How many of you will have a hard time with the NEW TEXTING LAWS ???

@Tidwell1 (333)
United States
January 1, 2010 6:58pm CST
Starting today, the state of Illinois has a bunch of new laws go into effect. One of them is the texting while driving law. $75.00 if you are caught the first time. Habitual offenders could get a suspended license... does this affect you ???
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@kaylachan (4776)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
2 Jan 10
No for two reasons. One I live in Florida, and while the law is already in effect, it's no big deal. However the second and most important rule.... wait... I don't drive. I can't see to drive therefore it doesn't apply to me. So I'm not effected. I do get concerned about George though. He doesn't text, but some cop could pull him over for talking without a hands-free device if they want to. Its a law that's not offically on the books but cops (if they wanted to) could still pull you over for it because its being losely inforced.
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@sk66rc (4261)
• United States
2 Jan 10
It doesn't really affect me all that much. I don't text while I drive anyway. I do use my cell phone a lot for work reasons & I do have to admit, I've looked at my phone when I get an email. I don't do that while the car's moving, though. I either try to look at it while I'm at the red light or pull off to the side if I have to really read the email & possibly respond to the email.
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@surfette (674)
• United States
2 Jan 10
I only use my cell phone for important calls while I'm away from home and never in a moving vehicle. I'm not even fond of people calling while driving, let alone texting. The dangers on the road are immense enough, considering Illinois drivers are not the best. Sometimes I wonder how they even got their licenses. I feel that people should keep all their attention on driving and not be distracted by typing on a phone. I would just suspend their license if it were up to me. Yes, the police can track you if you are calling, texting or sending a photo.
@Tidwell1 (333)
• United States
2 Jan 10
right on....these drivers suck around here!
@surfette (674)
• United States
2 Jan 10
I was born and raised in Illinois and have spent 44 years driving here. This year has been particularly hard to give out any "good driver awards" for me. I was sitting on my back patio (corner lot) and before I knew it, I had a car sitting next to my fence. Driver talking on cell phone ran the stop sign and broadsided another driver who ended up in my yard. Then, my husband was hit at 45 miles an hour, totaling both trucks. Young man on cell phone ran the stoplight. You are right about the law and hurray for Illinois to pass it.
@quisha89 (76)
• United States
5 Jan 10
I have been guilty of texting and driving before and I have stopped doing it. It's just too risky, you not only put your own life in danger but other innocent lives too. We've all heard the stories of someone being killed through their own or someone else's texting and driving yet it seems we don't learn from it which is why they have to make laws like this that seem silly. It's sad that it comes down to this and what's even more sad is the fact that it probably still won't stop many people from doing this. I wish people would think about it more. I'm sure there are many people who have texted while driving and nothing has happened but think about the risk you're taking. Is it really worth risking your life or someone elses for that one little selfish to text somone and if it's that important why can't you call at least then you're looking at the road and not your phone every few seconds.
@rosekiss (30277)
• Eugene, Oregon
4 Jan 10
I don't live in Illinois, so that law doesn't affect me, however, here in Oregon on New Years, a law was passed that no one is allowed to use their cellphone while driving, unless they are using a hands free device, or using the speaker on th ephone. I am not concerned about this law either, as I usually don't talk when I am driving, as it is easier to pull over and stop and talk. Most people will get distracted while they are driving and won't pay attention ot the road and would hit someone else or get into an accident. I guess it is hard for some to keep their mind on the road while driving and talking. It has never bothered me, as I can talk and drive, but now that wht law has gone into effect, I will jsut use the speaker on the cellphone. I am all for the law, as it it will sure cut down on the accidents and people getting distracted. Take care, and happy mylotting.