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Old 05-24-2012, 11:10 AM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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It's a horrible tragedy. All you can say is, thank God she didn't kill anyone else too. The contents of her texts just add that last jabbing irony.

But you have to wonder just how stupid someone has to be, to text while driving in the first place. What's next? "Man killed while watching portable television while driving"???

BTW, a note to the grieving parents: I certainly feel for your grief. But Idaho already has laws against distracted driving, which your daughter ignored. What makes you think making more laws on the same thing, will make any difference to the next stupid kid with a cell phone?

It's a horrible time to lecture on this. But the fact remains, if you trust government to take care of your kids (by making laws), some of them are going to wind up dead. GOVERNMENT CAN'T DO IT.

After seeing my son talking on his cell phone while driving, I put a low-power cell phone jammer in the seat foam of his car. He's still alive. And it's only a little illegal.

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Tragic Irony: Teen Dies While Texting The Dangers Of Texting And Driving

Tragic Irony: Teen Dies While Texting The Dangers Of Texting And Driving
Parents make plea to outlaw texting and driving in Idaho

AOL Original Content Posted: Mar 05, 2012
By: AOL Autos Staff

Taylor Sauer, a college student driving home on a lonely road, was texting with a friend via Facebook when her car crashed into a tanker truck at 80 miles per hour, killing her instantly. The tragic irony of the situation was revealed in her phone records shortly after: At the time of the accident, she had been texting about the dangers of texting and driving.

Her last message, sent moments before the crash on Jan. 14, said, "I can't discuss this now. Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha."

According to the phone records, Sauer, 18, was posting on Facebook about every 90 seconds.

"I think she was probably (texting) to stay awake, she was probably tired," Taylor's father, Clay Sauer, told Ann Curry on The TODAY Show. "But that's not a reason to do it, and the kids think they're invincible. To them, (texting) is not distracting, they're so proficient at texting, that they don't feel it's distracted driving."

Taylor's parents have since become activists in their home state of Idaho, trying to get the government to pass laws against texting while driving.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:10 AM
 
Location: California
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We had a thread on this when it happened as I recall. Sad.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:17 AM
 
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This is sad..........my cousin was just a month from being 40 and while coming back from a business meeting was killed talking on her phone............

cell phones don't belong in cars
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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cell phones don't belong in cars
People need to understand the risks.

We have enough laws.

We have seat belt laws that people don't follow. If you are stupid enough to NOT wear a seat belt even though you know the risks - then you can't be helped with any further laws.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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People need to understand the risks.

We have enough laws.

We have seat belt laws that people don't follow. If you are stupid enough to NOT wear a seat belt even though you know the risks - then you can't be helped with any further laws.
Big difference though. Wearing a seat belt has nothing to do with the safety of others. That's not applicable in this case but it's definitely relevant to the issue.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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Big difference though. Wearing a seat belt has nothing to do with the safety of others. That's not applicable in this case but it's definitely relevant to the issue.
Good point. I guess you put it in the group with DWI/DUI.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:22 PM
 
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People need to understand the risks.

We have enough laws.

We have seat belt laws that people don't follow. If you are stupid enough to NOT wear a seat belt even though you know the risks - then you can't be helped with any further laws.
I wasn't saying that they should make a law, people ought to drive more wisely. Teens don't understand the dangers, we adults cuddle way too much.

CA has passed laws for cell phone usage. My cousin mom was the start of this she campaigned and at least got it to where more people use "Bluetooth" while driving and teens aren't allowed to talk or text if they're just starting to drive.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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Good point. I guess you put it in the group with DWI/DUI.
Yes exactly. Less serious of course but same concept.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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Good point. I guess you put it in the group with DWI/DUI.
A DWI/DUI is endangering others and possibly not the drunk. A selt belt like the other poster said is to kep the people in the car safe. How do we know someone is texting and not watching the road, probably not until they crash into someone or run someone over/off the road.
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:33 PM
 
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A DWI/DUI is endangering others and possibly not the drunk. A selt belt like the other poster said is to kep the people in the car safe. How do we know someone is texting and not watching the road, probably not until they crash into someone or run someone over/off the road.
That's the point.

They're both potentially harmful to others. Not wearing a seat belt is not harmful to anyone but yourself.
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