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(Quad City Times)   Iowa's ban on texting while driving hasn't reduced the number of crashes on the state's roads. So, either people are still texting while driving or Iowans really suck at driving. Undoubtedly, it's the latter   (qctimes.com) divider line 9
    More: Followup, iowans, Iowa, texting and driving, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Legislature, distracted driving, traffic reporters  
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1156 clicks; posted to Main » on 08 Jun 2014 at 1:25 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-06-08 01:26:02 PM  
3 votes:
It's because these things are about revenue, not public safety.
2014-06-08 02:42:15 PM  
2 votes:
I live in Minnesota and see people clearly texting on the freeway every day. We have virtually no state troopers on the roads anymore and drivers know this.
Recently I've seen more and more people video chatting while driving as well, and even rode with a friend the other day who was pulling up and watching youtube videos and holding them up while she whizzed down the road (its okay, she said she can totally handle it and does it every day).
Until touching your phone while driving is illegal in a car, its like bar rush 24-7 with all of the people veering out of their lanes and completely paying no attention to driving. I've been hit by inattentive cell phone using drivers and so have so many people I know. I think its insane that there isn't a nationwide ban on driving while playing with your phone.  Self-driving cars cannot come soon enough.
2014-06-08 05:25:11 PM  
1 votes:
The thing that worries me about making texting in your car illegal is that if it's legal, people hold the phone up in front of them.  It's certainly a distraction, but at least you can still see in front of you.  When it's illegal, I don't think people are going to stop texting - but I suspect they'll hold the phone down in their lap so it isn't so easily seen.  And that means they aren't looking at the road at all, they are looking down in their lap where the phone is.
2014-06-08 03:44:48 PM  
1 votes:
It's probably the former.  They've "banned" it in Massachusetts too, but I see people still doing it all the time and I've never even heard of someone getting a ticket for it.

Put the phone down.  You are not that important.
2014-06-08 01:46:57 PM  
1 votes:
Everybody sucks at driving but me.
2014-06-08 01:31:41 PM  
1 votes:

markfara: Maybe a one-year mandatory suspended license for first offenses would make a dent.


That's scheme doesn't raise enough money.
2014-06-08 01:29:21 PM  
1 votes:
Maybe a one-year mandatory suspended license for first offenses would make a dent.
2014-06-08 12:15:25 PM  
1 votes:
and red light/speed cameras haven't reduced crashes either but who cares? It's more government revenue.
2014-06-08 11:51:05 AM  
1 votes:
Why not both?
 
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