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Sgt BOMBULOUS
19-10-10, 23:21
Has anyone else noticed this lately? Today on the way home a car in front of me was sitting idle about 5 seconds after the light turned green.. I gave a very light honk on the horn, and they got moving. Without doing so intentionally, I caught up with the driver and when I looked over, I saw a woman in her late 30's texting away... Slowly lurking forward at another stop light. When the light turned green all of the cars moved, except her... She was slowing down traffic, putting away with a giant space in front of her. I ended up cutting around her so I didn't miss the light.

Now clearly this bonehead isn't indicative of all drivers, but what are your feelings on this matter? I think it's dangerous and irresponsible.

SkyPuppy
19-10-10, 23:23
well, i don't drive, but when i'm in the car with my mother or a friend, and i see a person texting while driving, it bugs the hell out of me. it's very dangerous... i've seen it cause far too many accidents. people that text/drink and drive shouldn't even deserve to have their license.

voltz
19-10-10, 23:26
I don't see any problem with texting if someone is parked someplace, but in the middle of traffic even if you're at the stop sign doesn't excuse the fact that you're operating a vehicle.

Lara's Nemesis
19-10-10, 23:30
It is illegal in a lot of countries thankfully, surprised that it isn't banned in every US state.

http://www.cellular-news.com/car_bans/

Catracoth
19-10-10, 23:33
It was banned in my state as of September 30th.

Love2Raid
19-10-10, 23:34
It's illegal in The Netherlands, for obvious reasons. I really CANNOT believe that anyone would subject not only themselves, but others as well to such big danger. Because it really is dangerous.

How irresponsible. What could be THAT important that it can not wait? Seriously, keep your eyes on the damn road.

/rant

Alpharaider47
19-10-10, 23:35
One can only hope natural selection will remedy this problem :whi:

I see it far too often. I see it like talking on the phone while driving- if you just have to do something like that, at least be good at it.

Lara's Nemesis
19-10-10, 23:39
I see quite a few US states let you use them unless you are driving a school bus.

They should be a blanket ban, had no idea this was still legal in a lot of states. Very strange.

Cochrane
19-10-10, 23:41
I have texted in my car while in a traffic jam, when I could be sure that things wouldnít start moving again within the next five minutes.

Other than that, though, texting while driving has to be one of the stupidest ideas I ever heard. How does one even get the idea that this could possibly be OK?

SkyPuppy
19-10-10, 23:44
It doesn't matter if you're 'good' at it or not, there is still that risk of possibly messing up just once and causing an accident that either injures someone terribly or ends up killing them. It only takes once. Plus, it's the same thing with drinking and driving... people may use this excuse that they're better at driving when they're drunk, but it only takes once to mess up and possibly wipe out someone else because they were selfish enough to go out and basically pay to be stupid.

Alpharaider47
19-10-10, 23:48
It doesn't matter if you're 'good' at it or not, there is still that risk of possibly messing up just once and causing an accident that either injures someone terribly or ends up killing them. It only takes once. Plus, it's the same thing with drinking and driving... people may use this excuse that they're better at driving when they're drunk, but it only takes once to mess up and possibly wipe out someone else because they were selfish enough to go out and basically pay to be stupid.

Hence natural selection.

You can ban it but people will still do it. Look at the hands free movement.

CiaKonwerski
19-10-10, 23:49
is bad... lol

Love2Raid
19-10-10, 23:50
Hence natural selection.
Not a very good example of natural selection though! They are likely to take others with them that have nothing to do with their stupidity! :o

Alpharaider47
19-10-10, 23:51
Not a very good example of natural selection though! They are likely to take others with them that have nothing to do with their stupidity! :o

This is very true, and a shame, but what can you really do about it? It's not as if you can police every person and every vehicle at once =/

Rai
19-10-10, 23:52
Texting while driving...is a very bad idea, imo. Anything that distracts a driver from the road is potentially dangerous.

SkyPuppy
19-10-10, 23:52
Hence natural selection.

You can ban it but people will still do it. Look at the hands free movement.

That is very true. Alot of people will still do things, even when they're clearly not suppose to. Like, I don't know... under-age drinking and/or smoking. Um, watching porn, doing drugs, etc.

Lara's Nemesis
19-10-10, 23:52
http://i54.************/11remoi.jpg

That's reassuring, at least you have to keep one hand on the steering wheel in Massachusetts.:D

Sgt BOMBULOUS
19-10-10, 23:53
This is very true, and a shame, but what can you really do about it? It's not as if you can police every person and every vehicle at once =/

Yeah but if there's a serious enough fine and people start getting busted, others will think again about doing it. It's the same reason you don't go 100 mph in a 35 mph zone.

CiaKonwerski
19-10-10, 23:53
That is very true. Alot of people will still do things, even when they're clearly not suppose to. Like, I don't know... under-age drinking and/or smoking. Um, watching porn, doing drugs, etc.

That is not all that bad........lol

SkyPuppy
19-10-10, 23:55
That is not all that bad........lol

I know, but I'm just saying. :p People who are way underage to be watching porn still have access to it and will indeed watch it, even if they have no business to.

Alpharaider47
19-10-10, 23:55
Yeah but if there's a serious enough fine and people start getting busted, others will think again about doing it. It's the same reason you don't go 100 mph in a 35 mph zone.

I suppose that would be one way, but how would you go about actually catching people in the act? :o It just seems like one of those difficult to win scenarios =/

Lara's Nemesis
19-10-10, 23:57
I suppose that would be one way, but how would you go about actually catching people in the act? :o It just seems like one of those difficult to win scenarios =/

If the police see you doing it they can act here (UK). I still see people using phones, not as common as it used to be tho.

Love2Raid
19-10-10, 23:58
Yeah but if there's a serious enough fine and people start getting busted, others will think again about doing it. It's the same reason you don't go 100 mph in a 35 mph zone.
Exactly! :tmb:

Making people more aware of how dangerous this is and introducing a risk on a fine will help a lot.

Alpharaider:
If they spot you, they'll just make you stop or else write down your license plate number and you'll hear from them. ;)

ozzman
19-10-10, 23:58
my friend only text when he's stopped at a light or hands me the phone and tells me what to text. it's just a distraction

Alpharaider47
20-10-10, 00:01
If the police see you doing it they can act here (UK). I still see people using phones, not as common as it used to be tho.

See that's about the only way I can think of, unless there were more cameras around for that but idk...
I was seriously asking everyone's thoughts though, does anybody have ideas on how police could enforce this better?

CiaKonwerski
20-10-10, 00:01
Has anyone seen this? Saw this a while back! WARNING!!!!!!!!

VERY GRAPHIC!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LCmStIw9E

Dennis's Mom
20-10-10, 00:03
I always tell my son you don't want to be the guy who killed a kid over "LOL."

I can remember a time when you had to pull over and find a pay phone to make a call. Life didn't end. We got along just fine.

Now nothing can wait. The world spins on whether on not a text is answered.

voltz
20-10-10, 00:04
Has anyone seen this? Saw this a while back! WARNING!!!!!!!!

VERY GRAPHIC!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LCmStIw9E

Yup. They did a good job of acting too.

Sgt BOMBULOUS
20-10-10, 00:04
Has anyone seen this? Saw this a while back! WARNING!!!!!!!!

VERY GRAPHIC!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0LCmStIw9E

I love it. Everyone getting a license should be required to watch that. 10 times...

Lara's Nemesis
20-10-10, 00:06
Had a look to see what the penalties were in the UK and found this.

"I am still careful with my driving when talking on my mobile phone. Why can't I use it?

No matter how safe you think you are, it's still dangerous to use a mobile while you're driving. Studies have shown that a driverís reaction can be up to 50% slower than usual and the risk of crashing is increased by 4 times when they are using a mobile phone. Reactions of drivers using mobiles were recorded as being 30% worse than that of a driver who was over the drink driving limit. Texting or speaking on the phone distracts you from what you are doing and you are forced to split your concentration between driving and chatting, when you should be focusing your full attention on the road."


http://www.nopenaltypoints.co.uk/TheLawAndUsingYourMobilePhoneWhileDriving.html


Not sure how accurate these stats are.

Alpharaider47
20-10-10, 00:08
I love it. Everyone getting a license should be required to watch that. 10 times...

Actually, right there might be something to look into. With the way people out where I live drive it's amazing they even managed to get their license in the first place...

voltz
20-10-10, 00:11
Actually, right there might be something to look into. With the way people out where I live drive it's amazing they even managed to get their license in the first place...

Well that's because tests were never strict enough to begin with.

Tombraiderx08
20-10-10, 00:12
Whatever happened to the days when driving was about getting from point A to point B, and nothing more?

Alpharaider47
20-10-10, 00:13
Well that's because tests were never strict enough to begin with.

That's what I'm getting at.

ThatNorskChick
20-10-10, 00:13
It's illegal here in California...of course that doesn't stop anyone from doing it. :rolleyes:

larafan25
20-10-10, 00:41
dangerous and irresponsible.

That would be it.:)

Cochrane
20-10-10, 00:49
It is illegal in a lot of countries thankfully, surprised that it isn't banned in every US state.

http://www.cellular-news.com/car_bans/

I think police could still cite you for texting while driving even in states where it isnĎt explicitly banned. Laws in nearly all jurisdictions state that you have to pay attention to the road. I also think that texting while driving qualifies as reckless, dangerous behavior, which is also forbidden just about everywhere. A specific law against this makes it easier for the police to fine you, because there would be no argument about whether that is dangerous behavior while driving at all, but thatís about it.

Tommy123
20-10-10, 03:44
I cant text and drive at the same time.

Im FAR too paranoid.
Even at the stop light if i feel my phone vibrate i wont look at it cause i think like a flaming semi truck will crash into me lol.

AmericanAssassin
20-10-10, 03:50
I'd be lying if I said I'd never texted and driven at the same time. I try to avoid it if I can, though.

Andyroo
20-10-10, 04:40
Texting while driving is just so stupid. On the road things happen too quickly for idiots to be looking at a phone and not the road and what's around them.

My dickhead friend always gets messages while he's driving then reads it and messages back, usually getting into a texting conversation with the other person, one hand on the wheel - one hand holding his phone near his knee so cops don't see - with his eyes looking down at the phone for most of the time.

He's had two accidents, one of which I was in the car at the time, you'd think someone that's been in one or more accidents would know better than to put his attention to his phone while driving a freakin' car.

People just don't understand that they're putting more than just their own life at risk. Some people just shouldn't be on the roads at all.

:mad:

oocladableeblah
20-10-10, 05:53
I think it is dangerous if the car is moving. She should have been paying attention to the light as well.

Also what is with people and not using their blinkers.

Another Lara
20-10-10, 07:45
I can't stand it, it's dangerous and it's careless!

Only a few weeks ago Jay and I were on our way home going down the M25 and there was a car infront of us that was swerving through lanes as they clearly couldn't keep in a straight line! When it was safe to over take, I looked in at the person driving and it was a young girl texting on her phone, and she barely looked up from the freaking screen! :mad:

I hate to sound like a ***** but if she ended up wrapping her car round a lamp post I would not be sympathetic! It's stupid behaviour like that that leads to innocent people getting hurt or losing their lives! :mad:

chobits743
20-10-10, 14:13
It`s illegal in my state to text and drive, and to do so will land you with a $50 fine and I think some traffic schooling. There have been a lot of deaths here due to texting while driving, so I actually support the law for this. Besides, if you get a text, just let it wait till you get to your destination. :)

Paperdoll
20-10-10, 14:16
I'd be lying if I said I'd never texted and driven at the same time. I try to avoid it if I can, though.

This. I'm not gonna be a hypocrite and say I've never done it although I never, ever ever do it while doing actual driving. I'm almost always stuck in traffic in the mornings (and when I say stuck, I do mean STOPPED) and in a long line due to red lights, so in that particular moment where I'm stuck there and doing absolutely nothing, yes I have texted. Although I do have the skill of doing it without looking at the phone :pi:

As bad as that may be, it doesn't get to the level of going at 120km per hour and bloody texting, with your phone on the wheel. I mean, seriously? -.-'

Ikas90
20-10-10, 14:20
I used to text while driving, but after reading and hearing so much negativity about it, I decided to stop.

I felt that it was just SO urgent that I reply to a text. It's not worth your life though, or anyone elses for that matter.

Sgt BOMBULOUS
20-10-10, 14:25
I personally think texting is a drastically over-used method of "communication". It's inefficient, impersonal, and it seems to be turning today's youth into a bunch of cell-phone bound zombies. Just my two cents though... :p

Paperdoll
20-10-10, 14:37
As many other things, it's not the method itself, it's how people use it. And as someone who grew up on texting (although not as much as kids nowadays), people may eventually grow out of it.

Liara
20-10-10, 14:39
It's inefficient, impersonal, and it seems to be turning today's youth into a bunch of cell-phone bound zombies. Just my two cents though... :p
I always thought it was more efficient than actually talking to someone on the phone. This way you skip the annoying small-talk and dancing around the subject, and tell the person directly what you really need. I rarely text, but if I have the choice, I usually send a message.

Paddy
20-10-10, 14:39
I used to text while driving, but after reading and hearing so much negativity about it, I decided to stop.

I felt that it was just SO urgent that I reply to a text. It's not worth your life though, or anyone elses for that matter.

Best idea is to stop to text :p

Sgt BOMBULOUS
20-10-10, 14:49
I always thought it was more efficient than actually talking to someone on the phone. This way you skip the annoying small-talk and dancing around the subject, and tell the person directly what you really need. I rarely text, but if I have the choice, I usually send a message.

Exactly! Just call them for Christ's sakes! I think it's usefulness only really comes to light where a phone call would be inappropriate (like during a meeting or something).

tranniversary119
20-10-10, 15:21
I cannot text and drive at the same time, I'm AWFUL at multitasking. I've tried before and couldn't even get the phone in my hands, so yeah :p I know a lot of people that say they use their knees to drive and text, and I've seen a lot of people text and drive while I'm in the car. It's dangerous even if you're good at it.

Joely-Moley
20-10-10, 16:07
I hate it, especially at lights. All the time now when I come up to a set of lights it seems people in the cars around me whip out the phone to send a text. It's worse when they aren't at lights though. Get a grip and wait till you're out of the car.

Mikky
20-10-10, 16:40
People are addicited to texting. What else can I say? :p

star-dust
20-10-10, 16:41
It is illegal here in Canada to use any handheld device while you are driving. I have never texted when I've driven because I feel I need to give my whole attention to my surroundings when I drive because I get too paranoid about hitting something/someone. Pull over if you need to use your phone.

Encore
20-10-10, 16:52
There's no excuse to text while you drive. None whatsoever. And the way I see it, if something seriously urgent happens, people call you, they don't text, so there's no way a text would be THAT dramatic. Of course, talking while driving isn't any better, but at least there's hands free kits for that.

Exactly! Just call them for Christ's sakes! I think it's usefulness only really comes to light where a phone call would be inappropriate (like during a meeting or something).

Texting is much cheaper. With certain plans, it's even free. I hardly ever use my phone and when I do it's to make calls, but I certainly can see where the text addiction comes from.

Catapharact
20-10-10, 16:55
It is illegal here in Canada to use any handheld device while you are driving.

The law just came into effect I believe and I fully agree with it. Heck, I use a hand free phone system in my car and I usually have it on for emergency communication only (which is something my friends don't seem to understand :pi:.) I fully agree with and completely back the law. It seems like Toronto finally got the message when it comes to impared driving and traffic fatalities.

Alpharaider47
20-10-10, 17:11
The law just came into effect I believe and I fully agree with it. Heck, I use a hand free phone system in my car and I usually have it on for emergency communication only (which is something my friends don't seem to understand :pi:.) I fully agree with and completely back the law. It seems like Toronto finally got the message when it comes to impared driving and traffic fatalities.

See, I can abide by this. I haven't been in any situation where I *needed* to answer my phone while driving. People can wait :vlol: And you can probably tell when it's an emergency because they'll probably call more than once. If that's the case just pull over.

Ikas90
20-10-10, 17:14
There's no excuse to text while you drive. None whatsoever. And the way I see it, if something seriously urgent happens, people call you, they don't text, so there's no way a text would be THAT dramatic. Of course, talking while driving isn't any better, but at least there's hands free kits for that.

I wouldn't think talking is that bad, even without a hands-free kit. You can keep your eyes on the road.

robm_2007
20-10-10, 17:18
i have yet to see anyone texting while on a motrcycle, so we arent completley stupid....yet.

Cochrane
20-10-10, 17:26
Exactly! Just call them for Christ's sakes! I think it's usefulness only really comes to light where a phone call would be inappropriate (like during a meeting or something).

The second part is the big advantage of a text message, though: It is asynchronous, and you donít demand that someone else make time for you right now. Thatís why I prefer it for information for which I donít need a reply right away.

But chatting via text messages, as so many people seem to love to do, thatís just stupid.

Encore
20-10-10, 17:35
I wouldn't think talking is that bad, even without a hands-free kit. You can keep your eyes on the road.

But not your hands on the wheel, and your brain is distracted all the same.

Sgt BOMBULOUS
20-10-10, 17:35
The second part is the big advantage of a text message, though: It is asynchronous, and you donít demand that someone else make time for you right now. Thatís why I prefer it for information for which I donít need a reply right away.

But chatting via text messages, as so many people seem to love to do, thatís just stupid.

It's nice to see that we agree on something. :)

Antonio
20-10-10, 17:36
In my country when police saw a guy who holding a cellphone while driving, he have to pay. One time my my cousin was driving a car and he was talking with another guy on cellphone. From the miles was a police so my cousin react fast and he was pretending to scratch his ears, luckily the police didn't see him.:vlol:

star-dust
20-10-10, 17:37
But not your hands on the wheel, and your brain is distracted all the same.

Exactly, but even with hands free just because you still have both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road you're brain still isn't solely focused on the road anymore...

lara c. fan
20-10-10, 17:38
But chatting via text messages, as so many people seem to love to do, thatís just stupid.

I think I'll agree with that. I only text to sort out quite important things while I'm at school and can't really take a call.

robm_2007
20-10-10, 17:39
But chatting via text messages, as so many people seem to love to do, thatís just stupid.

i dont like taking on the phone,so i prolly would be texting away if i had a cell phone.

but its the same concept as emailing or IMing someone; i think its just dumb when ppl are consumed by it. Texting is a drug that ppl seem to be addicted to.

Encore
20-10-10, 17:39
Recently there was some big fuss over here, when some people were fired through text messages. Now THAT is decadent. :p

xXhayleyroxXx
20-10-10, 19:08
Texting while driving is a big no-no. My friend texts while driving and he's crashed a few times -- and he wonders why I won't get in the car with him!

cezy rockeru
20-10-10, 19:20
This is very dangerous and you should think about it before doing it.It's like driving drunk.:pi:

Sgt BOMBULOUS
20-10-10, 19:21
Texting while driving is a big no-no. My friend texts while driving and he's crashed a few times -- and he wonders why I won't get in the car with him!

Proof that natural selection doesn't always work...

Avalon SARL
20-10-10, 19:31
People like these are idiot and brainless persons who do not deserve to own a driving license :mad:

too bad they are everywhere

TombRaiderLover
20-10-10, 19:35
I personally think texting is a drastically over-used method of "communication". It's inefficient, impersonal, and it seems to be turning today's youth into a bunch of cell-phone bound zombies. Just my two cents though... :pI am so tempted to quote this in my next Facebook status.

Sgt BOMBULOUS
20-10-10, 19:37
I am so tempted to quote this in my next Facebook status.

Just remember me if you become famous.

TombRaiderLover
20-10-10, 19:39
Just remember me if you become famous.I'll send you a cheque for five dollars.

xXhayleyroxXx
20-10-10, 19:40
Proof that natural selection doesn't always work...

lmao! <3

Melonie Tomb Raider
20-10-10, 19:42
It's terribly dangerous. :/ I might read a text while I'm driving, but it's very rare that I actually do text, and I really shouldn't at all. If I'm at a red light I usually get a quick text out, though.

It shouldn't ever be done at all, though. It's way too dangerious, and I certainly don't want to be responsible for causing potential harm to anyone.

ultima espio
20-10-10, 19:43
My mates text while driving too.

I've seen people eating chips and driving, and drinking a big carton of juice. On the M6 as well :eek:

Some people like to live life on the edge I guess.

lunavixen
20-10-10, 22:56
i think people who text while they drive should have their licences permanently confiscated, fined heavily and if they cause an accident, they should be thrown in jail. studies have found that being on the phone while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk. in Australia, there is a blanket ban on using a phone while driving (i'm not sure whether it includes hands free kits yet, but i think it does). L and P platers (both red and green) are not allowed to even have the engine on if their phone is in their hands, you have to pull over and turn off the ignition to answer the phone or you'll be fined.

the fine in Australia is one penalty unit (which i think is $115) for the first infraction and it gets more expensive from there, after the third infraction (i think, not sure whether its changed) your licence gets suspended for three months and you have to go to court

jjbennett
20-10-10, 23:16
When you're driving you shouldn't do anything else. If you need to text/read a text/make a call/eat something just stop the car. There's no excuse when you're driving a lump of metal at high speeds...people get killed. I personally would like to see drivers permanently banned for doing any of the above, its a total joke that they are allowed to get away with little fines and tellings off.

The Great Chi
21-10-10, 00:25
I think it is very hard to police such criminality as 'distractions in cars'.

I know when the mobile phone ban came in, in many parts of the world , people can still be seen using phones to their ears while driving.

Texting WHILE DRIVING in a car is far more of a distraction, and what about eating, drinking, screaming kids in the back, reading paper maps on the go, programming sat navs, changing DVDs, purse search and lipstickers, alcoholics and drugged out no-brainers, and BMW owners.

All these things you have to watch out for on the road, as when they get killed, they usually take others with them :yik:

Sgt BOMBULOUS
01-11-10, 19:01
I thought I'd add this to the thread (because GC is getting boring)

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Stupid *****.

leglion
01-11-10, 19:13
That's totally out of style now. :rolleyes: people need to keep up with the times; texting while diving is what's in now. ;)

Legend 4ever
01-11-10, 20:59
I can't even listen to music or maintain a decent conversation, let alone text while I'm driving lol