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So can someone please tell me....

What is with people TEXTING AND DRIVING?!?!?!?!?

What the crap are they thinking?!? You honestly don't have the motivation to hit the SEND button and just TALK to them?

Just today, in 30 minutes I saw 5.......5 people TEXTING while they were driving.
One of them so much that they we in front of about 20 cars going 15 miles under the speed limit and not seeing red lights turn to green. When I finally got next to her in the other lane her face was buried in her phone! WHAT!?!?? And get this, the light turns green, she doesn't go right away (and shes in the right turn only lane) and she goes STRAIGHT!!! there is no lane there!!!! WTF!!!

I don't want to die because some stupid chick is texting her boyfriend and she merges into my lane on a 5 lane downtown set up. All I know is that I am constantly driving for work (delivering pizza) and I see people doing this everyday. I wish there was more that i could do than honk my horn and scare the crap out of them. WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?!?!?!?!?!

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The Germans have the autoban (sp?) which has no speed limit. GO as fast as you would like. The also don't have ashtrays, cup holders, radio's (use to not have radios), etc. No distractions means what? You got it. Less casualties. There are far more accidents in america due to distractions. And we put a limit on how fast we can go.
Europe has also started a new system for speeding tickets. Now, when speeding if you get a ticket it goes off of a percentage of your income. SOmeone in Sweden recently got ticketed for speeding and had to pay 250,000. I have a feeling he will slow down. GOod way to discourage people from breaking the law.
Jenny - my argument is FOR enforcement of this law. I'm explaining WHY I do it and how I justify it, but admitting that it's wrong. My point is I'm not an idiot or an unkind, careless person, but I text while I drive. I am all for making it illegal, because that will stop people like me from making stupid mistakes and getting in accidents!
Actually, I will have to disagree with the irresponsible question....Blazo thats crazy and you know it. It seems like no matter what you are replying too it has to be against what is being said. I have to say that is a terrible mindset towards the subject.
even if you always have to play the game of devil's advocate, I would be more careful with topics that are as touchy as this. Everyone here can agree (as research backs up) that it is just as bad as drinking and driving. Probably not the smartest idea to admit on a public forum that you do it all of the time. I am willing to bet that 99% of people on here know someone who has been killed by a drunk driver. Not to mention that most of us in the disc golf community lost a great friend recently due to a drunk driver, may you rest in peace EOG. Probably not the best way to show respect.
hey jenny, first off, as i posted an hour or so ago from work, i think you guys totally misunderstood what i was saying. second i think you are putting way too much on s*** on me by extending your post to equating me to a drunk driver. yes, there are some similarities, but no, they aren't the same thing.

here's the best way i can clear up what the point i was making:
DON'T HATE THE ROAD TEXTERS, CHANGE THE SYSTEM!!! People that text while driving aren't necessarily "bad" or "stupid" people! They are like the rest of us except they have a bad habit that you don't! Take action and make this a law or encourage enforcement of the law if it is already active in your area!!! Hating gets you NOWHERE!!!!!!!

Since I've seen this thread, I have stopped myself from texting everytime i've been driving. Just wanted to explain the mindset of a road texter!
Try to understand what I'm saying more next time you think its a terrible mindset. In life and on this site, I almost ALWAYS try to encourage understanding of others rather than prejudice and unfair judgements. If you read something I wrote and think it sounds like I'm trying to start trouble or something, its most likely because I see injustice or quick judgements being made. I am a human rights advocate all day long Emma, not someone who thinks texting and driving is good for society.
I was not trying to slander you, but your first post where you admit you do it all the time and have "almost" been in many accidents was little out there. I am not sure how you would expect people to respond to that. There are a lot of studies out there that show the similiraties and dangers between texting while driving and drinking while driving. I don't think you need to wait for a law to go into effect before changing your ways- if you know that what you are doing is wrong, it cannot be justified by saying there is no law saying you can't do that. Make a point to save a life. I am not just saying that to you- I would say this to anyone who makes habits of doing things that will distract one while driving. A lot of innocent people get killed because of someone else's irresponsibilities- that is about as unjust as it can get. A long time a go I made a decision to never do these things- not because I am worried about getting a DUI, or wrecking my car, but because I know I could never live with myself knowing that my actions could cause someone to loose their mother, father, or child. Respect for other people's lives is my FIRST concern. I'm no saint, this is nothing but common sense. My second concern about this is the fact that I don't want to die- and I feel pretty helpless because I have no way of controlling anyone else's actions. I cannot even count how many times I have almost been hit by someone using a cell phone- if I get killed someone better have the guts to explaine to my family and my goddaughter what was so important that could not wait. Also, if more people felt stronger about this, I personally know I would feel a lot safer out there on the road. Even if there were a law that covered this for the entire state (it exists in Detroit) it is not as if everyone will stop. Be proactive, change your habits, or simply pull over! Good work on already making the change.
I just moved to the Kansas city area and it is pandemic here. And driving is a total crap shoot. Something needs to be done in a big way. As Mr. Calhoon pointed out your driving ability is that of a drunk behind the wheel and the punishment for texting while driving needs to be A. enforced. and B. serously increased. Its a daily fear and thats just stupid.
Not to thread drift too much. but another dangerous behavior I find myself doing as opposed to texting, which I don't do very often, is looking through my ipod for a different song or band.
I think that driving in general is too much of an assumed privilege in this country. If we really wanted to keep the roads safe, there would be more difficult driving tests and cops would be more focused on reckless driving.
Driving is just that. Driving , nothing else.

People need to pay attention to the road and those around them. There are Laws here in California on this Issue.

If it is so important to Text message , pull over and do your business. Get off the road and prevent accidents.


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