The new drunk driving - do you do it?

@mimpi1911 (25454)
India
November 2, 2009 5:22am CST
Texting while driving is the new drunk driving. My friend had a narrow escape recently and as he was narrating his story I was wondering can we not just wait till we garage the car?! Happy panda spanking to all but be a wise spanker.
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@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
2 Nov 09
Hi dear! I think texting or talking on cellphone while driving our vehicle is highly dangerous and it could be fatal for ourselves and for others also. I sometimes get shock of my life to see when young boys and girls driving their bikes with one hand and holding and talking on cell phones with their other hand. The thought of accident shudders me, if by chance these people lose coordination between their driving and cell phone talking. God saves them and give them some wisdom that talking/texting on cell phone is a great hazard, while driving. If there is any urgency to text or talk, let them stop for few minutes (may be on the busy road) and make a call. Have a great day!
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
3 Nov 09
Hi dear! Some youngsters try to be more adventurous and want to show off that they can drive (either two wheelers or four wheelers) and simultaneously talk on their cell phones, knowing little that it could prove costly for themselves and for others on the road to.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
9 Dec 09
God bless them.
@dpk262006 (56170)
• Delhi, India
9 Dec 09
God be kind to others, when these kind of ruffians drive.
@balasri (26554)
• India
26 Jan 10
Texting while driving?I envy that guy for his wizardry. I just cannot even whistle to myself as I drive.All my senses are utterly focused on the road which is swarming with the jay walkers,the most devious vehicles ever invented by man the autos, the other unique invention of vehicles of the vegetable and fruit vendors and the venerable animals our Go mathas. Would you please congratulate that guy on my behalf Mimpi?
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
14 Feb 10
Sure I will, if that makes him responsible enough! I think, we have a lot of excitement around us and driving through them makes our day for sure. But, I am quite surprised to know that it's still not punishable in US!! Can you beat that! Texting while driving is just not done!
@balasri (26554)
• India
16 Feb 10
That doesn't surprise me as drive barefooted, and playing dominoes on Sundays are illegal in a state (Alabama)of that country.
@balasri (26554)
• India
16 Feb 10
Driving bare footed.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
3 Nov 09
I am always good with my phone. I keep my bag on the back seat when I am alone so that if it rings or I receive a message I won’t be tempted to answer it while I’m driving. It is dangerous and the penalty is stiff if you are caught! It is foolish and I don’t see the need to pick up the phone while driving.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
5 Nov 09
That's really a good tactic, I must say! I think, we must ensure this much at least. It doesn't take much, does it!
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
6 Nov 09
No it doesn't and the fine is enough of a deterrent for me!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
7 Nov 09
Oh yes, who loves fines!!
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@SViswan (12072)
• India
25 Jan 10
Goodness...that's dangerous!! I can't even text while I walk....forget texting while driving (btw, I can't drive either..lol) I've never seen anyone text while driving ...but I saw a video aimed at educating people not to be distracted while driving. It's gruesome and the accident is shown in total. I have no clue how they taped it. But it was disturbing to me.
• Malaysia
2 Nov 09
It's all about weak time management in one's life. There is nothing wrong with that little device as it is very useful for both good and bad life activities. What I can say if the cell phone owner received or made too many calls, it means, the owner got lots of problems in their life and weak point in life management. The very true and through indicator.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
3 Nov 09
That's an important you have made MDDN. But I have also found people (a few) chatting on traffic signals. Chatting as in texting!
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• Malaysia
3 Nov 09
hahaha!...you're perfectly right, mimpi.
@mayka123 (10598)
• India
7 Nov 09
Not only when driving but I have seen people texting while walking on the road too. That also is very dangerous. I think after the discovery of the mobile there are more road accidents due to negligence than before.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
7 Nov 09
SADLY TRUE! We have become careless not only about our won lives but also about our loved ones.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
6 Nov 09
was he texting or talking? because there is a difference I really don't understand why ANYONE wants to be typing while driving - how stupid are they? But I can understand talking, its just an extension of visiting with passengers after all...
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
14 Feb 10
He was texting!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
4 Nov 09
Nothing worse than driving down the street and almost getting run off the road by someone texting. There is a law here now against it because there are a lot of driving accidents that are related to the new drunk driving.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
14 Feb 10
I wish we had more of those laws and their proper execution.
• Philippines
3 Nov 09
In my country Philippines, texting while driving is a major traffic violation. Why, because it had cost a lot of lives in the highway. Many accidents happen while doing this. Even being sleepy while driving is dangerous too. I have a friend who's tired but tried to get his way home. He have to travel a long way and thus while in the road, he unconsciously closed his eyes and a couple of seconds after he realized that he & his car almost fell off the cliff. Sometime a month or months ago, I have spotted news on TV that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California USA, also passed an ordinance prohibiting texting while driving. His wife as one of the violator, was also apprehended by him =) I also discovered a website http://donttextwhiledriving.org You might want to check that one out =)
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
5 Nov 09
It is indeed a major traffic violation but most here hardly care and the legal system not that rigid also! Thanks for the link. I explored it and found it to be very useful.
@Sreekala (22957)
• India
3 Nov 09
Hi mimpi, How are you? Hope you are doing well. Now people can’t live without mobile and there is no timing to use the same or no manners to keep. I have seen that people are using the mobile and riding the two wheelers. I have seen the same in four wheelers but two wheelers are more dangerous and should be avoid the mobile while driving. I think people are not caring about themselves and always in a hurry. They can stop for a while if the matter is urgent or send the text after reaching the destination. If the road is not busy then there is no problem otherwise they should take care to avoid accidents.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
5 Nov 09
I agree Sree. People hardly have time to stop and make the urgent call. I wonder, what people did in the days where they didn't have phone! It feels sad. PS: I am doing good. Little busy but good. How have you been?
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
3 Nov 09
Hello mimpi. Our government has been stressing the importance of driving safely, yet still quite a few careless drivers don't care much their own as well as others' safety because they make calls or smoke during the course of driving. I have met drivers of this kind. I don't feel safe in their cars if they do so. Also drunk driving is forbidden and is strictly checked. Once caught, the driver will be fined for driving after drinking. I think that it helps enhance our sense of safety to both the drivers and the passengers. Have a good day, mimpi.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
5 Nov 09
Same in our country William. It feels sad. Some people hardly care and when they do they have little to make up for it. A responsible person is so important today in our families and in society.
@solared (1210)
• United States
3 Nov 09
You know what I have done it before and almost got into a accident, and I have not done it since, it's very dangerous to text while driving, and I tell anyone who will listen.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
5 Nov 09
I am glad that you have realised that. Better late than never and thanks for telling us your story.
@bigj305 (19)
• United States
3 Nov 09
it depends on the text, because if you has a text to someone who has your kids or its your mom, you has to answer it. the only way you can tell is if you have a type of ringtone that resprent them, if you don't has a ringtone, i advice you to wait to you get home.. so it depends on the sitiution..
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
5 Nov 09
I can understand your point there but still I feel, no amount of compulsion should lead us carelessness.
@snehee (1)
• United States
3 Nov 09
I have lost friends due to them driving while they were drunk! as well as them getting into big accidents while they were texting! I have made it a personal rule for that if I am drunk I will not drive under any circumstances. Just get a cab. Even one drink down and no driving. And as for texting, I use a blue tooth while I talk to my friends and family while driving as I refuse to hold the cell in my hand. Texting is out of the question!
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
7 Nov 09
I am glad that you have realised the bad part of it. I think with little bit of brains we can avoid so much untoward things.
@Hatley (164654)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Nov 09
hi mimpi1911 hi again. here in cA. its against the law to drive and text like that. people get big fines for breaking that law. There is no reason why the texting could not wait until one is out of the car, why endanger your own life and the lives of others'just for a silly text thing. It can wait until you are out of your car.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
7 Nov 09
Exactly my point there!
• United States
2 Nov 09
Selfish people text while driving, or drinking. They only care about themselves, as they know better, and what could happen. Good post.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
7 Nov 09
I agree margie!
@marrie1 (256)
• United States
2 Nov 09
I'm blind so i don't drive but I don't use my phone when Im' walking as I also neeed to be aware of where I'm going.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
7 Nov 09
I really appreciate that marrie.
@drannhh (15227)
• United States
2 Nov 09
If they cannot wait until they are home, they could at least pull over in order not to endanger innocent others. I pull over. Today I stopped along the road to take some pictures with my phone and sent them to a friend, but not while driving.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
7 Nov 09
Hi Janet, that's sensible and I can understand you with the camera thing. I get this temptation to capture some beautiful moment of the nature, so often! But you are being wise to do that sensibly.
@bantoogi (24)
• Canada
2 Nov 09
No, I don't text and drive, that's just plain irresponsible and inconsiderate, especially if you have passengers. Speaking of which, did you see that video from CNN which had the bus driver texting while he was driving. As he was casually texting on his phone, his bus slams into the rear end of an SUV at full speed. He didn't realize that there was a traffic jam right in front of him. Careless, I tell ya, just careless. It was a good thing that SUV had no passengers in the rear seat. What if there was a baby on board?
• United States
2 Nov 09
I have a hard enough time keeping up with some of my friend's texts when I am not doing something that could endanger my life or the lives of others. I definitely do not text and drive, although I do talk on the phone while driving, but I have a hands-free device, so it is not any different than talking to someone in the car with me, except of course that the person I am talking to is on the other end of the phone.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
3 Nov 09
That's good to know. Even though handsfree kind of distract me but then I am sure there are people like you who are good at multitasking.