26 Jan 2017 18:57 UTCThu 26 Jan 2017 - 6:57 pm UTC
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.
Woodstock, Ontario: The OPP and Ministry of Transportation have teamed up to create text stops along the 400 series highways.
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:
And while we're at it...a very happy new year.
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:
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...
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
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
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!"
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...
28 Jan 2017 12:23 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 12:23 pm UTC
JD- good to see you and thanks for the post.
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.
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.
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:
I am sure Myoarin can assist in finding comparables in German.
Now we could use a hand for Japanese, the Scandinavian languages etc.
28 Jan 2017 19:36 UTCSat 28 Jan 2017 - 7:36 pm UTC
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?