The NHTSA really wants to stop texting and driving, will publicly shame you on Twitter to do it

The NHTSA - short for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration - is carrying out an aggressive Twitter campaign against texting and driving.

A quick glance at the agency's Twitter feed shows that the NHTSA is making a habit out of directly tweeting those who admit to texting and driving on the social network. This is a smart way of getting the message to spread on Twitter because let's face it: getting publicly shamed by a federal agency on Twitter is likely to encourage the reconsideration of this deadly habit.

Texting while in the driver seat feels wrong when we do it, and it turns out that this hunch is deeply anchored in statistics. According to the latest report from the NHTSA, smartphones played a key role in the 8.1% increase in traffic deaths in H1 of 2015

Note that this is not the first time that the NHTSA is going after texting and driving, although the approach is a bit different. Back in 2010, the US federal body tried - and failed - to impose a nationwide ban on texting and driving.

The NHTSA's Tweets are joined by a #justdrive hashtag, which appears to be getting traction among federal and state traffic safety agencies. On our part, we encourage you to use this hashtag yourself and help spread the word.

source: NHTSA via The Verge



45. Fellwalker

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

I'm just amazed that it isn't illegal.

35. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

If everyone got together, this would be solvable. But it is not just texting. There are tons of things that take your eyes off the road. (Radio, GPS, seat warmers, speedometer etc.) Even my new car put in BLIND SPOT detection indicators on the SIDE mirrors. Meaning if I want to see if a car is beside me, I cannot be looking forward.

34. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

How can the NHTSA tell if the text was sent using voice recognition? It can't, so it's engaging in detraction.

50. mellohjello

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

I will be only too happy to demonstrate to the NHTSA exactly how Cortana makes hands-free texting not only fully legal, but less distracting than a hands-free voice call. Bring it on.

23. mellohjello

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Yes, texting while driving in the traditional way is 100% irresponsible, dangerous and STUPID. That said, if one believes that hands-free voice calls are allowable (either over a Bluetooth headset, or via the vehicle's speakers via the phone-to-vehicle BT connection, then there IS an equally safe way to text while driving. It's called Cortana (running on either Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile phones), combined with a good Bluetooth headset. I switched from Android about a year ago to Windows Phone, and as usual when in the car I put on my BT headset and paired it with the new Windows phone. To my surprise, while on a long drive I received a text, and Cortana read it to me over the BT headset earpiece, then ALLOWED ME TO REPLY VIA VOICE DICTATION. Never touched the phone, never even looked at the phone. Both hands on the wheel, both eyes on the road ahead, receiving and replying to texts TOTALLY HANDS-FREE, equally as safely as being on a regular voice calls hands-free, or listening to the radio, or listening to navigation instructions. BTW, Cortana also plays navigation instructions over the BT headset, allows me to dictate a quick email (as long as the email address is in my Contacts list), will place calls to numbers not in my Contacts ("call the nearest Home Depot store"), gives me fairly accurate ETAs ('travel time from current location to nearest airport"), etc. All because Cortana is so fully integrated with the OS and Bluetooth headsets, no third-party apps required Now, I understand clearly that Cortana's & Windows Phone's AWESOME capability for safe, hands-free, efficient communication while wearing a BT headset will not get die-hard iOS or Android fans to switch. BUT, if you value safety, convenience and efficiency over a specific phone OS, and if you are not married to specific apps (like local banking apps) that may not be available on Windows Phone, then it's worth considering switching to Windows Phone / WIndows 10 Mobile and spending $100 on a high-quality, noise-cancelling headset (such as the VXI Blue Parrot "Xpressway II" headset, which is what I use). Personally, I don't care which phone OS or brand of phone I use, as long as it does the job for me and is reliable. I'm not a hard-core app user, I only have 40 or so apps on my Lumia 950, and it does everything I want & need it to do. For me, the phenominal convenience and safety of Cortana paired to my VXI Xpressway headset far, far, FAR outweighs any of the disadvantages of not having access to 1.5 million apps on Android or iOS, or being considered "uncool" to have a Windows phone. For me, safety is the most important thing, and Cortana on Windows Mobile gives me completely hands-free safety and convenience.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

There's nothing "uncool" about having a WP. I'm jealous that you can get by with lack of some popular apps/games. But with Siri, I dont have to give up the apps in order to have FULL Handsfree AND Eyesfree phone navigation. One of the things that helps out is the ability to ask siri to "REVIEW" what you just asked her to text or email before sending it out, and if necessary to "CHANGE" that body of text. I can put my phone under the seat (that's what I do) and do about 80% of the functions on my phone using nothing but voice.... Hey offsubject: what would you recommend for video editing/cutting/compiling apps in WP?

49. mellohjello

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Still, Cortana's way seems more fully integrated, with effortless flow. But I wonder why not even Apple has promoted the hands-free capabilities. Sorry, I haven't done any video editing, so I have nothing to offer you on that point. I do use VLC ( to view media, but I'm ignorant of video editor apps. I would suggest you go to and poke around there, as they do a lot of basic research on WP apps (incl compiling a good list of WP apps that in their opinions covers 90% of all popular app functionality). Cheers!

51. mellohjello

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

At, the feature article I'm referring to for a great list of WP apps is titled "The top 0.1% Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile applications", which was last updated on Dec 15th, 2015. Under the heading "Video Sharing/Editing" it lists 12 apps. On a separate note, if you want a very cool lockscreen app, go to the Microsoft Store and download City Art Search, then go into the settings to make that your lockscreen, and set it to show random art (or your favorite artists) at 3-hr intervals. It's a really cool app, kind of a "cultural Easter egg" for WP/W10M.

55. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Google Now does the same. There's nothing exceptional about Cortana.

57. mellohjello

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 25, 2015

Really? When did that happen? I'm curious, because the hot-shots at the Verizon corporate store, who desperately wanted to sell me the latest, most expensive Moto Droid Turbo 2 with "drive mode" (ha) were unable to get Android to read texts over my BT headset, and they knew nothing about getting Android to let me reply via voice. I don't know of anyone with an Android phone who has described having the same experience as I did with my first Windows Phone, i.e. with Cortana, the reading and replying to texts via BT headset happened automatically, simply by pairing the BT headset to the Windows Phone. No setup, no extra apps, it all happened automatically, all built in at the OS level. Yes, Google Now does allow a lot of voice commands, but if what you say is true, then you should be able to list here exactly how we can do text reading and replying ve BT on our Android phones, and it would be a great public service. Please explain how it works.

15. isergio04

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

In related news, Teen Dies from checking tweet from NHTSA....

5. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

where I live in, the govt. have put CCTV cameras on roads while authorities are roaming around to catch people who were doing something else while driving and asks for rather hefty fines and gives u 'black points' for if it stacks to a certain point they will take away your license, and aside from texting, calling, taking a selfie, and watching movies, they also included drinking, eating, and doing make-up. In short, it's like anything that distracts the driver. That's how you teach people to focus on driving :D

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Good move on their part, shows they really do care. Such stupid drivers deserve to be publicly humiliated.

8. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

" Such stupid drivers deserve to be publicly humiliated"... Oh! What if you are in your car, driving and awaiting a million dollar deal. And you need to serve your client urgently, otherwise you'll lose the deal. Then your client dials your phone number for the urgent service... Won't you answer and text while driving? Be honest! LMFAO

10. WPX00

Posts: 513; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

You'll probably have a driver in that situation with that kind of money.

12. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

WPX00, not everyone needs or wants a driver.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'd proudly pull over and answer the call/text, a million dollars is definitely more worthy than getting to my destination 5 to 10 minutes earlier...

13. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

What if there's no way to pull out easily? Being on the high way, surrounded by heavy traffic. And let's assume you phone's juice goes flat, you've got no back up phone nor power bank. Then you've just began charging it via wireless, charging in your car... And your client suddenly calls. If you leave the car with your cellphone, it'll shut down due to no juice. The only way to pick up that call, is to stay in your car, because your mobile is on charge... Either you answer the million-dollar call instantly, or you lose the deal... Won't you answer it and chat with that client while driving? Be honest!!! LMAO

14. TheUnbiasedGuy

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 21, 2016

wow man,are you a writer for a shop opera or something ?The way you make scenarios is ....just wow.

16. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Haha, I can come up with any sort of trap, just to catch a prey. I'm waiting for MrElectriyer's response. I've got more scenarios. :D

18. hmmm...

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

What ifs scenarios are just what if. What if the driver does answer the call but knock down you or someone you know? Is that million dollar worth it now? See? Not so clever or funny now is it? A million dollars is not worth the risk to self or others, unless you consider the risk to self others life being worth less a million dollars. For people who deal in millions dollars, that 1 million dollar can wait or is not going to make a difference in the long run.

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I'm pretty sure a businessman would have an earpiece or handsfree carkit. I know I have one and they are cheap. A lot cheaper than getting a ticket, not to mention f**king up someones life. And I doubt a million dollar deal needs to be done by texting.

43. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

You doubt? What if the deal is about you needing to give some infos or code needed to conclude the deal. Of course, a million dollar deal can be done via texting,

46. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You do know you can give this info or code by just calling and get confirmation at the same time. You make sure with a million dollar deal by calling, not texting. All the sales people I know from work and previous jobs, they call, they don't text that s**t

53. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Most people? You do not know all business people and their M.O. The Netherlands isn't the whole world! I hope you enjoying your country's business M.O and lifestyle.

56. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You are quite presumptions to think I only work in my own country. Also, I didn't say most people, I said sales people I know. Reading isn't really your strong suit is it.

30. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

How many people actually cace such a situation? Million dollar deal.. No powerbank.. Emergency call.. Hardly a handful. Most people are sending daily messages.

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

There's always a chance to pull over, at least here in Canada, no matter how heavy traffic is on the highway. Besides, if traffic were that heavy, I wouldn't be moving fast, if at all. Even if you're referring to urban areas or downtown area, there's always the option to pull else would the cops be able to stop you for whatever traffic law without blocking all other traffic 'cause of just you? Regardless, every vehicle has a cigarette lighter, and my in-car MicroUSB charger is always in the car. If I were low on juice, I'd know, before I start moving, to at least plug in my device. Also, FYI, there's no wireless charging in most vehicles of today, sounds like you're creating a special excuse based on future possibilities to justify stupid actions of about ridonkulous.

42. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Luxury Mercedes-Benz E series support wireless charging, bruh.

47. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Interesting, too bad not everyone that texts and drives is driving such vehicle...

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