Jennifer Aniston busted talking on the phone while driving. Is speakerphone ok?

This is not the photo we’re talking about here. That is on Radar Online
Jennifer Aniston was photographed talking on the phone while driving in California, which is illegal as of July 1, 2008. She was holding the phone up to her mouth but not her ear, and it looked like she was using the speakerphone. (You can see that photo on Radar Online, we don’t have the rights to it.) As obnoxious and illegal as it is, I have to admit that I’ve occasionally used the speakerphone on my cell phone while driving. Like if someone calls me while I’m driving and I don’t have the time to go digging through my purse for the headset I’ll just answer the phone and put them on speaker. I know this is wrong and that I am endangering my own lives and other’s lives, so feel free to remind me so that I don’t do this again.

First lady of California Maria Shriver was similarly photographed talking while driving, but in her case she was busted several times by TMZ. She ultimately got a strict talking-to by her husband, Governor Schwarzenegger, who signed the laws that she was violating.

There’s a lot of debate over an announcement by Ford that they plan to offer in-car Wifi in new models next year. The new system will work with the user’s USB mobile modem to broadcast the signal throughout the car for everyone to use. That’s incredibly convenient and useful for passengers and commuters who are responsible enough to pull over to use laptops, but you know that people are going to abuse it. Still, if someone has a USB modem they can already use it while they’re driving.

There’s also the issue of texting while driving, which is also illegal in California. With all the other ways we can be distracted while driving, using the cell phone might be seen as less harmful. Still, we shouldn’t be fooled. Talking on the phone is just as dangerous, if not more so, than driving drunk. The next time the phone rings when I’m driving I will let it go to voicemail for sure.

Photos are from 8/4/09 and 5/6/09. Credit: Fame Pictures


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23 Responses to “Jennifer Aniston busted talking on the phone while driving. Is speakerphone ok?”

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  1. Dorothy says:

    Last summer 5 girls ( high school seniors 2 weeks til graduation) died because the driver was texting and they hit a semi truck. It was all over the national news and was very sad. Texting while driving is very dangerous and I never do it. But I will admit to talking on the phone once in a while…

  2. DD says:

    texting while driving is dumb, talking on the phone on the other hand, can be done without endangering others.

  3. andrea says:

    zomg, i bet it was because brad was calling! to tell her he never should have left her! and angie beats him with her broomstick! she HAD to take that call! the fate of the universe hangs in the balance…

  4. Firestarter says:

    I bet she was trying to force some disinterested actor in to dating her, and couldn’t wait to get home to use the phone.

    When you are “pathetic and inappropriate” talking on the phone is a must, no matter where you are!

  5. Beth says:

    She always has the “deer in the headlights” look in a lot of photos.

  6. jen says:

    LOL @ Andrea.

  7. LolaBella says:

    @andrea: That was NOT COOL! LOL!

    Reading your comment made me laugh like a loon, now people around me want to know what’s so funny about the reports I’m supposed to be creating. 🙂

  8. crash2GO2 says:

    LOL @ Firestarter & andrea!

  9. justathought says:

    With her signature “deer in the headlight” look and talking to air while using a hand less device probably is not a good thing when the paps are around.
    Image is the whole enchilada.

  10. danielle says:

    Eh, who cares? She is an actress, not some perfect role model. It was funny and noteworthy and horrible when Shriver did it because her husband SIGNED the law.

  11. Lyle says:

    If you have the curiosity to watch the whole set of photos at x17 you’ll see she wasn’t actually driving while using the phone

  12. lucy2 says:

    Talking on the phone and texting have been illegal here in NJ for a while, and I still see people doing it every day. My new Ford has that Sync system which works really well.

  13. Ogechi says:

    i love her eyes.

  14. moo says:

    I live in CA and I see this ALL THE TIME!!! Cops here don’t do anything about it. In fact, CA cops are pretty much non-existant here because our “wonderful” Govenator has broken this stupid state so you never see the CHP anymore (except when hiding in suburban neighborhoods trying to catch speeders) on the freeways. It’s just ridiculous!!!

  15. SageAdvice says:

    Texting while driving is extremely dangerous. I know because I did it one time thinking, oh this isn’t such a big deal and I was lucky because it was late and no one was on the road. I could barely keep control of the car.

    Talking on speaker though…I do that all the time and it’s just like talking to someone sitting next to you.

  16. lisa says:

    Dammit did someone call the POLICEll

  17. JohnnieR says:

    Okay, can SOMEONE please explain to me the attraction this woman seems to hold for many? Because I don’t get it – I simply don’t get what the F is the deal with this plain looking, totally overrated Should-Be-C-List ‘actress’ – and I use that term very loosely.

    Me no comprende the love-on people have for this dame.

  18. Mairead says:

    Goddammit – the Hamsters of Doom are using the telephone now??? 😯

    I have two phones and on the rare occasions I do drive and talk I tend to use the speaker but hold it to the steering wheel. I have no choice with the work one as it’s an ancient Nokia with no bluetooth and there is no way in hell I’m wiring my car to accept that thing.

  19. Allie says:

    Johnnie, I couldn’t agree more! Overrated is an understatement! I saw a recent trailer of her upcoming “The Bounty Hunter”
    and she looked like hell. She always plays the same type of character..ala Rachel from “Friends.” I just don’t get her appeal at all.

  20. Ruffian9 says:

    I don’t know where it came from, but the first thing I thought when I saw the picture was; “Jen, time to try a new hairstyle…”.

  21. Jules says:

    This pisses me off so bad. I don’t care who it is, these morons who talk/text while driving are killing people. I’m all for them killing themselves while doing it, hell that’s Darwinian! But taking out an innocent (like myself) isn’t cool. I live in California and I’m the broad who flips you off when you’re on the phone. That’s me.

  22. NicoleAM says:

    Wow, talk about breaking news! Right or wrong, plenty of people do it anyway. I live in NYC and don’t drive, so of course I’m not referring to myself 🙂
    She looks really nice in that first pic btw.

  23. luvnlife says:

    Wow! I completely disagree, I think she’s totally beautiful. And people are so jealous these days and envious of success and are in denial about their own hypercritical nature. And these would bother me. But when it’s your job to be in the public’s eyes, it’s tough to not be human. Especially when the public criticizes them for not being appreciative when they achieve status. They (the public) say it’s not like their better than me, I saw their shows and their movies, I helped their career. They’re not better than me. But after the comments made here, how could they (actors) appreciate this? I don’t see actors criticizing you in a forum like this. I don’t even see you…how does that make it right to say anything about appearances? If a movie is badly written, fine. But, seems very small to make that opinion. She wouldn’t be an actress if she didn’t have beauty and talent. This is my opinion, I think it’s fair.