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Texting while driving up 50 percent despite state bans

By Shawn Knight · 17 replies
Dec 9, 2011
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  1. A new study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that texting while driving increased 50 percent last year. 20 percent of drivers say they have sent texts or…

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  2. Mikymjr

    Mikymjr TS Booster Posts: 124   +9

    If you want that number to go down, why not invest in making the gps system into something more? I mean if someone walks with their cellphone into their car, the gps system or car stereo could work with a cellphone or whatever you call with to take calls or video calls while driving. Why not just promote that instead of wasting time promoting a ban on texting while driving. Do something creative that will make people stop texting while driving. So many science in starwars for example, and we only tried making a few =p
  3. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    A lot of new cars feature these sorts of systems like Ford's SYNC or GM's MyLink. I'm sure the aftermarket has similar product for older vehicles, too.

    The problem is people are too lazy to use them or do not care about their safety, and the safety of others. That's an attitude problem that cannot be fixed with technology. After all, what's more important than texting 'ROFLMAO' when doing 40 in a school zone?
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  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,682   +771

    I think there should be an open season on the simpletons who text and drive. It's illegal here in the state of Washington, but just last night on the way home from work in the middle of rush hour - everyone doing 50+mph bumper to bumper - there was some self-important b*tch weaving all over the lanes and not maintaining any consistent speed because she was too busy texting. An accident just waiting to happen. And I'm sure what she was texting was quite important too - the new cute guy in the office, the shoes she's going to return, who won "Dancing With the Stars," etc.
  5. Tomorrow_Rains

    Tomorrow_Rains TS Enthusiast Posts: 156

    I text while i drive, i'm male, and i text about useless things swirving to traffic.

  6. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    They quoted these statistics in the radio today but added that, "the majority of drivers don't trust others texting and driving but trusted themselves to txt and drive and be safe". I think it comes down to people being so self absorbed. They think they're better than everyone else. Unfortunately too often it takes them causing a wreck and killing someone before they realize they're nothing special.
  7. You can't fix stupid.
  8. ghasmanjr

    ghasmanjr TS Booster Posts: 363   +86

    If you can handle it, more power to you. The real problem is retards that weave in and out of traffic with no thought of other drivers. This would constitute under both texting and driving and reckless driving.
  9. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    The way I see it is either get rid of the no texting while driving laws or step it up and treat it as a DUI and its related consequences. All or nothing.
  10. SIRI!! It's the only solution that will work!
  11. fwilliams

    fwilliams TS Rookie Posts: 99

    A simple solution would be to disable texting in the driver seat.
  12. There is nothing simple about implementing that solution at all.
  13. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 542   +48

    ideas on how?
  14. No amount of laws or technology will fix *****s. Sadly...
  15. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Doesn't even one life saved by a texting while driving ban, make more sense than letting distracted drivers killl or maim your families?
    Not only should there be strict laws, but even stricter penalties and enforcement. Since the phones we use are bugged anyway, law enforcement would have an easy time to determine if you were texting when the accident occured.
  16. Who cares.... There has NOT been an increase-surge of accidents related to this.

    Listen, the cell phone/texting thing is relatively NEW to society, and since the increase; there have been no increases in accidents. Look it up.
  17. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,101   +870

    To be fair if they are counting purely txts getting sent across the network and the amount of accidents since the rise then it's false really, I used to make a deal to not txt and drive, I only recently have purely because I can use seri with my Bluetooth car kit which makes replying easier than an actual phone call, still, only once or twice a week.
  18. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    @ Guest--

    Who cares?

    I do and so do thousands of others who have been maimed or had members of their families killed by Drivers that haven't a clue that taking your eyes of the road is extremely dangerous and leads to accidents.

    You look that up and show us any studies that are to the contrary.

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