Question: Where in the world are there "texting zones"?

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brudenell 

Customer

 26 Jan 2017 18:57 UTCThu 26 Jan 2017 - 6:57 pm UTC 

Hello All

It's been a while since the good folks of Uclue have been asked to tackle a question. I miss seeing the activity so I thought I would post one:

I am interested to know of some other places in the world that have created "text stops" or "texting zones".

From USA: New York State is taking an unconventional step toward curbing distracted driving by installing special "Texting Zones" along the thruway and state highways.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424762,00.asp

From Canada:

Woodstock, Ontario: The OPP and Ministry of Transportation have teamed up to create text stops along the 400 series highways.

http://www.heartfm.ca/news/local-news/text-stops-in-woodstock/

http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet=&BillID=3956

Thank you

B

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David Sarokin 

Researcher

 26 Jan 2017 19:42 UTCThu 26 Jan 2017 - 7:42 pm UTC 

Hey there, bru. Nice to see you again. And sorry that Uclue has seemed so silent recently. Much of our work is on private questions these days, so they don't show in the publicly visible areas.

As for your nice-and-public question, so far, it looks like NY and Ontario are the early (only?) adopters of this concept, though others are exploring it.

We'll give it a more detailed look, and get back to you with any additional information.

How's Canada's privacy hedge going:

https://outabouter.com/2017/01/18/concerned-canada-quietly-plants-privacy-hedge-along-entire-u-s-border/


And while we're at it...a very happy new year.

David

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 27 Jan 2017 03:59 UTCFri 27 Jan 2017 - 3:59 am UTC 

Well, well...look what I found:

I thought NY and Ontario might have been the only locations, but according to:

http://www.safephonezone.com/about.html#

there are "safe phone zones" in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Texas and Virginia as well. Click on "Locations" to see the details.

Nothing yet in countries other than US and Canada, but I'll take a bit of a deeper look. Stay tuned...

David

 

brudenell 

Customer

 27 Jan 2017 08:35 UTCFri 27 Jan 2017 - 8:35 am UTC 

Hello David ... nice to hear from your side of the hedge. Thank you for the morning smile.

I appreciate seeing the additional information about the USA's safe phone zones.

Is there a search tool that automatically translates a phrase such as "text stop" into all languages or do we go the old fashioned way of Google Translate?

Keep up the good work

Bru

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JD Umiat 

Researcher

 27 Jan 2017 16:20 UTCFri 27 Jan 2017 - 4:20 pm UTC 

It is so nice to see you here at Uclue, Brudenell!

I haven't found any other safe texting zones. However, this older document from 2009 lists all the countries that ban cell phone use while driving.

Countries that ban cell phones while driving unless connected to a hands-free kit

http://www.cellular-news.com/car_bans/

What did we all do when we had land lines? I remember when my children used to race in the door yelling "I get to listen to the messages first!"

And to think that I grew up without the luxury of one of those message machines. Those were the days when we would stretch the phone cord 25 feet into the other room and shut the door so our parents couldn't hear us talking!

Even better was listening in on "party lines!"

 

pinkfreud 

Researcher

 27 Jan 2017 18:09 UTCFri 27 Jan 2017 - 6:09 pm UTC 

I can't beat Dave's list of safe phone zones, but I wanted to drop in to say howdy-hi. And one other thing... would you folks up north be interested in trading us your Prime Minister in exchange for our President? Please?

 

myoarin 

User

 27 Jan 2017 19:42 UTCFri 27 Jan 2017 - 7:42 pm UTC 

Dear Pink, 
It is a delight to see you back here again. 
We desperately needed your help on this question:
Question: Which novel starts with... 

I am afraid even Turkey or North Korea wouldn't trade head of state with USA, maybe Syria, if Assad wanted asylum. 

Best wishes,  Myo

 

David Sarokin 

Researcher

 28 Jan 2017 05:24 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 5:24 am UTC 

Alas and alack, I have not found any other texting zones in other countries. Either they haven't caught on, or Translate just isn't finding them for me.

However...you did get a nice bit of conversation going here, which is always a treat.

Til next time...

David

 

brudenell 

Customer

 28 Jan 2017 12:23 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 12:23 pm UTC 

JD- good to see you and thanks for the post.

 

brudenell 

Customer

 28 Jan 2017 12:59 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 12:59 pm UTC 

Pink! I am sure many Uclue devotees were as pleased as I was to see you join this conversation.

I long for the good ol' days where a peek into GA or Uclue would be more educational and entertaining than any other sites on the www.

Sorry... even a pretty please with sugar on it can't be considered at this time. Most of us in Canada are still breathing an enormous sigh of relief with our current PM having sent our "lite" version of your Pres packing. But maybe a seductive poem from south of the hedge could put trade offers in play.

Bru

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brudenell 

Customer

 28 Jan 2017 13:13 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 1:13 pm UTC 

David- Hmmm... Nothing turning up outside of North America. I find this quite interesting. Thank you very much for your efforts.

 

brudenell 

Customer

 28 Jan 2017 16:15 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 4:15 pm UTC 

The search internationally would be made easier if we knew what the commonly used terms for "rest area" and "text" are. Direct mechanical translations are a challenge to put it mildly.

I thought about this obstacle and tried an image search in French using "haltes texto". Halte is used to identify highway rest areas in Quebec. Texto is the common word using Quebec French for a text message. And voila! French signs and their respective links were found. Two examples:

http://www.truckstopquebec.com/il-etait-temps-quebec-inaugurera-sous-peu-les-haltes-texto-et-les-zones-wi-fi-35263/

http://www.lapresse.ca/la-tribune/actualites/estrie-et-regions/201511/03/01-4916889-deux-haltes-texto-et-wi-fi-implantees-en-estrie.php

I am sure Myoarin can assist in finding comparables in German.

Now we could use a hand for Japanese, the Scandinavian languages etc.

 

q21 

Researcher

 28 Jan 2017 16:33 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 4:33 pm UTC 

brudenell,

Here is another page about "texting while driving":
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texting_while_driving

I don't quite see why there should be "texting zones" in countries where "texting while driving" is forbidden? Wouldn't there be enough other opportunities along the way where to stop, such as e.g. petrol stations, car parks or restaurants.

Regards,
q21

 

myoarin 

User

 28 Jan 2017 16:35 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 4:35 pm UTC 

Hi Bru and others,

But you might be interested in some information from a long article today in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung about the 55th "German Traffic Law Conference": 
German police report more otherwise inexplicable accidents;
an Austrian expert reported that smartphone use now is responsible for 1/3 of traffic deaths investigated there;
A spokesman for local transport pointed out that it is not just a risk for auto and bike users, also for pedestrians, now the main reason for pedestrian deaths, e.g. with street cars.   (Heard about pedestrian traffic lights in the sidewalk pavement?) 

The experts were agreed that smartphone use is now the fourth major reason for traffic deaths after alcohol, speeding and not using a seat belt; that people admitted recognizing the risk, but once behind the wheel,very many still use their phone, reassured when nothing happens that it isn't so dangerous. 

A German survey found that 1 in 10 drivers on the freeway use their phone, 1 in 20 in city traffic (not just texting, but apparently holding the thing.  Police report that in court cases, they claim it was a shaver or dictation device.). 
The conference recognized that higher fines, etc. probably wouldn't be effective.  Auto software - such as dozing controls was suggested. 

The various US States certainly go their own ways on the subject, such as good old New Hampshire:  "Not explicitly banned, but you can be prosecuted if using a cellphone when involved in a driving accident."   Yeah, well, the State's motto is "Live Free or Die", and it doesn't require motorcyclists over 18 years to wear a helmet.

Drive safely, you all,  Myo

 

myoarin 

User

 28 Jan 2017 17:21 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 5:21 pm UTC 

Thanks, Q21, for posting while I was lighting my pipe.  I agree with you.  One could even stop on the emergency lane of the German freeways. 
Apparently, from your link "my" New Hampshire has been moving ahead, even if the cyclists don't have to. But then there is State Rep. Eric Schleien (nice German name) who thinks that is going too far:
http://handsfreeinfo.com/new-hampshire-cell-phone-laws-legislation/
    
All of the threa, Myo

 

myoarin 

User

 28 Jan 2017 17:24 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 5:24 pm UTC 

Duh!    All off the thread, Myo

 

myoarin 

User

 28 Jan 2017 17:48 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 5:48 pm UTC 

Hi Bru, 

Here is someone's comment about cell phone use in Norway: 
http://www.pocketables.com/2013/07/new-laws-against-cell-phone-use-in-cars-creating-tragicomical-situations-in-norway.html

And this at the bottom about in Denmark: 
http://www.danishnet.com/travel-denmark/driving-car-denmark/

Sweden, apparently, has no restrictions. 

Cheers, Myo

 

brudenell 

Customer

 28 Jan 2017 19:36 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 7:36 pm UTC 

Hello q21

Good to see you. Thank you for the Wiki link.

I believe texting areas are being developed in jurisdictions where texting and driving is against the law because of increased accidents. In my province it is illegal but accidents attributed to cell phones are not going down despite fines going up. A new hazard has developed due to people pulling onto the shoulder at dangerous locations. Once stopped they make or take a call or text. Of course they could ban this too but will the cellphone related distracted driving go down?

 

brudenell 

Customer

 28 Jan 2017 19:53 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 7:53 pm UTC 

Myo- Nice to see you too. I appreciate the information summary and the links.

Just recently in a group conversation at the local Farmers Market someone mentioned not seeing anyone smoke a pipe anymore. Everyone agreed that it had been some time since one with a fondness for the old style pipe had been seen. You must attract some interesting comments as you light up? If our PM gets his election promise through our House of Commons chances are good we will see many out and about with the new style of pipe.

 

myoarin 

User

 28 Jan 2017 21:10 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 9:10 pm UTC 

Hey, Bru (someone told me that that "hey" was common up your way, who would very much enjoy seeing me pipe-smoking). I only smoke my pipes in my "study" a very fancy term for where all my mess is. My adaption of Parkinson's laws:  horizontal services are there to gather anything that won't slide off.  
Back to the cell phone problem:  maybe folks will be more careful when they know someone who had a close call or worse. 

Cheers,  Myo

 

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