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Old May 20 2009, 04:27 AM   #1
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texting while driving.

Why the hell do we have to make laws makeing it illegal to text messaging while driving. I would think its just comman sense not to do it. What makes people think its alright to do it? Are they complete morons? You can't pay attention to the road whats happening around you if your texting while driving?
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Old May 20 2009, 04:30 AM   #2
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Re: texting while driving.

Just because it's common sense, doesn't mean that people are gonna obey. Look, i know it's illegal, but i still do it on occasion/
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Old May 20 2009, 04:32 AM   #3
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Re: texting while driving.

dave_R_treker wrote: View Post
Why the hell do we have to make laws makeing it illegal to text messaging while driving. I would think its just comman sense not to do it. What makes people think its alright to do it? Are they complete morons? You can't pay attention to the road whats happening around you if your texting while driving?
Because people ARE complete morons.

There was a local news story tonight about a guy who just got into a bad wreck texting while driving.

I saw a girl on "Dr. Phil" a couple months ago who texts, with both hands, all of the time while driving even while merging onto the interstate. She saw no problem at all that he reaction time would be quadrupled, she had no control over steering the car or that her eyes weren't on the road. They put a camera in her car a taped her driving. They said she'd have her eyes off the road for several minutes at a time!

There's video out there of a bus-driver who crashed into a car while messing with his phone.

People are complete and total morons. If you're texting while driving you should get pulled over, have your license cut-up by the officer on-the-spot and your car towed away and impounded forever.

Because if you text while driving you've no respect for other people's safety.
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Old May 20 2009, 04:37 AM   #4
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Re: texting while driving.

ShamelessMcBundy wrote: View Post
Just because it's common sense, doesn't mean that people are gonna obey. Look, i know it's illegal, but i still do it on occasion/
If you're going to text while driving you might as well be blind.

Seriously. What posess people to think that it's a good idea to take their eyes off the road and focus their attention on a screen and typing in messages? You might as well read a book or paint your windshield black.

Texting while driving is monumentaly stupid and dangerous.

It should be severly punishable. Orders of magnitude worse than even drunk-driving is.

Because at the very least a drunk driver can see the goddamn road!
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Old May 20 2009, 04:42 AM   #5
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Re: texting while driving.

People who do this should get the death penalty. It'd clear up the highway a bit if nothing else.
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Old May 20 2009, 05:08 AM   #6
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Re: texting while driving.

John Corzine is a huge fan of it.
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Old May 20 2009, 09:13 AM   #7
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Re: texting while driving.

I attempted it a few times, and then I realized that I simply couldn't pay attention to the road and text at the same time, so I gave myself a "No texting while driving" rule...unless I'm stopped at a red light.
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Old May 20 2009, 09:37 AM   #8
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Re: texting while driving.

There4 are two reason why I never text while driving

a) I don't drive
b) I don't own a cell phone

Therefore i cannot understand why anyone would need to text while driving. Does anyone really text anything important very often? Is there anything ever in text message to urgent that one cannot wait until it is safe to send it?

A girl got on the bus the other day and she was texting while she was boarding. When it came time to pay the driver she was so engrossed in texting the driver had to ask her twice for her money. After he asked her the second time she said "wait a sec" and finished her message before paying him. She was oblivious to the people queuing behind her who she was holding up (on a cold autumn day). Lets hope this young lady never gets a driving licence.
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Old May 20 2009, 09:56 AM   #9
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Re: texting while driving.

People are so self-centered now that they have to be TOLD something is wrong or else they think it's okay.

It's the Five-Year-Old Syndrome. Kindergarteners are like that. "Everything I want to do is fine."

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Old May 20 2009, 10:06 AM   #10
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Re: texting while driving.

Miss Chicken wrote: View Post
There4 are two reason why I never text while driving

a) I don't drive
b) I don't own a cell phone

Therefore i cannot understand why anyone would need to text while driving. Does anyone really text anything important very often? Is there anything ever in text message to urgent that one cannot wait until it is safe to send it?

A girl got on the bus the other day and she was texting while she was boarding. When it came time to pay the driver she was so engrossed in texting the driver had to ask her twice for her money. After he asked her the second time she said "wait a sec" and finished her message before paying him. She was oblivious to the people queuing behind her who she was holding up (on a cold autumn day). Lets hope this young lady never gets a driving licence.
I can say that I have indeed had "urgent" text conversations, usually having to do with work-related things. It's rare at my job that an actual phone call would be prudent, so texting is the only way to go.
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Old May 20 2009, 12:03 PM   #11
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Re: texting while driving.

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I attempted it a few times, and then I realized that I simply couldn't pay attention
You had to TRY this before realizing you wouldn't be able to pay attention?
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Old May 20 2009, 01:21 PM   #12
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Someone employed as a trolly conductor in Boston recently caused a major trolley accident while texting. Automatic prison time should be given.
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Old May 20 2009, 02:44 PM   #13
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I make it a point to cut off people either yapping on the phone or playing with that damned thing while driving. They're a hazard. Nothing is that damned important that you have to be in constant contact with people at all times.
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Old May 20 2009, 02:55 PM   #14
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Re: texting while driving.

I have done it exactly once. There was no one on the road other than me, the car was on cruise control, and I did it very slowly - one letter at a time without looking at the keyboard. The hardest part was opening the phone - can't easily do that with one hand.

And it's not illegal in my state.
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Old May 20 2009, 03:21 PM   #15
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Re: texting while driving.

The closest I've ever done was to read a text while driving and even then I'd look down for maybe a second, read a word, and then look back at the road. After finishing the text, I realized how dumb that was and stopped.

I honestly think more states have laws against calling people while driving than texting people while driving.
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