Washington State distracted driving law?

Discussion in 'On the Road' started by KB7KJY, Oct 10, 2019.

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  1. W7IMM

    W7IMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I of course, agree with you Mark!

    There are far more distracting things that can happen in a car.
    One might be a parent with 1 or more kids in the car that are somewhat unruly! ("DON'T MAKE ME STOP THE CAR AND COME BACK THERE!!!!!") etc.

    Or possibly an infant in a car seat (in the back of course) in some sort of distress.

    Another would be the people that carry their dogs, cats and other animals in the car. (or animals PLUS kids for that matter)

    While these scenarios might not be as prevalent as someone using a hands free cell phone or a hands free 2-way radio, I don't see anyone advocating state governments passing laws to prevent people from carrying their kids or pets or suggesting that when someone does, they should "loose" their license to drive!

    I also don't think anyone in their right mind can argue simply talking on a cell phone in a car is MORE distracting than the above situations.

    Maybe someone will suggest a law that puts kids in straight-jackets and muzzles so they can be carried with no distractions, and make it a law that animals must be carried in the trunk!!
  2. KF5LJW

    KF5LJW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Like a lot of hams, you are in denial. You think you have a right to operate in your vehicle. News flash, you are an extreme minority. You would not even show up in a poll.
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  3. W7IMM

    W7IMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sorry Dereck, I'm not in "denial" about anything. But in my state, I do indeed have a legal right to operate any communications radio in my vehicle. Only hand held cellular phone use is prohibited ("hands-free" is allowed) in Wa State and of course texting is prohibited.

    It might help to educate yourself on various state laws. Even your own home state of Oklahoma allows operation of cellular phones in a vehicle as long as it's not a commercial vehicle(or a bus etc) . Your own law enforcement determines if you are "distracted" by observing your driving.
    If you want to know more about Oklahoma Statutes, Check https://legiscan.com/OK/text/HB1044/2019 for the most current cell phone law recently passed and signed by your Governor which went into effect on 1 NOV 2019.

    For other distracted driving statutes in Oklahoma, you can check Oklahoma Title 47. ยง47-11-901a, b, c, d

    It's a fairly easy read. And Oklahoma also has a "Carve-out" for Citizens Band and other radios etc. They do not specifically mention Amateur Radio though.


  4. KF5LJW

    KF5LJW Ham Member QRZ Page

    There is no difference between a CB operator, ham operators, cell phone, or a drunken bum. All kill innocent people and children.
  5. N8AFT

    N8AFT Ham Member QRZ Page

  6. N1OOQ

    N1OOQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Or an emergency responder?


    Distracted drivers of police cars, fire trucks and ambulances were to blame in collisions that killed three Southland residents, including Olin, and injured about 140 others in California in 2012 and 2013, according to local reporting and recent data from the Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System that is run by the California Highway Patrol. Two of the three fatalities were caused by L.A. County and San Bernardino

    County sheriff's deputies who were distracted, at least in part, by their patrol car computers.
  7. ND6M

    ND6M Ham Member QRZ Page

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  8. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    There is such a thing as an acceptable risk. The guys that paint the bridges or climb a TV broadcast tower to replace a burned-out light incur a certain risk.

    Emergency vehicles responding to your call for help because you are having a heart attack are involved in a certain amount of risk. There is a reason for flashing lights and siren. If time is a factor in saving your life should the emergency vehicle first find a spot and then pull off the road to use the radio or cell phone or should they get additional information as quickly as possible? I would take the second option if I were the one having the attack.
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  9. W7IMM

    W7IMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    You're making completely rational, salient points here. However it appears that some might not want to hear it.
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  10. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't forget to factor in the police haters that frequently make an appearance when this or similar threads are posted.

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