Are You Willing To Risk Lives Just So You Can Send a Text Message?


Texting no joke                
What is
your reaction when you see someone texting while driving or gabbing away on
with the cell phone to their ear while behind the wheel?  Generally speaking, I don’t notice someone
engaged in these (or similar) activities unless I’m behind them waiting for
them to finally realize that the light has turned green and it’s their turn to
go.  And, of course, it’s always a fun
challenge to avoid the car that just swerved into my lane because they’re
answering that all-important text message or e-mail.  Oh, yeah, and the other day when a woman
pulled out of her parking space and made a u-turn right in front of me.  Naturally, I understood her situation and
didn’t mind laying down skid marks to avoid t-boning her car because, after
all, she was engaged in what appeared to be a life-changing conversation with someone
on the other end of the cell phone that was glued to her ear.

The Responsibility Project: Liberty Mutual Insurance

                Liberty
Mutual Insurance
has initiated the Responsibility Project which basically rails
against texting-while-driving.  They ask "Are You Willing To Risk Lives Just So You Can Send a Text Message?: Their
video, No Phone Zone Day is, well to say the least, an excellent portrayal of
the dangers and horrors of texting-while-driving while not being in your face.

            Even Oprah Winfrey has made a Public Service Announcement about not texting-while-driving

Teen Arraigned in Texting-While-Driving Hit-and-Run

                Newsflash:
Guilford (CT) teen arraigned in texting while
driving hit-and-run
.  I’m curious to
know what you think about this situation. 
The comments at the end of the article are pretty telling as to most
people’s sentiment.  Apparently, this
young driver struck a pedestrian and her dog.  He admitted to police that he was so engrossed
in his texting that he thought he merely hit a bush and continued on his merry
way. 

Tell-Tale Signs of Texting-While-Driving

                This
got me to thinking: What are the tell-tale signs of texting while driving?  According to an article in Cincinnati.com by
Emily Ulber entitled Police
Are Alert to Tell-Tale Signs of Texting While Driving
, Tom Scheben, a
spokesman for the Boone County (OH) Sheriff’s Office, there are a few tell-tale
signs:

·        
Unnecessarily slowing down with sudden braking
(perhaps when they look up from their phone,  they suddenly realize the car in front of them
has just stopped)

·        
Being stopped at stop sign with head down and no
hands on the steering wheel

One Solution

Textecution

One solution to the texting-while-driving
problem is Textecution which “kills
texting functions while driving…”  The makers
of Textecution describe their
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texting while driving. Textecution™ is designed for parents to install on their
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Links to Dangers of Texting-While-Driving

Blackberry keyboard FCC: The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Car & Driver Magazine: If Drivers Aren't Allowed to Watch TV in Cars, Why are Texting and E-mailing Legal?

Herald-Democrat: Texting Whie Driving: A Deathly Danger

PC World: Surprise: Texting While Driving Is Dangerous!

Lowell Steiger's Los Angeles Law Blog: More Links to Dangers of Texting While Driving

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4 comments

  1. Janice on

    I remember when a wreck killed 5 cheerleaders who were texting in 2007. It doesn't seem to be getting any better. Perhaps texting drivers should be forced to read the stories and watch videos of the accidents caused by texting.
    http://atrl.net/forums/showthread.php?t=46971

  2. I think it is dangerous to take a phone call or send an sms because he distraction that it causes can often invite accidents as the above narrative goes you often miss the signal light and there is a chance that your neighbors not patient don't mind taking you for a ride.

  3. Naturally, I understood her situation and didn’t mind laying down skid marks to avoid t-boning her car because, after all, she was engaged in what appeared to be a life-changing conversation with someone on the other end of the cell phone that was glued to her ear.

  4. Any distractions while driving is bad, as it may cause an accident. If you really have to call or text someone, just make sure that you pull over where you can stop and then do it. It's a good thing that there are tips like these for drivers to avoid any unwanted accidents. It's better to be safe than sorry, right?