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2013-06-17 05:35:50 AM  
Aug 2012. Thanks
 
2013-06-17 08:35:06 AM  
Well, he was right.
 
2013-06-17 09:44:07 AM  
i369.photobucket.com

Got another one!
 
2013-06-17 10:21:11 AM  
I don't understand this phenomenon. I won't even answer my phone while I'm driving, much less text.

/then again I'm slightly blonde and know my limitations
 
2013-06-17 10:22:29 AM  
Que up the next Anti-texting ad.
 
2013-06-17 10:22:48 AM  

basemetal: [i369.photobucket.com image 240x180]

Got another one!


Missed it by that much.

/he lived
 
2013-06-17 10:23:20 AM  

crab66: /he lived


goddammitsomuch.
 
2013-06-17 10:24:04 AM  
We need stronger laws against texting while diving.
 
2013-06-17 10:24:59 AM  

Tom_Slick: Que up the next Anti-texting ad.


What?
 
2013-06-17 10:25:46 AM  
O'doyle rules!
 
2013-06-17 10:25:54 AM  
Driver tries to quit texting, succeeds?
 
2013-06-17 10:25:59 AM  
www.chucklebot.com
 
2013-06-17 10:26:40 AM  
Oh again with the god crap...
 
2013-06-17 10:28:29 AM  

mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting while diving.


Id be OK with making the penalties just as harsh as DUI.
 
2013-06-17 10:29:46 AM  

mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.


There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.
 
2013-06-17 10:29:57 AM  

crab66: basemetal: [i369.photobucket.com image 240x180]

Got another one!

Missed it by that much.

/he lived


If he cannot reproduce his genes, it still counts.

/sounds like he's good enough to procreate, however
 
2013-06-17 10:31:01 AM  
His nickname is "Sherlock"
 
2013-06-17 10:31:24 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Tom_Slick: Que up the next Anti-texting ad.

What?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92kPKbXHqss
 
2013-06-17 10:32:41 AM  

mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting while diving.


For this case, the laws of physics would appear to have covered it.
 
2013-06-17 10:33:32 AM  

mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting while diving.


When texting while diving (sic) is outlawed, only outlaws will text while diving.
 
2013-06-17 10:34:22 AM  

anfrind: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.

There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same


how about changing the radio station? Eating? Talking to a passenger?
 
2013-06-17 10:34:40 AM  

Nesher: crab66: basemetal: [i369.photobucket.com image 240x180]

Got another one!

Missed it by that much.

/he lived

If he cannot reproduce his genes, it still counts.

/sounds like he's good enough to procreate, however


Half the time some idiot posts an image of a clapping Darwin when the deceased already has offspring (that are mentioned in TFA).
 
2013-06-17 10:39:03 AM  
Thanks for costing us all about a godzillion dollars for your medical bills, asshat.

He should get the death penalty for aggravated capital stupidity.
 
2013-06-17 10:40:27 AM  
Obvious tag busy checking voicemail?
 
2013-06-17 10:42:11 AM  
taggart.glg.msu.edu

I'm young Darwin and I approve of this message.
 
2013-06-17 10:42:31 AM  

anfrind: There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.


Could this be used as an argument for a ban on car-pooling?

I find that I talk to people that I'm in a car with and they to me.  Is that not also a distraction for the driver?
 
2013-06-17 10:43:04 AM  

CapeFearCadaver: I don't understand this phenomenon. I won't even answer my phone while I'm driving, much less text.

/then again I'm slightly blonde and know my limitations


Take 10 internets and 2 cookies.


I appreciate people who take their driving seriously and not just something they do while 'multitasking'.
 
2013-06-17 10:43:13 AM  
There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.

studies i've seen say that kids are the number 1 distraction in cars.  so let's ban kids from cars.
 
2013-06-17 10:43:36 AM  

anfrind: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.

There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.


SOMEbody missed the joke. I won't say who, though.
 
2013-06-17 10:44:02 AM  

anfrind: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.

There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.


[citation needed]
 
2013-06-17 10:44:27 AM  

AngryDragon: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting while diving.

When texting while diving (sic) is outlawed, only outlaws will text while diving.


Well, what makes that so great is then you will be perfectly within your rights to do whatever you want to the driver when they cause an accident.  For example ramming their phone down their throat for starters.
 
2013-06-17 10:44:33 AM  
I'm pretty sure the word "maul" specifically means to be killed by an animal. It's like drowned or electrocuted. You are mauled if you die. This man was simply attacked by a bear.
 
2013-06-17 10:45:30 AM  
It's because we all expected to have the cars driving us by now.

This is horrible but I laughed at this line from TFA:

"How Bothe plans to carry out that mission isn't clear just yet. He says that he wants to finish college, although doctors admit that his brain injuries will make that a challenge. "

/Many Bothe's crashed to bring us this information?
 
2013-06-17 10:46:43 AM  
Wow. Definitely wrong thread. Not sure how that happened. Feel free to delete.
 
2013-06-17 10:47:28 AM  

syzygy whizz: 2 cookies


i55.photobucket.com

COOKIES!?!!!
 
2013-06-17 10:47:50 AM  
Nice backward cap. At least his collar isn't popped.

Thank you, Lord, for saving another douchebag.
 
2013-06-17 10:49:07 AM  

TomD9938: anfrind: There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.

Could this be used as an argument for a ban on car-pooling?

I find that I talk to people that I'm in a car with and they to me.  Is that not also a distraction for the driver?


I have a friend that insists on making eye contact when he's driving.  Seriously,  I don't need to look at you while we're talking in the car.  FFS, just drive moran.
 
2013-06-17 10:50:43 AM  

pseudoscience: anfrind: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.

There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.

[citation needed]


Here you go. Anfrind is absolutely correct, if you bother to read it. Link
 
GBB
2013-06-17 10:52:07 AM  
Were there shouts of "YEEHAW!" and the firing of guns into the air at his return celebration?
 
2013-06-17 10:54:21 AM  
Anybody stupid enough to type on something the size of a pack of Marlboros while driving well over a ton of steel, glass and plastic is gonna get their ass handed to them, eventually.  Just don't take anybody with you, hep kids.
 
2013-06-17 10:54:23 AM  

Cold_Sassy: pseudoscience: anfrind: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.

There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.

[citation needed]

Here you go. Anfrind is absolutely correct, if you bother to read it. Link


You must have missed the bolded text. Here it is, again. Nothing about using voice-recognition to control vehicles.
 
2013-06-17 10:56:03 AM  

mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting while diving.


They need to treat it like a DUI with license suspensions and jail time and large fines since it's been proven to be as bad if not worse.
 
2013-06-17 10:56:14 AM  
2 years ago I was rear-ended (not badly) at a stoplight. I was looking in the rearview mirror & saw her coming too fast, then I saw the front end dive as she braked, but it was too late. She got out of her car still texting & claimed she didn't see me until it was too late. In the middle of a sunny day.
I didn't talk to her, just waited for the cops to show up & told the cop I couldn't swear she was texting since I didn't see it, but he might want to check her phone.
 
2013-06-17 10:57:19 AM  

pseudoscience: Cold_Sassy: pseudoscience: anfrind: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.

There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.

[citation needed]

Here you go. Anfrind is absolutely correct, if you bother to read it. Link

You must have missed the bolded text. Here it is, again. Nothing about using voice-recognition to control vehicles.


Stop being so pedantic.  It's about voice-recognition for phone, radio, etc. integrated into the vehicle, not the steering wheel or accelerator pedal.
 
2013-06-17 10:57:25 AM  
It's a little bit ironic, dontcha think?
 
2013-06-17 10:58:10 AM  

bunner: Anybody stupid enough to type on something the size of a pack of Marlboros while driving well over a ton of steel, glass and plastic is gonna get their ass handed to them, eventually.  Just don't take anybody with you, hep kids.


And you don't even have to be driving for texting to be dangerous. Saw a woman, furiously texting away on her phone, walk into an intersection and get hit by a delivery truck.
 
2013-06-17 10:59:25 AM  
Wait until google glass comes out. We'll have folks stepping in front of cars/trains/stampeding animals/etc.
 
2013-06-17 11:00:06 AM  

blatz514: I have a friend that insists on making eye contact when he's driving.


I've got one of those too.  I assume people who do that were strictly trained as kids to look at a person when they have something to say, but I've actually had to point at the road and tell him to "look that way!".

Kind of tense, given that this guy's older than me, but come on.
 
2013-06-17 11:00:58 AM  

The Crepes of Wrath: bunner: Anybody stupid enough to type on something the size of a pack of Marlboros while driving well over a ton of steel, glass and plastic is gonna get their ass handed to them, eventually.  Just don't take anybody with you, hep kids.

And you don't even have to be driving for texting to be dangerous. Saw a woman, furiously texting away on her phone, walk into an intersection and get hit by a delivery truck.


And.. wait for it... THERE'S A WORKING PHONE ON THAT TYPEWRITER! It's almost as if the message isn't the point.
 
2013-06-17 11:01:38 AM  
I'm not sure all of the brain damage was from the crash.
 
2013-06-17 11:04:27 AM  

oldfarthenry: Wait until google glass comes out. We'll have folks stepping in front of cars/trains/stampeding animals/etc.


Kinky!

1.bp.blogspot.com
 
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2013-06-17 11:04:38 AM  

rufus-t-firefly: Nice backward cap. At least his collar isn't popped.

Thank you, Lord, for saving another douchebag.


he can wear it sideways and call himself a retard.
 
2013-06-17 11:04:59 AM  

anfrind: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.

There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.


And Mythbusters proved that a long time ago.
 
2013-06-17 11:09:56 AM  

colinspooky: Aug 2012. Thanks


The phone in the picture looks like 2005
 
2013-06-17 11:11:11 AM  

pseudoscience: Cold_Sassy: pseudoscience: anfrind: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.

There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.

[citation needed]

Here you go. Anfrind is absolutely correct, if you bother to read it. Link

You must have missed the bolded text. Here it is, again. Nothing about using voice-recognition to control vehicles.


Here. From the National Highway Transportation Safety Board:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-43141977/distracted-driving-t he -promise-and-perils-of-in-car-voice-recognition/
 
2013-06-17 11:11:53 AM  
FTFA:
"But when 21-year-old Chance Bothe texted the words, "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident", then drove off a bridge into a ravine in Ganado, Texas, it was no laughing matter."

 . . . I beg to differ.
 
2013-06-17 11:12:17 AM  
old news is so exciting.
 
2013-06-17 11:13:00 AM  

Tommy Moo: I'm pretty sure the word "maul" specifically means to be killed by an animal. It's like drowned or electrocuted. You are mauled if you die. This man was simply attacked by a bear.



Wait, the guy drove off a bridge *and* was attacked by a bear? It really wasn't his day.
 
2013-06-17 11:14:42 AM  
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
 
2013-06-17 11:16:34 AM  

MNguy: how about changing the radio station? Eating? Talking to a passenger?


Well we can start with banning texting while driving and then move on from there.  b bu but there are other distractions isn't an excuse to sit back and do nothing.
 
2013-06-17 11:17:34 AM  
The longer I'm in my car, the faster my phone battery dies. I'm always on that thing. I wish I could apply for a texting/driving license. And a drunk driver's license, for that matter. I'm fantastic.

Though if you don't see aintnuttintofarkwith posting on Fark for a few months, assume I died behind the wheel.
 
2013-06-17 11:21:48 AM  
Now he is texting...WITH THE FISHES!
 
2013-06-17 11:22:12 AM  

CapeFearCadaver: I don't understand this phenomenon. I won't even answer my phone while I'm driving, much less text.

/then again I'm slightly blonde and know my limitations


knowing your limitations is the first step to being smarter than others

/and avoiding a Darwin Award
 
2013-06-17 11:25:29 AM  

oldfarthenry: Wait until google glass comes out. We'll have folks stepping in front of cars/trains/stampeding animals/etc.


They do that now.
 
2013-06-17 11:25:34 AM  
Stan?
 
2013-06-17 11:26:12 AM  
Surprise, this took place in Texas! I am pretty certain that it is mandatory to text while driving here in Austin.

/Friggin asshats.....Wish I had a turret on my car....
 
2013-06-17 11:27:16 AM  

CapeFearCadaver: I don't understand this phenomenon. I won't even answer my phone while I'm driving, much less text.

/then again I'm slightly blonde and know my limitations


I text, read and reply to emails, call, and even watch YouTube videos, just not videos shot in first person of driving, that gets a little too much for the brain to handle and it starts trying to react to things occurring in the video.
 
2013-06-17 11:28:14 AM  

Krowdaddy Chixdiggit: Surprise, this took place in Texas! I am pretty certain that it is mandatory to text while driving here in Austin.

/Friggin asshats.....Wish I had a turret on my car....


www.instablogsimages.com

Plasma cutting torches and welders.
 
2013-06-17 11:29:59 AM  

pseudoscience: You must have missed the bolded text. Here it is, again. Nothing about using voice-recognition to control vehicles.


You're the kind of annoying turd who complains when the phone rings right after the detective says they're waiting on the lab results and it's the lab, huh.
 
2013-06-17 11:30:07 AM  

FrancoFile: pseudoscience: Cold_Sassy: pseudoscience: anfrind: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.

There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.

[citation needed]

Here you go. Anfrind is absolutely correct, if you bother to read it. Link

You must have missed the bolded text. Here it is, again. Nothing about using voice-recognition to control vehicles.

Stop being so pedantic.  It's about voice-recognition for phone, radio, etc. integrated into the vehicle, not the steering wheel or accelerator pedal.


Sorry, I didn't realize it was that time of the month.
 
2013-06-17 11:32:23 AM  
 
2013-06-17 11:32:31 AM  
And he's texting everyone he knows that they should not text and drive.
 
2013-06-17 11:32:56 AM  

Sybarite: Tommy Moo: I'm pretty sure the word "maul" specifically means to be killed by an animal. It's like drowned or electrocuted. You are mauled if you die. This man was simply attacked by a bear.


Wait, the guy drove off a bridge *and* was attacked by a bear? It really wasn't his day.


I just got here from the bear thread too, and would have applauded such a fate.
 
2013-06-17 11:36:07 AM  

Simpson, Homer Simpson,
he's the greatest guy in history!
From the town of Springfield,
He's about to hit a chestnut tree!

You know what would have made that scene funnier? Squirrels. Or where there squirrels? I don't remember if squirrels scampered over Homer and the car after he crashed.


i55.photobucket.com
 Did Somebody say chestnuts?


But seriously, I can not comprehend why people:

1. Feel the need to narrate every moment of their life (except, of course, for those who suffer from OCD or logorrhea).
2. Photograph their food or keep a diary of every meal they eat. (this infects even the rich and famous--a famous billionaire published as a vanity book a journal of his days, including such mundane meals as roast beef, potatoes and two vegs. Perhaps he one of those very rich people who are unaware that "poor" people such as lawyers and doctors can dine on roast beef as good as any plutocrat or Duke and who would be shocked and horrified if they discovered this fact.)
3. Need to be chattering with other people every moment of their waking life.
4. Wander Zombie like clicking on tiny telephones that are much to small to read properly.

No wonder Zombies are in the Zeitgheist. We're surrounded by them. They're mostly harmless. As Woody Allen said of intellectuals and the Mafia, they only kill their own. Well, and the occasional cyclist or pedestrian perhaps.

By the way, does anybody else feel that Zombies are getting a little long in the tooth? They've been around longer than yellow power ties and little Leaning Tower of Pisa piles of food on oversized plates in chi-chi boutique restaurants.
 
2013-06-17 11:36:22 AM  
Fake.
He wanted some attention and/or possibly he wanted to kill himself, so he sent that text and then intentionally drove off a bridge.
 
2013-06-17 11:37:34 AM  

mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting while diving.


The NRA has taught us that criminals don't obey laws.
 
2013-06-17 11:41:40 AM  
My great-great-great-great-grandfather was telegraphing "I need to stop telegraphing with my dick"
when Ulysses S. Grant burst into the room, and shot him in the dick.
 
2013-06-17 11:42:20 AM  
"I have a higher purpose in being here. And I think it's to tell everyone not to text message and drive."

Sometimes your sole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.
 
2013-06-17 11:42:29 AM  

crab66: basemetal: [i369.photobucket.com image 240x180]

Got another one!

Missed it by that much.

/he lived


FARK!
 
2013-06-17 11:45:38 AM  
The Gen-Y retard probably yelled YOLO! as he was falling.
 
2013-06-17 11:48:35 AM  

ptr2void: Darwin wins in Massachusetts


Damn....

d2om8tvz4lgco4.cloudfront.net

Talk about comin' hot.
 
2013-06-17 11:49:27 AM  
Tommy Moo : I'm pretty sure the word "maul" specifically means to be killed by an animal. It's like drowned or electrocuted. You are mauled if you die. This man was simply attacked by a bear.

Not only are you in the wrong thread, but you're wrong on the definition of 'maul' as well. Which is nigh unforgivable in the internet age.

You don't implicitly die from getting mauled, also, mauling isn't reserved to animals. In fact, humans can maul things as well (in the past, humans would commonly use a maul to maul other humans).

noun
1. a heavy hammer, as for driving stakes or wedges.
2. Archaic. a heavy club or mace.

verb (used with object)
3. to handle or use roughly: The book was badly mauled by its borrowers.
4. to injure by a rough beating, shoving, or the like; bruise: to be mauled by an angry crowd.
5. to split with a maul and wedge, as a wooden rail.
 
2013-06-17 11:52:47 AM  
Is it bad that I am reading this thread while driving?
 
2013-06-17 11:57:11 AM  

oldfarthenry: Wait until google glass comes out. We'll have folks stepping in front of cars/trains/stampeding animals/etc.


[imokaywiththis.jpg]
 
2013-06-17 12:00:01 PM  
Some learn the hard way.

Some don't learn.
 
2013-06-17 12:00:10 PM  
Next headline from Texas: Local man leans a little sideways to carefully pass wind after a chili eating contest, drives off bridge.

We need stronger similarly stupid laws about farting while driving just as much as we do anything else that culls the dummies from the herd.
 
2013-06-17 12:01:48 PM  

SoupJohnB: Sybarite: Tommy Moo: I'm pretty sure the word "maul" specifically means to be killed by an animal. It's like drowned or electrocuted. You are mauled if you die. This man was simply attacked by a bear.


Wait, the guy drove off a bridge *and* was attacked by a bear? It really wasn't his day.

I just got here from the bear thread too, and would have applauded such a fate.


Bears, like trolls (from kid's stories, not the internet type of troll), lurk under bridges.
 
2013-06-17 12:04:55 PM  

mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting while diving

to ban radios, food, and children from cars.  In fact, let's add laws that make it criminal to take your hands off the wheel and scan your eyes to make sure they only look at the road and the rear view mirrors when in the car.  And let's have breathalyzers on car doors that detect whether you're even near a bar and calls the cops on you if it detects alcohol near the car.

Did I miss anything? After all, only safety is important.
 
2013-06-17 12:08:34 PM  
So he crashed AFTER he stopped texting? Let that be a lesson: text if you don't want to crash.
 
2013-06-17 12:08:49 PM  

lordargent: mauling isn't reserved to animals. In fact, humans can maul things as well


Humans are animals
 
2013-06-17 12:10:57 PM  
FTA -- "As you might expect, he's a very changed man. Bothe views his unlikely survival as a sign that he's meant to spread the word about distracted driving. As he told KTRK,  'I have a higher purpose in being here. And I think it's to tell text everyone not to text message and drive.'"

What he meant to say.
 
2013-06-17 12:11:21 PM  

Snarfangel: Now he is texting...WITH THE FISHES!


No, he lived.
 
2013-06-17 12:11:52 PM  
There were talks about making cars faraday cages stuff like that, where you couldn't use mobile technology, but that's unrealistic and intrusive, and would require modifications to existing cars, and have all sorts of other flaws.

How about this;  when laying down new road, you add little magnetically sensitive emitters, but with a small range, maybe 10' at most.  Cars driving over them would power them as the metal frames move through the magnetic field, and it'd amp up just enough to put out a cell-phone-blocking burst.  From the side of the road - or if you're not moving - no problem.  The busier the area, the more blocking occurs.   ID's can disable it if you're a cop or other emergency personnel.  Start with the areas around schools.

It's not going to stop texting - though it could stop the message from being sent or any from being received, thus putting a bit of a kibosh on the need for immediate response, but *shrugs*, you can't technologically restrict writing a report or reading a newspaper while driving either.
 
2013-06-17 12:20:23 PM  

TomD9938: anfrind: There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same task.

Could this be used as an argument for a ban on car-pooling?

I find that I talk to people that I'm in a car with and they to me.  Is that not also a distraction for the driver?


When you are talking to a passenger in your car, the passenger can also see if there is danger ahead and shut up so they don't distract you.  When you are talking on your phone the person on the other end has no idea what is going on so they continue to talk as your driving situation is constantly changing which adds to the danger.
 
2013-06-17 12:32:25 PM  

MNguy: anfrind: mudpants: We need stronger laws against texting whiledistracted diving.

There was a recent study by AAA that found that even using hands-free technology is enough of a distraction to make people drive measurably worse.  And people using voice-recognition to control their phones or vehicles do just as poorly as those who take their eyes off the road to accomplish the same

how about changing the radio station? Eating? Talking to a passenger?


First of all, all of those things are less distracting than talking on the phone, and certainly less than texting. Second, most drivers are smart enough to change the radio station or something at a time when they can spare a little attention for the task (stopped at a red light, cruising in your lane with no cars immediately around, etc.). Similarly, your passenger can know and understand when you let the conversation trail off while you try to merge on the freeway or do something that requires more attention. But your friend on the phone says, "Hello? Hello? Can you hear me? What are you doing? Why aren't you answering?" Etc.

However, I agree that any of those things CAN potentially be a distraction, and drivers need to be very careful when doing ANYTHING that diverts their attention from the road. If for no other reason than you never know when the idiot driver in the next lane will try to swerve into you.

I know why people don't WANT to believe that texting is dangerous, because it's more convenient to talk and text while driving. But it doesn't change the facts.

Look, I don't even know you, odds are I'll never encounter you on the road, but I would still prefer that you not die in a car crash.
 
2013-06-17 12:35:23 PM  
MugzyBrown: Humans are animals

Half animal, half alien.

// mutant space bacteria
 
2013-06-17 01:09:55 PM  

Mietsko: Is it bad that I am reading this thread while driving?


As long as you don't hurt anyone else when you die horribly, and you don't mind that people will cheer your painful gorey death as a net good for society.
 
2013-06-17 02:56:25 PM  

Frantic Freddie: 2 years ago I was rear-ended (not badly) at a stoplight. I was looking in the rearview mirror & saw her coming too fast, then I saw the front end dive as she braked, but it was too late. She got out of her car still texting & claimed she didn't see me until it was too late. In the middle of a sunny day.
I didn't talk to her, just waited for the cops to show up & told the cop I couldn't swear she was texting since I didn't see it, but he might want to check her phone.


I had pretty much the same experience -- stopped at a light for like 30 seconds, car rear-ends me on a sunny day -- except the guy got out with his cell phone, a slurpee he spilled on himself, and a broken CD he had been trying to change, and actually admitted, "I guess I was trying to do too many things at once."

If one of them is driving two tons of steel at 40mph+, then two things is "too many." Four is just asking for it. I don't know how he had enough hands to text, drink a slurpee, and change the CD, let alone, you know, drive.

Too bad cops (in L.A.) weren't interested since no one was injured, so they wouldn't come out.
 
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