texting tragedys

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by powg, Apr 2, 2011.

  1. powg

    powg New Member

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    A 16yr old east tx girl died from a single car accident,because she was texting /recieving a text while driving .Her truck left the roadway ,overturning ,struck a tree .This young lady was a student at Tatum High School .Her parents,friends,community are devastated .The parents are starting a Grassroots campain to educate people about texting and driving.It 's not just a problem with teenagers,adults are just as guilty .Imo just passing laws against this will not work .The cell phone providers must get with auto manufactuers to devise a integrated technology that suspends cell phone texting /receiving text while vehicle is in motion .Said vehicle must be put in'' park'' if it has an auto trans ,''neutral'' with park brake set for standard shift trans. I have also had a close friend who has lost his leg due to texting driver hitting him ,while he was riding his harley. Sorry this is long ,but I had to vent . thanks P.O.W.G.....pissed off white guy
     
  2. gregs887

    gregs887 New Member

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    So if I am a passenger in a car I wont be able to text?
     

  3. powg

    powg New Member

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    texting

    Are your texts more important than a human life ? We can debate all day long .......What if someother texting idiot hits the car you are riding in? Texting drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers ,I think studies show texting and driving is equal to a .25 blood alcohol level ,which is 3 times over the .08 limit in most states
     
  4. cpttango30

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    Gregs beat me to it.

    We don't need more laws, and we don't need nanny cars either. We need parents that teach their kids the right thing.

    Why didn't the parents just turn off texting on the phone? That would have saved her life just as if it were a nanny car that blocked me from texting.

    What happens if a texter hits my car? If I am still alive and able to beat the living piss out of them well their ass is going to be ringing until the ER doc can surgicaly remove that phone from his/ her ass.

    We have laws against drunk driving it doesn't stop them from doing it. We have ignition interlocks that still doesn't stop them from driving drunk. In fact I know that a family was killed 100' from my moms driveway in CA by a person with a ignition interlock and they were drunk blowing a .18 BAC.

    So now the car doesn't let you text so they are driving down the road with one had out the window texting like that.

    This is just like CA wanting to require EVERY ONE to have an ignition interlock on a new car.

    It is sad and tragic but I blame the parents. Why did they not teach their child that driving a car is a major task that you should not be multitasking while doing? Why didn't they turn off the texting on her phone?
     
  5. bgeddes

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    I'm sorry for the family of the young lady. I'm sorry your friend lost his leg.

    The one thing we don't need is something else to go wrong on a motor vehicle. I can guarantee you law or no law, disabling device or not, there will be a group of people that will do whatever they have to, including modifying the car, to text whenever they want.

    Let's just ban cars, period. No motorcycles either, just too dangerous. No motor vehicles at all should be allowed. Think of all the lives it will save.

    Call your Senator and ask them to get this in motion.
     
  6. Gordo323

    Gordo323 New Member

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    I can't even talk on a phone while driving, and pull over to take an important call.
    If I see someone texting while driving, I hit the horn and point to my eyeballs and hope they get the point, if they don't, I think I should have the legal right to put a PIT manuver on them!
    Tango is right, no laws needed, just teach your kids some effing common sense!
     
  7. powg

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    texting

    I agree about no new laws ,I also agree to better education by the parents to teach the kids how to be responsible ....I guess there is no easy answer. At 46 ,I guess im ''old school ''when it comes to technology ,I think texting is stupid anyway.I think that future generations will lose some associative skills,and will lose the ability to have a conversation...as in some sci fi movies . It's just scary .
     
  8. doctherock

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    They already have lost associative skills.
     
  9. JonM

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    we already have a law regarding texting while driving. its called inattentive driving. we dont need to outline everysingle pet peeve someone has.

    do we need a special law to stop peope from:

    eating
    drinking
    shaving
    changing clothes
    masturbating (yes ive actually seen a guy on I94 in milwaukee doing this)
    getting blow jobs
    putting on make up
    grooming a pet
    getting something out of the backseat
    changing diapers
    breast feeding

    while driving??

    i could go on but you get the idea. ive seen stupid people do all that at least once.

    just enforce the freekin laws we already got.

    our problem isnt lack of laws its lack of follow thru on enforcement when someone hurts another. i would be curious to see how many times that driver has been stopped for traffic violations.
     
  10. bgeddes

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    Texting is the new Email. Remember when having an Email address was a topic for discussion? When used the right way, it is very convenient. Want to leave a message that is not of immediate concern, a text is perfect.

    For example, me to the Mrs. "Stopping at Dave's to get XYZ" Dave's is the gunshop and it turns into a BS session with the locals. She doesn't need to leave a meeting to know that, she can check her phone at lunch of whatever. Enough info is there for her to know why I'm home later than normal.

    As far as the technology involved in stopping texts and cell phone calls, nearly impossible without interfering with legit communications. The price the cell phone companies pay for the cell bandwidth is enormous. Fooling with it is not going to go over well.

    I'm 44, and have been associated with a lot of technology for a long time. Like everything else, technology, of any type, is a tool. Any tool used by a fool is dangerous.
     
  11. Leatherneck1775

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    if I had a 16 year old, it would be very simple, drivers license or a texting plan. Their would be no compermise.
     
  12. powg

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    Semper Fi

    The best answer yet. When my girl turns 16 ,Im going to do just that .Thanks MR.LEATHER NECK .....THATS WHY MARINES ALWAYS KICK ASS. Simple solution to a major problem. Thanks again for your service .
     
  13. spittinfire

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    You aren't kidding! I drove a lumber truck for a while and the things I saw riding up and down the highway were amazing.

    We don't need more laws we need people to stop and think about what they are doing.


    I truely am sorry for your friend, her family and those around her. It's always sad to hear of someone losing their life at such a young age. i will pray for all of those effected.
     
  14. Benning Boy

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    While I don't get it, I can't blame it solely on kids.

    I'm a supervisor, and I'm constantly chewing on adults who can't seem to get it in their heads that texting in the middle of work is verbotten. These are late 20s, through 40 year olds, and almost exclusively women.

    My boss gets on me to get on them, and I ask them the dire nature of their important texts. Usually, stuff along the lines of what they're eating for lunch, or "I'm bored".

    It's a ******* phone. You have something that important, call.

    "But I'm not allowed to call while I'm working, Benny."

    Oh, forgot, you're right. But guess what?

    YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO ******* TEXT, EITHER!!!!:mad:
     
  15. Yunus

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    Don't take this the wrong way but that is the exact logic used to outlaw guns. Just as we say a firearm is a tool, so is a cell phone. Don't blame the tool blame the person using the tool in a negligent or dangerous manner.

    Drunk driving causes more fatal accidents than texting, should we also have mandatory breath tests to operate the vehicle? That is being talked about by some governments. I believe there was a thread about it maybe a month ago.

    All that said, I'm surprised there is not a smartphone app that disables texting while moving. Our phones are capable of doing that now, the app just needs to be created. How about this as a possible solution. Have an option on smartphones like the Iphone that require bluetooth to be turned on in order to text. Have cars with bluetooth installed have a parental control option that transmits a signal to all phones connected that says the car is not in park so don't allow texting. This would disable texting for the person who most commonly uses the car. Their friends would still be able to use their phones as they are not likely connected to the bluetooth device. I'm not sure if the bluetooth standard would support this but I'm pretty sure it would.
     
  16. powg

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    Thanks

    i thank you all for your insights .While there are many different opinions .The best thing is that we ....are still free and can voice them ,be it here or on the town square .The only real solution is for parents to take a moment,minute ,hour ,year .....to get in touch with our kids .To really be a ''parent '' and not a buddy .Teach them the reality of consequences...{good and bad } that come with decision making and responsibility.