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Do you think a ticket costing $153.50 is a sufficient deterrent to texting while driving?

Response Percent Votes
54% 612
39% 443
Not sure
6% 78
Total 1133


thuja 3 years, 3 months ago

The only way to stop any of this is to get rid of cell phones. Good luck.


Carol Bowen 3 years, 3 months ago

Digital devices have become addictive. Drivers who cannot control their addictions while driving place others at serious risk. Drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and passengers have been victims. The consequences are way too low. They should be comparable to drunk driving. How many fatalities have we had just in 2010 because of drivers using cell phones?

Do we have to create an organization like MADD to get this reckless driving disciplined? We could call it DADD, Drivers Against Digital Driving.


Bob Forer 3 years, 3 months ago

I can't figure out why anyone would want to communicate by text message in the first place. Not only is it very inefficient, but it most cases its impossible to communicate anything of substance. Kids who text are like the little boys who scream nonsense to each other with their Christmas walkie-talkies. At least the boys have an excuse--they're boys. Hasn't the novelty of of the new technology worn off? To today's young adults who revel in texting, I ask: Why is your life so lacking in substance that you are able to "communicate" on end with simple, and mundane phrases?


JackMcKee 3 years, 3 months ago

What a an absolute waste of legislative time. Texting a separate offense. Good thing I can still shave and read the newspaper while driving. Herp derp.


ljreader 3 years, 3 months ago

Can I text my vote? It'll give me something to do on this boring drive to KC.


kansanbygrace 3 years, 3 months ago

One more insert, here. Although police employees get special driving courses, those courses in no way change the way their brains work. A police officer or FBI agent is just as dangerous as some high school kid when their attention is diverted from driving. Dozens of studies, no indication that the badge or the courses make them any less human in their distractability and confusion if that distraction emotionally charges them up. No difference at all.


Hoots 3 years, 3 months ago

Anyone that thinks texting and driving is a good idea needs to read up. Every study I have seen makes drunk driving look like a good idea compared to texting. The reaction times while texting are incredibly long. In many cases the person texting takes 3 times as long to react compared to someone over the limit. People can stop complaining because this law is here to stay and it does go on your record as a moving violation.


budwhysir 3 years, 3 months ago

seems like an odd sum for a ticket.... what happened to round numbers, say 32 million? I think they should install a phone deterent system in the car after the first violation. Once the car is started, phone shuts off and wont work will the car is moving..... I would blame it on kids only except I have seen to many "business professionals" texting while driving. Oh, and how bout a law against all of the morons I see reading the paper while driving on the interstate. I have even seen a guy reading a NOVEL while driving on the interstate. I hope it was fiction....


dogsandcats 3 years, 3 months ago

I think we should ban children. They are the ultimate distraction.


George Lippencott 3 years, 3 months ago

depends on how we enforce trhe law. High cost with low probability may achieve nothing.


hujiko 3 years, 3 months ago

A real deterrent would be the removal of the primary texting hand with a dull knife.


Beer Guy 3 years, 3 months ago

Now if they made the ticket $154.73 1/2 then I would be deterred.


gogoplata 3 years, 3 months ago

Stupid law, too many busybodies out there that support this crap.


kernal 3 years, 3 months ago

All the discussion about this change taking effect in a few days; just how enforceable is it? I think the solution to this is with the insurance industry. If the driver is under 25, caught texting while driving, revoke his or her insurance. Over 25, raise those rates. Problem solved. Of course we loose some revenue, but sometimes punishment works better.


Mary Darst 3 years, 3 months ago

Kids will be kids. No amount is going to change their behavior. Just like drinking and driving. They never think it will be them. A lot of education and parental support just like when the seatbelt law was first passed. Those kids after the law, learned that it was just part of the deal when driving.


TheEleventhStephanie 3 years, 3 months ago

If anyone I know ever gets killed by a texting driver, I'm going to want to know what message was so important that it couldn't wait.


wtfusa 3 years, 3 months ago

what if i'm stopped at a stop sign, or a red light. I bet there going to pull me over anyways even though thats probably one of the safest situation to text and drive. I also have a problem with reading a text message is counted at texting, i mean I have to read all the time when i'm driving, does society really think i cant handle a quick glimpse of a message. lawmakers are being drunk with banning anything and everything. Also, iphones do a lot more than texting, the music in my car is controlled by my iphone because the radio is awful. am i going to get pulled over for changing a song, because thats as distracting as changing the radio station. this law is another chip away on our rights as american, oh wait those dont exist anymore...


LeBo 3 years, 3 months ago

The last time I checked elderly drivers were having heart attack, seizures, and just plan running in to buildings. I think that this is a duplicate law!

Take Grand's license fan club!


oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 3 months ago

Of course not. While one is getting a ticket another drives by texting. This is nothing more than a way to get more money. It has nothing to do with texting and the problems it creates.

The fine is a revenue source!


Chris Ogle 3 years, 3 months ago

I wonder if this will be a moving violation..... will it show on your driving record?


thomgreen 3 years, 3 months ago

Wasn't there already a law on the books for distracted driving? Why not just enforce that law instead of creating a micro-management of the same situation. The same people that are distracted while texting will probably be the same people distracted while putting on make-up, playing with the radio, making a phone call, etc. Why not just enforce the law already on the books? Or am I mistaken?


g_rock 3 years, 3 months ago

Wouldn't it be fun to disable their phone for 30 days? That would be more worthwhile than a fine.


dani36921 3 years, 3 months ago

Honestly, I think people are just going to try and hide it better which takes even more attention and concentration from the road.


Healthcare_Moocher 3 years, 3 months ago

Texting while driving is worse that driving drunk. At least the guy who had a couple of beers is watching the road.


purplesage 3 years, 3 months ago

This is not an issue that can be changed with a ticket. Texting is part of the "culture" - and the younger the person, the more likely to rely upon it a person is.

A certain percentage of people comply witht he speed limit because they don't want to get caught and pay a ticket. Similarly, a certain percentage will likely refrain from texting to avoid a ticket. In either case, to really change anything, there has to be a measure of willful compliance - because it is the right thing to do. If I drive 30 MPH because that's what the sign says, I likely will wear my seat belt because the law says to and not text on the phone because it is prohibited. And, in those cases, I will do it because I choose to obey the law, irrespective of receiving a ticket if I don't.

What's that Paul Harvey used to say? "Self-government won't work without self-discipline." We don't have much of the later these days so we have a lot of attempts to legislate and mandate.


edjayhawk 3 years, 3 months ago

Thanks to my defensive driving skills I have avoided numerous potential wrecks using cell phones. Should just eliminate them we you drive like seat belt law.


pooter 3 years, 3 months ago

Just another "feel good" law that in reality does nothing but strip away more rights, yeah lets create another reason to be stopped and searched by big brother, and raise more revenue to boot.


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yankeevet 3 years, 3 months ago

Just ban cell phones period...............when driving...........I can see folks getting pulled over for texting; when they were just calling home....................


KS 3 years, 3 months ago

How much should a mom be ticketed for tending to the kids in the back seat while driving? We already had a law on the books. It is called inattentive driving! It is just never or rarely enforced.


grammaddy 3 years, 3 months ago

I'm with the "same as drunk driving bunch". They should also have their license suspended after the 2nd infraction.


Benjamin Roberts 3 years, 3 months ago

No - too many of those who text do not pay their own bills. When the ticket comes due - mommy or daddy will just pay it for junior.


Gandalf 3 years, 3 months ago

Nope, it should be the same as drunk driving.


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