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Was riding on a bus and was observing all the drivers in cars swerving in their lanes.

It's illegal to text and drive so what to people do? They hold the phones down near the shifter and text from there. Not looking at the road at all. I get it -- if you want to text, you can't hold it up near the steering wheel since you may, on very rare occassions, get cited.

I HATE people who text and drive. But if you're going to do it, I'd rather you hold up it near the wheel so that you can at least see the road using peripheral vision.

Whatever the fuck you're doing, it's not worth risking my fucking life.




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Posts: 7706 | Location: In the gilded cage | Registered: December 09, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I also hate people who text and drive. I would love for it to be legal to hit their car with a paint ball. #1, it would wake them up for a few minutes. #2, it would give other drivers a heads up that an idiot is behind the wheel.
 
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Many drivers here text while stopped at stop light. We gotta' beep the horn when light turns green to get their attention.


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Posts: 6274 | Location: Arizona | Registered: August 17, 2008Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Many drivers here text while stopped at stop light. We gotta' beep the horn when light turns green to get their attention.


I give em a blast rather than a beep!!
 
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I also hate people who text and drive. I would love for it to be legal to hit their car with a paint ball drag them out of the car and beat the slime out of them. #1, it would wake them up for a few minutes. #2, it would give other drivers a heads up that an idiot is behind the wheel.


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it could easily be stopped with some GPS motion sensing tech that ties up the keyboard and forces voice commands only.


Of course we wouldn't want to do that because some passenger might be inconvenienced, or a parent that might have to talk to a kid.

Plus there are super duper cool drivers out there who can text, take a crap, do their hair, tune a piano, juggle hand grenades and drive without a problem



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Many drivers here text while stopped at stop light. We gotta' beep the horn when light turns green to get their attention.


As someone else here said; I haven't seen a light turn green since I got my phone!



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Posts: 8990 | Location: Madison, MS | Registered: December 10, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Many drivers here text while stopped at stop light. We gotta' beep the horn when light turns green to get their attention.


I give em a blast rather than a beep!!

Same here. Years ago, I would give a polite tap of the horn if the light turned green and the car in front didn’t start moving.

Now I assume they’re checking Facebook or Instagram and lay on the horn.


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I'm not in favor of texting while driving (or other distracted driving - or DUI) BUT what about cops that are driving while looking at and/or using the computer mounted in their car, and talking on the radio and looking out the side windows "hunting for the perp" etc.

Is it only certain people who are coordinated enough to be allowed to do all that at the same time ?


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Posts: 3068 | Location: East Tennessee | Registered: August 21, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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In Texas it is illegal to text and drive. That doesn't stop folks from doin' it. I have 'em pass me driving at least 80 texting to their heart's content weaving in and out of traffic going down a 4 lane highway.


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Back in July a female turned the corner too fast, got off the road some and took out my mailbox and knocked my trashcan about 75'. My son slowed the video from one of the outside cameras. Could see that it was a female and right in front of her was her phone. Unfortunately tag was not visible.
 
Posts: 1127 | Location: The Backyard of Nowhere | Registered: August 09, 2010Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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IMO texting while driving should mandate charges for Reckless Driving AND Careless Driving. Basically throw the book at the offender and stack the charges so they lose their license to drive, have to pay fines in excess of 1000 dollars, and face at least a full year in the county jail. Of course all this could be avoided if the Phone manufacturers would disable texting on any phone moving at more than 4 miles per hour. Yeah, even those walking at a rapid pace or out for a morning run wouldn't be able to text.

Because as someone who walks for exercise I am in a position to see what people are actually doing while driving along. My experience has shown that those under 30 will text and drive 70% of the time. Those 40-50 are in the range of 50%, 50-60 is at about 35%, and those over 60 understand the risk and less than 15% text and drive.

I will also note that I now chose the sidewalks I use to insure that I am facing the oncoming traffic just to allow me to get a small moment to react if one of these MORONS decides that texting is more important than actually staying in their lane. Because I saw what happens when a 20 something female climbed a curb and center punched a large Oak tree at about 40 mph. Busted both legs and her hip when the engine basically landed in her lap.


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I like the paintball idea. A lot of the cars would soon put Joseph's many-colored coat to shame.


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There is a non-profit organization in Virginia called "Drive Smart VA." It promotes "common sense" approaches to driving, such as wearing a seat belt, not drinking and driving, and making your car a "no texting zone." They even have a license plate for it.





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I like the paintball idea. A lot of the cars would soon put Joseph's many-colored coat to shame.


Have the state sell paintballs, limit 5 per month. See a stupid, unsafe driver? Shoot. Cars that receive ten hit during the month, get parked right then and there for 30 days.



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I live in a college town, it’s sort of pitiful watching all of the handicapped young folks, you know the ones only have the use of one hand due to the permanent attachment of a phone to one hand, hell they even have trouble walking while playing on their phone.
 
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One reason for this is that few people understand the physics involved with a 4000 lb vehicle traveling at 70 mph.
 
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In Texas it is illegal to text and drive. That doesn't stop folks from doin' it. I have 'em pass me driving at least 80 texting to their heart's content weaving in and out of traffic going down a 4 lane highway.


I wasn’t aware of this. Here I know it is illegal in school zones but have not heard about it being illegal in general. When was this law enacted?

Every time I drive, and I mean every single time I see gross negligence due to this and have to swap lanes, swerve, and generally make whatever move necessary to get away from people doing this. I don’t think it’s all texting, I think social media apps are as big or larger problem than texting.



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A couple years ago, a text and drive asshole about killed me. I was on my motorcycle coming down the interstate and a car veered at me. I got a really good look at the inside guardrail, but I didn't go down. When I got caught up to the twatwaffle, she was texting and driving with her knee.
I sold my bike the next week. That was the closest I came to a really bad crash, and it spooked me.




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My 2009 Xterra was totaled by a texting kid in Jeep Cherokee. I was stopped at a red light. Witness said he never looked up before hitting me at 40 mph. Claimed his brakes failed. LE encouraged him to man up and admit because they could, or claimed they could, get his phone records.
 
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