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  # 259108 28-Sep-2009 19:48
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on a related point here is an article from what some people are calling for in america:
http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/technology/6103181/us-auto-safety-group-wants-to-curb-gadget-use-by-truckers/

(even banning dumb satnavs?? terrible....)




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  # 259123 28-Sep-2009 20:27
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dman: Good, just hearing on the 6 o'clock news right now that they will be amending the draft of the law to make sure that phones usage in a car will not be illegal if it is handsfree and touched infrequently.


How do you define "touched infrequently"??  Once an hour, once a journey or once every 15 minutes.  Is the cop going to tail for  an hour or two  to collect the fine..




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  # 259124 28-Sep-2009 20:38
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Edit: Never mind, I'm just slow.

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  # 259138 28-Sep-2009 21:01
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old3eyes:
dman: Good, just hearing on the 6 o'clock news right now that they will be amending the draft of the law to make sure that phones usage in a car will not be illegal if it is handsfree and touched infrequently.


How do you define "touched infrequently"??  Once an hour, once a journey or once every 15 minutes.  Is the cop going to tail for  an hour or two  to collect the fine..
what I'm guessing is if you don't touch the phone over and over and over again in the 15secs (tops) that the officer happens to be looking at you then you are fine




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  # 259186 28-Sep-2009 23:10
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It's a multifunction device, mobile phone is just one of the functions, to get all upset because it says you are not able to use that one function in any way, when you are actually wanting to use a totally different function of it is jumping the gun a little IMO. Lets see what if any changes they end up making and what prosecutions end up as a result.

To be honest, if a cop sees you pushing at a phone in a holder, you are in the process of making a phonecall on the speakerphone which is allowed. What are they going to do about it to prove otherwise?




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  # 259346 29-Sep-2009 13:06
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Sounds like it's all been clarified now. Thank god..

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/gadgets/2912318/SatNav-mobiles-won-t-be-banned-Govt




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  # 259359 29-Sep-2009 13:35
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love the way the article writes smartphone as two words and with quotes around it!




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