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texting & driving

  1. Rock N Roll Jeans profile image57
    Rock N Roll Jeansposted 6 years ago

    Serious thoughts here about a serious problem.  I have heard where autos can be equipped with devices to prohibit driving while drunk. But what about texting?  Can technology step to the forefront here and address this?  Your comments or suggestions are invited.........

    1. safiq ali patel profile image68
      safiq ali patelposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Do not text and drive. It is potentially very dangerous. The technology does exist to block the sms function on your mobile phone so that you can send a text while you are driving. Other technologies exist that will lock your phone completely while your car is moving so that phone calls and texts can not be made at the wheel.

      TEXTING AND DRIVING IS LETHAL. Don' do it.

      1. Michael Willis profile image77
        Michael Willisposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I did not know this was available. It should be mandatory on all phones to prevent driving and texting. Sure, it will upset passengers in the vehicle, but another person's  life is more important than the phone call or text message.

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      rahulsingh20posted 6 years ago in reply to this

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  2. Cagsil profile image61
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    If one needs to be texting and driving, at the same time, then I would say that they have a screw loose. lol

    Otherwise, I would suggest education of self responsibility. lol

  3. emievil profile image79
    emievilposted 6 years ago

    I see that all the time whenever we are on the road. And they do it even if there are police or traffic enforcers on the street. Honestly, I don't know if there's really anything that can be 'done' about it.

    On second thought, hey Cags, maybe I can post at the back of my car a sticker saying 'if you're texting and driving at the same time, you must have a screw loose' lol

    1. Eaglekiwi profile image71
      Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Waves n hugss Em..smile

      I like that bumper sticker.

      I saw a bumper sticker once ( in New Zealand) that said

      "If you txt and drive ,then youre a bloody idiot" lol

      I think its only going to be by-laws that help, much like banning smoking ,when it first began,slowly but surely! it becomes very uncool to be in the minority.

      1. emievil profile image79
        emievilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Hey EK. That's certainly telling them straight big_smile

    2. Cagsil profile image61
      Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hey Emie, great to see you. I bet you would hear a mouthful from a lot of people. lol lol

      1. emievil profile image79
        emievilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Great to see you too Cags. I seldom post here but this subject is one of my pet peeves. There are times I want to pull down my car window and shout at them. It's really pretty obvious when a driver is texting and driving at the same time - head is lowered, driving is slow and one hand is missing from the wheel smile

        1. Michael Willis profile image77
          Michael Willisposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          And to make matters worse is when you see Cops driving past these people Texting and doing nothing about it!
          Makes me think about buying a video cam for proof to send to the TV stations. They would definitely use the footage. They could "bur" the facial image and still show what is going on, especially when cops turns a blind eye to it.

          1. Eaglekiwi profile image71
            Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Oh the cops are always reading their laptops sitting to their left ,so yea lead by example dudes.


            Texting needs to be outlawed then followed through and less talk talk talk about it all.

            By the way isnt that what we pay our taxes for ,for authorites to enforce the law.
            I guess we need more deaths to happen.

            1. profile image52
              ShortStoryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              All texting, or just texting while driving?

              1. Eaglekiwi profile image71
                Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                All lol no kidding

                Banned for driving only,off ,zilch,nada!

                1. profile image52
                  ShortStoryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                  Pretty hard to enforce

                  1. Michael Willis profile image77
                    Michael Willisposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    But the first step is to want to and try to.

                  2. Eaglekiwi profile image71
                    Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

                    Hard,but not impossible.

                    Truth is just like drunk/drivers ,the police never catch them all ,but the one they do catch and get off the road ,may just be the one that didnt hit your wife/husand/daughter/son.

  4. Michael Willis profile image77
    Michael Willisposted 6 years ago

    First-Make the Laws just as strong for Texting and Driving as they are for DWI/DUI. Suspension of Driving privileges, heavy fines ($25 is a joke), educational classes and jail time for repeat offenders.

    People will say they can't prove anything, but yes they can.
    Just as a drunk driver has a field test, B.A.C. machines...the policeman can check the phones for text messages with the time stamp.

    You will never stop all of it just as you want stop all drunks...but when the Laws are harsh enough to save lives from Texting and Killings, people may be less likely to Text and drive.

    Ultimately I would prefer to see Texting totally Banned, but it is a money business and won't happen.

    1. profile image52
      ShortStoryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      defense lawyers everywhere are drooling over your suggestion of confiscating private property without cause. techies everywhere are giggling at how many different ways they could get around it anyway.

  5. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 6 years ago

    I certainly don't know of any way a car can stop the driver from texting.  The phone could stop it if equipped with GPS; if the location is changing too rapidly then don't allow it.

    On the other hand, if you can survive the process, evolution will take care of the problem by cleaning up the gene pool of those stupid enough to engage in the practice. big_smile

  6. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    I think there should be harsh penalties for texting and driving and agree with Michael.
    I can't comprehend how anyone can possibly be stupid enough to think texting while driving is safe. I've had young people driving behind me texting, and I'll switch lanes to get away from them. They slow up traffic, put others lives at risk (obviously they don't care about their own or their infant in the back seat) and deserve to be pulled over and given a stiff fine and required to take a safe driving course.

    ..a bumper sticker like, parents, your teen texts while driving your car. hmm

  7. Misha profile image73
    Mishaposted 6 years ago

    Natural selection will eventually take care of this. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of time...

  8. howtosoftmod11 profile image57
    howtosoftmod11posted 6 years ago

    I ve see it a lot I dont understand how people can do really its impossible to do booth. We have a cell phone ban in canada but it doesnt do much people still do ut

  9. Eaglekiwi profile image71
    Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago

    Four teenage girls driving and texting excitedly as they headed to join friends for a graduation party.

    Fifteen minutes later, as they turned down a country road,still giggling and texting ,they never saw the tanker rounding the corner.

    Instant death and the newspaper the next day showed part of the car wreck and two cell-phones lying nearby.

  10. Eaglekiwi profile image71
    Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago

    Associated Press - March 1, 2011 5:55 PM ET

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Lawmakers are trying to delete the practice of texting while driving.

    A bill passed by the House on Tuesday will prohibit drivers from typing, sending or reading a text message from a cell phone or mobile communications device. Violations would be subject to a $25 fine.

    Democratic Rep. Antonio Lujan of Las Cruces said texting distracts drivers and increases the chances of a traffic crash.

    Thirty states and the District of Columbia ban texting while driving, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

    The bill cleared the House on a 58-7 vote and goes to the Senate.

    Opponents said existing laws, such as those against careless driving, should cover drivers who are texting.

    The bill allows motorists to text if they are safely stopped in their vehicle.

    58-7 vote -Good!

  11. frogdropping profile image84
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    Using your cell 'phone in any way, shape or form get's you hammered over here (UK) and it is enforceable. Folks find themselves in the mire to Christmas and back all the damn time, so they ain't learning.

    As for me, when you could use your 'phone, I didn't bother. Too busy watching the road, identifying gaps I could squeeze into, and generally letting others know I own the road when I'm on it smile

    1. Eaglekiwi profile image71
      Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      lol


      Yes I did a wee google and quite surprised the countries that are a little more proactive in the responsible use of cells/texting.


      I can understand some attitudes that react with  any Government interference,but its a safety issue dammit,and just might be more lenient than my governing practices lol (Hey ,kids one toy at a time ,ok!!! ) or I take it away from you ,til you know how to play safely.

  12. rebekahELLE profile image88
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    It needs to be a stiff fine in order to stop someone from taking the risk.
    $25.00 is nothing.

    1. Eaglekiwi profile image71
      Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Its a start.


      But yea in New Zealand my hubby (American) got hit by a $150 instant fine ( 7 days to pay),for not wearing his seat belt.
      Wow ,sparks flew that morning and I had to stop him from ordering up the full USA Military strike force-hahaha.
      But I tell you ,hubby ALWAYS wears his seatbelt now, double checks ,and we are not even in that country anymore lol

      Money or losing it,is a good deterent.

  13. frogdropping profile image84
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    Hey eaglekiwi smile

    I used to work with a woman that texted like a demon, constantly. Sometimes we had to go out in the company vehicle and she always wanted to drive. She used to scare the bejesus from me, one hand on the wheel, her other texting like billy-oh.

    Everything about her driving was related to what she was texting. Having a laugh she drove sloppy, annoyed with someone she was downright aggressive, sending love notes she was just plain pre-occupied and dangerous lol

    I coulda kissed Tony Blair when the law was passed banning 'phone use when driving!

  14. Eaglekiwi profile image71
    Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago

    Honestly I like new technology ,but abuse is well nutty lol


    What gets me is txting to say hey Im outside ,then honking their horn as well....not sure if people are just lazy, or becoming more stupid. Ok thats not dangerous but its gone crazy.

    Good for you Tony Blair!!

  15. barryrutherford profile image33
    barryrutherfordposted 6 years ago

    The fine could be increased to say $300 first offence then $500 then a $1000 third offence with loss of licence

    1. Eaglekiwi profile image71
      Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      ..Or maybe taking the cell and putting it in the naughty box-then they pay a fine to retrieve it.

      1. barryrutherford profile image33
        barryrutherfordposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Now thats a idea!

    2. rebekahELLE profile image88
      rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Sounds better. A fine won't mean anything until it's something that hurts. A driver's safety course should be part of the fine.

      I don't know anyone who texts and drives. I know one person who used to until his family,including his wife, refused to ride with him until he agreed to pull over if a text was absolutely necessary.

  16. Eaglekiwi profile image71
    Eaglekiwiposted 6 years ago

    WHILE DRIVING smile


    I like cell phones truly I do and the cell phone companies will survive Im sure smile

  17. LeanMan profile image82
    LeanManposted 6 years ago

    Last week I almost had a head on when another driver was texting on their phone and drifted into my lane - They were on a motorbike!! Can you believe it!!

 
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