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Do you think texting while driving should be outlawed?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 29, 2009

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“Yes, it’s a huge distraction and from what I understand, drunk drivers have a quicker reaction time than people that are texting.”

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“I do think it should be outlawed because it is too distracting.”

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“Yes, because it’s dangerous and it distracts the driver when you should be focusing on the road.”

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“Yes, especially on highways … and windy roads.”

Comments

parrothead8 4 years, 6 months ago

"Since barry o was annointed, talk of these bans have become more common than swine flu."

Wrong. Cripes, you're really reaching on this one. Talk of banning texting while driving has been going on for years...and it gets re-ignited every time someone gets killed because a texting driver wasn't paying attention. Who happens to be president has nothing to do with it.

Remember the train crash near LA a year ago where the driver of the train missed a signal and over two dozen people ended up dead? Within weeks, a REPUBLICAN governor banned texting while driving in California.

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iridebikesalot 4 years, 6 months ago

OMG but when else am I supposed to be texting ?!

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Mel Briscoe 4 years, 6 months ago

why is this even the subject of a survey? other than air-headed 17 and 18 year old girls (and noticed i said "air-headed" because there are still some teenaged girls who have enough sense not to do this), who else would think that texting while driving is a good thing? i mean, seriously. c'mon.

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macon47 4 years, 6 months ago

isnt there already a law againest inattentive driving duh?

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preebo 4 years, 6 months ago

I would go as far as to say, that ALL hand-held devices should be banned while driving. If you wanna talk you still can, but you must use a hands-free device. In states that have adopted similar laws, there is a noticeable decrease in automobile fatalities.

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Paul R Getto 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm not sure there is an inattentive driving law. Reckless driving has a much higher standard. I think municipalities can pass local ordinances on this if they wish. A search of the KS Drivers' Handbook does not hit on the word 'inattentive.' One thing is certain; we are too complacent and driving without paying full attention to one's surroundings is very dangerous.

Chapter 8: Automobiles And Other Vehicles Article 2: Drivers' Licenses Statute 8-254: Mandatory revocation of driver's license by division of vehicles; exceptions for court imposed restrictions. (a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (b), the division shall revoke a person's driving privileges upon receiving a record of the person's conviction of any of the following offenses, including municipal violations, when the conviction has become final, or upon receiving a record of a person's adjudication as a juvenile offender for commission of an act which, if committed by a person 18 or more years of age, would constitute any of the following offenses when the adjudication has become final:

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couranna1 4 years, 6 months ago

of course it should common sense

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jonas_opines 4 years, 6 months ago

Come home from a night class with a beer, turn on the TV, and it's Jon Stewart interviewing Ron Paul.

Right on.

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Darin Wade 4 years, 6 months ago

No....I will not have the public take away my right to text,, if so a constuitional battle will overturn the ban...

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snoozey 4 years, 6 months ago

Careful folks, once they take away texting while driving BJs are next!

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ferrislives 4 years, 6 months ago

KS (Anonymous) says…

Driving while texting? Bad idea and dangerous, but try to enforce it! No need for this law becasue there is already a law on the books regarding inattentive driving. What is the difference? This is a feel good law. The police WON'T enforce it unless there is an accident.


I absolutely agree KS! We can avoid a lot of headaches on this issue by re-branding the already-existing "inattentive driving" law to include texting. Why make yet another law for something that's already on the books?

What needs to be done besides re-branding that law is to put law enforcement on notice that it's being taken more seriously because of recent local and national tragedies.

CONCLUSION: Rebranding already-existing "inattentive driving" law to include texting = Money saved and lives potentially saved.

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 6 months ago

texting while driving is already illegal. it's call inattentive driving and you can be ticketed for this. There is no reason to create another redundant law. manage the ones we have first. in fact, I think that our congress should do more to repeal many of the redundant or outdated laws on the books instead of finding ways to add more.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 6 months ago

mustbiohrlo: "texting may slower reaction time, but doesn't affect decision making, drinking does."

Texting doesn't slow reaction time, it takes your focus completely off the road, by the definition of the activity. Drinking before driving does not, by definition, do this. It also does effect your decision making. If you do not have the information necessary to make a complete decision (for instance, if you're looking at the plate of your phone rather than the road), then you have effected your ability to make an effective decision.

I'm not going to get suckered into a situation where to condemn one I have to tacitly endorse the other, but what you made was a false comparison.

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2livecrew 4 years, 6 months ago

it ain't none of the big mans business what I do in car, quit trying to beat the black man down.

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remember_username 4 years, 6 months ago

KansasMutt - Says "Texting while driving kills. I think it is far worse than drinking and driving. Phone usage while driving should get you a huge fine and jail time.I know two who have died while doing it and many more who i dont know. Jump on K-10 some morning and watch the phones being used and watch the drivers go off the road and swap lanes while punching keys."

Yet on the question of the smoking ban - "What a stupid question. Who would even ask this. Nonsmokers make me puke. How abouts we ban everything that people dont like.Jesus , everytime i read this crap of anti smokers i just want to shove a cigarette in there mouth. Choice is what this nation was founded on and that is now gone.Ban bans, sounds good to me.My business will remain smoker friendly even if a ban is enacted, i own it, i pay for it, it is mine and it is my choice.Ya dont smoke, stay the F out if it bothers you…I am glad more nonsmokers die every day than do smokers. Breath up fresh are fools, your next."

There is considerable evidence that shows both issues are a threat to others. Kansasmutt is illustrating here how our personal feelings for a subject can alter our acceptance of the facts. If we could all learn how not to let our feelings get in the way of objective critical thought, the world would be in much better shape.

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BABBOY 4 years, 6 months ago

This appears to be a perfect topic for this whinny site.

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JavaNut 4 years, 6 months ago

We should definitely ban IRS calls while traveling down K10 at 8am. Here's a good read on the subject. http://technocracycheck.blogspot.com/2009/07/gear-grinding-on-excessive-text.html

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 6 months ago

It takes two hands to adequately respond when one finds themselves in a situation that might involve running over children/pedestrians,deputy sheriffs/cyclists,other vehicles,stop signs,trees and to avoid head on collisions etc etc etc

I say have the city commission draw up an ordinance with big teeth making it illegal to text,talk on cell phones,put on make up and reading while driving.

The insurance companies would love this ordinance.

http://www.cellular-news.com/car_bans/

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remember_username 4 years, 6 months ago

I'm surprised no one has admitted to texting a post to this question while driving.

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autie 4 years, 6 months ago

So I'm guessing that getting drunk, then smoking a joint, get in the car and drive while texting all my friends about how good the pot was is definitely out? Then reaction time would only be 68% slower.

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gogoplata 4 years, 6 months ago

Hell no. Lets instead repeal stupid laws like seatbelts.

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sgtwolverine 4 years, 6 months ago

No, but causing accidents should be illegal. Oh, wait...it already is? Huh.

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musbhiorlo 4 years, 6 months ago

texting while driving and drinking while driving, no comparison. texting may slower reaction time, but doesn't affect decision making, drinking does. texting while pregnant, drinking while pregnant, no comparsion. texting while pregnant doesn't lower your childs IQ, but drinking while pregnant does, which explains many of the comments comparing dui to texting while driving.

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feeble 4 years, 6 months ago

that's a false dichotomy. How about we put our kids in cars with neither drunk drivers or drivers who text?

You know musbhiorlo, the first step to overcoming a texting addiction is admitting there is a problem.

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musbhiorlo 4 years, 6 months ago

put your kid in the car with a drunk driver then, after all it is much safer than a texting driver. let evolution work its magic

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tbaker 4 years, 6 months ago

Drunk drivers have faster response times than do those texting and driving - so sayeth the test results, but drunk drivers do cause more deaths because there are more of them. What happens when there are the same number of DWT's as their are DWI's out there on the road? What happens when we start seeing drunk texters? Why can't my car just sense when I'm drunk, or not paying attention and just drive itself?

I say pass the law and ruthlessly enforce it. We'll all be safer, we'll end-up with better technology, and some of us will even get rich. Entrepreneurs take note. Laws like this spur innovation. They creates a huge market for a voice-activated user interface. Capitalism and the free market will solve this problem.

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feeble 4 years, 6 months ago

http://www.dui.com/dui-library/news/texting-more-dangerous-than-dui

"A study conducted by ‘Car and Driver’ shows that texting while driving is significantly more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol drugs. Drivers texting messages are 3-4 times slower than drunk drivers to apply brakes to avoid a collision."

http://www.racfoundation.org/files/textingwhiledrivingreport.pdf

"Reaction times were around 35% slower when writing a text message. Earlier studies at TRL showed that alcohol consumption to the legal limit caused a 12% reaction time increase; cannabis slowed reaction times by 21%.

When texting, drivers slowed significantly, indicating that they recognised the impairment, attempting to mitigate risk by reducing speed. However, greater lateral variability in lane position and drifting into adjacent lanes when texting are not mitigated by speed reduction and would lead to potential conflict with other traffic."

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musbhiorlo 4 years, 6 months ago

texting worse than dui, hmm so texting causes more than 1 death every 20 minutes? i think not!

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feeble 4 years, 6 months ago

absolutely, 100%.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10296992-94.html

"texting took a driver's focus away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds--enough time...to travel the length of a football field at 55 mph."

numerous studies claim that texting while driving is more dangerous that DUI (google around, there's a ton of chatter about this out there).

regarding enforcement, at least one city in America thinks that traffic cameras are up to the task:

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/story/126772

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musbhiorlo 4 years, 6 months ago

i believe turning the car radio on should be banned, it is too distracting, i believe changing radio stations should be banned it is too distracting, i believe conversing with your passenger should be banned it is too distracting, i believe looking in the rear-view mirror should be banned unless backing up, it's too distracting, i believe eating while you drive should be banned it is too distracting, i believe blinking your eyelids should be banned, how can you see with your eyes closed, i believe, etc... http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/DOT/NHTSA/NRD/Multimedia/PDFs/Crash%20Avoidance/2008/DOT-HS-810-704.pdf

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Matt Warman 4 years, 6 months ago

Autie beat me to the windy vs. winding thing... dang Yes, ban texting while driving.

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Boosh 4 years, 6 months ago

Yes....hld a sec lite trnd grn gtg now

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The_Original_Bob 4 years, 6 months ago

I can't say that I've texted over five times in my life. And I don't even have fat thumbs. Texting drives my annoyance level to eleven.

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 6 months ago

Actually 50 yr...back when I used to text a lot a few years ago..not driving..I could text one handed never looking at my phone, very fast, in the dark. People who do this all the time have memorized the keys, the word patterns. The auto type configurations: so they know how to use that without having to look...it's an art, like playing the piano, using a 10 key at rapid speed, stenography.

Think of many bars, too dark to see, you don't want others to see what you're typing. They hold the phone under the table with one hand, type to the person sitting across the table, because they can't possibly hear because the music is too loud, or they want to say something they don't want others to know about. You can talk about one thing, and have an entire text conversation at the same time.

More comical, multiple text conversations with others at same table at same time, both men and women...the things NOT being said out loud...it's hilarious. And ridiculous. (I'm am SO glad I got out of that, hahahahahahaha) fun though...sheeessshhh Must admit, watching those 'drunk in public' can be quite amusing. "I love this bar, my kind of place."- Toby

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pace 4 years, 6 months ago

Not if there is a baby in the car or in the car in front of them.

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bobberboy 4 years, 6 months ago

You bet. And the guilty person should be stopped dragged out of the car and beaten.

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50YearResident 4 years, 6 months ago

Absolutely, ban texting while driving.

Reasons: 1) It takes 1 hand to hold the phone. 2) It takes 2nd hand to push the keys. 3) It takes 2 eyes to see and read the text. 4) No hands or eyes are left to do the driving.

It is as simple as that folks!

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Multidisciplinary 4 years, 6 months ago

“mandatory sterilization for people with an iq under 100 would take care of this”-

16 years, these threads would start to look mighty bare there puddle.

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gsxr600 4 years, 6 months ago

"mandatory sterilization for people with an iq under 100 would take care of this"

How bout Johnson county sorostitutes.

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Stat_Guys 4 years, 6 months ago

TOB, Just noting our computers picked that you verified that 'ting' in your earlier comment twice before posting.

TOB-Sex = okay, just don't communicate about it. How about groans 'n' moans Bob?

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autie 4 years, 6 months ago

Good thing she is a communications major.

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autie 4 years, 6 months ago

“Yes, especially on highways … and windy roads.” Hey Ashley, what in the world does the wind have to do with it? Do you meaning winding roads? Oh my, it is a little breezy today, I shouldn't be texting....

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KS 4 years, 6 months ago

Driving while texting? Bad idea and dangerous, but try to enforce it! No need for this law becasue there is already a law on the books regarding inattentive driving. What is the difference? This is a feel good law. The police WON'T enforce it unless there is an accident.

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prospector 4 years, 6 months ago

Only if you are wearing bug eyed sunglasses too.

Hey, there is a public TV personality in our midst.

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JamesUnruh 4 years, 6 months ago

It is, isn’t it called inattentive driving.

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Flap Doodle 4 years, 6 months ago

Hunting for nose goblins while driving will still be legal, right?

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puddleglum 4 years, 6 months ago

mandatory sterilization for people with an iq under 100 would take care of this

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trinity 4 years, 6 months ago

lol@svenway... absolutely agree texting should be outlawed...and judging from some of the nitwits i've had to swerve or slam on the brakes to avoid, so should cell phone use.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 4 years, 6 months ago

So receiving while driving would still be cool?

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svenway_park 4 years, 6 months ago

Yes, it interferes with my TV viewing.

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kansasmutt 4 years, 6 months ago

Texting while driving kills. I think it is far worse than drinking and driving. Phone usage while driving should get you a huge fine and jail time.I know two who have died while doing it and many more who i dont know. Jump on K-10 some morning and watch the phones being used and watch the drivers go off the road and swap lanes while punching keys.

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autie 4 years, 6 months ago

so larryguy would you join the coalition to ban coalitions?

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lawrenceguy40 4 years, 6 months ago

Since barry o was annointed, talk of these bans have become more common than swine flu. Ban smoking, ban fries, ban texting, ban gas guzzlers.......

BAN liberals!

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Donnuts 4 years, 6 months ago

Oh... uh definitely. There were case scenarios in the 1920's of people getting in wrecks from smoking while driving. I guess it should be done because 'texting' is not smoking. So maybe so.... oh wait... is that a ridiculous law? Well.... maybe not because if someone gets in a wreck with someone else being injured it could be more than wreckless endangerment. I think there are things that should not be legal that are.... organized crime is horrible, no?

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Paul R Getto 4 years, 6 months ago

Refuse to pay medical and other expenses for anyone involved in a wreck caused by technology.

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jonas_opines 4 years, 6 months ago

It's a toss-up between yes, of course you shouldn't text while your driving, duh. and This would be another virtually unenforceable law on the books that might be better handled by stiffer penalties when it does cause wrecks

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