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Old 02-05-2010, 11:17 PM   #1
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If you find yourself in Las Cruces, NM, beginning today, you'd better not be caught talking or texting on your cell phone in Las Cruces or you might end up shelling out a fine of $25 and be hit with a petty misdemeanor on your driving record.

The new ordinance requires that police witness a violation. If you get snagged, you'll have to appear in Municipal Court, which, to add salt to the wound, doesn't allow cell phones!

A conviction will be reported to the New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles, which means your insurance company can see it, too, city officials now say.

It's not cheap: a second offense will cost $50, and as much as $500 and as long as 90 days in jail for a third violation, or more.

Not sure how this applies to non-New Mexicans, just wanted to pass on the new law.

I believe it is a good law, too many talking or texting while driving.
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Old 02-05-2010, 11:47 PM   #2
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Adrian I lived in Santa Fe for many years and they passed such a law several years ago. I agree with you that it is a good law. However, from my observation , if all the people in Santa Fe who were ticketed for a violation were laid end to end the line would not reach across your living room and as a result the law had absolutely zero impact on drivers using their cellphones. Perhaps, and hopefully , enforcement will be better in Las Cruces. Lee
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Old 02-06-2010, 02:36 AM   #3
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Hi: All...Our 1st. offence is over a Hunnert Buck$ as of Feb 1. Cheaper to stop and use a "Pay Phone"...and SAFER too!!!
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:17 AM   #4
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Sounds like a good law except the first offense should carry a $500 fine.
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Old 02-06-2010, 06:44 AM   #5
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In the state of Oregon a hands-free cell phone law went into place on January 1st. I don't have a cellphone, so I can't tell you what the fine may be. Whatever it is, I'm sure it's not high enough.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:42 AM   #6
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Hi: All...Our 1st. offence is over a Hunnert Buck$ as of Feb 1. Cheaper to stop and use a "Pay Phone"...and SAFER too!!!
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I haven't seen a working payphone in years, and that's in the Chicago area!
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Old 02-06-2010, 08:10 AM   #7
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Chicago also has a phone ban too, but I have not seen it change what I see on the freeway.

They need to extend it to cover putting on makeup and reading books.

I hope that all these laws don't pertain to cell phones that are being used as a GPS. We put our Droids into holders on the dashboard when we are using Google Maps.


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Old 02-06-2010, 08:46 AM   #8
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As a commuter on two wheels, cell phone talkers scare me to death, texters
horrify me. These laws won't stop anybody I'm afraid.
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:26 AM   #9
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Colorado has a texting law, though the cell ban is suppose to be coming. Not soon enough.


Calif, has had the law for several years, not that I think it's stopped many. Cause I see them chatting away. I am sure it's stopped the ones that have got caught, but the ones who haven't been popped yet probably still push their luck!
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:54 PM   #10
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I'm a truck driver and see it all on the road.....one thing I see little of is people not chatting or texting on the phone. you'ld almost think it was a requirement to drive.
people reading the paper spread across the wheel and eating....seems to be a New York ,Jersey thing too,along with make-up,etc etc.
Fact is there arent alot of people driving safe or worried enough abou it to change it, and it's a hurried world we travel through now for sure and the lack of preparation time etc for people shows blatttanly once they hit the road. Bruce
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I just don't get how people can do it. Last time I was commuting from a long distance, I tried listening to books on tape. I could not follow the book and drive at the same time. I had to keep listening to the same part over and over again. I could not follow the book and make safe driving decisions. Happily for others on the road, I gave it up.

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Various communities in Alberta have also (or will soon) institute a cellphone ban. Just saying....
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:43 AM   #13
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The cell phone ban here in California applys to holding the cell phone while driving. You can mount it on the dash and use the speaker phone or you can use a blue tooth gadget.

The problem I see has nothing to do with whether you are holding the phone or not. Hands free doesn't solve the cell phone usage problem at all. It's the distraction of the conversation that's the problem.

Yuck, who would ever use a pay phone if you could find one. I hated pay phones and couldn't wait to get a cell phone. I hardly ever use mine but I've got it if I need it.

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To CindyL - I never drive any distance without a Books on Tape playing. I find my retention is great! and the trip just flys by.

On the other hand, changing the disk (or tape) while driving makes me a serious threat to all others on the road.

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PS If I try to listen to an audio book at home it usually puts me to sleep in about 5 minutes. Then the next AM I have to rewind and try to find my place in the story.




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I just don't get how people can do it. Last time I was commuting from a long distance, I tried listening to books on tape. I could not follow the book and drive at the same time. I had to keep listening to the same part over and over again. I could not follow the book and make safe driving decisions. Happily for others on the road, I gave it up.

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