Online poll: Many still talking on cell phones despite new driving regulations

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? 

No 

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)

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3 COMMENTS

  1. This law is ridiculous. Hundreds of cars are driving around with very dark tinted windows and who knows who is driving or what is going on?
    What bothers me is that David Baines can speak in public about the cell phone issue, yet an offence which is even easier to spot is not even touched. When you have these types of double standards at the top of the pile, what will we find at the bottom?

  2. Many good suggestions espressed to stop cell talk/tex and driving. Some suggestions of heavier fines very good too. But you might as well say people will stop drinking beer.
    A law has to be made that when a person is caught Talking/Texting on the phone, they are pulled over and their car empounded at the police station until the pay a fine of 500.00 five hundred dollars to retrieve it. I am very positive those persons who continue to break this law would leave their phone home instead of getting caught. I would prefer to turn my phone off while driving or leave it at home instead of having my car taken away. Try it and see the positive results. Talking/Texting will get you killed.