stationary,end of problem, "

Yep. As a phone but texting or data Sharing no. Any jamming would affect in car communications between some mundane or some important systems, top of mind is probably heads up displays. FM transmitter for satellite radio or music players. In current and future cars there is more to wireless than cell phones. Talking on a phone is less dangerous than glancing down at a text message or following google maps on a cell sitting on the seat instead of a dash Mount.  
They will mandate (goverment) new in car displays to block out shared cell signals from your phone. That is easy. Once the car is in gear that portion of the display goes inactive. I doubt if shared data will be blocked. Too many people use their cells as a GPS enabler.


11/7/2018 10:11:53 PM
Member since:
Jun 2015
Total posts:5

Nothing like a new vehicle with a 10" touchscreen on the dash staring you in the face. To me that's a lot more distracting than a phone. My old car with buttons that you can feel, I can change radio stations without taking my eyes off the road. Doesn't work with the touchscreen in my truck. It's a terrible idea. Give it a couple years till the manufacturers get permission to run their autopilot cars on the roads and you'll be able to play on your phone without ever looking at the road.


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