Although a majority of respondents to last week’s cayCompass.com online poll said they either never talk on a cellular telephone while driving or that they do so in a legal way with a hands-free device, a large segment of people are still doing so illegally.
Of the 604 total respondents, 183 people – 30.3 per cent – said they never talk on their cell phones while driving.
“But I see people still talking on cell phones whilst driving, and what’s worse, texting or reading texts under the dashboard so they aren’t seen doing so,” said one person.
“I will pull over first; not worth the ticket,” said somebody else.
Another 137 people – 22.7 per cent – said they talk on the cell phone while driving whenever they want to, but that they have a hands-free device, which makes it legal to do so.
“I see absolutely no change in the amount of people talking on their cell phones while driving,” said one person.
The largest segment of respondents – 183 people or 30.3 per cent – said they sometimes talk on the cell phone while driving.
“I would say 99 per cent less than I used to before the law changed,” said one person. “But I see people yacking away on a hand-held cells while driving all the time.”
“I can talk if want to,” said someone else. “What has happened to freedom of speech? We live in a dictatorship.”
Seventy-three people – 12.1 per cent – admitted they talk on the cell phone while driving quite often.
“But I have Bluetooth car speaker and I have BOSE ear set all the time as a back-up,” said one person.
“I’ve actually gotten in the habit by pulling over to text and e-mail, but most of the time I drive and chat with either the ear set or speaker.”
Eight people – 1.3 per cent – responded “other” to the question.
“I don’t drive,” said one person.
“Never,” said someone else. “I am one of those rare people who doesn’t feel the need to be contactable 24/7 and I don’t own a cell phone.”
“I either let it ring or have my sister answer it if she’s with me,” said another person.
“Whenever I feel like it,” commented one respondent. “I am a police officer and the law doesn’t apply to me. Although being hit by a police car probably hurts as much as any other car.”
Next week’s poll question
Are you a pet owner?
Yes, I have a dog or dogs
Yes, I have a cat or cats
Yes, I have a dog or dogs and a cat or cats
Yes, I have another type of animal as a pet (write in comments)