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(NBC News)   You are five times more likely to be involved in a car crash due to daydreaming versus using your smartphone according to the US Texting Institute   (nbcnews.com) divider line 133
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2013-04-08 12:29:20 PM  
Because Freddie Kruger will kill you.
 
2013-04-08 12:34:16 PM  
...I'm sorry, what? I wasn't paying attention.
 
2013-04-08 12:44:51 PM  
I'm sure that drivers that were jabbering on the phone or texting illegally were completely forthcoming about that when talking to the po-po right after a crash.

Regardless, the theme is the same: pay f*cking attention to the road!  Not just the car within 50 feet of your front bumper, but the actual flow of traffic, the developing scene in visible range, your mirrors, blind spots, everything.

Pay f*cking attention!
 
2013-04-08 12:45:48 PM  
I am all for making day dreaming illegal.
 
2013-04-08 12:49:55 PM  
That's why I play Angry Birds whenever I drive. Just to be safe.
 
2013-04-08 12:50:39 PM  
Everything I need to know about driving safety I learned from Jim Morrison.
 
2013-04-08 12:50:55 PM  
In sheer numbers, perhaps there are more accidents caused by daydreaming than by texting.  However, I'm quite certain that the for "accidents per mile 100,000 miles driven while daydreaming" rate pales in comparison to the "accidents per mile 100,000 miles driven while texting" rate.

If I were king, driving while texting would have penalties at least as severe as for driving while drunk.
 
2013-04-08 12:52:43 PM  

Cyberluddite: However, I'm quite certain that the for "accidents per mile 100,000 miles driven while daydreaming" rate pales in comparison to the "accidents per mile 100,000 miles driven while texting" rate.


FTFM, because it didn't make a lot of sense with that extra word in there.
 
2013-04-08 12:54:40 PM  
Last week a car ahead of me had "I have my baby in my car. You better not be texting and putting our lives in danger" written on the whole back window.

I would have taken a picture of it with my phone, but I was driving.
 
2013-04-08 12:54:58 PM  
It said nothing about "daydreaming" whatsoever. The category was "lost in thought," which is a bullshiat catch-all category designed to give participants a reason that could apply to just about anything in order to yield whatever result this particular insurance group wanted to yield. If I am not actively "texting," but am instead re-reading and pondering the text message I just received, I am "lost in thought."
 
2013-04-08 01:07:18 PM  

Cyberluddite: However, I'm quite certain that the for "accidents per mile 100,000 miles driven while daydreaming" rate pales in comparison to the "accidents per mile 100,000 miles driven while texting" rate.


That sorta parallels the car deaths v. gun deaths false comparison that people make.  People of all ages, classes, occupations, and income levels spend hours per week in cars, and almost no time around guns.  And yet, the deaths associated with each is now at parity.  I'm not using this as a threadjack, but just to agree that we must look at risk exposure time versus negative outcomes.

Even a regular texting driver is going to be exposed to the risks of daydream-driving for more time than texting and driving.
 
2013-04-08 01:17:23 PM  

Cyberluddite: In sheer numbers, perhaps there are more accidents caused by daydreaming than by texting.  However, I'm quite certain that the for "accidents per mile 100,000 miles driven while daydreaming" rate pales in comparison to the "accidents per mile 100,000 miles driven while texting" rate.

If I were king, driving while texting would have penalties at least as severe as for driving while drunk.


Or drunk driving laws would be as lax as texting while driving laws are.  Distracted driving is distracted driving.

Personally, I'm appalled that we've decided that it's an improvement to go from this:
images.sciencedaily.com

To this:
ordergripgo.com

I admit to driving under the influence regularly- I probably have 500 accident-free hours of driving under my belt.  But you people looking down in your lap when behind the wheel genuinely frighten me.
 
2013-04-08 01:33:06 PM  
Texting while driving is undeniably dangerous.

That's why when I am bored driving, I read the newspaper instead.
 
2013-04-08 01:35:45 PM  
I agree with this. Perfectly safe.

In fact, I'm typing this while I drive right n
 
2013-04-08 01:38:33 PM  

unyon: Personally, I'm appalled that we've decided that it's an improvement to go from this:
[images.sciencedaily.com image 600x399]

To this:
[ordergripgo.com image 550x413]

I admit to driving under the influence regularly- I probably have 500 accident-free hours of driving under my belt.  But you people looking down in your lap when behind the wheel genuinely frighten me.


I love how that woman, with a blackberry in each hand is driving a Volvo.  A Volvo that she no-doubt chose because of its reputation for safety.
 
2013-04-08 01:39:26 PM  

gilgigamesh: Texting while driving is undeniably dangerous.

That's why when I am bored driving, I read the newspaper instead.


All the other drivers around you will crash while pointing and laughing at you.
 
2013-04-08 01:44:38 PM  

show me: Because Freddie Kruger will kill you.


Not if you're a Dream Warrior.
 
2013-04-08 01:48:07 PM  

Godscrack: Last week a car ahead of me had "I have my baby in my car. You better not be texting and putting our lives in danger" written on the whole back window.


I normally believe texting while driving should be punished severely, but I would make an exception for that person.
 
2013-04-08 01:49:44 PM  

unyon: I probably have 500 accident-free hours of driving under my belt.


I have a relatively short commute at 30 minutes each way. On weekends I may add an hour more to my driving. That's seven hours a week. 500 hours at that rate is about 16 months.

Are you saying you've managed to be accident free since last Christmas?
 
2013-04-08 01:53:21 PM  
At least phone drivers are distracted for just a few moments, instead of the entire time they're behind the wheel like worthless alcoholics are.
 
2013-04-08 01:56:51 PM  

Godscrack: Last week a car ahead of me had "I have my baby in my car. You better not be texting and putting our lives in danger" written on the whole back window.


Was it on the back of a huge-ass SUV going 15 miles over the speed limit on a side street?
 
2013-04-08 02:06:08 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: unyon: I probably have 500 accident-free hours of driving under my belt.

I have a relatively short commute at 30 minutes each way. On weekends I may add an hour more to my driving. That's seven hours a week. 500 hours at that rate is about 16 months.

Are you saying you've managed to be accident free since last Christmas?


I can't tell if that was saying he's driven for 500 hours while texting or driven 500 hours drunk.
 
2013-04-08 02:06:57 PM  

Gecko Gingrich: Are you saying you've managed to be accident free since last Christmas?


I think those would be 500, accident-free drunk-driving hours that Unyon was alluding to.

That's a lot.
 
2013-04-08 02:19:34 PM  
Daydreaming or "daydreaming" (lying to the police to avoid the harsher terms that come with violating texting while driving laws)?
 
2013-04-08 02:20:31 PM  
Tell that to the person in the BMW who came about 3 inches from removing my car mirror while I was stopped at a stoplight.  I could see the guy looking down at his phone as he passed me and swerved back into his lane.
 
2013-04-08 02:21:35 PM  
There is a US Texting Institute? They must be funded by cell phone companies, and that probably explains why it's so expensive to text when you don't have an unlimited texting plan.
 
2013-04-08 02:22:36 PM  
In other news, you are 10 times more likely to be involved in a car crash imagining a three-way with Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox on the recreated set of Jennifers Body versus using your smartphone. What is the point and relevance of these studies anyways?
 
2013-04-08 02:24:08 PM  
I have a sci-fi universe active imagination that kicks in at odd moments.
 
2013-04-08 02:24:39 PM  
So, it's still safe to masturbate while driving?

/I know a woman who drives with a mini-vibrator in her pussy...
 
2013-04-08 02:26:13 PM  
Does fantasizing while tugging one out count as daydreaming?

/thinks the finding is BS. Good call subby.
 
2013-04-08 02:27:48 PM  
It all falls under the category "distracted driving"
Pay attention, knuckleheads.  It sucks when someone is injured or killed because you're stupid, but we're all just as pissed when we have to drive defensively because you floated into our lane, or made us miss a light because you failed to notice the green light while you were checking to see if anyone responded to that stupid picture of a dry scone you posted on Facebook.  Mmm.
Just drive, you jerk.
 
2013-04-08 02:28:20 PM  
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2013-04-08 02:30:23 PM  
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Sounds like Boolsheet!
 
2013-04-08 02:31:34 PM  
You'll get killed by your own race than another
/Moving to a Hispanic neighborhood
 
2013-04-08 02:33:01 PM  
even worse if you are daydreaming about texting.

"I should reply "LOL! UR SO FUNNIE" to that cat pic. She will just love me even more I know it! And then she will invite me over for relations. I should do that."
 
2013-04-08 02:33:57 PM  
If the people die, how can this study ask them whether they were daydreaming or texting?  Made up statisticals.
 
2013-04-08 02:34:46 PM  
The worst part of texting and driving is it usually means I gotta put my beer down.
 
2013-04-08 02:37:44 PM  

unyon: I admit to driving under the influence regularly


Dude, why?

Never mind the preaching about dangers, what if you get popped due to a taillight or something? It's not worth it.
 
2013-04-08 02:39:12 PM  

unyon: Cyberluddite: In sheer numbers, perhaps there are more accidents caused by daydreaming than by texting.  However, I'm quite certain that the for "accidents per mile 100,000 miles driven while daydreaming" rate pales in comparison to the "accidents per mile 100,000 miles driven while texting" rate.

If I were king, driving while texting would have penalties at least as severe as for driving while drunk.

Or drunk driving laws would be as lax as texting while driving laws are.  Distracted driving is distracted driving.

Personally, I'm appalled that we've decided that it's an improvement to go from this:
[images.sciencedaily.com image 600x399]

To this:
[ordergripgo.com image 550x413]

I admit to driving under the influence regularly- I probably have 500 accident-free hours of driving under my belt.  But you people looking down in your lap when behind the wheel genuinely frighten me.


Not to sound sexist (probably get flamed anyway), but I do tend to see more women/teenage girls texting and driving than men.  However, talking while driving seems to cut about even in my area.

The scariest thing I've seen though is a guy using a tablet while driving.  The scary part is there are people making money enabling that behavior.  --->  http://www.amazon.com/Steering-Wheel-Laptop-EatingTray-desk/dp/B005N0 L DYO/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1365446185&sr=8-6&keywords=steering+wheel+m ount

Yeah yeah.... they say not to use while operating a vehicle, but you know people will anyway.
 
2013-04-08 02:39:58 PM  
This is why I hold my phone up when texting, so that I can see out of the windshield with my peripheral vision.
 
2013-04-08 02:40:01 PM  
U.S. Texting Institute.  Motto:  Bringing communication 2 whervr u r.
 
2013-04-08 02:41:41 PM  
Dreamin' bout my bundle of joy.
 
2013-04-08 02:44:04 PM  
The Hydra and Derp have many heads.
 
2013-04-08 02:45:04 PM  
I hope when I die, I go quietly in my sleep like grandpa did.  Not screaming in terror like his passengers.
 
2013-04-08 02:45:25 PM  
I actually had a cabbie whip out his phone and start texting while speeding down an alley in the middle of winter (it was ice, not pavement we were driving on). I tried to get him to stop, but he spoke no English.

قصة بارد، شقيق
 
2013-04-08 02:47:16 PM  

unyon:

I admit to driving under the influence regularly- I probably have 500 accident-free hours of driving under my belt.


Put that on confession bear, son
 
2013-04-08 02:49:11 PM  
I witnessed a woman on her cell phone drive over a parking lot curb and get stuck on it a few minutes ago, so I'm obviously getting a kick...
 
2013-04-08 02:51:01 PM  
bedtundy:The scariest thing I've seen though is a guy using a tablet while driving.  The scary part is there are people making money enabling that behavior.  --->  http://www.amazon.com/Steering-Wheel-Laptop-EatingTray-desk/dp/B005N0 L DYO/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1365446185&sr=8-6&keywords=steering+wheel+m ount

Yeah yeah.... they say not to use while operating a vehicle, but you know people will anyway.


I don't think that really enables the behavior at all.  There is no way to actually USE that while driving.  Any attempt to steer will dump the laptop or cause the entire rack to fall off.  Anyone trying to use it wouldn't get your of their driveway, let alone on to a busy street or highway.
 
2013-04-08 02:51:08 PM  

factoryconnection: I'm sure that drivers that were jabbering on the phone or texting illegally were completely forthcoming about that when talking to the po-po right after a crash.

Regardless, the theme is the same: pay f*cking attention to the road!  Not just the car within 50 feet of your front bumper, but the actual flow of traffic, the developing scene in visible range, your mirrors, blind spots, everything.

Pay f*cking attention!


It's just not possible.  I was just recently in a front end accident, what happened was some 79 year old woman decided that she could fit between 2 car lengths on a road.   I really had maybe a sec to react before she pulled into me, nobody can pay attention 100% of the time.  I saw her in the center turning lane but never assumed she would see that small window and think she could make it.

Even if everyone was paying attention 100% of the time there would still be accidents that's why they are called accidents.  shiat happens.
 
2013-04-08 02:51:42 PM  
1. Expire Drivers Licenses every 5 years.
2. Require re-certification to get your license renewed, which means testing your current reflexes and basic competency
3. Any involvement in a car accident automatically expires your drivers license and you must re-certify within two weeks.  Significant number of tickets does the same thing, as does DUI or other major infractions
4. Add tests that test your ability to focus with distractions -- that includes screaming kids, you damn soccer moms
5. No pass = NO DRIVE.  Driving with no license = jail and car is confiscated
6. Get rid of the rest of the laws that are only there for revenue generation and demonizing segments of the population

Or, just admit the legal setup is so you can squeeze money out of a minority of drivers in order to prop up the lie that most drivers are competent.
 
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