Radio, ham or CB tends to be un-engaging, like "hey, how's the weather" type stuff, "simplex", whereas telephone conversation tends to be more engaging, and "duplex".
Except when the mike cord knocks my pizza down and it lands in my whiskey.
Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
More bad, the officer writes the ticket for distracted driving, leaving a ham with no leg to stand on at all.
The very baddest, the ham is involved in an accident while playing radio. Subsequently, his expensive lawyer is trying to convince a civil court jury that operating ham radio equipment while driving had absolutely nothing at all to do with the accident . . . but the jury only remembers that just a "preponderance of evidence" is required for a thumbs down verdict.
Hands-free is the way to go, whether cell phone or ham radio, and attentive driving means - as a minimum - don't play radio if there's a patrol car anywhere within sight.
Gary, K9ZMD . . . Ridgefield, WA
I found this mentioned only in chicago's ordinances with the ticket for using a HT as a "cellphone" that got tossed out in court. I haven't had any problems yet but that is mostly due to the fact i work late nights(11 pm normally) and not a lot of 2 meter activity at this time. Once i get the vhf/uhf/HF rig in the car though, i would rather be safe then sorry. Their has also been in this town, minor reports of the local cops harassing folks with scanners in their cars, but i take these with a grain of salt too. Normally the plates stop these problems cold
Why would you suppose ham radio operators are any different than any other citizen in the country. Just because one gets a ham license, doesn't automagically mean they are superior citizens.
But regarding laws, what laws do you think they break? In WA, it's perfectly legal to use a radio while driving. Hell, you can even use a cell phone, held up to the mouth, using the speaker phone. You just can't hold it to your ear. Talk about a dumb law. Using a cell phone or radio is no more serious than looking at your radio to find a cool song to play. The problem with these laws, is they are written by idiots, who have no concern for safety. They are just trying to get political points by some demographic.
Anyone here really think speeding cams are about safety? Or is it more likely they are about revenue?
OH! And regarding not obeying laws... ever hear of the concept of "Civil disobedience"? If everyone always obeyed every law, everytime, without question, we'd still be speaking the King's English (vs. US English)
when I'm driving the car, I'm driving the car. it's a full time job. I can't imagine trying to explain in court why i felt the need to communicate with a stranger in Palookastan while operating a multithousand pound vehicle on city streets in Albuquerque
The radio is about the same. When I have time to talk, I talk. If I don't, I leave the mic where it lays until I'm not busy making a turn or negotiating traffic. If I need to concentrate on driving for a minute I've found other guys on the repeater are more than OK with the fact that I'm busy and to just wait. It's not uncommon to hear guys request the other side to hang tight for a few minutes until they get on the freeway or through heavy traffic. All said I don't think using a radio detracts from driving at all.
Amateur Radio Exempt from California's New 'Hands Free' Law:
"On July 1, the State of California will have new laws on the books to deal with the use of wireless telephones while driving. There has been some confusion as to whether California amateurs who operate in their car will be affected by the new law. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's Web site http://www.dmv.ca.gov/cellularphonel...cell_phone.pdf, "the use of dedicated two-way radios such as walkie-talkies or Citizen Band (CB) radios is not affected by the new law" for drivers 18 or older."
The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 10 March 14, 2008
I'd be more than happy to test this, and I guarantee I'd win. But then, when operating mobile I'm not using a microphone (I work CW) so without a microphone in sight, an officer would have a really hard time proving what I was doing.More bad, the officer writes the ticket for distracted driving, leaving a ham with no leg to stand on at all.