(Closed) Cell phone ban looking like a money grab!

posted 7 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Well, it’s ridiculous that that guy in particlar got a ticket since he doesn’t have a cell phone… But honestly, I’m 100% in favor of people getting tickets for talking on cell phones while driving.  It’s a hazard for the driver, and for all other drivers on the road.  If you really need to make that call so badly, get a bluetooth earpiece or pull over,

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

so you cannot be on a cell phone and drive in winnipeg? I am asking cause I am going there for my honeymoon.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m sorry, but you read that story wrong – the two old people thought there was a “quota” that had to be met.  I used to be an EMT and was friends with a lot ofcops, but maybe someone who is in law enforcement can answer this better than me……I really think the who “ticket quota” idea is just BS….usually only spread by people who are pissy that they got a ticket.

It seems really absurb that an officer would write a ticket (which sounds like it will be fought in court) just to get a “quota.”  That is counterproductive to our already overworked and underpaid law enforcment force.

And I have seen SO MANY terrible things happen when people use cell phones in the cars…..I wish the laws were much stricker than they are.  Seriously, NO PHONE CALL is worth getting into an accident and killing someone!!!!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

That is ridiculous. I’m all for people getting tickets when they should and I am all for cell phone bans but… no. The police shouldn’t be giving out bogus tickets.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Rock Hugger:  I know there are departments around where I grew up that do indeed have ticket quotas. It’s a real thing.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@Jamie42003:  The majority (if not all) of Canada has the cellphone ban in place. We live in a large metropolitan area of Alberta and in our city’s case I couldn’t support it more- I can’t count the number of times we’ve narrowly swerved out of the way of some yahoo texting/talking on the phone who is driving in two lanes.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

yeah texting and driving is illegal here in MN, not driving and talking. Thanks for the heads up, just need to know the laws so we don’t get in trouble. Thanks. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

Cell phone bans are for your protection. And other people too. If you need to call, yes, pull over. If you need to take a call, have a headset or pull over and call back. 

Or better yet, if you have a passenger, have them do it!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The “quota” thing must be different for different departments, because my dad retired after nearly 30 years as a police officer, and never had any quotas that he had to fulfill.  He worked for city and sheriff’s departments, too.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I do agree with cell phone bans, but it’s stories like this that are a good example why I’m against our distracted driving laws.  It gives the cops who are jerks (not that all are, just the few that are) way too much power.  Also, some of the rules are ridiculous IMO.  Cigarettes are ok, but I can’t read printed material while driving.  I don’t see how having basic written directions or an address is any worse than quickly glancing at a GPS.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Speaking of quotas, the cops in our city definitely have them for various types of traffic stops. My husband has been ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt while WEARING a seatbelt because it was the end of the month and the officer claimed she “saw him put it on as she pulled him over”. Having been in the car, I can attest to the fact that it wasn’t the case but she put up a real stink in traffic court. The carpool I ride in has been pulled over and ticketed for driving in an unmarked bus lane at month’s end because “it was well advertised on the news that it’s a new bus lane”.

In essence, at certain times of the month in our city it doesn’t matter whether or not you did something wrong- if you’re driving in the wrong place, at the wrong time and that cop doesn’t have enough tickets in for the month you’re probably going to get ticketed for something.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yup, there are definitely quotas that need to be reached in our state, which is just ridiculous. Some cops let it go to their heads, and will pull you over for anything these days, while they go and break the law left and right

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