Texting and Driving. All the really cool idiots are doing it!


SLM
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Florida driver learns why texting and driving is a very bad idea

Don't text and drive.
A terrifying crash in Fort Myers, Florida,

was recently captured

by an officer's dash cam.
The cause: texting while driving.


On January 4, Officer Ivan Moorer of the Fort Myers Police Department started trailing (external - login to view) a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am after he noticed it swerving erratically.
The driver, Michael James Woody Jr., 23, wasn't drunk. He was just texting.
After Woody made "the world's worst right turn (external - login to view)," he accelerated across the lane and onto the sidewalk, striking a guardrail, bus stop sign and tree, before flipping over, according to (external - login to view) the crash report.
The video shows a shaken-up Woody crawling out the window of the overturned car.

Woody, who was promptly cited (external - login to view) for both careless driving and texting while driving, survived the crash uninjured.
Here's hoping he's learned his lesson.
According to (external - login to view) The Canadian Automobile Association, texting drivers are 23 times more likely to be in an accident or a "near-crash event" than drivers who are paying attention to the road.
"Distracted driving has always a major factor in collisions, but it's been a result of electronic technology that has really brought it to the forefront," Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Pierre Chamberland told CBC News last August.


A 2011 study found (external - login to view) that drivers' reaction times double when texting and that included just reading texts.
"The act of reading and writing a text message are equally impairing and equally dangerous," said (external - login to view) one of the study's authors.
So if you're tempted to just read texts from a phone on your lap "It's hands-free, right?" don't. Crotches kill (external - login to view).


Florida driver learns why texting and driving is a very bad idea. (external - login to view)


And this is a slogan I want to see on a billboard.


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Crotches kill (external - login to view).



Well hot damn!

Your crotch can kill, claim Alberta ads. (external - login to view)

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An edgy new campaign aimed at distracted drivers is being rolled out across Alberta called "Crotches Kill."
The idea is to remind drivers to keep their eyes on the road and not on the phones in their lap.
"Because every text you send from your lap takes your eyes off the road for five seconds enough to do a lifetime of damage," the ad states.
The $380,000 campaign is rolling out on radio, billboards, posters and online in two phases.

 
B00Mer
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Police using big rigs to catch texting drivers | Technically Incorrect - CNET News (external - login to view)

The fines of $200 for texting needs to be increased to $2000 for cars. Bigger the fine, more chances people will think twice before texting while driving..

Truckers fine is $2,750 in most states.. if caught texting while driving.. personally they should take away the drivers CDL.

I get a kick out of using my air horn when passing someone texting while driving.. they lose it.. and my truck has a real air horn.. not a sissy horn like the newer trucks.


 
SLM
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Non-idiotic people will sometimes attempt idiotic things, happens to the best of us. But when he almost went off the road the first time, that probably should have been enough to inform him that perhaps he wasn't skilled enough to text and drive at the same time.

But noooooo he had to keep practicing until he got it right. Well done.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

....that perhaps he wasn't skilled enough to text and drive at the same time.

There is the problem.. those words right there...

"Oh i'm not that drunk"

"Oh I'm a a good driver, I can text and drive"

Nobody is skilled enough to text and drive.. that 3 seconds you look down, you look back up and surprise..



Yup 3:00AM travelling south in my Neon.. nobody on the road.. nope wasn't texting, checking an app for the next fuel stop.. 3 seconds down and looked up and OH SH!T!!!

Big A$$ Elk on the road..

Just best to toss the phone in the glove box.. no message or phone call is that important..

 
Sal
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that kid had multiple warnings each one bigger than the time before...glad he didn't kill someone including himself
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by B00MerView Post

There is the problem.. those words right there...

"Oh i'm not that drunk"

"Oh I'm a a good driver, I can text and drive"

Nobody is skilled enough to text and drive.. that 3 seconds you look down, you look back up and surprise..

Well exactly. If you're not smart enough to know that from the get go, then almost running your car off the road the first time should have alerted you.

There is a reason why we have the Darwin Awards.
 
petros
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I hope he broke his phone.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

I hope he broke his phone.

now pete, don't be mean, guys gotta do what a guys gotta do...did you see him pulling his pants back up over his azz...I freaking laugh at those guys with their azz hanging out like it's truly a fashion statement...dorks.
 
bill barilko
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A terrifying crash

More like a very ordinary garden variety crash.
 
petros
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I finally bought a new phone recently after throwing my old one out the window about 10 years ago. Not much has changed. This one will probably end up getting tossed too.
 
Cannuck
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As usual, we have a one size fits all approach to problem solving. I push I button and speak into my phone to send text messages. That's illegal because of bozos like the guy in the video.

By the way, I wonder who considers that a "terrifying" accident.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

More like a very ordinary garden variety crash.

Some people fall off of turnip trucks, others drive them.
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

I finally bought a new phone recently after throwing my old one out the window about 10 years ago. Not much has changed. This one will probably end up getting tossed too.

keep it, in another thread an old lady lay in the cold elements for "daze" when a simple call could have helped her. Besides land lines are going the way of the dinosaur.
 
petros
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She didn't even have to start eating the mice yet. There is enough water and protein in them to survive until you heal.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

As usual, we have a one size fits all approach to problem solving. I push I button and speak into my phone to send text messages. That's illegal because of bozos like the guy in the video.

As far as I understood it hands free devices are fine.

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By the way, I wonder who considers that a "terrifying" accident.

Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

More like a very ordinary garden variety crash.

Take that up with this individual, she wrote the story.

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By Nadine Kalinauskas (external - login to view) | Daily Buzz (external - login to view) Fri, 17 Jan, 2014

 
lone wolf
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Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

As usual, we have a one size fits all approach to problem solving. I push I button and speak into my phone to send text messages. That's illegal because of bozos like the guy in the video.

By the way, I wonder who considers that a "terrifying" accident.

I bet the flippee was a bit shaken....
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

As far as I understood it hands free devices are fine.

Without Bluetooth in the vehicle you still have to hold the phone which is illegal. I can talk all day on my two-way radio but it's "dangerous" to talk into my phone. Once again, sanity goes out the window.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

Without Bluetooth in the vehicle you still have to hold the phone which is illegal. I can talk all day on my two-way radio but it's "dangerous" to talk into my phone. Once again, sanity goes out the window.

We did a little enquiring about that and was told that two way radios would require bluetooth to be legal too.
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

We did a little enquiring about that and was told that two way radios would require bluetooth to be legal too.

Maybe in la la land. Here in Alberta two-ways are legal. We use them all the time
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

Maybe in la la land. Here in Alberta two-ways are legal. We use them all the time

WE do too but it appears to not be legal.
 
Christianna
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On another board there was a young person who said s/he could text and drive just fine, it allowed as how texting while on the motorcycle was difficult. Seriously it didn't post long, and then suddenly was gone.
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

WE do too but it appears to not be legal.

Like I said, maybe in la la land. They are legal in Alberta
 
Sal
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Quote: Originally Posted by ChristiannaView Post

On another board there was a young person who said s/he could text and drive just fine, it allowed as how texting while on the motorcycle was difficult. Seriously it didn't post long, and then suddenly was gone.

gone as in dead?
 
Christianna
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I am guessing hurt or dead. I suspect she texted too long or tried again on the motorcycle.
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslaveView Post

WE do too but it appears to not be legal.

They are legal in California.. same as a CB in a Big Rig.. it's called "One Touch"

If you can just key the mike to talk it's legal.. it's when you have to dial a number or texting..

A CB or 2-way radio is considered "One Touch" in the USA and legal in all 50 states.

The Pilot Car / Escort Service guiding a Wide Load may use a CB or 2-way radio.

 
L Gilbert
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Yep, inattention kills. A lot can happen in the few fractions of a second that you take while switching from thinking about something else to processing the environment around you while you drive in it. So while you are driving, your mind should be on driving.

Quote: Originally Posted by bill barilkoView Post

More like a very ordinary garden variety crash.

You have crashes in your garden? wow
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

You have crashes in your garden? wow

Drinking while rototilling. Under reported but kills about 3 or 4 people a year.

True story.
 
DaSleeper
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Alberta bans recreational use of CB radios | News | Today's Trucking (external - login to view)
 
B00Mer
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Quote: Originally Posted by DaSleeperView Post

Alberta bans recreational use of CB radios | News | Today's Trucking (external - login to view)

WOW!! Just WOW!!

I don't have a CB, really don't want to listen the other drivers crying about pay or bitching about Blacks and Hispanics...

But for emergency, traffic accidents.. I think they are useful.

But my XM Satellite Radio keeps me company on the road.. and the odd girl hitch hiking from coast to coast..
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Drinking while rototilling. Under reported but kills about 3 or 4 people a year.

True story.

How bout texting while weeding?
 
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