and how long would it take, before such a system would be disabled or a workaround would be found? cutting a wire, or wrapping the jamming antenna in some sort of faraday-cage comes to mind.
Can we have the same thing for smokers who hold their cigarette in one hand, cellphone in the other, and... haaa, no hands left to use the signals or gearstick. What a shame...
The Hoff
People who can't figure out how to do the workaround are probably the ones that need to be stopped the most. There is a solution out there somewhere. These drivers are like alcoholics, they cannot stop themselves and are in denial about how much it affects they're driving. If they just killed themselves it would be OK, but they don't.
Sounds like a really bad idea to me. We had a criminal impersonating a police officer pulling people over. Fortunately he was only extorting a bribe in lieu of a ticket. When being pulled over dialing the emergence response number (911 in the USofA) and confirming that it is indeed a law enforcement officer.
The comment agulesin made makes the point perfectly. The problem isn't cell phone usage, it's distracted drivers. What we've now done is create laws that are widely ignored and don't address real issues. I've seen people reading newspapers, eating pizzas and shaving while weaving down the road - do we need individual laws for each and every action that results in distracted driving? With these current cell phone laws you could be driving down the road and see a house on fire, but you can't call 911 because it's technically illegal to use a phone while driving. What about using hands free devices? Will they not work - how will the technology stop headphone or bluetooth systems? If it's so dangerous to talk on the phone and drive why do police have radios?
Dave Andrews
What an idiotic idea. It's like the paranoid idiots who made it illegal in places to be on a cell phone while pumping gas because sparks from the battery could ignite fuel in the air. WHAT? What kind of moron doesn't realize that the sparks made while starting your car are far, far more powerful than a cell phone would produce AND not sealed in completely enclosed area like cell phone batteries? I don't like people holding phones to their ears, but what is required is laws requiring hands-free devices, not a phone ban. I've used a hands-free device for years and I can tell you beyond any doubt whatsoever that it's more dangerous for me to have a conversation with someone sitting beside me in the passenger's seat than it is to talk on a cell phone with my earpiece. While talking on a phone (WITH a hands-free device) I keep my hands on the wheel and my eyes on the road. When talking to people sitting next to me, there's always the natural polite behavior of looking over at them from time to time. It's natural and you don't even realize you're doing it most of the time. Talking with a hands-free device is also safer than drinking or eating while driving, putting on makeup while driving, switching CD's while driving and any number of things that people do constantly. I hate law-making-by-idiot, which is how it usually tends to be done. And most of the band-wagon cows on this planet tend to just jump on the popular wagon without actually using their grey-matter to determine if the legislation actually makes sense or not.
This is a horrid idea. The Bluetooth Company will probably sue these people because it might cause interference with the technology that they incorporate in cars and other devices. Bluetooth technology is supposed to be an alternative for drivers so that they can keep two hands on the wheel and still use their phone. The only way this technology might be useful is if it is a car option for training purposes for new drivers or if a parent is buying his or her child a new car.
Soon all personal motorized transport will be automated and things like this will be problems of the past.
"To put a stop to this kind of behavior, the research team has devised a system that determines whether the person behind the wheel is using a mobile phone while the vehicle is in motion and triggers a mobile jammer that will block the phone signals. Because the jammer is only low-range, the team says other passengers in the vehicle will be able to continue using their phones." This is the idiots answer. You will simply see people trying to drive from the wrong seat! The real answer is simply press charges. MAKE PEOPLE DO THE TIME. Charge them properly with the crimes they commit, reckless endangerment, unassured clear distance, etc. We do not need new laws, we need enforcement of the rules we already have. There are way too many laws now.
We've gone overboard on stopping people from using cellphone in the car. There are more important things to worry about. I'd like to see more effort going into stopping drunk drivers, or sleepy drivers.