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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


Gandalf 7 years, 4 months ago

Nope, it should be the same as drunk driving.

Deja Coffin 7 years, 4 months ago

True.... that would definitely make people think twice.

Food_for_Thought 7 years, 4 months ago

Good. Maybe mommy and daddy will suspend junior's cell phone privileges. Problem solved.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 4 months ago

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

KS 7 years, 4 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.

grimpeur 7 years, 4 months ago

So you'll be supporting the impending directive to issue tickets on the spot to cell-using drivers, then. That's inattentive. Cell phones are more distracting than kids and radios and hamburgers. Study up.

And no, it's not a high enough fine. Effin posers.

yankeevet 7 years, 4 months ago

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

CLARKKENT 7 years, 4 months ago


pooter 7 years, 4 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.

ScottyMac 7 years, 4 months ago

Umm.... When did anyone get the "right" to recklessly endanger the lives of others?

pooter 7 years, 4 months ago

According to this bum law, exceptions are provided to law enforcement officers and emergency service personnel, which proves this has NOTHING to do with safety and everything to do with removing YOUR rights.

doc1 7 years, 4 months ago

They are highly skilled trained drivers. Airheads which are a large part of the driving community are the ones causing accidents.

purplesage 7 years, 4 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.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 7 years, 4 months ago

Purple, I think you hit the nail on the head. You cannot legislate against stupid. Our modern society seems to produce a significant number of dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks idiots that simply do not think these things apply to them. That,coupled with the lack of law enforcement officers will probably result in the chronic users to continue unabated. What was that old homily about letting the genie out of the bottle? These people have to have their plastic play toy since the rubber pacifier will not work for them anymore, and will continue to kill and maim people with their unguided missle vehicles whild finding out important information such as just who is dating who or what "Sally" said about "Mary".

dani36921 7 years, 4 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.

akuna 7 years, 4 months ago

But then the government wouldn't get any money. And any government, no matter how small, loves them some money.

Deja Coffin 7 years, 4 months ago

Love it! I've seen a girl cry because she lost her cell phone at a party. She could easily replace it, she just didn't want to go a whole night without it.

thomgreen 7 years, 4 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?

Carol Bowen 7 years, 4 months ago

There is plenty of research indicating that the use of cell phones while driving creates a hazard. The streets are not playgrounds. Put your toy away while you are driving. Someone else's life might depend on it.

Chris Ogle 7 years, 4 months ago

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

pooter 7 years, 4 months ago

And just one more reason for the jackboots to pull you over in order to search your vehicle for other sources of possible revenue.

kernal 7 years, 4 months ago

Why do you have such a problem with the police? Are you a frequent POI, or what?

pooter 7 years, 4 months ago


In reality the "police" are merely the acting agents of the true enemy of the American people, members of a Corporate government that has usurped the Constitutional government that was established and founded on that document.

The "police" then in turn violate that very same document that they swore to uphold, by kidnapping and robbing the American people at gunpoint every single day, by upholding and enforcing the laws of the Corporation over those of the Constitution.

As for me, I am a proud American who wonders daily just how many more of these bogus laws will get passed for the jackboots to enforce before the masses of American people wake up to the predicament they are really in.


LeBo 7 years, 4 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!

Deja Coffin 7 years, 4 months ago

We need a "like" button on here. That was by far my favorite comment of the day!!

wtfusa 7 years, 4 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...

Deja Coffin 7 years, 4 months ago

If you want to stop somewhere and text then pull into a parking lot. Stopped cars at red lights that turn green and don't move or stop at stop signs and cause traffic to back up are a danger also. You read road signs that are in your line of sight while driving they aren't on your steering wheel or lap. Instead of asking all these questions, why not ask yourself which text you send/receive will be important enough to risk your life or the lives of others. I know you're probably great at texting but it really just takes a second. I would hate for you to be in an accident because you had to tell someone you were on your way. Just be careful out there!

pace 7 years, 4 months ago

yes society thinks you can't handle a quick text and driving. Just asking that questions means you are missing a lot of information that comes your way.. Get wise, your iphone, radio, eating, drinking are distractions. If you can't understand that driving is important enough to curtail doing other things that distract you, don't blame the lawmakers. Turn your radio down if you are so sensitive that a song coming on makes you drive badly, then wise up, don't listen to the radio when you drive. You are the guy that force lawmakers to make a law that says don't drive and drink, don't drive and text, don't drive stupid. You are the guy. If you keep thinking that all these traffic laws, speeding, stopping at red lights, staying in your lane, signaling, don't text and drive are unfair. You are the guy who forces lawmakers to make mickey mouse rules. You are the guy that figures out all the angles except what is the smartest way to drive.

TheEleventhStephanie 7 years, 4 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.

Mary Darst 7 years, 4 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.

kernal 7 years, 4 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.

pooter 7 years, 4 months ago

The govt will never allow a free market solution to any perceived problem they present for 2 reasons, they think they know better how to handle it than all the rest of us, and they don't want to lose having their hand in our pocketbooks by doing it that way.


gogoplata 7 years, 4 months ago

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

Deja Coffin 7 years, 4 months ago

Not a busybody..... just a person that drives 3 innocent kids around and doesn't want something to happen to them because someone had to text some meaningless text that if it was truly a matter of great importance the texter is more then welcomed to pull over and give that text the attention it needs. I'm not saying I can prevent all accidents but I put my kids in car seats to better protect them so I will support the no texting law if it means that it will make even a small handful of the people that text while driving decide against it.

hujiko 7 years, 4 months ago

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

George Lippencott 7 years, 4 months ago

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

Carol Bowen 7 years, 4 months ago

I don't think the law is enforceable. Although texting might create erratic driving, it is harder to see someone doing it. We have had plenty of accidents because of drivers talking on cell phones. I do not understand why we would allow talking on a cell phone but not texting. They are both a problem.

dogsandcats 7 years, 4 months ago

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

budwhysir 7 years, 4 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....

Carol Bowen 7 years, 4 months ago

Interesting idea, but it shifts the responsibility from the driver to the machine.

Hoots 7 years, 4 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.

kansanbygrace 7 years, 4 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.

JackMcKee 7 years, 4 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.

Bob Forer 7 years, 4 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?

Carol Bowen 7 years, 4 months ago

There is no substance.

-Writers/readers cannot think beyond the size of the screen. -Vocabulary is simplified. -Spelling and grammar are incomprehensible. -Equipment gives the user a sense of power they would not have in person. -Relationships and reputations are damaged. -Real social skills are weakened. -There is no courtesy.

All of this carries over into their personal lives. And, for young users, it seriously handicaps their abilities in the classroom.

Carol Bowen 7 years, 4 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.

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