What do you think about texting while driving?

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  1. Catherine Kane profile image81
    Catherine Kaneposted 12 years ago

    What do you think about texting while driving?

    Saw that a Mass. teen was convicted yesterday of motor vehicle homicide by texting. He swerved into oncoming traffic, crashed headfirst into a truck and killed a 55 yo father of 3.

    What surprised me was, in the comments, there were a number of peopl who felt the penalty was too severe or argued that "everybody does it..."

    What do you think about texting while driving?

  2. profile image0
    screamingposted 12 years ago

    Anyone with an ounce of sense, would realize texting and driving is a deadly combination. Unfortunately many who read your post will "Think" it can't happen to them and continue to text and drive!

    1. Catherine Kane profile image81
      Catherine Kaneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      You're right about the danger- and if people won't take the danger seriously, some of them may at least take legal consequences to heart

    2. Laura Schneider profile image84
      Laura Schneiderposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Catherine Kane, I'm afraid you're right: legal consequences will need to occur to get it into some peoples' thick skulls. Even hands-free talking on the phone is distracting, let alone TEXTING! Sit back, listen to music, WATCH THE ROAD! Simple!

  3. FatFreddysCat profile image93
    FatFreddysCatposted 12 years ago

    Texting while driving is idiotic and anyone caught doing it should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    1. Catherine Kane profile image81
      Catherine Kaneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Evidently the conviction I was talking about is the first on record. Maybe more people will take this seriously when there are real consequences

  4. Georgie Lowery profile image90
    Georgie Loweryposted 12 years ago

    As someone who has done it and nearly wrecked in the process (more than once) I think it should be totally banned. I don't even aswer my phone when I'm driving anynmore. It's just that dangerous. I feel like the dumbest person in the world for having done it.

    1. Catherine Kane profile image81
      Catherine Kaneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I know that talking on a cell while driving is illegal in CT, and I think that's a good idea. If you need to talk, pull over.

  5. duffsmom profile image60
    duffsmomposted 12 years ago

    I think texting while driving is right up there with reading a book while driving or driving with your eyes closed.  It is a huge danger because theperson texting not only will injure themselves but innocent people.

  6. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 12 years ago

    every time i see people doing this. i want to reach into their car and rip the phone from their hands and destroy it but the police might not be too happy with me.if someone hits me while texting, i promise i will knock them out when they get out of their vehicle.

    1. Catherine Kane profile image81
      Catherine Kaneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I have toyed with the idea of making a "HANG UP AND DRIVE" sign I could hold up in the window when I see people doing this. Hard to believe that they don't know or care how much danger they're putting themselves and others in.

    2. Carolyn Chace profile image54
      Carolyn Chaceposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Are we allowed to do this? Would this be considered to be distracting and cause an accident? I too had the same feeling or wanting to yell and say something, like put the phone down. Does anyone have any opinions on this?

    3. Laura Schneider profile image84
      Laura Schneiderposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I've seen bumper stickers that say, "Hang up and drive."

  7. Cobrafan profile image79
    Cobrafanposted 11 years ago

    I believe there needs to be a federal law passed against texting and driving. I watched a man almost go head on with another car at 60+mph the other day because he was texting and crossed the center line. I participated in this stupid activity when I was younger, but haven't done it since I was 19 years old.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image84
      Laura Schneiderposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Good for you!

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    mjkearnposted 11 years ago

    As with some of the answers before, this drives me demented.  I think you should be fined if your phone is not carried in the boot. I never use a phone while driving. These people need to be shaken.

    Re your story, I think it is right. Someone died because of a text, very sad.

    These people should be made aware that both texts and calls are logged for time. So if they have an accident even after a text or call it can be determined to be part of the cause.

    Simple, if you are driving then drive, nothing else,


  9. tobimaya profile image60
    tobimayaposted 10 years ago

    I honestly don't believe in that. It isn't good because you can easily be distracted. If I have to text and I am driving. I do it only when I am at stop lights. but I still keep a look to make sure I am not causing problems with people behind. But I don't really text anyways so it don't really do it.  There was a kid  in high school I knew and he passed away because his brother was driving and texting and the kid ended up passing away.

    1. Laura Schneider profile image84
      Laura Schneiderposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I'm so sorry to hear that. A needless death of an innocent victim.

  10. Laura Schneider profile image84
    Laura Schneiderposted 10 years ago

    I just found a powerful video "game" that illustrates how bad texting and driving is: http://www.fastcocreate.com/3016452/her … Company%29

    Have a go at it. See how long before you crash/die.


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