Text while driving? How many of you CAN do it?

Shannintipton - posted on 05/08/2011 ( 55 moms have responded )

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How many of you CAN text while driving? Just wanted to know. Thanks in advance. {:+)

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Jodi - posted on 05/10/2011

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Mandie, I understand the intent thing with someone who is drunk. But I cannot for the life of me understand it if someone has pulled over in a safe location and turned off their vehicle when making a phone call. I think it is petty to give them a ticket for intent to drive while using a mobile phone just because their keys are still in the ignition.

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Jodi- agreed. The cop who gave that ticket is clearly a w*nker. Sadly they do exists among alot of decent ones. We used to call them 'jury f*ckers' cause they make people hate cops by doing things like that for no good reason.

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Jodi, Sarah and other Aussies- not sure what state you guys are in but I am an ex-cop in Qld. The reason for the 'with intent' part is that even if said drunk was asleep at the time, there is a HUUUUUUUUGE incidence of people 'sleeping it off' in their cars, waking up a short time later and thinking they are right to drive, and then killing someone and having a BAC (blood-alcohol content) off the scale. For example I once went to a fatality with a guy who thought he had slept it off enough to drive to his kid's soccer game- I spent a good deal of the morning scraping his intestines off the road to put back in his body before his poor wife had to come and ID him. Sorry to be graphic, but it's real. The idea is not so much a loophole but a safety thing. Same applies to having your keys 'on you'- the number of people who are pissed as and get in their car to 'just move it, I wasnt going to drive it Officer' (having just driven it 20m in the act of 'moving it') can still have fairly serious accidents. Same goes with phone usage, hands-free or otherwise- as Jodi has said, the human brain is simply NOT wired to this kind of thing NO MATTER HOW SKILLED YOU THINK YOU ARE- if some kid runs out into the road after a ball, OR a man in a car in the opposite direction lanes has a fatal heart attack and loses control of his car without warning OR someone coming the other way is ALSO texting OR some kids having fun drop a decent sized rock off an overpass you are driving under and it smashes your windscreen OR the truck in front of you suddenly drops it's load unexpectedly- you WILL NOT be able to react in time if you are 1. concentrataing PROPERLY on driving AND trying to text at the same time. FACT. ALL of the above examples are real jobs I have been to- some died, some were maimed for life, some killed a passenger in their own vehicle- so no, YOU CANNOT do it.

Jodi - posted on 05/10/2011

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I wish the school could issue fines. I watch SO MANY parents drive in and drop their kids off or pick them up and they are on the phone. With all those little kids around at that time of day, that's just asking for trouble.

One day I was behind a mum who picked her kids up and was on the phone. She didn't check to see if they were strapped in and doors closed properly before she took off. One of her children would have been maybe 6 or 7, and she had not managed to close her door properly, and was still struggling with it when mum took off. I flashed my lights and tooted my horn at her, but she was so busy talking on her phone that she didn't realise her kid was almost falling out of her car. She took off up the road like that - I am assuming the outcome was fine, because I didn't hear that any child from our school had been injured. But I tried so hard to get her attention, with no joy.

In hindsight, I should have taken her registration number down and reported her. But I just didn't have a pen and paper handy and I am hopeless at remembering things like that.

Jodi - posted on 05/10/2011

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See, I think THAT is petty. I think it should be sufficient if someone has pulled over in a legal and safe place and turned their car off. To be so petty as to argue that the keys aren't out of the ignition, that's just stupid. The person should be commended for pulling over safely before using their phone, not fined for it.

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Yep, I always say to people- everyone has that one fool at their workplace and policing is no different, it's just more embarrassing for the rest of us in our job as our fools tend to stand out more than in the average workplace! I HATED being partnered with someone like this as you spend your time in 'damage limitataion' mode. Have you ever seen the movie 'Super Troopers'? The character of Rod Farva? And the bit where his partner is going 'Easy Rod, easy Rod, EASY ROD!!!" ? That's what my hubby (who is still in The Job) and I say to each other when we have to work with one of these dumbasses.

Jodi - posted on 05/10/2011

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There's always one I suppose......some people become police for all the wrong reasons and ruin it for everyone else.

Pamela - posted on 05/10/2011

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No one should be doing it. In this state it is against the law. Should be in yours too.

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Yep Holly you can get charged for that here too- as well as riding a horse/similar while drunk. Understandable in yr situation with the cop and phones. And Sherri- actually it IS different to just having a conversation- I honestly dont know what it is about phone but people just lose their minds a lil bit with them.

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Yep Holly you can get charged for that here too- as well as riding a horse/similar while drunk. Understandable in yr situation with the cop and phones. And Sherri- actually it IS different to just having a conversation- I honestly dont know what it is about phone but people just lose their minds a lil bit with them.

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I can't. I admit it........ watch out for blondes in Hondas!!!! well, now it's a Jeep so it's not so scary......... it can't even get out of its own way lol

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I can see that Mandie, and it's pretty obvious when a police officer is using the phone for official use vs. personal use. The cops I saw were not only talking on their phones, but texting while driving as well. I understand hat sometimes there's something funky with the radio (I dated a cop once and he told me all kinds of "cop secrets") and they have to use the phone. I just have a problem when it's an abviously personal thing and they're blatantly ignoring it (I also have a problem when everyone else blatantly ignores the law. I condone a cop fr doing it just the same as I would condone regular joe-schmoe doing it).

I drive as safely as I can because I have my kids in the car. I really don't care if other people are putting their OWN lives in danger because of their bad driving, but the second they put my children in danger I get all kinds of pissed off.

Funny fact about drunk driving - did you know that where I live we have a very active bicycling community and people can actually get drunk driving tickets for riding their bicycle drunk? Does anyone else's city/town have that law? I think it's understandable, but still funny... :)

Sherri - posted on 05/10/2011

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I honestly don't see the problem with talking and driving no different then having a conversation with people in the car next to you and driving. However, texting and driving simply not worth the risk ever.

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Also Miss Holly- here in Qld Police Officers are allowed to use mobile phones while driving if it is in the execution of our duties. This is mainly cause we have the world's worst UHF radio system and it drops out in 'black spots' allllllll the time- which the 'powers' that be, do actually know about. BUT b/c of the below, the vast majority of us dont, unless we have NO other choice (like getting yr partner to do it, pulling over etc). That said, my life was literally once saved by having colleagues use their phones as i was in a black spot- the other units could only catch my call sign and that I was requesting ugent back-up- as we were dealing with a little treasure on ICE who had broken my partner's arm, pushed him down some stairs and was trying to throw me off a balcony. Luckily one of my friends recognised my voice, knew where I last was, phoned the other units and as I said- saved my life.

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Hahahah! Not just redneck towns I can assure you! That's the reason that mobilephone ticket is worded 'Driver USE handheld mobile phone" covers a multitude of sins- so to speak.

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Mandie - im from QLD i figured that was the reasoning seen it a million times on RBT and heard enough stories from my grandfather...we just live in a redneck town where backlash seems to just happen. love a good loophole and personally it makes sense to me just we have so many uneducated bogans here.

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exactly! you should of seen the backlash in our little ol town's newspaper people were furious that he got charged

Jodi - posted on 05/10/2011

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Sarah, I have heard of a case about the ignition thing too, so I believe it. I love the legislation written with the stupid loopholes. Reminds me a lot of CoM actually. Write it with loopholes and errors, and instead of fixing the problems with THAT issue, just write a whole new thing with different loopholes. I guess it keeps half of Canberra in a job......

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Jodi - it's australia :P like Mcdonald's we're run by a red-headed clown. The only reason I know about the ignition thing is that some guy in our town got charged with using a phone with intent to drive...his keys were in the ignition i don't know if they have changed it since then but its the same as a learner driving sitting in the drivers seat with the keys in the ignition, engine off and no open licensed driver..they can be charged with intent to drive without a supervisor



oh edit: i also have heard of another case in our town where a drunk guy was sleeping in his car with the keys on him...again he was charged with intent to drive under the influence...despite the fact he was asleep

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Peita - not only does the engine have to be OFF the keys have to be out of the ignition otherwise they can state you have intent to drive.

Brittany - posted on 05/09/2011

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How many of you can text and drive...hmmm.....how many of you can commit vehicular manslaughter? Texting and driving is the most irresponsible thing anyone can do. That is up there with drinking and driving. My car accident was cause because someone felt it was more important for them to be on their phone and putting on makeup then driving. I have spent the last 4 days on my couch. I can not even pick up my kids. I spent Mother's day in bed, not because I wanted to. My husband has had to bathe me and help the the rest room. To all of you who do text and drive...think about someone else.

Peita - posted on 05/09/2011

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I just want to add a bit about the laws in Australia for texting and talking on the phone, we actually have to have our engine in the car turned off to use our mobile phone, I know of a couple of irresponsible drivers who have been fined using their phone at a red light and one was actually fined when they had pulled off the road because the car wasn't turned off, I haven't actually looked up the laws, but other people have told me it's true... It's not worth the risking the safety of yourself and others, the laws are there for a reason.....

Bonnie - posted on 05/09/2011

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I think it is truly impossible to focus and have 100% of your attention on the road and text at the same time.

September - posted on 05/09/2011

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I can but I choose not to. I do however when stopped a red light. It's actually against the law in Washington State to talk on your phone or text while driving. My phone can be used hands free but I can't text hands free….that would be cool!

Sarah - posted on 05/09/2011

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Speaking of texting & driving...I just found out yesterday that a girl I know, her husband, and her two kids were in a tragic car accident on Saturday. A freaking idiot 16 year old was apparently on his cell phone texting when he veered into oncoming traffic. The girl's husband swirved to avoid a head on collision & the 16 year old t-boned their car killing their 4 year old little boy instantly.



I am still sick to my stomach about this. Hopefully that 16 year old will be haunted by the memory of this for the rest of his life. An innocent life taken in a split second because of some irresponsible idiot. I'm really shaken up about this. It makes me want to hold on to my son forever & never let him go.



So please people...DON'T TEXT & DRIVE!

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Shannin - must be a man thing my ex thinks he can drive and text too...hes not allowed to do it with our son in the car cos he knows how much trouble he'll be in if he gets caught

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Yup... the local paper even published the phone pictures I emailed them because the higher ups in the police department were refusing to take any action. Now they take calls reporting that behavior very seriously... lol

Shannintipton - posted on 05/09/2011

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@ Holly, You cant be serious? Police officers. They got suspended. Wow I bet they dont think they are above the law now LOL {:+)

Megan - posted on 05/09/2011

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I will admit I HAVE done it, but don't make it a habit! If I really need to get a message out I just call, and I have a bluetooth built into my 2011 Kia Sorento.

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It's illegal here in California too. In fact, I remember afew years ago when it was made illegal and some idiot wrote into the "letters the the editor" section of the paper and said that the law was "ridiculous because I am a mother and I know how to multi-task." Ugh... I wanted to smack her and take her children...

When I get in the car I put my phone either in my purse or in the center console and I turn it on silent. If I'm expecting an importnat call I'll leave the ringer on, but if it rings I'll pull over and answer instead of driving while talking.

I remember when I was in a media studies class a few semesters ago we looked at a study done at a major university. They hired a clown to ride a unicycle in the middle of the campus commons and then recorded how many people saw the clown. They found that the majority of people who were on their phones while walking didn't even glance at the clown - that's scary if you ask me! Here's a link to an article on the study: http://www.livescience.com/5792-cell-pho...

Even if it wasn't illegal I wouldn't do it. The one time I tried (befre I had kids and before it was illegal) I almost caused an accident and it was so scary that I will NEVER do it again! Although I DO still see police officers talking and texting while driving all the time... I take down their car numbers and exact location and call them in to their local police departments when I get home (or in the car if hubby's driving - also, if hubby's driving I usually take a picture and email it to the local newspaper). I know of at least 4 police officers who have been suspended for talking and/or texting while driving...

Constance - posted on 05/09/2011

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Just to insert some more info. If my phone wasn't voice activated and I couldn't do even that I would not use my phone while I was driving. It is very dangerous. My favorite has always been the person trying to read a book while driving. Really? I like to sit back and relax. People make bad decisions eveyday and impacts other people everyday. People need to remember that they are not the only people on the road. As far as teenagers, they are old enough to know better but it doesn't mean they will do what is right so parents have to step up and put down he rules. My oldest is about to get her liceanse and would beat her if she ever texted when she was behind the wheel driving down the road.

Cynthia - posted on 05/09/2011

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i get so mad bc i know my sister does it probley everytime she is in her car. i get mad bc i love her but i also get so mad bc people dont think about others. we all have to share the road and we just have to trust that the person next to us going 80 on the interstate isnt texting or drunk. but we all know better. we only get lucky everytime we get to where we are going.

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We were going to visit my Fellas,dad the other day.We were on the back roads, we live in Ireland lol.Not only was a police car going fast, we met them on a bend.The police man was on the phone.He looked happy so i guess it wasn't a serious call..lol.

So many are GUILTY.Tut tut lol.

Shannintipton - posted on 05/09/2011

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@ Cynthia
I would have been mad too. One, you will never be able to get that image out of your head. Two, it was a really stupid thing for her to do. I saw a show where they put people to the test. And guess what, they failed. A cop was giving out tickets for people talking on their cell phones. He even had to give one to an EMT for talking on the phone while driving. An EMT, scary. btw my husband CAN, so he thinks. That makes me Mad. I had to follow him once and he was all over the road. Yep, made me mad. {:+)

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Your right, of course Jodi.Sorry i mis read it.

You can't txt, talk etc and think your driving with full attention and care,Its been proven.There's many people wishing they had of got that through to themselves before the crashed while texting etc.When your left with a death on your hands tell me then.Were you driving probably while texting.?

To many learn the hard way..do you want to be one of those?

I can't tolerate this mentality of its okay.Its not.We have been nearly ran off the road or crashed into by drivers like this..not acceptable.

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Jodi - it was so scary that i wont get into a car if a friend refuses to put away their phone and i have friends who are very proud of the fact that they can text and drive...im sorry id rather be able to mop my floors while eating toast than text and drive...now that is something to be proud of mopping floors and eating toast :) ive gotten good at it

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@Emma i understand you have stopped, you have children now.Which is great.

Although did you not think of other peoples children and others in general when you were doing it before your children came along.

The safety of all should be on our minds while were on the road.I think its that mentality of not thinking of others safety that gets people killed.Its not a dig at you.I am just putting it in the mix.Respectfully..



Also thinking of your own safety is as important also.

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I think I heard this on good ol dr phil but texting while driving is the equivalent of drunk driving in terms of reaction time and lack of concentration.

Jodi - posted on 05/09/2011

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Ashley, I'm not questioning I can't be done....I am questioning that people really can't text and *drive* (like REALLY drive) at the same time. It simply is NOT possible. You can tell me all you want how you can do it. You can't. And if you keep it up, life will show you that you can't. I don't think that is a life lesson anyone wants.

Edited to add: I am referring the the term *you* in general terms, not referring to someone in particuls.

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You should not be texting while driving ladies..TUT TUT..
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Your 4times more likely to get into an accident will talking or texting on your phone..while driving.Talking on a hand held phone..just to throw that in.

Oh it can be done..i have seen it..pretty irresponsible if you ask me.Nothing to be proud of.

Bonnie - posted on 05/09/2011

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I can do it, but it would take me two minutes to type three words and usually I am a pretty fast typer--three words could normally be done in a few seconds.

Jodi - posted on 05/09/2011

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Emma, I don't believe you can actually do it. Not while driving properly, which is my point. If you are to drive properly, I just do NOT beleive anyone can do it while texting. You may THINK you can, but if someone threw a curve ball at you, my bet is you can't.

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NO ONE CAN! its down right dangerous and you are not 100% concentrating on driving. Dr Phil proved that even if you think you can you are wrong very very frightening stuff indeed

Sarah - posted on 05/09/2011

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God I wish they would hurry the hell up & make 'texting while driving' illegal here in Texas. How many tragedies are there going to be before they do something about it? It makes me sick when I hear about someone dying because they couldn't wait to answer a text. I will never text OR talk on the phone again while driving, especially not with my son in the back seat. Life is too precious to take that risk IMO.

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agaist the law in Canada Ontario with good reason! They make laws for a reason not for poops and giggles, lol. There have been so many times when I've been in the car and the person infront of me has made a dumb move or driven careless, to find that they've been talking away or texting on the phone. There are so many devices out there to prevent people from having to talk INTO the phone or text. The people that are doing this, don't know they've made a dumb move becuz their too busy with their phones.

Cynthia - posted on 05/09/2011

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No one should do it. i saw an awful car wreck bc a girl was txting. it was right behind me in my rear view. i had to speed up to keep from getting hit by the car that was flipping out of control. it was so scary. i cried!

when the car finally stopped flipping it was facing the other direction on the other side of the road. i got out to check on the people thinking they were probley dead, thank god they wasnt dead but one was close.

the driver was a 17 year old and her 2 young siblings. the kids were rushed to the hospital.

the girl told me she was txting her friend about a boy at school. i was so mad when she said that. i just walked away and drove off. the cops and rescue was there by then anyway.

i will never forget what i saw when i looked in my rear view that day. i'll never forget pulling a little baby about 1 year old out of the floor of tht churshed car with his leg bearly hanging on. or the anger i felt when she told me she was txting...

Stifler's - posted on 05/08/2011

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I can do it. I don't though, I have kids now. I used to be able to eat, text, and drive at the same time. I don't condone this behaviour I'm just sayin.

Jodi - posted on 05/08/2011

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Totally illegal, as it should be. Nobody CAN do it, they just THINK they can :P



Except you Constance - voice activated is totally different :)

Peita - posted on 05/08/2011

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I CAN do it, but don't, it's a serious distraction when you are driving... Like Dale said, here in Australia it's illegal to do it and if you get caught texting or talking on the phone, I think the fine it carries is $275...

Dale - posted on 05/08/2011

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Here in Australia, it is against the law to text and drive because of safety issues, it is also illegal to talk on your phone while driving

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