|Received:||12/23/2004 8:31:00 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:I am against expanding the DO NOT CALL limitations, especially allowing calls to a cellular phone. My biggest objection is with the rising usage of cell phones while driving, in an aircraft, and in public places, especially medical buildings is an creating an environment for potential danger. Being immediately available to place and answer calls has created a serious distraction for people to be aware of their surroundings thus creating the unsafe environment. While it is the responsibility of the individual to be accountable for their own actions, past events have proven that that one moment of inattention puts too many OTHER people in serious danger by a simple lack of good judgment. The changes proposed are far too broad in my mind and concerns of the "accident waiting to happen" on personal cell phone usage is far too great a price to pay, just to market/sell a product. We get enough from our home phones, television, magazine ads, newspapers and billboards. So, enough! Take a look at the DOT rising statistics on motor vehicle accidents involving cell phone usage. Look around the aircraft on your next airline flight. Visit a hospital and observe people casually chatting, critically close to sensitive life-saving equipment. Has anyone considered the possible liability of the telemarketing industry as a co-defendant when the lawsuits start?