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Old 05-20-2009, 09:48 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Default Texting While Driving - Americans Worse ?

First, here' an interesting article found today: Americans still texting while driving despite bans (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090520/lf_nm_life/us_driving_texting - broken link)

It seems to vary state by state, and apparently nearly half of Tennessee drivers seem to text while driving now. , but it's apparently a larger problem than some may think here.

I have relatives that live overseas, and they told me (um, via text but not while driving) that the laws are varied there, but they really don't have a huge problem with people who text while driving. My Aunt said that even seeing people talking while driving appears to her to be much less prevalent than it is here (though there are more laws over there aimed at it, too).

So - admit it - do YOU text while driving? If so, why? Will you rethink it or stop if you do? etc etc. Discuss, debate, DON'T flame or fight...
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Back home in Kaguawagpjpa.
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I swear on all that is Holy, if I ever get hit by a driver who is texting, If I'm able to still walk, there wouldn't be enough police officers in America, to keep me from wrapping my hands around their neck.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Well I don't text message so technically no, but when I was younger I used to try do other things on my phone while driving. Stopped doing this after I was rear ended by a man using his phone.

Nowadays I'm not even comfortable talking on the phone while driving unless I'm on a broad country road.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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I don't have a car, but I text while I'm walking along the busy streets. That's probably almost as bad as texting while driving. I know I shouldn't do it. Don't do it too much though.
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Old 05-20-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Back home in Kaguawagpjpa.
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I don't have a car, but I text while I'm walking along the busy streets. That's probably almost as bad as texting while driving. I know I shouldn't do it. Don't do it too much though.
You have the nerve to do that in the city? I mean, I HATE it when people do this while I walk down busy streets like 42nd or Broadway.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:00 AM
 
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I'll cop: I sometimes text and drive if I'm on a long trip on those straight, boring stretches of Interstate through Indiana, etc. With no turns and only so many other cars on the roads, it's not the most dangerous thing in the world. Still, I should stop.

I NEVER, however, would text and drive in town.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I don't have a car, but I text while I'm walking along the busy streets. That's probably almost as bad as texting while driving
Lol I don't think so. The worst that is likely to happen is that you bump into someone else. Texting while driving however could end in a fatality. Especially in the Sunbelt where there are many lanes and roads with high speed limits.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Lol I don't think so. The worst that is likely to happen is that you bump into someone else. Texting while driving however could end in a fatality. Especially in the Sunbelt where there are many lanes and roads with high speed limits.

Well, i'm crossing roads constantly. I could always get hit by a car, trip on something and break a leg, etc. lol lovely thing to think about...I better stop doing it
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:23 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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I swear on all that is Holy, if I ever get hit by a driver who is texting, If I'm able to still walk, there wouldn't be enough police officers in America, to keep me from wrapping my hands around their neck.
You're a lot nicer than me - once I got done with them, the doctors would wonder why there's a "you have messages" tone coming from the upper intestinal area of that person.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:33 PM
 
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Okay I admit it. I text while driving. Yea it's wrong, but so is smoking. I do, however, stop (momentarily) if there's a police car around me. I don't do it a lot, but I'm still guilty.

There, I feel much better now.

And no, I have never caused a wreck. And I'm in my mid 30's. So there!
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