Rants: Your Chance to Sound Off on Cell Phones

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So, what’s making you upset this week? It's the prevalent usage of cell phones, isn't it? In the supermarket, on the sidewalk, at the ear of the driver next to you. You let us know.

We’re offering a new forum here this week to give everyone a chance to weigh in on the topics you choose. Go ahead and get the conversation started right here.

This week's focus is cell phone usage in public.

Sure, we’d like the topics to be focused, but go ahead and jump in with any thought you have that you believe will start up a good, civil online community discussion.

Please keep it clean and refrain from personal attacks and/or name-calling. Address the issue without attacking the person and we’re all good to go.

So, what are you waiting for, let your rant flag fly!

M. Blanchard May 06, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I commute by motorcycle, and have ridden for 30 years. So far I have only been in one collision, when a drunk driver made an illegal U-turn across a double yellow.I am more frightened of people texting and doing whatever else thier "smart phones" allow them to do while driving. Every morning, while driving down 2nd St. on the way to the freeway, I witness multiple car drivers with their eyes in their laps, rather than on the road ahead. This behavior does not stop when they get on the freeway. When will they apologize, after they rear end me ?
meredith parnell May 06, 2012 at 04:22 PM
What drives me crazy is people talking on their cell phones while engaging in some sort of transaction with another person, like buying something at a grocery store or getting money from a bank teller. Can't they see how rude they are? People in front of you are more important than people on the phone. Hang up, be polite, finish your transaction and then call the person back. Or leave the store and talk outside. How hard is that?
Arvid P. Sloan May 06, 2012 at 04:25 PM
It may be your right to drive a motorcycle, but its is not a smart thing to do. Now that you know how distracted drivers are, you have no reason to drive a bike. If you think you will improve drivers focus, fuggetaboutit.
valeri hood May 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Radiation from cell phones can possibly cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization. The agency now lists mobile phone use in the same "carcinogenic hazard" category as lead, engine exhaust and chloroform. Before its announcement, WHO had assured consumers that no adverse health effects had been established. A team of 31 scientists from 14 countries, including the U.S., made the decision after reviewing peer-reviewed studies on cell phone safety. The team found enough evidence to categorize personal exposure as "possibly carcinogenic to humans." What that means is they found some evidence of increase in glioma and acoustic neuroma brain cancer for mobile phone users, but have not been able to draw conclusions for other types of cancers. "The biggest problem we have is that we know most environmental factors take several decades of exposure before we really see the consequences," said Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurology at Cedars-Sinai Med. Center in LA. The type of radiation coming out of a cell phone is called non-ionizing-not like an X-ray, but more like a very low-powered microwave oven. "What microwave radiation does in most simplistic terms is similar to what happens to food in microwaves, essentially cooking the brain," Black said. "So in addition to leading to a development of cancer and tumors, there could be a whole host of other effects like cognitive memory function, since the memory temporal lobes are where we hold our cell phones.
Cara May 06, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I agree with all of the above, the other thing is that now there are no pay phones so in a pinch I'm up the creek. There used to be pay phones as a lifeline, I miss that. Also people who use their cell phones while dropping off their kids at school while there are little kids darting around it just makes me so nervous and angry.
Gina May 06, 2012 at 05:05 PM
It NEVER fails that the person; Not using turn signals, Braking at green lights, driving 45 miles per hour on the FREEWAY, Not paying attention to those or ANYTHING around them, (including the road they are driving on!) because they are TALKING ON A CELL PHONE WHILE DRIVING a thousand +pounds of metal that could easily hit and kill someone. Is this not illegal....? I see this at least 3-4 times a day, wish there was a way to stop it before more people get hurt.
ukemike May 06, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I know how to get people to stop texting/talking while driving. Make is standard procedure to subpoena cell phone records after every traffic accident. If a person was using the phone just before the accident, then charge them with a crime roughly equivalent of drunk driving, and make them liable for the damages caused. A bit of jail time and economic disaster will teach people quickly. Keep in mind that texting/calling while driving has been shown to increase the chances of an accident as much as drunken driving. No tolerance. Here is another thought (and I don't do this, I should) if someone calls you while driving, tell them to call back when they get off the road and hang up.
Eyzatia Eyzatia May 06, 2012 at 06:42 PM
we know now that cell phones can cause cancer in the way they are designed now. recently a young mother was allowing her toddler to play with her cell phone, I recommended she give her baby car keys to play with while shopping.....she said but the child loved her cell phone. SO it's time for a black box warning. And because of the time span it can take(up to 20 years) to get this into reality, it is necessary to get the agreement of a whole lot of us NOW and speed up the process.
Cynthia Franklin May 06, 2012 at 06:51 PM
People think cell phones are only unsafe when driving while texting - Yet the larger concern is the little known FACT that international studies have shown that using a cell phone for 30 minutes a day for 10 years can cause malignant brain cancer. These studies convinced the international scientific experts at the World Health Organization to declare cell phone use as possibly carcinogenic. Here's another fact the industry hides from everyone: your child's brain absorbs almost twice as much cell phone radiation as the federal safety guidelines allow. Oh - and one more fact you probably don't know: The cell phone industry prints warnings in EVERY user manual to never use or carry a cell phone close to the body or you risk being exposed to more radiation than the federal guidelines allow BUT THEY LOCATE THESE WARNINGS IN THE TECHNICAL FINE PRINT WHERE NO ONE WILL FIND THEM! consumers4safephones.com
M. Blanchard May 06, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Gee, thanks Dad. Maybe everyone should stop riding bicycles too, so that distracted drivers can have thier way.
Elizabeth Ryde May 06, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Thanks for great post... it may take a very long time and a lot more horrible accidents before we get the procedure you mention, and before people will wake up to the dangers of using cells -or any other hand held devices- WHILE driving. Agree with no tolerance! Another factor that is disturbing is that some parents don't seem to get that being a scofflaw in front of your kids may be starting a fire that won't be seen till way way later. Kids react more to what they SEE one doing, than any admonishment, current or later. Finally, it is beyond annoying when people say (or think) re phones in cars "oh, I'M not dangerous, I know what I'm doing... its OK for me" Well, no, it isn't
Sierra Salin May 07, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Everyone seems to be on call and connected to the hive, 24/7. Most people do not have any idea how to be alone or independent anymore either, and everyone seems to be jabbering away, walking down the street, sitting in a cafe, in their cars, yak, yak, yak. Personally, I enjoy quiet, and solitude, or talking and being with someone in person. I do not enjoy being out in nature, or in a city, and having to listen to oblivious zombies yakking away about relationships, business, or anything else, and usually loudly. Yes I do hear every word you are broadcasting. And then there is safety. Not only driving and living distractedly, multitasking, not present where your body is, there are also cell towers, radiating many hill and mountaintops which I formerly enjoyed sitting upon. Now they are unsafe electromagnetic zones. Also, you are holding a lil microwave oven to your head. I'd, rater be cautious, than, Oops, sorry, in 20 years. We know not what we are doing, and we are changing the natural background levels of nature, which have existed unchanged for eons.
Gina May 07, 2012 at 02:48 AM
This is an excellent idea! I agree, No tolerance. Thank you.
UncleMookie November 13, 2012 at 12:42 AM
...or maybe not a drunk driving level crime per se, if no one was injured. How about a clause in their insurance policy that increases the deductible by, say, 500% or ??? I agree that'd cut this water to a drip! (Of course, it'd probably never make it through that heavily regulated industry!)


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