Texting while driving?

United States
July 30, 2007 1:22pm CST
I was reading an article about a teen driver who struck and killed a bicyclist becasue he was text messaging on his phone while he was driving. I have never heard of such a thing. It's bad enough we have to worry about the drunk drivers on the road but now we have to worry about people text messaging? Have you ever texted while driving? Do you chat on your cell while driving?
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16 responses
@Booffy (364)
• Australia
31 Jul 07
I am a mad texter.... but NEVER when driving, i won't even answer my mobile when i am driving.... here it is an offence to text or speak on phone while driving... not only is there one hell of a big fine but also you could loose your licence..
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@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
31 Jul 07
well, there are more and more irresponsible drivers on the road nowadays and not to discredit the teenagers, they are usually involve them and the P-platers... the road tolls here in australia keep on increasing every year and i read about car accident almost everyday in the newspapers... that's why the anti-hoon law here regarding the P-platers is becoming stricter and stricter and they also reduce the speed limit on some of the freeway/highway from 100 km/h to 80 km/h... i never think of texting while driving or using my mobile phone as i know it will endanger my life and other people's lives as well...
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@sunshinecup (7881)
30 Jul 07
Nope I don't text or use the cell phone, I just drive the car. I think it's so stupid to use cell phones while trying to direct a car and keep from killing anyone. Many states have banned their use while driving, but I think they need to hand them stiffer penalties when caught.
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• United States
30 Jul 07
I totally agree, sunshinecup. I think there should be a stiff penalty for it and it should be across the board in every state!
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@venshida (4838)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I saw it on the news recently where a couple of teenagers were killed. It makes no sense that people would want to text message while driving. I don't think any thing so darn important that it can't wait. I rarely answers my cellphone when I am driving. I use a headset, and my family knows I don't talk and drive so it better be an emergency for them to call me. I see people driving on the expressway weaving in out and when I look closely they are on the cellphone. People just does not use commonsense.
@unisis (1674)
• Indonesia
31 Jul 07
I do have to admit that text messaging on the phone while driving is dangerous, I usually talk on my cell while driving by using hands free and try to put them on speaker,and I will answer with using the hand free mic not speaker. As for texting, I never do text messaging when I am driving,is better to call and talking. It is a shame that this happened to the bicyclist along with the teen driver. This what it will be with that teen driver for the rest of his life.
• Canada
31 Jul 07
People who tex, put on makeup, shave, etc. while driving are absolutely and completely out of their minds. I can't believe anyone would be stupid enough to do that. I was once in a car with my father and he was reading his new cellphone manual while driving I nearly jumpe out of the car while it was still moving, Honestly my dad isn't a very good driver to begin with.
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@raychill (6530)
• United States
31 Jul 07
Earlier this month...or possibly late june there was an accident with a group of teenagers recently high school graduates going away for a senior week trip and the girl had texted someone and crashed into a truck and the car exploded killing everyone. it happened up in new york. they didn't know if the texting was what caused her to crash or anything but yeah. I do chat on the cell phone...rarely and I also text while driving. I'd like to say I'm cautious though. I mainly only text when I'm stopped at red lights...that way I'm not moving and can't cause any accidents. However, I also know how to text without actually looking at my cell phone...so once in a while i may glance at it but it's no different than glancing at your clock or radio or something while driving. When I talk on the cell phone it's only because it's an emergency or I'm lost trying to get directions or something. but my cell phone has speaker phone and I like to use that so I can set the phone down and just talk...no different than talking to a passenger.
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@melissa29 (130)
• United States
30 Jul 07
It's interesting that I came across this discussion...The other day, there was an accident out front of the place that I work..a car struck another one from behind. About an hour after the accident occurred, a gentleman came in and asked me directions to where he was trying to go. He told me what happened...his girlfriend was texting and caused the accident!! The car is still in the parking lot.....lol I think that there should be laws in every state banning cell phone use (whether it be talking or texting) while driving.
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@tinamwhite (3255)
• United States
30 Jul 07
I am guilty of answering my cell phone and talking on it while driving but I hate to text...I am not good at it...if there was a keyboard I might be able to do so...LOL
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
30 Jul 07
I do have to admit, I talk on my cell while driving. I try to put them on speaker so I am hands free, but once in a while, I will answer without using the speaker. As for texting, I don't even text when I am not driving. It takes me too long~ My son is 18 and he can actually text without looking at the numbers he is pushing because he texts so much. It is very dangerous to text while driving. It is a shame that this happened to the bicyclist along iwth the teen driver. This will be with that teen for the rest of his life.
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• Philippines
30 Jul 07
Well that news wasn't really new to me. In our country this incidents often happened specially with the teenagers. They had accidents because of texting. Actually before when I had a text messaging clan, I even texting while walking or crossing streets. Some of my friends even texting while driving a motorcycle. However it isn't really because of texting. It still with the person on how he do it. Everything has limitations, maybe those who commit accidents are those who didn't consider their limitations...
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@KrisNY (7593)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I read this also- and they said that this teen is now going around the country- talking about it- and saying how important it is to not text- wait until you stop and then call the person- It was really sad- the whole thing- I have chatted on my phone several times while driving- but heck never text. I can’t do that well when I concentrate 100% ~ I can’t imagine trying to make it make sense and pay attention to the road too- Young kids these days can text great though- They say that the accident that happened here in Rochester, NY (45 miles north of me) that killed 5 girls (graduates of high school this year) had to do with texting- phone records show a text a couple minutes prior to the accident being sent from the vehicle and then 1 sent back and then 1 more sent- Pretty sad!
• United States
31 Jul 07
Yea I'm guilty of doing this. I try not to, but sometimes I have too. Text messaging is worse than talking on the phone while driving, although they're both bad. So many accidents happen because someone was driving while chatting on their cell phone.
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@mindyja25 (181)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I'm not proud but yes I have done it while driving, I did try to keep it a to a short message. I know it doesn't matter what or why I did it, I agree that it is not safe for people to be doing it while driving. Now I feel talking on your cell is fine while driving as long as your not taking forever to dial the numbers or having to do other stuff. If you can just push a button and talk I think that is ok.
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@senthil2k (1501)
• India
31 Jul 07
While Driving, nothing else should be done except Driving. Driver needs to be fully concentrated on his/her driving only. With that, Talking, chatting, Texting or anything else also should be definitely avoided. It’s the innocent people walking out there are getting affected by such careless drivers.
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
31 Jul 07
I live near Chicago where it's against the law to be on the cell and driving, however I don't know how you'd tell if someone was texting. I think it may be another one of the silly unenforcable laws. I rarely talk on the cell while driving, and on the rare occassion I do I put it on speaker. I don't even know how to text! LOL THe sad fact is that accidents due to text messaging and not paying attention are not that uncommon anymore, especially in younger people. However, I don't think this is necessarily a younger persons issue. The problem is that we have become so self absorbed that we just don't pay attention, and people die needlessly because of it.
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