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tacocat  ·  15 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 4, 2018

Georgia is now hands-free. Meaning you basically can't touch your phone at all while you're driving. There are exceptions. I can't remember them off the top of my head. You can wear a headset to talk. You can't wear a headset to listen to music. You can't access your phone at a red light. You can while lawfully parked. Someone was quoted as saying they want to make distracted driving as bad as drunk driving in the minds of residents. Added revenue, not just directly from the law, but now having a legal pretense to pull over about anyone and potentially find drugs or something is a wholly unintended benefit I'm sure. The law is unenforceable at best as it's written. In practice, it'll be up to the discretion of individual officers to decide when you're in violation. I drive my car for money at the moment and I'm more upset by this stupid law than I would otherwise be. I can multi task pretty well and can go into auto pilot during some menial tasks like driving. Not saying I should be able to type and post this to hubski while I'm driving, but the act of hold a phone to your ear isn't the distracting part, engaging in conversation is. And some people can't walk and chew gum so any time they're talking on the phone while driving it has the potential to dominate their cognition. I'm expecting to be pulled over at some point in the future for no good reason.




kleinbl00  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Carplay, dude.

You'll thank me later.

tacocat  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There's the rub for the poor.

I guess I could get $250 together but I have higher financial priorities at the moment. I have a shittier, Chevy specific version of CarPlay now.

Commentators have pointed out that this law will disproportionately affect the poor. Obviously no one really cares because fuck the poor.

oyster  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hey wait, I’ve got “shittier” Chevy specific version of CarPlay I guess since I have a Chevy and it does everything I need. I had to tinker with it a bit to figure everything out but once you get it hands free is easy.

tacocat  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Mine doesn't have in dash navigation and it doesn't display my texts. It's OK enough. The law is written very vaguely. You could be pulled over for reaching for something on your passenger seat

oyster  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Mine doesn’t display them but it does read out the texts. I didn’t realize mine did that until it started reading out my friends texts who was controlling the music.

kleinbl00  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

How much is the ticket? $150 and a point. How much does the point cost on insurance? At your age, prolly $20-$30 a month, and that for two years. The $250 Jensen ends up being $150-$300 cheaper than a single ticket - and c'mon, dude, you got enough together for a Chevy new enough that it'll talk to your phone.

I get your point about being poor. But there's also thinking poor. "Thinking poor" is responding to helpful advice by arguing you're too poor to do anything but suffer while driving around in a car new enough to have a USB port.

tacocat  ·  14 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's not all that helpful when

    I have a shittier, Chevy specific version of CarPlay now.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MyLink

It's a $50 fine. I need to take the GRE which is $100-200. Ya know. So I can stop "thinking poor." My poor person thinking currently involves slowly saving the money required, planning to drive all day to get the fee reduction paperwork, planning when I can take the actual test. Etc. Etc. And that's just one financial event I'm planning to deal with.