Should texting while driving be illegal?

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  1. Ralph Deeds profile image68
    Ralph Deedsposted 14 years ago

    Should texting while driving be illegal?

  2. MakeEasyCash profile image67
    MakeEasyCashposted 14 years ago

    If i remember correctly it heightens the risk of an accident by 20 times.. - so yes i believe it should be!

  3. Lady_E profile image64
    Lady_Eposted 14 years ago

    It should be because you have to take your eyes off the road to do it.

  4. Hmrjmr1 profile image69
    Hmrjmr1posted 14 years ago

    absolutely, unequivocally, yes. It is the newest form of distraction, while you are handling a 2500lb weapon.

  5. topshelf profile image61
    topshelfposted 14 years ago

    yes I heard it worse than a drunk driver driving behind a wheel!!

  6. profile image49
    nicole gilmoreposted 14 years ago

    yes because texting could cause a old man to get ran ova and or haveing a reck

  7. Ralph Deeds profile image68
    Ralph Deedsposted 14 years ago

    Well we finally found something that we all agree on!

  8. GNelson profile image59
    GNelsonposted 14 years ago

    Try texting that question while driving through the next intersection.  No, Don't!  Not a good idea!

  9. Kebennett1 profile image60
    Kebennett1posted 14 years ago

    Yes. It takes too much visual and brain concentration to text a message and drive safely at the same time. There are already too many preventable accidents involving driving while doing other things. We need to pass laws because having people use their intelligence to stop doing these things obviously does not work. Put a cell phone in one hand and your putting the lives of innocent people in your other hand. That is not right!

  10. Somesh Dutt profile image60
    Somesh Duttposted 14 years ago

    Absolutely!! Anything which diverts your attention off the road and takes you closer to disaster knowingly should immediately be declared illegal.

  11. EJF PRO profile image59
    EJF PROposted 14 years ago

    Absolutely. In fact it is now illegal where I live (Ontario, Canada). Also, you are only allowed to talk hands-free while driving. People are worried that everyone just hides the phone below the steering wheel where no one can see and this is causing more problems. Oh well...

  12. profile image57
    C.J. Wrightposted 14 years ago

    I believe that "distracted driving" is illegal in nearly every state. This law predates cell phones in most cases. Further some insurance companies studies have indicated that there is no benefit to hands free devices as it relates to distracted driving.

  13. profile image58
    Rmcdonald17@comcaposted 14 years ago

    I would say most definatley ralph imagine a surgeon texting while opperating. I won,t compare the two .but it seems concentration is the key word here.

  14. Affordablefun profile image60
    Affordablefunposted 14 years ago


    When you are driving that is what you should be doing period.  Not putting on make-up, calling for any reason or texting anything. How can you pay attention to driving 100% when you are reading and playing with a key board.?
    Here is the other side of that.  go ahead & text that 2 seconds you looked at the key board you just rear ended a car! at 60 miles per hour, the car is spinning, things flying air bags going off and other cars just hit you.
    Was it worth it?
    It takes less time than you think to change your life when your in a 2000 lb plus vehicle doing any speed.  Besides who are you to endanger others with your reckless behavior.  You want to play then pull over & play other wise DRIVE! ! ! Pay attention arrive safe, drive to the road conditions Slow down and arrive alive

  15. Edgeymon profile image60
    Edgeymonposted 14 years ago

    In England it already is! As is using your phone in general!

  16. Rayalternately profile image60
    Rayalternatelyposted 14 years ago

    Definitely, and thankfully it is here in England. Mobile phones are a distraction when driving, even when you're talking on them (also illegal here unless you're hands free), let alone trying to text.

    Sadly, the act being illegal is only a small step in the right direction. Society (that's us) needs to frown on the practice. Only then, as happened with social pressure reducing drink driving, will the accidents decrease.

  17. stricktlydating profile image85
    stricktlydatingposted 14 years ago

    It's illegal to use your phone at all while driving here in Australia. I agree that it's a good law.

  18. richie222 profile image61
    richie222posted 14 years ago

    You've GOT to be kidding--no? Is there ANYONE in their right mind that would answer "no" to your question? If there IS such a person, PLEASE>PLEASE >PLEASE keep him or her out of MY state. OK? OK!

  19. lrey1977 profile image60
    lrey1977posted 14 years ago

    Yes it should.Texting, like talking on your cell distracts you from focusing on any dangers that might occur. But can we really limit it to just texting and talking on the cell? How about people that choose to pretty up while driving or people that decide to mess around with their ipod trying to find a song? I think people need to be more aware of their actions and what effect they may have on people if the worst were to happen.

  20. Sage Knowles profile image58
    Sage Knowlesposted 14 years ago

    yes absolutely, apparently some people even play portable games while driving!

  21. kmackey32 profile image62
    kmackey32posted 14 years ago

    yes and in alot of states it is illegal although in PA where i live, it is not illegal yet.

  22. itcoll profile image60
    itcollposted 14 years ago

    oh should be made illegal definitely.

  23. andromida profile image58
    andromidaposted 14 years ago

    I think it should be avoided and might be considered illegal. Before declaring something illegal we need to prove that someone was texting while driving- we cannot know that. So, there is no way to prove it unless someone sitting with the driver complain against it.

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    townartposted 14 years ago

    I can't think of how many times I've been behind some erratic driver who suddenly slows to crawl and, on passing them, see that their attention was not on the road or even guiding their vehicle but actually staring at their cell while texting! Brilliant idea...absolutely it should be illegal!

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  25. dabeaner profile image60
    dabeanerposted 14 years ago

    Yes, all use of cell-phones while driving should be illegal.  Also, looking at map displays on the console or dashboard should be illegal.  Even having map displays in cars should be illegal.  Just when I start to think people can't get any stupider, they come up with a new way.

    What is the attraction of all that crap?  Your new or newish car will be an expensive boat anchor in a few years because it will be irreparable or tremendously expensive to repair.

    I, just this morning, was looking at a classic "bathtub" Porsche, similar to what Paul Newman drove up and down PCH, in Malibu, in one of his old movies.  Manual shift. Instrumentation was speedometer, tachometer, and few gauges.  A radio.  Beautiful in its relative simplicity.

    Did anyone see the movie "Wall-e"?  Wired, stupid tubs of lard.

  26. Lady Painter profile image61
    Lady Painterposted 14 years ago

    Absolutely, the most inexperienced drivers on the road are the very drivers that are texting the most. We're losing too many of our brilliant young in accidents without cell usage.

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