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Intentional Distracted Driving is the Same as Drunk Driving

Updated on May 1, 2014

Why do we have car seat laws? Why do we have seat belt laws? Why do we have headlamp laws?

Please do not take my child because you just must pick up that phone while driving, or you just are so important that you have to finish the chat.
Please do not take my child because you just must pick up that phone while driving, or you just are so important that you have to finish the chat. | Source

You decide the difference.

Talking on cellular phones and texting while driving is the same as drunk driving.

Statistics are proving the case. Distracted Driving is as bad as drunk driving. Distracted driving is often necessary. When distracting driving is not necessary it is a crime in certain circumstances. Let us be clear the worst distracted driving is cell phone use distracted driving. Texting is the very very worst form of distracted driving. And the stats are in that hands free makes no difference.

We here got notified of four deaths caused by distracted drivers last weekend. The death numbers will jump up this year for a very obvious reason. Distracted cell phone users have been causing injury and death at an alarming rate but we will see dramatic increases this year. The reason is that now police are looking for it. A mere year ago they did not. Perhaps it was reporters who constantly ask that got the ball rolling, who cares it is now rolling. But be prepared to be shocked when we find the injury and fatalities jump and double this year. We saw the same thing with drunk drivers in the 60’s and 70’s of the last century.

With you texting and driving where do our children play? Are they safe on neighborhood sidewalks.

Do you think anyone knew about this and hid the evidence?

And a scandal is coming.

Here in California both times plus amendment times that serious bills were sponsored by politicians they included hands free. Cellular phone companies lobbied heavily against those provisions but caved on the hand held concept. Of course they did, they then sold millions of hands free devices and got contracts with automobile manufacturers to build them into cars. It is disgusting. When US Senate hearings begin on this issue, we will all follow the money and some politicians will be exposed.

Hands free cellular use while driving is not safe. It is a distraction from what should not be a primary purpose but the only purpose while driving – should be driving.

For 2012 there are reported 3,000 + people that were killed by drivers distracted by cellular devices. There were 10,000+ that were killed by drunk drivers.

These stats do not include fender benders with no police report and they do not include hundreds of thousands where the cause of distraction was ignored by police as irrelevant or do to ignorance or lack of man power. 3 years ago no police department or sheriff’s department or state patrol had instructions to inquire and investigate such matters. We assume many do now and it will grow.

Every US state has programs for drunk drivers that are mandated. No state has programs for distracted drivers that are mandated.

Note that today if you call AT&T and are on hold, there will be a warning not to drive distracted. Too little but a clear sign they know the problem exists and still fight laws to prevent proper measures to curtail this crime against innocents.

Remember what went down on the tobacco companies this will be even a harder hit. And ultimately you will pay for it. The problem is not that it is a dangerous activity but that the cellular companies have been covering it up and not issuing warnings and actually lying about the risks.

Should we teach him that real cars are just toys.

He will first learn on his bike to pay attention where the lessons only hurt him, well and his mom ;-)
He will first learn on his bike to pay attention where the lessons only hurt him, well and his mom ;-) | Source

Great reasons to risk children's lives.

Now there are some times when the phone is appropriate to use in the car. When you are not driving. But let us look at some reasons for talking on the phone while driving:

  1. For important business.
  2. For speaking with your destination and getting directions.
  3. For coordinating your day.
  4. To say that you will be late.
  5. To say you are on your way.
  6. To check messages while wasting time behind the wheel.
  7. Just to talk to a friend.

Now let us look at texting or surfing:

  1. Social networking.
  2. Chatting about last night or tonight.
  3. Gossip.
  4. OMG’s.
  5. Sharing.
  6. Work.
  7. Giving family directions.

All of the above are selfish and some profit making motives. Do you really want to put a child in another car or your own at risk for the above reasons. At highway speeds you go about 1,000 feet while texting, without looking at the road. Are you really that bad ass of a driver and a psychic on top of it? About 5 seconds is a short text time.

Is this a reflection of our society? For a little fun, convenience or profit we risk children’s lives. That is disgusting.

Do you know someone who has lost a love one due to distracted driving?

Have you ever been in a distracted driving accident?

See results

A new movement must be born or create hypocrites.

Now this is the first public announcement of our newest move. We believe that Jesus Christ taught us well that whoever treats the little children well treats him well and the opposite is also true. We believe that there is a special place for children in this world. That they are gifts from God and the purist of his creation. Christ told us to love our “neighbor” as our self. How can we do these things while texting or phoning while driving? We cannot. So on the principles taught us by Christ we are Christians Against Distracted Driving. C.A.D.D.. No, not a membership aside from being a Christian.

There is no need to organize more than we already are organized. There is no need for T-Shirts and fund raisers. There is simply a need to propound and live by the teachings of Christ and that is that.

We would like to see just like shows up on a cell phone email that it is sent from “I Phone”, saying “I am texting you while driving” We would like to see transmission blockers on the drivers seat area of all cars. We do not want roving transmissions banned or blocked for that goes to far. But we would like to see apps that auto respond to any incoming transmission and tells them you are driving, and then highlights for you what you missed while driving. We would like to see highways develop pull out areas for cell phone usage. And we want to see them provided by cellular phone companies and not allow pass throughs because they have criminally ignored and/or covered up this serious health risk to people.

No cell phone on this rig, he will get there safely.

Driving should not be an unnecessary risk for others or yourself.
Driving should not be an unnecessary risk for others or yourself. | Source

Hopefully this hub raises awareness.

Things you can do. Be really strict in your home. Insist on not cell use while driving. Lead by example. Hang up on folks driving and calling you and tell them why. Talk about it at work, at church and at home and out and about.

We cannot advise you to show aggressive hand gestures to folks driving and using a phone for text or calling, but we cannot advise you not to do that, it may actually help.

We can ask you to tell your employer that you will not talk on the phone in the car. But doing it right and in a cooperative and explanatory language. May help spread the word.

Write comments where you can and mention it to people when it is mentioned casually. One gal who died this weekend was just in her twenties and sent a text about being happy just seconds before she went across the median and hit a cop car head on instantly killing herself. Thank goodness it was a big cruiser, and not a cheap little car with a family..

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You're preaching to the choir, brother. I'd love to be the local cell phone police; get paid ten bucks for every fine I levy. I'd be a millionaire in a month in this city.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is just insane if these people are that caught up in it, then they must know about the fact of the dangers of it. A conscious callous willful disregard for the well being of others. It is so wrong.

      thanks for your support Bill

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Eric, I think this is a crucial matter to ponder. If people are getting killed just because someone has scant regard for his life and that of others, we all must make a very loud noise about it so that wisdom dawns on one and all. Auto respond system is a good one. You are also right that the teachings of Christ are so helpful to illuminate awakening in us. In this part of the world, it is enjoined on everyone that only one task should be done at a time i.e. If one is eating, one must keep eating only or if one is reading something, his whole attention must be on reading only and so on. This is equally applicable to driving. But, who pays attention to this wisdom now a days ? This is all very disgusting and to play with the lives of guys is a sin not to be expiated at all. Great article and we all must abide by pieces of advice given in it. Thank you. Voted up with all my

      heart.

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      cathylynn99 3 years ago from northeastern US

      voted up and across.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 3 years ago

      Eric,

      I agree with your sentiment,but if we took away all of the cell phones and all of the drunk drivers,we would still be left with far too many traffic fatalities.Let's look at the cold hard truth.The car is a killing machine; a capitalist mechanism that serves two important functions: One function is to thin out the herd.In the United States alone this amounts to approx.40,000 deaths every year. The other function is to generate billions of dollars in revenue.Not only does the oil industry and automobile manufactures make billions every year,but every state in the union annually generates millions of dollars through taxes and traffic fines.

      Contrary to popular belief,the car "is not" a necessary evil. Efficient nationwide mass transit systems could have long ago been put in place, to not only accommodate the work force,but weekend recreational activities as well.This is the only solution that can start saving millions of lives today! But the greedy capitalists will continue to focus on the drunk drivers and the cell phones.Yes, the issues of drunk driving and cell phones must be addressed, but why go for a base hit when it is well within our reach to hit a home run?

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Harishprasad, thank you for that great comment. You made me pause. I must be more patient and teach my young one by example to do one task at a time. Even the smallest task should be done mindfully.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      thank you, I am glad it was not over the top.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      wrenchbiscuit, I do not know for sure about the vehicle ever going away. But I do know that if I were you I would live in a very small town and enjoy no vehicle.

      Cars as we know them will last another 30 years at the most. I will be alive to see their demise.

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      Jayfort 3 years ago

      A few years ago, I was driving to work and stopped at a stoplight. The lady in the car in the oncoming lane was doing the following simultaneously:

      1) Holding a coffee cup with her left hand.

      2) Holding a mascara tub with her left hand.

      3) Holding the mascara wand with her right hand.

      4) Holding a smoldering cigarette with her right hand.

      5) Holding a cellphone to her left ear with her left shoulder.

      6) Tapping the top of the steering wheel with both hands impatiently.

      It's people like her and those texting on cell phones that scare me the most.

      Fortunately, when I served as a firefighter, I took the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Jayfort I agree that was the best course I ever took as far as the reality that we must drive. We actually had a segment where we intentionally trained to multitask while in a harsh driving situation. Cones, high speed and distractions. They designed it just right so at some point you had to just drop everything else and drive.

      (1-6 describes my ex wife exactly, partially ex because she also could not give her full attention to other, even more important matters ;-)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful hub powerfully told as it certainly should be. I am 100% behind you in all you say Eric. Voting up, across and sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Eddy, looks like we have a long road to go. But we have to keep pushing.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      You've made a great point here, EricDierker. I never thought of it, but it's true. There really is no difference, and even drunk driving is intentional because you chose to get drunk knowing you'll be driving yourself home. I love the Yusuf Islam song, too. It sounds richer, now that he's older.

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      vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is so true! There is no reason important enough to justify sending a text message while driving, thus risking your own life and that of others. I hope this message gets out to everyone. Thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lady, Eddy, Just back in from a trip where computers do not work along with cell phones and there is no electricity except batteries, sorry that I missed your visit. Thank you for coming by and visiting and checking in I was in a state that still allows texting while driving. -- They leave it up to insurance to enforce restrictions.

      I also like Yusuf a little more than Cat ;-).

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi vespawoolf, it seems that about half the industrialized world still allows it. We have a whole bunch of work ahead of us. Thank youy for the support.

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      Better Yourself 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub and I'm glad to see others raising awareness on this topic. Well done and voted up!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you very much.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It is so interesting to read such a hub. Most people still behave negligently and that I fail to understand with simple knowledge of what a driver should abide by, and still they some how don't succeed.

      A driver should by all means abide laws it just so simple to understand.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you DDE I hope your break was just awesome!

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