Better Buy a Hands-free

The city council has voted to ban the use of a cell phone while driving…sort of. Actually then banned the use of a cell phone without a hands-free device. Hizzoner has a week to approve the ban. If and when approved, violators will be fined $100.

The ban passed 8-to-1 on Wednesday with Councilwoman Sheila Cockrel voting against it. She said she was concerned the policy is too difficult to enforce while those who do comply will have to pay for earpieces for their phones.

“We need to address the issue of distracted driving,” she said, adding that the ban still allows drivers to talk on the phone, which studies show is the real problem.

If you don’t think she has a point, let me point out the things you still can do while driving:

  • Smoke (that is, hold a stick on fire in one hand)
  • Eat
  • Have your arm around your significant other
  • Fiddle with your radio
  • Shift gears
  • That trucker-move with the left elbow out the window.

So watch out, cops are on the lookout for cell phones. Blowing red lights, speeding and illegal lefts are still cool, though.


6 Comments so far

  1. MGal (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 1:19 pm

    Until Detroit PD enforces red light/stop signs, they really shouldn’t be adding another “rule” that will then be promptly ignored.

  2. Alex (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    Gotta love Detroit’s optional red lights.

  3. Jeff (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

    Since when are stopping at red lights not enforced? I’ve received 2 tickets already for going through: YELLOW and FLASHING RED

  4. baliad (unregistered) on May 5th, 2006 @ 2:19 pm

    i like the law… i’ve had my share of near accidents with cell phone users specifically in the D…

  5. Andrew (unregistered) on May 6th, 2006 @ 5:49 pm

    “hold a stick on fire in one hand” Can’t see why that would be distracting…

  6. Tom (unregistered) on May 8th, 2006 @ 1:13 pm

    Jeff, where did you get these tickets at? Since I’ve moved into the city, I’ve noticed that traffic policing is very patchy. Generally, the immediate vicinity of WSU has the most enforced traffic rules. I’ve been getting killed with parking tickets on Cass lately and I see speedtraps on 3rd (Anthony Wayne) frequently.

    Other than that, I’ve found it’s pretty much anything goes when driving through the city. In fact, I see it so frequently that sometimes I even find myself going through red lights in seeminlgy vacant neighborhoods.

    To me, this new ordinance just sounds like more amo for the WSU police to pull people over for.

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