Nine in 10 Americans say ban texting while driving

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news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070...ng_driving_dc_4

Now, it's just sad some things actually require being legislated...doesn't common sense EVER come in to play any more...I guess it's not very "common".

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Aug 07, 2007 12:57 pm

you know, i actually saw someone doing that the other day. at first i thought they were just dialing a number, but they had both thumbs on the phone. I was aghast. thats right, i said it, aghast!

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Aug 07, 2007 01:02 pm

That poll was a total crock and the results are skewed.

There were many voters who weren't heard because they couldn't text message their votes in on time.

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Aug 07, 2007 04:11 pm

i will admit to having a hard forcing myself to not text while in the car.


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Aug 07, 2007 05:05 pm

lol i dont get it, it is common sense lol
talking n driving on the phone are one thing
but texting?
that requires ur eyes off of the road

my god

thats just...wow hahaha

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Aug 07, 2007 05:19 pm

it is possible to text without looking at the phone

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Aug 07, 2007 05:42 pm

It's also possible to jump from the third floor and walk away (well, limp), that doesn't mean it was the smart thing or right thing to do.

Talking on the phone, texting, putting on your makeup, shaving or anything else while driving just isn't right, it's not safe, it's not smart. Basically, anything that takes your attention away from driving is wrong.

I talk occasionally on the phone while driving, more often than not I pull over, sometimes not. When you are driving, shut your mouth and pay attention tot he damn road. Some ******** on a cell phone almost hit my daughter while we were biking this last weekend. My daughter, stops, looks for cars and starts crossing the road, this ******* comes up over the hill and turns without even looking almost into my kid...I look, of course, the ****** is yapping on the damn phone.

Shut the **** up and drive your damn car!

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Aug 07, 2007 06:13 pm

i absolutly agree
driving is dangerious enough without any distractions my neibours car was a wright off becase it was so totalled
he was driving along and all he did was reach for his phone
didnt even use it
just reached for it and rolled his car

even if you deem yourself as safe while doing these things you should still keep your attention on the road becase its really more so the other guy u need to watch for
its that second that u glance away from the road that can be fatal

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Aug 07, 2007 06:33 pm

Living in a metro, I see daily instances where people almost cause wrecks because they're talking on the damn phone.

Every single time somebody swerves into my lane, changes lanes without looking around them, runs a red light, rides my ***, drives 15 mph under the speed limit, or does anything generally dumb-***-like, I can bet $100 that they're on the phone. I'd be a rich man if I placed that bet every time.

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Aug 07, 2007 07:35 pm

i agree too, im just saying it's hard sometimes to prevent yourself. for example sometimes you're going really slow in a place where no one is.

i'm trying, though.

i bought a bluetoof so i could avoid using the actual phone while driving. i do not believe that talking itself leads to accidents. a certain kind can, though. if your call gets really 'social' while youre driving and you start laughing too much or soemthing and forget that youre driving, thats bad. yet its also very possible to talk into a bluetoof and limit the talk to normal **** and pay full attention. people talk to actual peeps in their car with them mall the time, so to me the real danger is actually forgetting you're driving. which the phone can contribute to, and which is up to you to recognize if it starts to happen, and then to stop it

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Aug 08, 2007 02:56 am

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i do not believe that talking itself leads to accidents


actually this is what distracts you the most....talking uses alot of brainpower and real time attention.

this IS the problem of talking on a phone while driving...your mind is elswhere.


ya know this whole text while driving argument brings me back to the days when talkin' and driving were debated (and some still are)

i've done it, hell i do it for work ALOT when driving down music row makin' deliveries or pickin' up masters and gettin' lost....

i need a GPS! hehe

i've only texed a few times, and remember it beein' extremely difficult and inefficient (basically it took 3 mins to say 5 seconds of words) so i just call whoeverthefuck i'm texting.

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Aug 08, 2007 02:59 am

I never really figured out the point of texting with a cell phone...it's faster, easier, and less expensive to just place the call.

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Aug 08, 2007 03:03 am

i've noticed ppl using them when dating TOO DAMN MUCH. it's so impersonal to send some silly text (ie making plans for later) and the receiver can choose for whatever reason not to reply....it's a strange phenom i've been payin' attention to, sometimes dooin' it myself, but mostly askin' others what are they texting about....it's funny, it usually involves planing to meet or something like that...or it's complete BS that is prett ymuch babble for the sake of babbling.

indeed it is much quicker and cheaper just to call, but sometimes, like at work, you can't always be yappin' on the phone, but you can send a quick text and read the reply later.

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Aug 08, 2007 06:49 am

wyd, i disagree. wit bluetoof, it's just like having someone else in the car with you, which you do all the time anyway. so i don't see how you can really make the distinction. if you think people should not talk into a bluetoof, you must also believe that you should never have another passenger in the car with you.

but i agree that you need a GPS. because they are awesome. best purchase i've ever made. get a garmin!

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Aug 08, 2007 06:50 am

to text effectively, turn on T9. pretty soon you will know how to do it with your eyes closed.

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Aug 08, 2007 06:57 am

which is also something bad to practice while driving :-)

texting is something I just don't get either...if I get texted I never return it, I call the person...

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Aug 08, 2007 07:08 am

I wonder if talking on the phone and singing along to a song take up the same amount of distracting brain power...

I know for me I am always keying into how something is mixed/produced/panned when i listen to songs. Then add in the singing along part and its probably just as distracting.

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Aug 08, 2007 07:41 am

i think singing in the car is pretty dangerous if you are thinking about scales and theory, which i sometimes am. if i'm not, it's cool, my left brain is not involved. but when i've tried to figure out scales and ****, i suddenly realize that i am mnot aware that i am driving. so i have stoppped doing that.

texting is addictive. db, if you dont like it, never turn on t9! if you do, you might never stop. you cannot get addicted without using predictive text, i dont think. if you turn it on, it becomes so easy, you;re in danger of addiction

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Aug 08, 2007 07:42 am

oh, it totally is...

on the whole, I am a pretty safe driver, my wife calls me a "grandpa driver" cuz I don't speed, I just putz along...I refuse to live life in a rush...the few times I have had speeding tickets (been a few) it's always when I am listening to some music, singing along and not paying as much attention as I should be.

I listen to talk radio now, and all it does is get me angry, but isn't as distracting...no CD's to change, nothing to sing along with, just gov't to get pissed at.

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Aug 08, 2007 07:45 am

i listen to talk radio in the car too, and i prefer to drive slowly. i dont wanna be stressed out while driving, so i always leave with plenty of time to spare

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Aug 08, 2007 08:03 am

texting is actually cheaper than calling, depending on your situation. If you have only 450 minutes on your phone, you call somebody for 5 seconds to ask them a question or text. that 5 seconds costs you one minute of that 450, and if you're a social person... you'll greatly exceed that 450.

If you and most of your friends have verizon phones, you can pay $5 for 200 text messages... and text them all unlimited for free.

It's also less disturbing to just text somebody from work or whatever rather than calling. It's like... email, to your phone.

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Aug 08, 2007 08:25 am

yeah. only bad thing is text message fights. those are terrible. usually one party or the other doesn't want to talk on the phone, so it goes on.


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Aug 08, 2007 08:36 am

text message fights...well, I suppose that happens but it sounds funny.

I can see the expense part of it, but I also remember my neighbor who's daughter texted his bill up to $300 one month...so that is all package dependent.

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Aug 08, 2007 08:40 am

Not me; Maybe riding a bike for over thirty years has something to do with it, but I need to watch that road and concentrate on it. I had a boss that in essence insisted that I answer the phone when he called so I did the bluetooth thing for a bit. Even with that I had many occasion where the conversation stopped until I could get off the road. He'd call during the lunch rush hour when every twenty something secretarial bipsy is doing the mad dash for twenty beauty accessories and ask something like how I thought we should approach this client with this issue. That's akin to having a reporter trying to do an interview during a fire fight.

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Aug 08, 2007 12:18 pm

The phone in my works van is playing up,it's great cos it drives them crazy trying to ring me.hehe.I told them I wouldn't wear the phones that clamp on your ear because of radiation risks and if there isn't a risk I'm not walking around like one of The Borg! (mind you I wouldn't mind 'Seven of Nine' as co driver.):)

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Aug 08, 2007 12:30 pm

www.ergoweb.com/news/detail.cfm?id=1027

talking IS a very brain intensive process...listening is a bit more passive...even talking to someone in the can can be VERY distracting. while listening to the radio is still relatively safe....

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Aug 08, 2007 12:34 pm

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mind you I wouldn't mind 'Seven of Nine' as co driver


yummy.

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Aug 08, 2007 01:13 pm

I hate text messages. I'll read them if someone sends me one, but I WILL NOT send one. I guess it is useful if you want to send the same message to a bunch of people at once, but otherwise, honestly, I'm with zek, just call the damn person, and you can always leave a voicemail.

With that being said, I'm usually ok with myself talking on the phone when driving, because (seriously though) I stay more focused on the driving than the conversation, and I don't make bone head moves like i see others do. Other people should not be allowed to talk on the phone while driving. I see people just wandering their cars around cuz they can't concentrate on their driving, it's ridiculous. But me, I'm on point, or if it's getting stressful, i just tell the person i'll call them back in a minute or two. Oh, and you don't want to see me driving when a song I really like comes on....

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Aug 08, 2007 01:25 pm

Texting is real handy at times. What about at concerts when you can't hear? It came in real handy at the NAMM show when none of us could hear anything.

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Aug 08, 2007 01:29 pm

Texting is easy.

You should try attaching a little bit of paper to a pigeons leg when you're driving!


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Aug 08, 2007 01:48 pm

8 or 9 times out of 10 the jerkoff who just drifted over into my lane without noticing me is on the phone. I tell my wife that it's a cell-phone that will eventually be responsible for my death.

Having said that, there are all kinds of idiots on the road who don't pay enough attention to what they are doing and what others are doing around them.

I had a lady with some kind of kick-dog (maybe a yorky?) in her lap make a right hand turn onto the street I was riding on and pull out in front of me last week. Didn't see me at all but she made my day anyway.
I pulled up right next to her and kept pace, then I started barking madly at the dog in her lap.
It preceded to go completely nuts barking back and we kept this up for a good 10-15 seconds before I cracked the throttle and laughed to myself the entire way in to work.

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Aug 08, 2007 01:49 pm

I can only hope her lap got as scratched up as the inside of her car door did by that little crazy dog.

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Aug 08, 2007 01:59 pm

damn, dude, I don't care who you are, that's funny right there...

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Aug 08, 2007 03:22 pm

I agree that its the talking, not the phone. Any time I talk on the phone while driving, I'm driving FIRST and talking SECOND. I'm all 'yes' and 'no' pretty much, wanting to get off the phone ASAP. I keep my mind on the road and keep the conversation short and non-engaging.

I think its just as distracting to talk to somebody in the car as it is to talk on the phone. Same phenomena at work there...your mind isn't on the road. Its on the conversation.

Needless to say, I'm not the talkative sort when I'm driving. although I do sing a lot while driving. I mean a lot! And yes I agree that its distracting as well.

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Aug 08, 2007 09:23 pm

BLUE TOOTH like forty said. Its the only way to go. I use mine almost always except for when it goes dead.

I do however text as well, mostly with the kids for short messages and such. NEVER text while driving though, that would just be stupid.

I'm one of those jerks who will get behind or alongside someone that is not paying attention because they are texting or yapping and flailing their hands while on the phone and driving. I like to pull right up alongside em as close as I can get and then just lay on the horn or yell or have one of the boyz yell most times. Scares the living **** out of em.

And the ones that just sit at the friggin green light yapping away while 20 cars are behind em honking away. Makes me want to just go out and buy a beater car and put a cow catcher on the front so I can derail em when they do that.

I have to admit to liking to drive fast. Never when on the phone, and mostly on roads I know well with no traffic to speak of. But I also enjoy being able to see the world as I drive by it as well, so I am also a sane driver for the most part.

But I can't believe how long this thread got about text messaging.

Oh and for the guy still paying Verizon for text messaging. You better have them look at your package. I own 5 phones all Verizon, and text messaging is free and unlimited to anyone on any network for all my phones. Thats both sending and receiving by the way.

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Aug 08, 2007 10:37 pm

best bluetooth i've ever owned:

www.amazon.com/Samsung-AW...amp;pf_rd_i=ybh

i bought about 6 other blueteef last year. tried them out, and when they ended up sucking, took them back for a refund. this is the only one that passed my tests. very tiny. no ear clip--it just sits in the ear canal.it'll come loose sometimes, but you just push it back in. when you're done, you just lift it out and put it in your pocket (no need to walk around with it on all day. goes in and out in 2 seconds). loud enough to use in a noisy jeep with no problems. clear sound on my end, and dothers say its good for them. no static issues at all, and the range is amazing. can use it at any location in my apartment, no matter where the phone is. in fact, i can leave the phone inside and walk all the way to the front of the building (takes about 20 seconds) before the connection breaks.

great product. endless trial and error ending in the perfect bluetoof

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Aug 08, 2007 10:56 pm

I have a blue tooth, forget the model but "one of the best"...I ****** HATE it...it does save the "holding the phone" distraction and replaces it with a "is it falling out of my ear" distraction...

oh, this is it www.amazon.com/Samsung-WE...t/dp/B000GAO9T2

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Aug 08, 2007 11:38 pm

get the one i have; you will love it

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Aug 09, 2007 01:18 am

no, actually, I won't. I simply hate ear pieces.

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Aug 09, 2007 01:47 am

:|

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Aug 09, 2007 04:24 am

weird. just had my first earthquake. motion was completely side to side and it lasted for 7 seconds and was weird. i was lucky to be...drinking.




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Aug 09, 2007 11:27 am

I hate earpieces too. I think people look silly with that freakish thing hanging over their ear. And people really just wear those things like they're jewelry or something...and it just looks ridiculous. Its like gold teeth caps or those weird oversized sunglasses. Not a fashion statement that I want to make.

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Aug 09, 2007 11:41 am

I HATE ALL PHONES...PERIOD. I never answer our landline at home because it is always some ******** trying to sell us something. I "have" to carry a cell phone because of work. When it rings I must answer it 24/7 and I hate that ******* thing too because it always means work.

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Aug 09, 2007 11:45 am

Yeah, that is my exact issue with them, the "look how important and cool I am" look it gives off.

I was in Holiday Station (local gas station) the other day and the kid in front of me was a young black kid with baby blue basketball apparel, lots of big bling, slick, cool sunglasses, a blue tooth in each ear and three cell phones hanging off his low riding shorts, I mean seriously...

So, idle curiosity got me so I watched him leave as he goes and crawls in to his rusty, early 80's BMW...come on now, that is just too f-in much...

Personally, I hate even having the cell phone.

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Aug 09, 2007 11:51 am

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a blue tooth in each ear and three cell phones hanging off his low riding shorts

Bwahahaha! Oh man, I'm not the kind of guy that would walk around with one bluetooth in my ear never mind two. Haha, that is just way to funny. Is looking like an idiot the new cool?

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Aug 09, 2007 11:59 am

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Is looking like an idiot the new cool?


Apparently that is the case.

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Aug 09, 2007 04:17 pm

this is another reason why i like my bluetoof so much. because it has no ear clip, it comes out and goes in in a flash. i wear it only when talking

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Aug 09, 2007 08:28 pm

Here is the one I use, www.jabra.com/Sites/Jabra...abraBT500v.aspx light weight, long battery life and easy to get in and out. I don't like walking around with it in my ear either. IT is for frigging driving for me. Or if I'm working IT and need to be on the phone while doing stuff it is a blessing since typing with a friggin phone in one hand sucks. So for me that thing is great. And it doesn't fall out no matter what I do. I have hung upside down from a crane bucket and not had it dislodge.

Ya I know it helps if I put the link in.

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Aug 09, 2007 09:03 pm

noize! i had that one. i so wanted to keep it because it worked great, had a cool shape, was very light, and it vibrated with calls (there are two models: one vibrates). i loved this BT. but it pinched my ear and hurt very badly after about 7 minutes.

too bad. my ear's just the wrong shape for it. i guess you don't get the pinching...

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Aug 09, 2007 10:52 pm

No pinching and the best part was I tried several others as well and this one worked the best for me. The girl who works for Verizon that I deal with exclusively ordered me a special ear rubber thingy from Jabbra and it fit perfect. My problem with most of them was it didn't inject enough sound into my ear as the things were all to shallow. She got Jabbra to send a special deeper one that works perfect. For me most of the headsets were in a tonal range that was hard for me to hear so I just kept searching and this one worked out perfect.

I"m not fond of the clunky look of it but it works great for in the car or as I stated above when I need moth hands free and using speaker mode is not an option. But as you stated it does have a cool shape and most people comment on that and want to know were I got it so it must not be all bad.

But as for comfort, I can wear it all day at work and not even notice its on/in my ear.

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Aug 10, 2007 03:32 am

you're lucky. that's the only other bluetooth i even considered keeping. i really liked that thing.

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Aug 15, 2007 09:04 am

We get a spot fine for even touching our phone unless its wired into a hands free kit and in a proper cradle - and DEFINITELY for texting, that's gonna land you in jail most likely. Police dont dig that at all.

One guy around here was in the news for getting a ban for eating an apple whilst driving.

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Aug 15, 2007 09:23 am

We're in the dark ages here. Lunch break is the worst. Secretarial Blade Runner event. Refresh make up, eat lunch, catch up on the latest gossip, and get stamps for the office, and that new perfume. You can spot them from a mile away. Sun visor and mirror flap down, rear view mirror turned sidways, head cocked sidways wedging cell phone against sholder, tailgating everyone and darting from lane to lane. Quite the social gathering.

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Aug 15, 2007 09:33 am

Man, Walt, you just brought back memories of driving to troy from w detroit everyday.

I sure dont miss that =).

Personally, I have no cell phone. I hate the things. People are amazed that I'm in technology but have no cell.

whatever . . .

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Aug 15, 2007 02:21 pm

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troy from w detroit


ba-bam ba-bam ba-bam ba-bam ba-bam ba-bam


man i don't miss michigan roads at all

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Aug 16, 2007 09:04 am

The're great for eating peanuts. Just pop a few in and let the patches do the work.

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