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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Half of drivers age 18-34 admit texting on the road; the other half reponded with ;)   (suntimes.com) divider line 370
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2009-11-23 11:20:01 AM
What the hell is so damn important that you can't wait until you arrive to answer?

/37
//get off my lawn
///doesn't even own a cell phone
 
2009-11-23 11:26:41 AM
dammit - I just ran over a family of kittens and puppies writing this response.
 
2009-11-23 11:32:43 AM
eddyatwork: What the hell is so damn important that you can't wait until you arrive to answer?

/37
//get off my lawn
///doesn't even own a cell phone


Several times recently I've pulled off to the side of the road to text someone because I was carrying on a conversation. Not saying it was anything vital, but if I'd left it it would have been 1/2 hour to 3 hours before replying.
 
2009-11-23 11:44:46 AM
SurfaceTension: Several times recently I've pulled off to the side of the road to text someone because I was carrying on a conversation. Not saying it was anything vital, but if I'd left it it would have been 1/2 hour to 3 hours before replying.

At least you pull over.

I TRY to not even talk on my cell while driving (I fail at that sometimes - maybe 2 x a month).

[insert "Cool story, Bro" graphic]
 
2009-11-23 12:19:06 PM
Well, that certainly would explain why there are so many terrible drivers out there.

I never text in a car unless it's parked. I rarely even call people while driving unless I have to in an emergency or if I'm picking up someone somewhere I'm not familiar with.
 
2009-11-23 12:19:19 PM
I'm responding to this while driving, so I'm getti
 
2009-11-23 12:20:34 PM
I've never really understood the compulsion to respond right away. Many times, people will interrupt the face-to-face dialog they're having with someone to answer their phone, or reply to a text.
 
2009-11-23 12:21:13 PM
The Onanist: At least you pull over.

THISTHISTHIS

i649.photobucket.com

Only you have to be smart to actually think of pulling over.
I want to blast my horn at every idiot I see talking on their phone while driving. Especially cornering.
 
2009-11-23 12:21:54 PM
Got hit by a car as a pedestrian once. I had the walk, she was fifteen metres back from the corner, not going particularily fast. I stepped out. I turn my head because I could see her still coming. Once I saw she was on a cell phone I knew I was going to get hit. I did.

[insert "Cool story, Bro" graphic]



I can't imaging the level of distraction present in someone texting while driving.
 
2009-11-23 12:22:22 PM
I prefer sexting while driving.
 
2009-11-23 12:22:38 PM
colinspooky: dammit - I just ran over a family of kittens and puppies writing this response.
 
2009-11-23 12:22:45 PM
so half of respondants are liars
 
2009-11-23 12:23:14 PM
The Onanist: [insert "Cool story, Bro" graphic]

eatthiscity.com
 
2009-11-23 12:23:49 PM
I admit to having done it immediately after I got my new cell phone. Then I realized just how dangerously it made me drive, and stopped.

yea, go ahead, yell at me.
 
2009-11-23 12:24:17 PM
schattenteufel: I prefer sexting while driving.

Is that when you set the ringer on vibrate and shove the phone down your pants?
 
2009-11-23 12:24:31 PM
It is easier to do on the interstate because cruise control steers for you.
 
2009-11-23 12:24:33 PM
No one has yet invented a blue-tooth qwerty keyboard that fits on a steering wheel?

i could make millions.
 
2009-11-23 12:24:34 PM
Nobody else has noticed the "reponded" typo in the headline? Sharp bunch here.
 
2009-11-23 12:24:42 PM
I text at red lights.
 
2009-11-23 12:25:00 PM
Katie98_KT: I admit to having done it immediately after I got my new cell phone. Then I realized just how dangerously it made me drive, and stopped.

yea, go ahead, yell at me.


WHY DID YOU STOP!? I WAS ALMOST THERE!

/feel better?
 
2009-11-23 12:25:09 PM
The Onanist: I TRY to not even talk on my cell while driving (I fail at that sometimes - maybe 2 x a month).

I frequently talk on my cell while driving, but I use either my bluetooth headset or the bluetooth speakerphone function of my Garmin.

Then again, I have my phone set up so that there are only a few people whose numbers will actually cause the phone to ring. Any other numbers are just silent.
 
2009-11-23 12:25:11 PM
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/don't text while driving
 
2009-11-23 12:25:14 PM
Rychan: Nobody else has noticed the "reponded" typo in the headline? Sharp bunch here.

Was about to jump on that, how the hell did subby miss that.
 
2009-11-23 12:25:15 PM
BobNesta420: schattenteufel: I prefer sexting while driving.

Is that when you set the ringer on vibrate and shove the phone down your pants?


:O
 
2009-11-23 12:25:23 PM
Texting while driving isn't that bad, considering that I jerk it daily on my morning cummute.

Most invigorating 14 seconds of my drive.
 
2009-11-23 12:25:34 PM
Katie98_KT: I admit to having done it immediately after I got my new cell phone. Then I realized just how dangerously it made me drive, and stopped.

yea, go ahead, yell at me.


You shall be executed at dawn.
 
2009-11-23 12:26:30 PM
First of all, did subby write this headline while driving? Reponded?

/Peave.

Second, schattenteufel: I prefer sexting while driving.

THIS.

/ ;)
 
2009-11-23 12:27:28 PM
Maybe I am turning into an old fart, but why bother with text messaging? On a cell phone doesn't it take like 2 minutes to type out 2 sentences? Isn't it easier to just call the person and tell them directly what you want to say?
 
2009-11-23 12:27:54 PM
emo hair covers the other eye
 
2009-11-23 12:28:01 PM
I text while on the road all the time.

Just not when I'm the one driving.
 
2009-11-23 12:29:24 PM
Semi-Sane: Maybe I am turning into an old fart, but why bother with text messaging? On a cell phone doesn't it take like 2 minutes to type out 2 sentences? Isn't it easier to just call the person and tell them directly what you want to say?

You sound old.
 
2009-11-23 12:30:16 PM
You should note that the survey doesn't ask if drivers regularly text while driving, it asks if they've ever sent or received a text message while driving.

Same thing with cell phones, 66% of drivers say they've used cell phones while driving. For example, I would have to answer that I use a cell phone while driving because I once did it years ago.
 
2009-11-23 12:30:22 PM
Semi-Sane: Maybe I am turning into an old fart, but why bother with text messaging? On a cell phone doesn't it take like 2 minutes to type out 2 sentences? Isn't it easier to just call the person and tell them directly what you want to say?

Why bother calling someone? I find that new-fangled telegraph to be the premiere form of communication.
 
2009-11-23 12:30:50 PM
Semi-Sane: Maybe I am turning into an old fart, but why bother with text messaging? On a cell phone doesn't it take like 2 minutes to type out 2 sentences? Isn't it easier to just call the person and tell them directly what you want to say?

Makes no sense to me too, at least in the way texting is used by the kids- they carry on full conversations like that. I'll text, but it's usually for something where I'd spend more time waiting for the call to connect than it would take the both of us to send the info (usually a simple question/answer that doesn't need an immediate response).

I can understand talking while driving, but you need to be using an earpiece if at all possible. Texting while driving is just unforgivable.
 
2009-11-23 12:31:00 PM
I text on the road, but not without pausing the porn I'm watching on my in-dash DVD player.
 
2009-11-23 12:31:33 PM
"A study by Car and Driver magazine found texting while driving more dangerous than drunken driving."

I can believe it. I see this on a near daily basis, particularly in the afternoon drive home. And I would expand the age range upwards.

Don't get me started with soccer moms on the cell....
 
2009-11-23 12:31:34 PM
I guess the Scary tag was too busy texting to show up.
 
2009-11-23 12:32:00 PM
Say what you want, but people are not going to stop texting while driving. Everyone says that they're against it, but then they do it themselves.

Maybe we should focus more on teaching people how to text more safely while driving. Only two or three characters before looking back at the road, not texting while going more than 45 MPH, and so on.
 
2009-11-23 12:32:09 PM
I'm 33 and I have never "texted" so the whole "while driving" is out. I'm very much a curmudgeon about cell phones in general so I guess I should say "Texting is for pussies!"
 
2009-11-23 12:32:28 PM
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Dear clueless texting while you're driving assclown,

If you see the above, please put down your cell phone and apply the brakes. When I die, I don't want the last thing said of my life to be, "gtg, just rammed a moto, bbl"
 
2009-11-23 12:33:35 PM
CygnusDarius: BobNesta420: schattenteufel: I prefer sexting while driving.

Is that when you set the ringer on vibrate and shove the phone down your pants?

:O


Yeah, thanks for the GREAT idea. Driving will never be boring again.

Call me?
 
2009-11-23 12:34:14 PM
There is zero evidence that texting while driving is more dangerous than having a cup of coffee in your drink holder.
 
2009-11-23 12:34:17 PM
The Onanist: SurfaceTension: Several times recently I've pulled off to the side of the road to text someone because I was carrying on a conversation. Not saying it was anything vital, but if I'd left it it would have been 1/2 hour to 3 hours before replying.

At least you pull over.

I TRY to not even talk on my cell while driving (I fail at that sometimes - maybe 2 x a month).

[insert "Cool story, Bro" graphic]


i453.photobucket.com
 
2009-11-23 12:34:42 PM
I'm 21 and I don't dare to answer my cell while driving, much less text.

Would make shifting and steering at the same time exceedingly difficult.

/off my lawn?
 
2009-11-23 12:34:46 PM
C6H12O6 Daddy: There is zero evidence that texting while driving is more dangerous than having a cup of coffee in your drink holder.

if your drink holder is your ass
 
2009-11-23 12:35:10 PM
Shakespeare's Monkey: Dear clueless texting while you're driving assclown,

If you see the above, please put down your cell phone and apply the brakes. When I die, I don't want the last thing said of my life to be, "gtg, just rammed a moto, bbl"


Motorists will oblige as long as you motorcyclists stop weaving in and out of traffic and treating your vechile like a bicycle (eg Wheelies during busy traffic).
 
2009-11-23 12:35:27 PM
I just integrated my iphone with my car, and it's amazing. Voice recognition, full bluetooth makes it full of awesome.

http://signature.crutchfield.com/s_130P710BT/Pioneer-Premier-DEH-P710BT.html?tp = 5684
 
2009-11-23 12:35:51 PM
HAHA!

Blah blah farmers' market blah blah old geezer blah blah ....

Look in a mirror kiddies.

The danger is YOU!

/as if you could
 
2009-11-23 12:36:06 PM
enkei: I'm 21 and I don't dare to answer my cell while driving, much less text.

Would make shifting and steering at the same time exceedingly difficult.

/off my lawn?


This too. The texters are pussies b/c they drive automatics. heh
 
2009-11-23 12:36:12 PM
Lulz Im driven rite now.
 
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