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View Poll Results: How often do you text while driving
Never, I enjoy driving 37 64.91%
No more than once a day or less 11 19.30%
Few times a day 6 10.53%
You mean people still drive without a cell phone in their hand? 3 5.26%
Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-01-2011, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Exactly, the "against texting" crowd believe they are Gods or something and never do anything dangerous behind the wheel. No matter who you are, your eyes will never be on the road constantly when you are driving. Heck, even turning to check your blind spot takes your eyes off the road ahead of you.
There are no absolutes about anything. To accuse anyone of being absolute is a chicken way out of an argument. The "against texting" crowd believes that a driver has an over-riding responsibility to consciously make a commitment to attentive driving, which means to recognize driving as something that requires maximum (not absolute) attention. Attention to driving. Checking a blind spot is a driving-related activity that contributes to safe operation of the vehicle. Texting trivial messages is NOT a driving-related activity. It can be done after the driving sequence is completed. It is NOT important enough to distract a driver from the requisite attention to the details of driving a car.

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So all you on here bitching about texting while driving, your main point is that we are taking our eyes off the road, right? So do you not take your eyes off the road while changing the station on the radio? Or navigating your GPS? or looking at other cars in traffic? Or looking at a nice house your driving by? Come on people, your being total hypocrits.
You are right. Those are all the kinds of things that a driver has to make a commitment to NOT do when driving a car. It's hard to overcome the temptation, but if you are going to drive a car, you simply MUST have a mindset of attentive driving. It can be done. It really can be. If you set you mind to it, you can get in the habit of restricting your attention to things that relate to the road in front of you, the mechanical instrumentation of your car, the traffic environment around your car, the other drivers, anticipation of what they can, might, or will do. the limitations of your car, the limitations of yourself as a human driver, a mental and changing inventory of all the things that can suddenly go wrong, warning signage, where you are and how you get where your are going---all of them require constant attention to the details, and don't allow for distractions. No two trips are the same, and the differences between them require constant vigilance.

As for option 1 in the poll: Driving is not fun. It's work. If you do it without diligence, it can have very severe consequences.

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Old 04-01-2011, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
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Because of someone texting and driving, my niece is in the hospital fighting for her life with septic shock. Think again before you do it.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:20 PM
 
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If you text while you drive you are automatically a bad driver.
Stupid is as stupid does.

The first person who runs into me while texting gets to eat his own phone.
Best to take them to court and take everything they have. There is a record of when they were using the phone and have that record as part of the evidence in your law suit.They will lose the case.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:54 PM
 
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If you text while you drive you are automatically a bad driver.
Stupid is as stupid does.

The first person who runs into me while texting gets to eat his own phone.
Tell that to the defensive and offensive driving classes I've taken.

People who make generalities are stupid.

(And before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, reread what I said and think about it for a second!)
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I never text, period. We cancelled my cell phone recently because it wasn't getting any use.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Sure I do. Lots of accidents happen simply by a-holes applying make-up or playing with the stereo, or tending to the rugrats, so whats the difference?
As my mama used to say (well, maybe she still does): Stupid is as stupid does.

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I guess I win, since I use my turn signals, mirrors, don't txt or talk on the phone and don't have any kids.
Nor do I own a GPS or wear makeup. Score x 2!

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Texting trivial messages is NOT a driving-related activity. It can be done after the driving sequence is completed. It is NOT important enough to distract a driver from the requisite attention to the details of driving a car.
Agreed. The only important detail about driving is to get from Point A to Point B safely. Otherwise, that fancy texting phone is of no use.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:26 PM
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Location: The Sand Hills of NC
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Awesome, they get a ticket while you go to jail for assualt.
Bet they never text again.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Lake Norman, NC
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I've texted on occassion. I have also pulled off the road many times to text or talk on the phone. A driver has to know his limitations.

I am also in favor of banning the use of hand-held phones for the driver while the vehicle is in motion. I am willing to give up the practice of talking / texting if it stops the oblivious morons who are abusing it.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:08 PM
 
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There are no absolutes about anything. To accuse anyone of being absolute is a chicken way out of an argument. The "against texting" crowd believes that a driver has an over-riding responsibility to consciously make a commitment to attentive driving, which means to recognize driving as something that requires maximum (not absolute) attention. Attention to driving. Checking a blind spot is a driving-related activity that contributes to safe operation of the vehicle. Texting trivial messages is NOT a driving-related activity. It can be done after the driving sequence is completed. It is NOT important enough to distract a driver from the requisite attention to the details of driving a car.
If a certain crowd comes off as "absolute" then I am going to call it out. Simple as that. The problem with your logic is that the "against texting" crowd is exactly that....against texting. And nothing else or texting is the ultimate offense and everything else (distracting driving wise) comes after it. MY whole point is, texting should be lumped into the whole arena of distracted driving. Not in it's own detrimental group that most want it to be.

Laws are being passed to make texting behind the wheel illegal. Why not make tending to your kids while driving illegal too? Applying make up?

Explain to me how physically turning your body and head toward the back seat while the car is in forward motion or your face planted into the vanity visor with lipstick is less dangerous than looking down at a phone screen?

In your words you say people who are against texting believes a driver should have maximum (but not absolute) attention behind the wheel. Which means there is gap in which their attention is not to driving. And ANY activity that falls into that gap should be treated equally. Meaning anything that NOT a driving related activity is distracted driving and should be treated as such.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:42 PM
 
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If a certain crowd comes off as "absolute" then I am going to call it out. Simple as that. The problem with your logic is that the "against texting" crowd is exactly that....against texting. And nothing else or texting is the ultimate offense and everything else (distracting driving wise) comes after it. MY whole point is, texting should be lumped into the whole arena of distracted driving. Not in it's own detrimental group that most want it to be.

Laws are being passed to make texting behind the wheel illegal. Why not make tending to your kids while driving illegal too? Applying make up?

Explain to me how physically turning your body and head toward the back seat while the car is in forward motion or your face planted into the vanity visor with lipstick is less dangerous than looking down at a phone screen?

In your words you say people who are against texting believes a driver should have maximum (but not absolute) attention behind the wheel. Which means there is gap in which their attention is not to driving. And ANY activity that falls into that gap should be treated equally. Meaning anything that NOT a driving related activity is distracted driving and should be treated as such.
You are right that tending babies etc can cause accidents. In my state there is a law for many years that says doing anything by choice that interferes with your safe driving is illegal.Because of the very large increase in accidents directly caused by cell phones that a new focus is on making them illegal to use while driving. If people eating etc would start providing the data that cell phones have I guess the focus would be on that...Any driver on the phone while driving is showing disrespect to everyone else. Lets stop this disrespect.
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