should texting be banned while driving??

United States
May 23, 2009 1:12pm CST
the state i live in is Tennessee and the governor just passed a law stating that's illegal to text and drive at the same time. what do you think?? is texting and talking on the phone while driving imparing you just like drinking and driving under the influence does? tell me what you think. in new jersey if i'mnot mistaken they have a law against women putting on make up in the car while they are driving, are they getting to close to drawing the fine line with the 5the admentmant rights?? is there anything that we can do to stop the madness and what will be the next thing to go, because if you ask me the radio is one of the biggest distractions there yet there is nothing banning it from being played while you're driving? so tell me what you think?
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
23 May 09
I think texting should definitely be against the law. Here in California, it is. Texting requires you to actually look down at your phone. Talking is different and I actually think it should have stayed legal, because the solution is worse. Now a lot of people wear an earbud. That affects your hearing. With the phone I used to just hold it pretty far away from my ear and it didn't affect me at all because I always drive with one hand anyway. You don't need two hands to drive, but you do need your hearing. On a similar note, I think a lot of people abuse their radios too. If you can't hear while driving you will get in a lot more accidents.
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• United States
24 May 09
wow i didn't realize that with every one being online that this thought would actually be one of the top discussions of the day. anyways, i'm not taking sides here. just going to state facts that we already know about. some say that it's taking away our right to have the freedoms that we came over to this country for. now that being said. i'd say there were no vehicles over here when they came to this country, so there for to some, driving is seen as a privelage given by your country. there for they feel there should be laws and regulations towards it. lets face it people, if we didn't have the ten commandments could you just imagine what life would be like today. use your common sense on these things. pull over if you can do so in a safe place. don't put every one else's life in danger because you can't wait 5 or ten minutes to answer your text. grant i can't stand it when someone is on the phone in the drive thru and trying to tell the drive thru people what they want to eat. it's rude and inconsiderate. Texting is getting to be just as bad. the headsets in walmart should banned when you go through the cashier line cause it gets confusing on who is talking. if you have more response i'd love to read what you have to say. i'll try to respond depending on how many responses a day i have to the discussions. thanks guys.
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@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
24 May 09
Yeah, I guess a lot of people have comments on this subject since it affects anyone who drives. Driving actually is a privilege, not a right. Image if people had the right to drive? We'd have blind people out on the road! Everyone would be driving whether they should be or not. Not everyone has the ten commandments either, I think those only apply to Jews and Christians, maybe Muslims but I'm not sure on that. Those are religious, not given by the state. I don't like the headset solution at all. People walk across the street without looking now too and are just blabbing away on their headset. Or texting. When driving with a headset you lose your hearing in one ear. Having hearing in both ears is what gives you depth to your hearing. You can hear where another car is because you have two ears. I don't text hardly at all since I don't have a texting phone with a keyboard. On my phone it is next to impossible to send a text message. It takes so long that if someone texts me a question I'll just call them back. If I got a text message while driving, I wouldn't even know about it though because I'm not going to try to read something up close while I'm driving and should be looking at the road. Whoever sent me a message can wait. You can't really text on my phone while driving, it would be nearly impossible. It takes like 10 minutes just to send a simple message. If I get a call I answer it "Driving, is this important?" And if so I'll take the call. If not, I'll tell them I'll call them back whenever I get to where I'm going. Which usually isn't that long as I rarely go for drives that are longer than 2 hours.
• United States
24 May 09
My mom is deaf in one ear and by what you are saying it sounds like she shouldn't be driving. Some people are deaf in both ears. Should deaf people not have the priviledge of driving? They were born that way it wasn't because they were using an ear bud. They have side mirrors and rear view mirrors on cars to help you know when cars are around. You can't always hear another car when it comes around you unless it has a very loud muffler then of course you would hear that. I hear in both ears and if a car is going at a high speed they can be up on you and you never know til they pass you or hit you. They will pass the laws and just like with speed laws they will be broken and the ones breaking them will injury and kill many others because they feel they are above the law and don't use their common sense. People should just use common sense when it comes to driving. Texting takes your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel. If you don't have a phone with a keyboard on it you have to continuously look at your phone to hit the right number a certain number of times to get the right letter to appear in your text message. If people are going to talk on the phone in the car then they should make sure they remember they are driving and pay attention to what they are doing instead of getting lost in their conversation and forgot everything around them. I think if they are going to talk on the phone then a headset is the best way to go because if a situation arises they can be in total control of the vehicle with both hands on the wheel. The only reason they put these phone laws into place is because of the irresponsible people. You admit yourself you pick up your phone if it rings. In that split second you could hit someone, swerve, anything. It doesn't matter what your message is to the person on the phone for that amount of time you are not in total control of your vehicle. I had a friend hit someone because she looked at her phone when it rang to see who was calling to decide if she was going to answer or not. 2 seconds she side swiped someone, totaled that persons car and injured them. My friend wasn't driving alone either. She had 3 young children in the car with her. I'm not a saint either. I have answered my phone while driving and have called people while driving. I don't have to dial my phone because it's voice activated i just say dial home etc but I still have one hand off the wheel which makes me vulnerable to situations that may arise. Right now in my state there isn't the law if they put it into effect I would definitely abide by it. We are just now getting the seat belt law going into effect June 1.
@harryt123 (327)
• United States
23 May 09
In my state they have passed and strictly enforce the law of driving while talking on a cell phone and a bluetooth headset has to be used if doing so. I do believe this will make it much safer as one would get distracted by their phone from either texting, dialing a number or talking on the phone and will endanger not only their life but also someone elses. I believe the fines for the first offense is not a whole lot but the increase for repeated offenses and also I believe that having ones car taken from them and also having their license suspended should be a part of the entire scheme of things as well.
• United States
9 Mar 10
i can't stand the bluetooth head set. i would rather see a cell phone up to a person's ear than have a bluetooth set because most of the time you can't tell if you are being talked to or if it is someone they are talking to on the phone. It can be very confusing.
@k1tten (2321)
• United States
23 May 09
I personally think that texting should be banned while driving. I have been behind so many people who have been on the cell phones in one way shape or form that it's scary with how they drive. I have hit, almost been hit, or have had to slam on the breaks because Miss-or-Mister-has-no-clue-because-of-their-phone has almost caused an accident. I admit at lights that I know are going to be long I do check to see if I may or have a message or not but as soon as the light changes my phone is put away. But I never drive while I have my phone on.
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• United States
3 Apr 10
I also find that it slows people down and they don't realize they are driving under the speed limit until they wreck because of it.
• United States
23 May 09
I also live in Tennessee and I think this is a GREAT law. It should be illegal. It's dangerous to text and drive. Bottom line. Some people think they can do both, but the truth is, it can cloud your judgment and cause accidents.
• United States
3 Apr 10
just like some think they drive with one hand and stay in control of the car. yeah right. thanks for responding. sorry its taken so long to respond back.
@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
23 May 09
Seriously, yes it should be banned, if you are texting your eyes are not on the road. In Alabama last year on graduation night five graduating seniors were killed in an accident because the driver was texting, They were all in the same car, the car they hit, killed the mother of three small children, all three children and the father were critically injured but survived. The youngest having his leg amputated, one is parlazied and the father is now disabled. yes it should be illegal, and no women should not put make up on while driving, again it is dangerous, you are driving you should be well driving not applying mascara etc. These laws are not infringing on our rights they are protecting our lives.
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
23 May 09
Seriously! I saw someone shaving their legs while driving the other day, right up on the dash! I think people need some common sense. I don't even use my radio unless I am parked. I like to have my perfect hearing and it has saved me from many accidents. I can hear where cars are around me and so if someone is merging into me I can avoid them even if I don't see them first, I will hear them. People just don't realize it is important to have your eyes on the road and also important to be able to hear.
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• United States
9 Mar 10
it's a shame. I seen a man on the internet in a photo with him driving his motorcycle and laying length ways while he was texting. Where is people's common sense. They seem to think the same thing about fashion as well so it doesn't surprise me that using a text or calling someone when they clearly shouldn't be is just bad common sense.
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
23 May 09
Yes it should be illegal to text and drive at the same time. I think texting would impare more than talking on the phone. Women should not be putting makeup on while driving this should be done before they leave their house. A radio does distract a person but I do not think it is the biggest. People do sing with the radio and listen to the news but you can still concentrate on your driving. Have you ever been driving and thinking what you needed to do at work today or after work lots of thing distract a person. We just need to be responsible when we are behind the wheel.
• United States
9 Mar 10
thanks for responding your discussion is well appreciated to a highly debatable subject
@PrarieStyle (2495)
• United States
23 May 09
It's a real shame we will probably have to spend millions to get a bill passed, for something that should simply be a matter of common sense. Driving is a huge responsibility, if it's dangerous to talk on the phone as you're driving you think people would be smart enough to not text.
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• United States
9 Mar 10
agreed, but more and more people text than call because the cell phone companies put out better texting monthly fees than there calling features. It pays to text.
@megumiart (3781)
• United States
24 May 09
I really think texting should be banned while driving. I have a lot of friends in California, and they all said it was pretty ridiculous when talking on the phone in the car was banned, but texting wasn;t.
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• United States
24 May 09
Texting while driving and talking on the cell phone while driving is very dangerous. I'm in California and they've already passed those laws at the beginning of this year. Thos laws are there mainly because there has been too many reported accidents of people talking or texting on their phones while driving. You can't look at your phone and look at the road at the same time. That's like setting a lap top on your lap and trying to do your work while driving. It just doesn't work. All of your attention is to be on the road, nothing else really matters. The good thing is they didn't take all your rights away with that law. Having a bluetooth device ensures your safty and the safty of other drivers, you can still have a cristal clear conversation with someone without the hassel of having to hold the phone with one hand and driving with another. These laws were mostly based for teens just like here in California they've banned teens from playing music in their cars while driving, having their ipod earplugs removed from their ears, etc. The laws are there for your own safty, are they stupid? Yes, they might be, but just think about how smart you are for following them the next time you clear from having a close call and an almost accident.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
24 May 09
I think it's definitely a good idea. I know a lot of people that text on their cell phones and it really is dangerous. In fact, I work with a set of twins, Kaitlyn and Kelsey, who actually got into an accident with each other. Kaitlyn was stopped at a red light and Kelsey was driving behind her and texting on her cell phone and didn't notice that the car in front of her had stopped and she rear-ended her and totaled her sister's car. Of course, she didn't realize it was actually, indeed, her sister until after the wreck. I don't see the radio as a big distraction, though. Background noise isn't necessarily distracting. Texting requires diverting your attention from the road and what's going on around you to your cell phone. once your eyes leave the road long enough to text, you put people in danger by not paying attention. As long as you're using your radio correctly, your eyes are not leaving the road (and if they are it might be for a few seconds, tops).
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• Malaysia
24 May 09
here in malaysia, texting is banned too..for me it makes us careless and doesnt pay attention while driving.but sometimes i do that..haha.
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@berlong (227)
• United States
23 May 09
I live in California and we have had this law for a while now. I think its a great law, it has saved soo many of our soldiers and soldiers families lives. I live at NTC Fort Irwin. Its a 35 Mile stretch from the front gate to the highway through the desert and texting is just one more distraction-other than falling asleep at the wheel due to the long drive of boredom, that if avoided could save many lives!
• United States
23 May 09
where i live it is not agenst the law infact they tryed to pass it but they failed i think it should be banned when you are driving the only thing you should be doing is paying attention to the road the other day i saw a woman reading a book while driving , there are so many wrecks from people talking on the phone,texting and doing other things insted of watching the road, i just wish they would have passed it hear in pittsburgh
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@dismalgrin (2470)
• United States
25 May 09
Why do they have to pass so many laws? I think that it's not a good idea to text and drive, sometimes you have to. And I do it at stop lights and stop signs when I need to tell someone I'm on the way. But if talking on the phone is illegal to do while driving then they might as well ban smoking and driving! That takes up one hand too. Eating while driving is even more dangerous because it usually requires 2 hands! I think it would save a lot more money from the state taxes and such if we just focused on educating the masses about the dangers of these things. I mean, we don't ban relations with multiple partners even though this is also dangerous. We dedicate whole classes to this topic in our schools instead.
• Australia
25 May 09
Well! Smoking while driving is illegal in some places! And as for educating the masses, this kind of law is for the "masses" who didn't get the message, or who couldn't be reached with an education program. In fact, the fear of a fine is actually quite a good lesson for people who need to understand that texting on the move really is dangerous and a significany infringement on other people's right to be safe as they go about their business.
• United States
25 May 09
The question that really begs to be asked, is, how much is too much laws? Sure there are a lot of stupid people out there, but those stupid people will probably get into a wreck no matter if they were texting or now. Because if it's not texting they will do something else that is stupid. The question that begs to be asked is, should we ban everything that is dangerous. Do we NEED a fine to hold out hand? To smack us if we misbehave. Do we need a government that jerks the strings on such a fine and minute level that our personal belongings have legal rules attatched to them? What happened to common sense? Do these laws assume that no one has that? Should we then be all locked away because we can't be trusted to make any decisions for ourselves and come up with the right answer on our own?
• Philippines
28 Mar 10
Yes because it takes the driver's eyes and mind off the road therefore creating a lot of horrible accidents. They should be more focused on the road like when they have passengers or alone.
• United States
3 Apr 10
thank you for responding. your thoughts are appreciated and you are right they can cause accidents that otherwise might not happen.
@airakumar (1555)
• India
10 Mar 10
Hi cryson, I think banning text messaging while driving generates a lot of press, it seems so obvious that it should be banned. Most of us are neither pilots nor astronauts. We are not trained to steer large, hurtling hulks of steel and gasoline while manipulating small computers. So there's something blindingly obvious about the risks of texting while driving. Yet research is beginning to show that driving while simply talking on a cell phone — including using hands-free technology — can prove dangerous, even deadly. Causes more accidents than any other factor...and that is a fact. Texting while driving SHOULD BE treated like drunk driving. believe cell phone usage should not be allowed period while car is out of parking area. Thanks
• United States
7 Mar 10
I wish they'd ban both while driving here. But I will say I have seen more folks pulled over in parking lots talking on the phone I think the differance between a radio & cell phone is that you only futz w/ a radio a moment or two a cell you are taking your hands off the wheel for several minutes & testing you generally need both hands wich would mean no hands on the wheel.
• United States
3 Apr 10
maybe that will make a difference but if the wreck is supposed to happen more than likely it will regardless of whether or not they were texting or talking on the phone. i do notice more and mroe people pulling over as well, and getting off the phone quicker while they drive.
17 Feb 10
Using a mobile phone while driving is illegal in the UK. Texting while driving has caused far more accidents over the past few years, as drivers take their eyes off the road to read their mobile phone screens. I don't find the radio a distraction at all, but it bugs the heck out of me when people use their mobnile phones while driving.
• United States
3 Apr 10
too bad following celebrities and queens and princesses around with cameras for the press isn't illegal. maybe princess di would still be alive.
• Philippines
24 Jan 10
Hello crysontherocks77! We have a law here in our country on that. However, the problem is that it is not strictly implemented. It's sad that a lot of accidents happen because of this. I hope that the law enforcers realize that it is important to take this seriously. That they should really implement the law. I drive a lot and I meet a lot of cars along the way. Many of them are texting while driving. Others are on the phone while driving. It can get scary as accidents can happen anytime.
• United States
3 Apr 10
they don't really enforce it here either, but if you have a wreck and you were texting you will get a ticket citation for it and there will be other actions taken depending on what happened.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
14 May 10
Some people are not coordinated enough to breathe while driving. Every time I want to get mad about laws like this one, some idiot almost runs me off the road. Some of us just have to suffer for others.