Jay Leno: Apple iPhone is really an "iCarAccident"

Discussion in 'MacBytes.com News Discussion' started by MacBytes, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors 68020


    May 7, 2003
    Saint Augustine, FL
    On my planet, Wednesday, December 6th's "Tonight Show" hasn't happened yet.
  3. macrumors regular


    Oct 20, 2003
    Fort Thomas, KY
    They're in another time zone; RDT (reality distortion time)

  4. macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    Doesn't Jay Leno know that you shouldnt use your cell phone while driving, and that in most states its illegal?
  5. macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    Yes, I remember that episode MANY years ago...that was the one where he was devoured by our ant overlords shortly after his monologue. All hail our ant overlords!
  6. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Haha that is classic TV right there and Leno as a point.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Oct 22, 2003
    Somewhere in the USA

    I see everyone noticed the same thing I did, the date. They spelled it "rumored" and not "rumoured", so it must just be an East-Coast American who looked up at his computer clock to write the article after the show and saw it was 12:30 am Dec. 6th, not thinking of the fact that the show started on Dec. 5. Oh well.

    But anyway, assuming the content of the article is true, I think that was a great joke. It made me laugh and I'm sure it made other people laugh, too. But more importantly it helps build/create anticipation for the iPhone among the non Mac faithful who may not even know an iPhone is coming.

    Sure it's illegal in some states to drive while talking on the cell phone, but people do LOTS of things that are illegal. Maybe that makes the joke even funnier in places where it's illegal, who knows?
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    Chef Medeski

    Jun 14, 2005
    New York, NY
  9. macrumors 6502


    Sep 30, 2002
    Actaully that's not true at all. Quite the opposite, it's completely legal to use a cell phone while driving in most states.

  10. macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Corvallis, OR
    What do you think of this one:

    California Hand Held Ban: yes (eff. 7/1/08)​

    Is that a typo, or are those Californians not willing to be banned for another two years?

    Of course, what's just nuts about this is that there have been studies that have shown that you're as likely or more likely to get in an accident when talking on a cell phone using the handset as you are if your blood is at the level of being legally intoxicated.

    So, clearly, if we don't need stronger laws about cell phones, then we need weaker laws about DUI. :rolleyes:
  11. macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2003
    Central NY
    #!$% Jay Leno. How many distractions is this stupid thing? The only people who would get into "cell-phone" related car accidents are the same people who would also get into "look at that hot chick" accidents. Cell-phone related accidents are at the bottom of the list in NY state. Drinking coffee, eating, smoking, listening to the radio, primping all come first. Yet, cell-phone use in NY is illegal but not the other causes. (Hands free is OK)

    I never liked Leno and his comedy stylings anyway.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2006
    Many states have talked of making it illegal... Most states have no laws or ordinances against it. I only know of a few places where it is illegal - starting with New York who passed such a law in 2001. However, it is loosely enforced there and I don't believe a driver can actually be pulled-over by an officer solely for cell-phone use. They must be pulled-over for a moving violation such as illegal lane changes, speeding, etc.. And at that time can be cited for additional infractions such as not wearing their seat belt or using a cell phone. There are various cities/towns across the country where using cell-phones while driving can earn you a fine or traffic ticket, but AFAIK, NY is the only place with a state-wide ban. ...And even with that, many people are also exempt (medical professionals, certain government officials, emergency response, police officers, etc..).
  13. macrumors 68030

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    Most people I talk to say that most people shouldn't be driving with cell phones except for themselves because they only....and they are careful.....etc

    I use speaker phone in my car...never dial in the car, but I do talk on the phone, it's better than my sister and her friends who text message while they drive...not kidding!
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2006
    Not a typo, it was just passed recently and goes into effect in '08.

    For now, cell use in cars is still legal just about everywhere. Also to add to the exeptions for NY (and I think someone else already mentioned it), hands free operation with voice-dialing, etc.. is still legal. As it will be in California.
  15. macrumors newbie


    Feb 3, 2006
    Southern Utah
    anyone got a clip?

    As fun as discussing state law is, has anyone seen a clip of this floating around the tubes?
  16. macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2004

    Some study a while ago found that using a hands-free device isn't any safer, since it's the distraction of the conversation itself, not the device, that is a problem. Apparently, New York is considering banning hands-free devices as well on that basis. In the city where I live, there is already a city ordinance in place, relying on that study, which bans doing anything distracting while driving, and allows a police officer to pull you over and cite you purely on his judgement that you were driving while distracted. The ordinance specifically mentions using a cell phone (including hands-free devices), eating, changing radio stations or attending to children as reasons why you could be pulled over and cited, but says that the list is not exhaustive, and that any distraction can be a reason to be pulled over and cited.
  17. macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Corvallis, OR
    The last one I read about debunked the business about the hands-free being as bad. It indicated that not having both hands free, plus the tendency to use the handset (i.e. dial) were the primary culprits. (Please don't ask for a link, as it was over a year ago that I read this, and I think it was in a magazine, not online.)

    No distractions at all are allowed, eh? Well, what if you're distracted by having a conversation with the person sitting next to you in the car? Or, here's a good one, what if you're distracted by the fact that there's a cop sitting on the side of the road, pulling out to follow you? So, then the cop is a distraction, and he can pull you over for being distracted? This gets a little insane.

    I sometimes talk on the phone when driving, but when I do I use my hands-free headset (BT), and I will only do so in easy driving conditions. If the weather starts getting bad, or traffic gets heavy and people start driving crazy, I'll immediately get off the phone. Honestly, I don't mind people talking on the phone, so long as they do it in a safe way. I've seen too many people that are sitting there with the handset held up against their ear, fumbling with the steering wheel, and thus veering this way and that. Very dangerous. My general response to those people is to say "Shut up, hang up, and drive!" :)
  18. macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
  19. macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2006
    Salt Lake City UT
    Isn't Jay Leno illegal in some states?
  20. macrumors 68000


    May 24, 2002
    'Toba, Canada
    Where I live, sometimes talking on the phone is required in order to be able to stay awake on the road, since the roads are freaking straight for hundreds and hundreds of km to the point that it gets too boring and you start to fall asleep
  21. macrumors 68020


    Mar 28, 2006
    The Library.

    anyway, haven't there been smartphones before? those don't seem to kill people (unless the people are emailing as they drive, in which case they shouldn't be let outside!), and the iPhone hasn't even been released.

    Add another one to the ranks of Dvorak!
  22. macrumors 68030

    Jul 25, 2002
    What's really nuts is that multiple studies place the blame on the conversation, not the fact that you are holding the phone to your ear (and, yes, I know one or two say the holding of the phone is significant, but by and large the consensus appears to be that at least 3/4 of the problem is with the conversation and the parts of the brain a phone conversation uses that face-to-face conversations do not). And yet, the "solution" is almost always "buy a hands-free phone set". If the "hand usage" were the problem then we'd be pushing nationally for laws banning food and radios too!

    While that's great for the hands-free phone set manufacturers, it misses the chance to make our roads measurably safer.

    That having been said, it is a lot easier to enforce a no-holding-a-brick-to-your-ear-while-driving ban than it is to enforce a no-talking-into-an-earpiece ban.

    As an aside, I used to drive 1.5 hours on the Mass Pike (I-90) every morning, and it was not uncommon to see people driving with a book or even newspaper laid out on the steering wheel in front of them, especially in the straight/flat sections. I guess my point is that people are stupid and apparently need laws and enforcement to keep them from injuring themselves and others by sheer power of said stupidity.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2006
    Western Australia
    Illegal to drive whilst talking on a mobile phone in Australia...

    something like $100 fine and two demerit points off your licence, or something along those lines.

    it's called get a hands free kit
  24. macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    "comedy stylings"?
  25. macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Wow, some of you people need to relax. It was only a joke, and it does make a point. Of course, I've been using cell phones in the car for years, as well as MP3 players, cd players, etc. Never had an accident period, knock on wood. It's called being careful and paying attention. There are people who will put on makeup and play with the radio in the pouring rain without paying attention, that's who you need to worry about.

    Of course, I did miss an exit once while talking on the phone when someone called me, but I've done that while talking to friends in the car too. :eek:

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