Thursday, August 27, 2009

Texting and Driving-NOT a good idea.

You may have heard about this article, but it is a real eye-opener about the dangers of "texting and driving."  Please read the article and write some of your thoughts after reading it.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10296992-94.html?tag=mncol

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29 comments:

Douglas stahlecker said...

i also think its a bad thing it does distract you even for that short period of time and it could be the last time you ever text again...... scary but true

luke-meyers on August 28, 2009 at 8:22 AM said...

I think it is a bad habit of most common drivers especially in teens; but at the same time; you cant stop it from happening.

Issy on August 28, 2009 at 8:24 AM said...

Im glad they did some research on this, maybe numbers will help people understand that it is bad to do...

Britany G. said...

I think texting and driving is a bad thing. I have been in cars where the driver was texting and they would go all over the road when they were because they weren't looking at the road. Sometimes they will let someone else text for them but on always.

Kasey on August 28, 2009 at 8:25 AM said...

I agree with the article. I don't think people should be texting and driving at the same time. I sometimes text while I'm driving but I text enough to not even half to look at the keys to know what I'm texting. Since I know that not everyone can actually do that, I would appreciate people to not text when they are driving. They can either just wait until they get where they are going or have someone else in the car read and then text it for them. I don't care if there are people out there that don't care whether or not they get in a wreck or not, but they shouldn't text for the safety of others. There is a lot of bad drivers out on the road the way it is, we don't need more things leading to more bad drivers. Someone driving down the road with kids in the backseat, or just someone trying to get where they are going minding there own business, don't want to get in a wreck with someone who is being inconsiderate to others and texting and driving. Although I don't think texting while driving is half as bad as drinking and driving, it is still a hazard to others.

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Luke meyers on August 28, 2009 at 8:30 AM said...

I think Its a bad idea to text message while driving but in reality there is really no way to stop drivers from doing so, you can issue sitations. but people are still going to text while driving.

Molly W said...

First off i think texting while driving is dumb! Like they said you travel the length of a football field in 4.6 sec something like that anyway. But you dont need to think about your friends or your boss that is trying to get a hold of you. You need to stop and think about the other lives you have in danger. Think, if something would happen....How would you feel? My parents have always told me. "you don't just watch yourself on the road watch others around you." I think thats a really good point. people only think about themselves and not the other person.
I would highly suggest that people think before they text and drive.

Caitlin Wilson on August 28, 2009 at 9:33 AM said...

Texting while driving is just a bad idea, flat out bad idea. I have my learners permit but I haven't used it yet. I'm too scared to drive because of the way some teenagers and people in general drive because they may be texting, messing with their iPods, etc. Like Luke mentioned you can't really stop it from happening. If they put a law out that banned texting or messing with your phone, whatever, they couldn't enforce it; its too hard to enforce.

Kevin Zakrzewski on August 28, 2009 at 9:49 AM said...

I agree that it impairs your ability to drive and it shouldn't be done, but even if a law passes it could never be properly enforced. I'll reply to a text when driving sometimes but like Kasey said, I don't have to actually look at the phone to do it. I know quite a few people who could do this, and while they might be every bit as impaired as someone staring at the screen, they will never get caught unless they get into an accident. I think all the time and money it would take to get a bill proposed and passed would be better spent on more PSAs and just getting the numbers out there.

DR3W on August 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM said...

i think texting and driving is a bad thing to do.even tho i do it i think it is not very safe.
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Dustin Ross on August 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM said...

Texting and driving is not good, as obviously stated in the title and in just about every other persons response to this. We should probably do something to stop this, but the only way we'd ever accomplish this is by making it a law.. but even then, you'd still have people breaking the law.

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Douglas on August 28, 2009 at 11:11 AM said...

I agree that it is a bad thing to text because they can get in a accident but i text when i drive in once a while. You can't really make people stop texting while driving.

Anonymous said...

I'M NOT TO SURE IF ITS SO DANGEROUS YEAH IT SAID SO BUT NOT ALL DIFFERENT SITUATIONS WERE TESTED JUST ONE BUT I AGREE IT TAKES ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE DRIVER BUT SO DOSE CLICKING THE VOLUME AND SETTING CRUISE CONTROL SO IF YOU MAKE LAWS AGAINST THAT THEN YOU MISE WELL MAKE A LAW THAT PREVENTS MUSIC AND CRUISE CONTROL AND WHAT ABOUT STICK SHIFT CARS AND THE AC THERE ARE LOTS OF THING NOT JUST PHONES AND I'M NOT SO SURE PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE AWAY COMMUNICATION.....

Kelsey Gray on August 28, 2009 at 11:13 AM said...

I think texting and driving is a bad idea. Although i do text while driving i shouldn't because it isn't a safe thing to do.

Misty on August 28, 2009 at 11:15 AM said...

I do see how texting while driving is bad. But anyone you ever meet is going to be texting or talking on the phone while driving no matter what. Especially if they received a phone call or text while driving. Everyone is in the here and now and don't usually think about the consequences.

Robert Binder on August 28, 2009 at 11:28 AM said...

As slight as it takes for you to glance down at your phone, you could cause an accident. Texting while driving is bad.

Eric B said...

I believe texting while driving is a horrible idea. Tons of people do it and some have to learn their lesson the hard way by killing themselves or someone else. There is a statistic that says being distracted by a cell phone while driving is equal to driving intoxicated in most cases.

Ron said...

I believe that this is one of the many things that is overly talked about. Yes it is a bad idea to text while driving, but there are other things that are a bad idea as well. Such as turning around and helping your son or daughter in the back seat while driving. Most people know right from wrong and take risks every day. It's just that others can handle these risks and can multitask better then others. So really the risk for texting or talking on the phone can very from person to person. It's just one of those things you need to be smart about.

Markus' Blog! on August 28, 2009 at 12:49 PM said...

I was surprised that it's allowed here anyway.

Kelsey Mundhenke on August 28, 2009 at 12:50 PM said...

I know that texting while driving is not safe, but that doesn't stop me or many other people from doing it. I do agree that it is very dangerous; and probably is the cause of a lot of accidents. However; lawmakers won't be able to properly enforce it, like Kevin said. Talking on the phone is a totally different story to me. If you can't multitask enough to drive and talk at the same time, then you shouldn't be driving.

Erin Gotschall on August 28, 2009 at 12:53 PM said...

I think it's definitely not a safe thing to do on the road. I will admit I do it sometimes, but almost all of the time I'll put my phone on silent so I won't know when I get a text. Because sometimes even if I don't want to be texting while driving I'll open up my phone because it's like a habit to do it when it vibrates. So that's something you could do or else put your phone in the back or something where you won't be tempted to. It is preventable so I think we should all take caution so we don't cause more accidents.

Shaleena's Blog on August 28, 2009 at 1:18 PM said...

Texting while your driving is horrible, because many things can happen when you put full attention to your cell phone. Talking while your driving isn't the best thing either. People need to be careful. The percentage of car accidents in America has gone up.

Ice's frozen pics on August 28, 2009 at 1:23 PM said...

Driving while texting is like letting "an idiot jump off the empire state building with an umbrella" it may work or it may not depends on how it happens

michael drobny said...

Texting is obviously more dangerous than just talking on a phone while driving. So if cops were to issue citations for it they should be much worse than just talking on a cell phone.

Darik Fox said...

Texting while driving is a very dangerous thing. People don't pay much attention to it or really care bout it until somebody they know gets in a wreck because of it

Matt Maloun said...

It is a bad habit for most drivers, including me; most people think they can text and drive and not be in danger but that is completely wrong. Just remember the next time you think about texting and driving, it could be your last if you do.

Paige Stevens on September 9, 2009 at 7:00 PM said...

I think texting while driving is very dangerous. But yet, I find myself doing it. I think that it is a very bad habit. I do text enough though, that I don't always need to look at the keys. But yet, it's still not safe. Taking your eyes off the road even for a few seconds is very unsafe and can lead to a life changing consequence.

Kyle Eby said...

I think that it is bad yes. All of us say this and yet we don't realize that we also do it. i think we all need to check ourselves and make sure that we don't so we can all live happy lives because no one wants to live knowing that they killed someone in a car accident because they were texting and not paying attention.

Anahi P on November 6, 2009 at 11:22 AM said...

I think everybody knows that texting while driving or talking on the phone is really dangerous everybody do it anyways, they say "O it's just for 2 or 3 seconds nothing will happend" a lot of things can happen during those 2 or 3 seconds that nobody can even imagine.

 

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