Do not text and Drive at the same time!

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Bigcountry02, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    But driving is just so boring!! :rolleyes:
     

  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Now wait a minute. That person was texting and driving. But, He was fiddling with his phone to take the video and driving as well. So really it was saying see that idiot can't do it but I can?
     
  3. Poink88

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    While I agree with you, those "activities" are really not the same. Talking to a phone or activating the camera requires a lot less interruption to the user. Texting requires the user to CONSTANTLY read and watch the keyboard to confirm they are getting the message right. JMHO.

    There is also the factor individual capabilities. One person may be able to do it w/o any danger and the other cannot. It doesn't make it right, but it is a factor.
     
  4. NitroxAZ

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    The guy filming this sure was following awfully close to someone driving that eratically, especially for that length of time. He is lucky he didn't end up in the middle of that accident.
     
  5. jgand72

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    There no actual evidence that the driver was texting. Could very well be the case, but maybe they were drunk or high, etc. At least the guy filming stopped and was going to help. I feel like most people would just keep driving.
     
  6. cpttango30

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    Really driving down the road watching the back of the camera to make sure he is filming is not distracting? If you are holding something in your hand and trying to activate it or type a message while driving YOUR WRONG. End of story.

    I will not point out that he was tailgating and swerving himself.
     
  7. dog2000tj

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    I would say on average I call 911 and report erratic drivers to the NYSP at least once a month for the past 2yrs now. I've seen people texting, reading magazines, falling asleep, drinking and watching movies. :mad:

    I read an article once in AAA magazine that said something like 80% of all accidents are driver error or negligence :eek: Imagine if every one of them drivers would have been barred from driving? :cool:
     
  8. orangello

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    Agreed. I have done it myself (texting, etc), and it was stupid.


    There once was a law against headphones while driving, IIRC; it seems like that should cover phone use as well to me.
     
  9. gregs887

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    Distracted driving is distracted driving period. I see no difference between sending a text, and rummaging around trying to find your phone to turn on the camera then try to take a shot.

    Even the handsfree systems (headsets, bluetooth) are just as dangerous

    Majority of Americans Wrongly Believe Hands-Free Cell Phones Are Safer Than Hand-Held Devices | Driver Risk Management Solutions | AlertDriving

    New Study: Hands Free Mobile Phone No Safer When Driving
     
  10. Poink88

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    I never said they are justified. All I am saying is that they are not the same in my book. I could be wrong.

    Distracted is relative. Some claims that adjusting your AC or radio is distraction enough. Are they correct or mistaken?

    I am not perfect and do use my cellphone while driving. I may be "distracted" but does that make me dangerous? Maybe. For the record, I only had one citation my entire life but NEVER did anything that endangers me, my passengers and others around me. I know I can talk and drive safely. I know it is based on MY perception but I know myself better than anyone and I am not trying to sell myself to anybody to kid about this.

    Also, I don't text (had it blocked from my phone) in case someone thinks I am justifying it.
     
  11. cpttango30

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    I don't hardly ever touch my phone while driving. My wife hates it because she will call me 4 times on the 7 minute 3 mile trek home in the afternoon and I don't pick up the phone. if it is that important call me before I leave work or tell me when I get home.
     
  12. dnthmn2004

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    In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in crashes involving driver distraction (16% of total fatalities). Thats too many. I completely agree using your cell phone while driving should be illegal, unless its in hand free mode.

    One thing that pisses me off is an officer in my town talks on his cell phone EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE HIM DRIVING - way to lead by example.
     
  13. dog2000tj

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    That would be the "Do as I say and not what I do" mentality. :mad: Maybe you should pull out in front of him one day? Might turn out to be a lucrative endeavor. ;)
     
  14. Poink88

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    Is it illegal in your area to use a cellphone while driving?
     
  15. dnthmn2004

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    Text messaging banned for all drivers, as well as other Internet-related activities. Fines: $100 (first offense), then $250, then $500.

    Cell phone use prohibited for drivers under 18, as well as use of other mobile electronics. Fines as above, plus graduated license suspensions.

    School bus operators and other public transit drivers barred from using cell phones while driving. Fine: $500.

    Unfortunately, the officer is not breaking the law, but it really pisses me off, as well as anyone I've mentioned it to. Especially when hes got the 'gansta lean' and driving with his left arm at 12 o' clock goin on, too.:mad:
     
  16. Poink88

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    Here in Austin, LEO's are exempt from electronic use bans while driving. They even have laptops in their cruisers and I can understand why they need it.

    Careful demanding/wanting more regulations about cellphone use...same arguments are being used for firearms. Just saying.
     
  17. Fatso

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    Same in CT. Typical official answer "they have advanced driving training". The part that gets me, I bet some (the smart ones) deduct their cell phone bills from their income tax because it's work related.
     
  18. dnthmn2004

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    Basically everything become a work related expense. Especially guns and ammo :eek:
     
  19. willshoum

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    Texting...........

    What happen to the Head space.............:eek::D