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Old 11-27-2011, 12:37 PM   #15
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It seems to me that the laws for texting while driving should be as strict as the DUI laws and a loss of licensee for six months should be imposed for the first offense.

Sorry for the rant but I had to share this to lower my blood pressure.
I'm not bothered by the rant but then I have a defense if I'm ever charged with texting while driving.... AT MY REQUEST texting has been disabled at the service provider level.. I can not TEXT from (nor can you to) my cell phone.

Now, here is what you should have done.

Assuming YOU are driving the next time you see a texting driver... Have your WIFE use HER cell to make a phone call.. Easy number to remember, used to be my office if you were in the right place.. 9-1-1.

As for your desire for tough laws... Many states have them.
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Old 11-27-2011, 12:52 PM   #16
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This is a very sore subject with me. Texting, talkin, and hands free are all dangerous, very dangerous.

Reasoning: I had a 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII. It had a "hands free" built in telephone. You pushed a little button on the drivers door post and the radio would mute and the phone was activated. You could say the name or number to call. I really liked that item, however; I'd leave work, push he button, call the wife and ask if there was anything she would need. We would maybe spend 5, 10 15 minutes talking about the day, what was needed, what we were doing that evening, etc. Then, I'd hang up, and become aware of my surroundings. I could not remember any detailed information about that 5, 10, 15 minute trip. I was driving by instinct.

That is the problem with today's cell phone use. The majority of people using a cell phone in any fashion are driving by instinct. They are oblivious to their surroundings. You can see this especially when traveling on an major highway and they are in the left hand lane doing 50 mph in a 65 mph zone, oblivious to anything behind, in front, or around them. Just as soon as they hang up, if you can catch one in this time frame, they will accelerate to the speed limit. I wonder why then never use cruise control, but then they are still unsafe.

Personally, cell phone use while driving should be banned for any use unless you pull off the road and use it while not moving, if you are the driver.

Our house phone is forwarded to my cell phone. When we are on the road and my cell phone rings, DW is the one who answers it. If it is for me she tells them I'm driving and I'll call them back when I can.

There should be a nation wide law that bans the use of a cell phone by a driver.

Just my rant!
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:05 PM   #17
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On 10-20-11 my neice was killed on a 2 lane road near Odessa Tx.She was riding a new 3 wheel Harley.The pickup was completely in her lane ,he hit her dead center.She was killed instantly.Her husband of 32 years was 100' behind her. The man driving the pickup was first charged with texting,later found that he was reaching for cigaretts. Two families changed forever.
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:13 PM   #18
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Where I work, texting in a company vehicle or in any vehicle on company property results in immediate termination.

I have declared all my vehicles "No Phone Zones". Way to much evidence of the dangers of using the phone while driving to be ignored.
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:45 PM   #19
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I carry a cell phone but I never use it while driving. If someone calls they can leave a message and I'll call them back when it's convinent for me. Many states have laws against using a cell phone while driving (calling and texting) but the law is not enforced. My thought is...is you hit or run me off the road while using a cell phone and I survive....you will make me a very wealthy man.
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:49 PM   #20
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Texting killed a female deputy sheriff in a nearby county. She was directing traffic at a crash scene when a high school girl, texting, hit and killed her.That incident prompted a new state law (driving while impaired) governing wireless phone usage in a vehicle.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:09 PM   #21
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Darwin will prove the the gene pool will be self regulating......I just hope that one of the idiots does not take me with them. I spend 80% of my time driveing to avoid the idiots and 20% driving for me.

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Old 11-27-2011, 05:24 PM   #22
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In the past few months I have been a passinger in cars where the driver was texting or using the dumb phone to google nearby restaurants. I have put both of them on my DO NOT ACCEPT RIDES FROM THESE PERSONS list.

Well actually, the list has a different name, but..............
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I was in a courtesy car rental bus at the Philly airport when the driver started texting. I asked her to stop and wrote a letter to the rental co about her texting. Funny, how I felt safer in the plane than on that bus.
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Texting while driving is indeed a bad idea and I do not condone it what so ever. However, I also think driving while reading a newspaper, driving while programming your GPS, driving while reading a novel, driving with three screaming kids in the back seat, driving while eating an Egg McMuffin, drinking very hot coffee are all bad ideas and ones that have all proven to cause accidents. You will be distracted when the hot coffee drops in your lap, or even if it spills on your brand new leather seats.

So one general purpose law could cover them all. No eating, drinking, reading, talking, or use of any electronic device at anytime by any person driving any vehicle on a public hiway. I left the kids part out because three screaming kids is punishment enough.

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In the past few months I have been a passinger in cars where the driver was texting or using the dumb phone to google nearby restaurants. I have put both of them on my DO NOT ACCEPT RIDES FROM THESE PERSONS list.

Well actually, the list has a different name, but..............
Hopefully you tried to educate them about the dangers associated with their cell phone activity while driving.
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You have control over the eating, drinking, reading, talking and the use of electronic devices. Duct tape takes care of the kids.
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You have control over the eating, drinking, reading, talking and the use of electronic devices. Duct tape takes care of the kids.
Now, if I can just catch those loud mouth neighbor's kids . . . .
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I work on the Interstate every day. It only seems to get worse. So many people in such a hurry.
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