[POLL]: Cell Phone Use Behind the Wheel

Is it prevalent? Are you one of the worst offenders?

221 people were found in violation of the "Operation Hang-Up" legislation in one week on Long Island, according to a Newsday report. From April 23 to the 28, 112 people received tickets in Nassau County alone.

These latest statistics have local politicians on edge as they have been pioneers of hands-free cell phone use policies.

"It's sad because people will get maimed and die from injuries as a result of this activity," said , who sponsored Operation Hang-Up legislation and was let down by the latest numbers, the report stated.

was also disappointed in people's unawareness of their "holding a death instrument in their hands," wrote Newsday.

So be honest: Do you obey the current laws regarding cell phone use from behind the wheel? Do you allow yourself the few instances where you must respond to a text or answer a call? Or do you completely cut off communication from the driver's seat?

Vote in the poll below and tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Jack Curtis May 08, 2012 at 10:38 AM
NY should follow Virginia's lead and if you're caught talking on yourhone or texting the device should be confiscated and then d destroyed. Even better, ALL phone usage should be banned. These people are a menace.
Papa Tom May 08, 2012 at 10:46 AM
My phone has a loud, clear speaker that can be switched on by the click of one button outside the flip. I will pick up the phone, activate the speaker, and place the phone on my passenger seat - all without taking my eyes off the road for a second - ONLY if I am expecting a call. Having taken visual polls of how many people talk or text while driving, one of my conclusions is that one of every three drivers on Southwoods Rd between 7:00-7:30am on weekdays drive while speaking or texting. Many of these are inexperienced teenagers driving to school, often with friends in the car, providing further distraction. Kudos to Senator Marcellino and Legislator Jacobs for supporting the new laws, but where are the police?
Marsha May 08, 2012 at 01:37 PM
It is extrememly dangerous seeing people in their large SUVs, as well as in other cars, trying to exit the shopping centers with one hand on their cell and one hand on the wheel. Driving around our very crowded shopping centers is difficult enough, without trying to navigate with one hand. Please try to be more considerate of the other drivers. Perhaps these shopping centers could hire private guards to warn these drivers of the dangers involved.
David Abbey May 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Yes, I talk while driving with a wired earpiece but sometimes hold the phone so the other party can hear me through the phone mic. I don't have one on the earpiece. As for texting, every know and then but know I shouldn't be! Maybe I need a ticket to straighten me out.
Syosset Mrs. May 08, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Yep Im guilty. I Text if the car is stopped. I don't dial while car is moving but I will talk on Btooth or speaker. Then again I also change the radio station, put in Cd's, eat food, talk to passengers (some times very excitedly) and look at maps while in the car. I think I use good judgement and timing. When the car is in motion my mind and eyes are on the road.
Virgo25 May 08, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Keep both hands on the wheel, both eyes on the road, and your brain should be in on it, too. Driving isn't the secondary activity to the phone call. When you are driving a car, No One is more important than you, your passengers, the other drivers, and their passengers. End of discussion.
Papa Tom May 08, 2012 at 11:35 PM
PS: Even when I use my hands-free speaker phone, my concentration is noticeably off. I miss turns, forget where I am headed, and sometimes misjudge critical traffic situations. And I am a masterful multi-tasker. Using a hands-free device is not enough. Save your phone calls and texts for when you get home.
Grifhunter May 09, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I was "T-Boned" on South Oyster Bay Rd by an idiot texting who ran a red light. My car ended upside. The technology should be installed in cars to block all but 911 calls (and texts) while the vehicle is in motion.
Rob L May 09, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I've noticed a lot of driver's distracted lately, and its becoming harder and harder to find a driver not on his phone texting or talking. Driver's swerving is something i've been observing on a daily basis, and if I get close to them there usually on there phone or drunk; both are causing major accidents on the Island and around the country. When did people forget what responsibility meant? It seems like its going to take major loss of life to enact real solutions to this issue, like all other new technology.. Hindsight's great, but does it always have to be after the fact?


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