Can those texting while driving be shamed into stopping?

Can those texting while driving be shamed into stopping?
Did you know that right this second, 660,000 drivers in the U.S. are using their cell phones from behind the wheel? Each of these drivers spend 4.6 seconds with their eyes off the road, while sending or receiving a text message. That is the equivalent of driving blindly for the length of a football field at 55mph. And most crashes give you only 3 seconds to react. Overall, 80% of automobile crashes are due to driver inattention.

The source of this data is a website called TWITspotting.com that is dedicated to putting up pictures of drivers texting while behind the wheel. The site's founder, Brian Singer, has taken some of the pictures that he has collected and put them up on giant billboards in the San Francisco area. Singer quickly realized that the number of people breaking the law was high. "For every nose picker, there's 20 texters. Unofficial estimation by me," Singer said. And yes, texting while driving is a crime in the city, with a ticket carrying a minimum fine of $76.


TWIT is an acronym for Texting while in traffic, and you can send in your own photos to the site via email or post them on Instagram using the hashtag #TWIT. Currently, there are 11 billboards showing blown-up pictures of TWITs. Singer has to pay for all of this out of pocket since other organizations will not help defray the costs. And while some might consider what Singer is doing to be an invasion of privacy, the graphic designer says that drivers on the road don't have an expectation of privacy.



source: TWITSpotting.com via CNN

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14 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

This is actually a great idea. I hate seeing other people on the road texting and driving.

2. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

What about the taking of a picture? Composition takes a good amount of time in and of itself.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I doubt the photographer was driving a car, considering the angle the pic was shot.

3. Ikechukwu

Posts: 252; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Good, I don't just get why you'll want to risk your life because of some silly text, facebook blah, Instagrtam blah, or twitter blah.... Blah blah blah. Turn on the radio and keep yourself busy if you get bored.

5. hurrycanger

Posts: 1765; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Too bad some people text or facebook to keep themselves busy, lol.

4. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Busted!!

6. willard12 unregistered

Smartwatches have a purpose after all.

8. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Dumb, if i saw my self like that i'd take a pic and send it to my friends lol But really it's just another way for us to lose our privacy.

9. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 605; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I hope they will also take pictures of the policemen who do it.

10. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

BAD IDEA! If this continues, I WOULD totally text and drive. What more cool than seeing yourself on a bill board in NYC? :D

14. jsdechavez

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

You crazy. haha

11. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

This is where touchless/voice controls comes in handy.

12. xDrizzyXx

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 28, 2011

I text while drive & it wouldn't stop me, I'd stop & laugh at it & then keep on with what I was doing lol.

13. zeljonsu

Posts: 22; Member since: May 24, 2012

they should add derogatory captions as well... :)

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