- “Reading a text is safer than composing and sending one.”
- “I hold the phone up at eye level so I can still see out the windshield.”
- “I increase my follow distance when I use my phone.”
A sobering reminder of the dangers of texting and driving [Infographic]
2. akmaintu (Posts: 42; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)
In my city, even the bikers text while driving.
3. RangersK (Posts: 66; Member since: 15 May 2012)
They're in the wrong place. Send all of them to a circus.
4. iShepherd (Posts: 38; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Don't send them to us please. Believe it or not we clowns have standards. Send them to a zoo instead.
8. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
In my city, cops text and drive. But this is Louisiana where we are known for our strict laws...
5. ilia1986 (unregistered)
How absolutely IDIOTIC you must be to text and drive? It's far far worse than drinking and driving.
7. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
In which world is this statement true? You can turn off the text and focus on the road, you can't turn off being drunk.
I have never actually texted and driven at the same time, it's too involving as you have to look away from the road to focus on what you are reading or writing. Add this to the fact that people on the road aren't exactly the smartest drivers and are probably driving while reading something on their steering wheel, talking on the phone, having such a deep dialogue with the passengers they aren't focusing on driving. Loads of ridiculous things I have witnessed on the roads in NY, worst so far are NJ drivers who do insane things, three lane switch with no indication they were going to switch lanes....or the driver who swears if he misses this exit he will get lost and decides to do the three lane switch to the exit with no warning.
Nope texting is definitely worse than these ridiculous types of drivers, or perhaps the genius who decides to enter the highway at much lower than highway speeds when traffic is flowing at 50+. There are just too many ridiculous things common everyday drivers do which make driving dangerous aside from texting. My last car had bluetooth integration and that worked wonderfully, I swear the amount of people who have this in their cars and do not use it is astounding, especially those seen in BMW, Mercs and Jags....you paid that much for that car you need to use hands free, I'm tired I watching you swerve and then pass you to see you have a damn cell phone jammed between your head and shoulder.
Cars and cellphones should have integrated devices that automatically disable texts and phone calling and force bluetooth once the car shifts out of park. This way people must comply and if you want to use your cell again, pull over and put it in park. This will also stop the police officers who use their cell phones while driving on duty in squad cars(I have witnessed this myself). Perks my ass, it's called taking advantage of your authority, you represent it you are not "The" authority. Lead by example, do as I say and not as I do never works.
9. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)
Have you seen the iPad steering wheel mount. I dont want to see an iPad in the face at 200 mph.
11. snowgator (Posts: 3554; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Nothing in your statement is false, but I think you are taking ilia 1986 comment to literally. When you are drunk, there is NO WAY you are able to make all the proper decisions when driving, this is just a simple statement of fact. But when you are in the PROCESS OF TEXTING, there is no way you can either. Of course you can shut off the phone, but did you read the article? People are saying it is EASY to text and drive. Education on this is low, we are where we were in the 70's with drinking and driving. It is still accepted, despite the mounting number of crashes to prove otherwise.
6. aahmed215 (Posts: 163; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
I only text/use my phone when at a red traffic light. Occasionally I piss off the person behind me when I'm still sitting there at a green light.
12. manny1673 (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Dec 2009)
So, that makes it ok to break the law because you're stopped at a red light? Are you not in control of a motor vehicle on the roadway? What happens when that pissed off person behind you speeds around you and you don't realize he's coming around you and you pull ahead causing an accident? You even admit it yourself that you are distracted, with the comment of the pissed off driver behind you. We as drivers don't need more distractions. There are already way too many without cellphones.
13. aahmed215 (Posts: 163; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
Don't get your panties in a bunch. I never said what I was doing was not wrong. I was just simply stating a fact.
10. Johnnokia (Posts: 1059; Member since: 27 May 2012)
Watch this please and imagine yourself instead this girl ,