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Old 06-07-2014, 06:59 PM
 
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has anyone here ever been issued a ticket?
what was the outcome?
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:48 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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That's about the worst thing you can do while driving, short of downing a fifth of whiskey. I never text and drive and am for ruthless enforcement of the law against it.

I don't think courts are going to cut any slack on these; it's a cut/dry offense and (unlike, say, speeding a few MPH over the limit), is extremely dangerous to others even when done just a little bit. Google all the people killed because someone decided to send a one-word text while driving.

Shoot, if you absolutely refuse not to communicate with someone while you're driving, at least call them up and put them on speaker. Still distracting, but at least your eyes are on the road.
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Is reading a newspaper a lesser offense legally than texting, or is it equal?
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Is reading a newspaper a lesser offense legally than texting, or is it equal?
Depends. If an officer believes your actions, reading a paper, eating and so on while driving, causes you to swerve and so on you can be charged with Reckless Driving. (Driving as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person) Heck, even texting can bring a Reckless charge if your driving warrants such.
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Chester County, PA
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I certainly agree that texting while driving is extremely dangerous and I would love to see strict enforcement, but I think it is difficult to enforce because it is hard to prove whether you were texting or doing something else with your phone. For example, my iPhone connects to my car audio system via Bluetooth and then my music plays from my iPhone but through my car audio speakers. If I change playlists while driving (which I rarely do and if I do, I try to do it only at a light that just turned red), that is not illegal under Virginia's texting law as I understand it. But, it is certainly going to look like I'm texting if I do it while driving. How do you prove which I was doing? I suppose you could subpoena the records from the cell phone company or look at the phone itself, but I don't see that happening in the case of a simple citation for texting while driving.

Really, what we probably need is a law that prohibits all cell phone or smartphone use while driving. Make it illegal to even touch the phone. But, I don't think a law like that is going to fly anytime soon, if ever. People are addicted to their phones.
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:53 AM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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I certainly agree that texting while driving is extremely dangerous and I would love to see strict enforcement, but I think it is difficult to enforce because it is hard to prove whether you were texting or doing something else with your phone. For example, my iPhone connects to my car audio system via Bluetooth and then my music plays from my iPhone but through my car audio speakers. If I change playlists while driving (which I rarely do and if I do, I try to do it only at a light that just turned red), that is not illegal under Virginia's texting law as I understand it. But, it is certainly going to look like I'm texting if I do it while driving. How do you prove which I was doing? I suppose you could subpoena the records from the cell phone company or look at the phone itself, but I don't see that happening in the case of a simple citation for texting while driving.

Really, what we probably need is a law that prohibits all cell phone or smartphone use while driving. Make it illegal to even touch the phone. But, I don't think a law like that is going to fly anytime soon, if ever. People are addicted to their phones.
And I'm addicted to staying alive. I'd be all for such a law, and I don't think I'm the only one.

For now, doesn't an officer who has pulled you over on suspicion of texting while driving have the right to look at your phone, given that he/she has reasonable suspicion (probable cause) that you were using it? All they have to do is look at the last text sent; I don't think that's an unreasonable intrusion if you were messing with the phone while you were behind the wheel. If you're really worried a cop is going to see some embarrassing text, either don't send embarrassing texts, or don't even touch your phone once you get in the car.
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Old 06-08-2014, 09:52 AM
 
Location: In the woods
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I don't get it. What makes people think they can operate a 2-ton vehicle and stay alert while texting, talking on the phone, reading a newspaper, putting on make-up, etc.? Phones do have voice mail. What's the big deal in answering every phone call when it rings, especially when driving and putting oneself and others at risk?
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Old 06-08-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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Most new cars have bluetooth so if it's really important you should be calling hands free anyway. Texting also puts yourself into danger...you can google many stories of teens and others hitting barricades, stopped trucks, etc and killing themselves while texting.
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I don't get it. What makes people think they can operate a 2-ton vehicle and stay alert while texting, talking on the phone, reading a newspaper, putting on make-up, etc.? Phones do have voice mail. What's the big deal in answering every phone call when it rings, especially when driving and putting oneself and others at risk?
Exactly. So why do we have a law specific to texting? Do we need a law specific to reading a paper and another against putting on make-up?

I rarely text or use my cell phone in general, let alone text while driving. I'm playing a bit part of Devil's Advocate here, but isnt there almost a limitless amount of laws that could be put on the books addressing activities that are distracting while driving?
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Exactly. So why do we have a law specific to texting? Do we need a law specific to reading a paper and another against putting on make-up?

I rarely text or use my cell phone in general, let alone text while driving. I'm playing a bit part of Devil's Advocate here, but isnt there almost a limitless amount of laws that could be put on the books addressing activities that are distracting while driving?
Hence the Reckless Driving I was talking about which could possibly address almost all of this.
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