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    An 18 year old Mass. kid got 1 year in prison for killing a person while driving and texting. In addition, he will lose his licence for 15 years. What is the punishment for drivers who are caught texting, probably not enough. Yesterday, I saw a kid behind me texting (easy to spot as they have thier head down). I was going to purposely miss the green arrow and see if he honked. Then, I would have gotten out of my car. Walked back to his and told him I wanted to make sure he had enough time to text his message.

    Massachusetts teen convicted of homicide in texting-while-driving case - CNN.com
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    This tragedy got a lot of national attention.

    Sometimes I think that, statistically speaking, you're better off looking at the driver next to you and seeing a beer in his hand instead of a cell phone.
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    A coupel of weeks ago i was driving through an intersection when a girl walked out in front of me, i had to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting her. She was texting and wasn't paying attention to the lights. When i gave her the ( what the fck are you doing) look she just looked at me like "whats the matter with you" and continued texting. Social Darwinism.
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    Interesting. Locally a guy just got just 30 days for driving excess speed(over 100 mph) resulting in an accident that killed his girlfriend. A year in jail and the loss of his license for 15 years seems excessive though i understand a message needs to be sent(not a text ;-)). A week ago I saw a middle age lady talking on her cell phone blow by a stopped school bus with it's red lights flashing. She had no clue what she had just done.
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    I think texting while driving should be treated like drunk driving.
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    In some ways it's worse -- not only are you not even looking at the road, as I think somebody mentioned, but it's a deliberate act by somebody whose judgment isn't impaired. So the intent / mental capacity is worse, as is the impairment of the driver.
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    And then we can further privatize the prison system that will burst at the seams, yes? Win-win.
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    The simple, most cost effective answer is utilizing current technology to render cell phones inoperable when driving a vehicle...
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    Good! Hope to see more driving-texters go to jail....the charge should simply be "Extreme idiocy"! That's good enough for me.
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    I am 100% supporter of no cell phone use while driving...as in none at all including hands-free, blue tooth.

    There is clearly no need to talk on the phone while driving a automobile.
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    Just take away their liscence when caught....simple at that.
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    With all the gadgets and technology that is used today in this world there must be somebody that can invent a phone that becomes Useless as soon as you enter a vehicle, then stop selling the current phones.

    They will never stop the arrogant stupid morons from using their phones while driving they are the same type of people that look for parking spots that say "No Parking" then thats where they park.

    Something else about The Good Old Days, we never even had a phone in our house, our parents would yell out the window to some kid and use the kid as a messenger, it would cost you "Two Cents" for the kid to deliver the message of course if you wanted to send a message to the next city it would cost you a dime, it would take the kid all day to deliver the f-cking message.

    God Willing we will stop this texting sh!t.
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    At what point are drunk drivers sent to prison?

    if first offense, I think that's wrong for both DUI and texting. But repeat offenders are clear dangers to other people -- and prison overcrowding isn't a reason to ignore that.
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    That will happen as soon as they make radios illegal...

    People will have legitimate objections that (i) that would also keep passengers from using phones and (ii) it would keep people from using their phones in cases of emergency.
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    But you're fine with other talking, and everything else people do while driving?
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    There is always a way of getting around most of this stuff.. this technology is readily available..

    US agency calls for disabling phones while driving - Technolog on msnbc.com
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    re the bold, just an aside: there is now a company (probably companies) that offers a service, "Parker," to tell you where there are available spaces in the area. of course, this requires sensors in the ground, which requires government cooperation -- and that is happening.

    Now, that all sounds like a good way to make people's lives a little easier. Except, how often will the people using Parker be alone in their car, looking at their phone as they drive? I can't give an estimate, but I expect it will be a lot. Sure, some people will have friends in the car who'll do it, and oithers will be responsible and pull over to check it.

    But what I fully expect to see (this is being put in around me) are people driving fairly slowly, clogging up traffic, with their eyes on their phones instead of the road -- in an area that is dense not only with traffic but also with pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, joggers, etc.
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    I'm not questioning the technology, just pointing out the issues that will prevent it from happening, along with the inconsistency many people seem to have when it comes to phones (versus, say, radios).

    (just to be clear, I'm not saying texting -- I view talking on a phone, or to a passenger, as very different from texting)
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    Using something like the Sync system to talk to someone is very different than removing a hand from the wheel to control a phone of taking your eyes off the road to dial and text IMO.
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    They should ban radios in cars, too. Not CD players- just radios. I heard Tony Mazarotti say something the other day that was so FREAKING stupid that I almost drove off the road. I coulda DIED!
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    Cars will soon be driving themselves, you will be able to sleep, text and lay down on the floor in the back seat and play with yourself.
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    Take an Arrival and Departure flight information screen for the busiest airport in the world, and stretch it across the main road through the airport. That's what they did at DFW when I lived there. Soon after, they would take it down. Reading that sign (difficult) was way quicker then texting.
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    That. But to TP's point- before this particular tragedy, the concept of making texting illegal across the board reminded me of the concept behind the war on drugs. Import the drugs, get people addicted to them, then arrest those same people for using them. People have long been addicted to their cell phones and computers but they used to be 2 separate items. Combine those 2 larger items into one small very portable item and voila, you have a nation of addicts. A different addiction but an addiction nonetheless. I heard a story about a teenage girl who slept with her phone under her pillow, set on loud, just in case she got a text even at 3 am.

    Texting while driving-I'm for taking away your license, and a little jail time for repeat offenders. In this case a man was killed-the kid's guilty of involuntary manslaughter (?) so it is what it is for him now.

    What really gets me is that phones are becoming more and more vital to people's lives, and by making it so easy to put practically your entire life onto one little item, people can't seem to put them down nevermind shut them off.

    Texting while driving is just plain stupid-I hope this tragedy at least smartens some people up.
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    Think about the concentration needed to hold a phone & type several words and you'll have your answer.
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    Your post to which I was replying was about talking, not texting. Big difference.

    I think my views on texting while driving have been made quite clear in this thread.
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    A few thoughts.

    First, I understand that people can feel "addicted" to their phones, but the bottom line (to me) is that they are not addicted. Yes, it's also probably somewhat different for people for younger, but the fact remains that there is no physical addiction. Mental? I'm skeptical, but who knows.

    Second, there's a critical distinction in either case to be made, which is that the behavior on its own is pretty much harmless. Neither drug use nor texting on its own is necessarily harmful, and neither harms another person. While driving is another story. And, quite simply, people need to be responsible enough not to combine them, and if they do combine them it's on them.

    Finally, the government isn't responsible for drug use or for cell use. Different parties.

    all that said, it sounds like you and I are in the same place on how to treat people caught texting while driving.
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    You can't compare talking to someone on a phone to talking to someone who is present in your car...not even close to the same thing.
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    I think people overstate the details because there is a broader point.

    morons are morons, and just because they don't have a cell phone in their hands does not mean they will not do something else stupid.

    before the days of cell phones, I used to sit on the expressway every morning......people would be reading the paper, women would be doing their makeup. if it isn't the phone, these idiots will find something else to kill the time.

    I don't think we will ever get to a point where everyone is paying attention
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    It the phone is voice activated and hand free you can (ie the sync or other voice dialed phones) the hands free aspect is critical.

    I whole heartily agree that removing a hand to hold and dialing a phone is very dangerous.
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    Why not / how so?

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