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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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Photo of Walter Coppage

“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.”

Photo of Annie Clark

“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

jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month 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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kansasmutt 5 years, 1 month 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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svenway_park 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, it interferes with my TV viewing.

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trinity 5 years, 1 month 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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puddleglum 5 years, 1 month ago

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

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

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

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KS 5 years, 1 month 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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Stat_Guys 5 years, 1 month 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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gsxr600 5 years, 1 month ago

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

How bout Johnson county sorostitutes.

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50YearResident 5 years, 1 month 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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pace 5 years, 1 month ago

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

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Boosh 5 years, 1 month ago

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

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Matt Warman 5 years, 1 month ago

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

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feeble 5 years, 1 month 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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feeble 5 years, 1 month 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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tbaker 5 years, 1 month 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 5 years, 1 month 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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sgtwolverine 5 years, 1 month ago

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

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gogoplata 5 years, 1 month ago

Hell no. Lets instead repeal stupid laws like seatbelts.

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remember_username 5 years, 1 month ago

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

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 1 month 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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JavaNut 5 years, 1 month 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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remember_username 5 years, 1 month 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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jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month 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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Stuart Evans 5 years, 1 month 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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ferrislives 5 years, 1 month 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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snoozey 5 years, 1 month ago

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

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jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month 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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preebo 5 years, 1 month 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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Mel Briscoe 5 years, 1 month 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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iridebikesalot 5 years, 1 month ago

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

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parrothead8 5 years, 1 month 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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