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Don't Text and Drive 
16th-Aug-2012 11:38 am
Can't destroy evil
Don't text and drive.

Also, keep an eye on others who might be. They may just crash into you.

I don't want you to be one of the folks on a vid some day.

Updating: you can get an app for androids and iphones and blackberries that disables while driving.



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16th-Aug-2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
You can say the same thing about ladders, machine presses, trucks, trains, cars, electical distribution plant, scaffolding, welders, petroleum production facilities, hammers, sissors, axes, and knives. I can also add home enemas... Ditto with bars, booze, and the produceres of date rape drug.

Do we close down las vegas because of drunk drivers and gamblers destoying their families? Do we deny the world mechanized transportation because of drunk drivers? No we dont.

I have a tool, an iphone. I don't have text service on it. It is not the tool. It is the brain of the end user in the case of a text enabled phone or ipad or computer, and all the tools I listed above.

hugs you. Bitch slap the next person you see texting and driving.

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16th-Aug-2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
It's just like doing ANYTHING behind the wheel. People eat meals while they're driving... I've seen newspapers spread across the steering wheel so that the driver could read while he's driving... I've seen a woman pluck her chin hairs while she was driving. You can't/shouldn't penalize the communications companies... or the fast food companies... or Tweezerman. It's the idiotic people. You can't fix stupid.
16th-Aug-2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
As Sabrebabe says, Stupid had a way of curing itself.

But now a days they can take us out as well.

Oh yeah, stupid behavior while driving. TV sets in cars. I've seen men shaving, women shaving their legs, and yes applying makeup liek lipstick and MASCARA!!!

I cant site the cases, but people have tried to sue gun, ammo, and auto makers because some idiot killed someone using the product. It failed. Even the courts say the
brains (or lack of brains) of the end users are at fault. Another example is the Tylenol tampering. It wasn't Tylenal's fault some asshole poisioned a bunch of pills in a drug store. This was all before safety seals.

It follows the droxy rule, "it only takes one asshole."
16th-Aug-2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
What makes me darkly chuckle is: just texting? What about talking on cellphones? The cognitive disruption from talking on a cellphone is not at all the same as talking to a passenger seated next to you.

But hey, it's just those teens (damn whippersnappers don't know ANYTHING) that are texting, and some of them are pretty white girls, so we can't have that. But me, I'm a bigshot adult male, so of course it's okay for me to do what I'm doing.

Which, I'm sure, makes all the difference in the world to the dead bicyclist. And their family. "Hey, the guy who killed your spouse? He's a business exec who used to do that all the time, but he's sworn never to do that again and he's really sorry. Like, his whole world is crushed."
16th-Aug-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yep- we can all lump this into the pay attention when you drive!

It is a sad fact that more under 30s text than old luddites like me who hate to type on small keyboards when stationary, let alone trying to drive.
16th-Aug-2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
You wouldn't (or would) believe how many people I see doing things with their smart phones while driving. I've had to use the map function while driving to an unfamiliar address, but I take advantage of traffic lights so I'm stopped anyway.

Of course, once while driving to Dallas on I30 I saw a guy READING THE PAPER while travelling 70mph. Thankfully, I headed into the HOV lane so if he wrecked, it didn't involve me.

Crazy people.
16th-Aug-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
It'd be good if the fact it was illegal actually made a difference, but I'm not sure it does. I'd really like a number I could call to report people I see using their phone while driving when I'm out walking.

To be honest I don't think our law goes far enough - it should be illegal to use a phone hands-free in the car as well, as there's plenty of evidence to show the issue with phones is the attention deficit as well as the actual physical problems of driving while holding a phone.
16th-Aug-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
Well when the govt idiots make laws, they dont consider what is required to enforce them. When they can't they make more laws. Bottom line, there could be technology invoked that if the phone is detected in motion, all texts stop until the phone stops moving. However this requires location services be enabled on the phone. I dont have those enabled. But I also dont have text. I am also mostly a passenger than a driver. -sighs-

It is illegal in some states to use a cell phone, even hands free, in a car.

People should just you their damn brains.
16th-Aug-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
This video made me cry.

According to friends and family, we are freaks because we have texting blocked on our phones. I do worry about what the other drivers are doing, though.

If we didn't have the block, I have no doubt that my husband WOULD text while driving. He was addicted to texting... to the point of using it instead of talking when we argued (and were both in the same room) or *cringe* to tell me he was "in the mood" (he couldn't grasp that a text message of "let's get freaky" wasn't exactly sweeping me off my feet).

The block on our phones may be what's kept my husband from becoming a statistic on one side or the other. (After all, he DID disable the safety function on our GPS so he could use it anytime.)

Thank you for sharing this. I'm going to pass it along to my husband.
16th-Aug-2012 07:33 pm (UTC)
You've inspired me to write a little drabble in text:

Jeni's husband: lets get freaky

Jeni: u have a headache

Jeni's husband: don't u mean U have a headache?

Jeni: No. U do.

...And she promptly beats him about the head with his iPhone.

The End.
16th-Aug-2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'll be sharing this with our kids. I don't think Lisa does it, but she might sometimes ride in cars with kids who do. Philipp isn't driving yet.

I felt mostly for the case of the guy on the bike. He surely didn't see it coming.

It is important to always have an eye out for what the other drivers are doing, but it's not always possible when they come from behind. Like sharks.

Penalties will increase, I hope.
16th-Aug-2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
I took motorcycle training. It taught me alot about defenseive driving and prediction. We had air horns put on pur motocycles. makes us sound liek semi trucks. I blast it when I see distracted drivers.
16th-Aug-2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
I hate watching the people next to me texting while they drive, to the point they won't listen to warning honks or notice light changes. Bloody dunderhead. I lost my dad in a car accident when I was 5, because of booze. I don't hate booze. I hate drunken drivers. And arrogant, I-am-the-only-important-one texters, as Phineas says, they alone feel and think. Their texts are important and are rare of course,....agh I am going to rant. If there were only an invention that could detect motion over 15 mph and refuse to operate at that speed.
16th-Aug-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
I posted links to apps that disable.
16th-Aug-2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Didn't watch the vid...guessed what was on it. Texting while driving is illegal here in MA and I can honestly say I've seen a huge decrease since the law was enacted. Thank God. Before that, I saw some sights...
16th-Aug-2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
People still do it though. =(

Take care out there.
16th-Aug-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
I use texting when I'm at a crowded noisy place - like amusement parks, cons, etc.

Otherwise, my phone is in my purse, inside my workbag, and rarely used.

16th-Aug-2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Hugs. It's not you. It's the other people. =(

16th-Aug-2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
This is heartbreaking. A very good piece of work.
17th-Aug-2012 01:20 am (UTC)
Where did I read that statistic: that everyone vastly overestimates their ability to drive? Driving distracted is NOT a good thing. I just leave the damned thing in my purse. It ain't that important. When I need to drive somewhere unfamiliar, I print out the instructions in huge bold type and I still do not feel happy about glancing at them (might have something to do with our freeways like spaghetti where everyone drives 90 mph.) If I am merging or doing something tricky, I do not even have the radio on.

I cannot believe people do this, but they do.

Students who text in my class are asked to leave.

This PSA is mild. I don't know if you saw the Brit one which was a reenactment. It was awful. Two lanes of traffic, dead parents, helicopters and first responders from ONE text message.
17th-Aug-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
This is the one: http://youtu.be/R0LCmStIw9E Warning: it is HORRIBLE and shows the blood and body reactions. I don't think you could show it in an American high school. Maybe you could. When I was a kid, they made us sit through those Driver's Ed videos with real people dying. It never freaks out the people who really need it. After I saw them, I refused to drive until I was 24, and the people next to me thought it was hilarious.
17th-Aug-2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link - that's a sad and sobering video.

I drive rarely enough that when I do I make an extra effort to be alert, but it's so easy to be lulled into a false sense of safety and it's good to have a reminder both about driving defensively and paying attention to one's own habits. Not that I'd ever use my phone while driving (except for checking journey-related texts while stationary), but I've caught myself losing attention for a few seconds here and there so every time I hear about cases where people have died or killed due to lapses of attention I'm reminded that 'There but for the grace of God...'
18th-Aug-2012 12:36 am (UTC)
I've now become sort of addicted to these wreck films.

I've found a dandy, but it's hollywood.

I dont drive much, but it makes me extra wary when I head out.
18th-Aug-2012 08:56 am (UTC)
I've seen my parents talk over the phone lot of times while driving, but never texting. And when they did use phone in the car, I would just take it from them and talk to the person. It's illegal here to use phone and drive, but the idiots still do it. And now the government wants to lower the fees...

I don't use my phone. I don't have time, I just learned how to drive a car, and I'm still in that 'watch everything around me, both hands on the wheel' phase.
18th-Aug-2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
It's illegal here in Connecticut to text while driving, also to talk on a phone while driving unless you are using a "hands-free" device...but you still see plenty of people breaking the law.

There's been quite a few news stories the past couple of weeks from NYC stations regarding NYC considering a law prohibiting, or severely restricting, texting while WALKING...apparantly there's been many accidents in the city where a texting pedestrian has just walked into oncoming traffic.

A lot of brouhaha also over many NYC restaurants now prohibiting any sort of cellphone use while in their facilities, including texting. Some restaurants are now actually offering a discount on a patron's meal if said patron "checks" their phone at the door like they check coats.

And two weeks ago MetroNorth announced that it was banning all cellphone usage on all cars except one designated car...no WiFi signal will be allowed on general cars, only allowed on the one designated car. According to the news reports, cellphone usage apparently had gotten to obnoxious proportions.

Unfortunately blocking the WiFi signal also means no laptop or iPad usage, said devices will also have to crowd into the one rail car that will allow WiFi access along with cellphone talkers/texters.
18th-Aug-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
-sigh- stupid is as stuip does.

What's odd, if people just self regulated and were not assholles or stupid, then these laws wouldn't exist.

ALthough I am half impressed NYC can get a signal in the subways. Mine always cut out on MARTA in Atlanta. I've seen peopel do lots of interesting things on MARTA, I always smiled seeing some women making baby blankets and knitting on the train. =)
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