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Old 10-08-2019, 12:21 PM
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Texting and driving or even looking at your phone should be as bad if not worse than drinking and driving. Not everybody drinks and drives but A LOT of people text and drive or look at their phones and drive. I'll admit I do it rarely but still do it. I'll also pay for the consequences of my actions as well.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:22 PM
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To OP, sue the living shit out of them!!!!!!!!
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by alacrity View Post
maybe because he might also believe in the rule of law and the concept that if he does exercise individual responsibility then he will be subject to collective punishment.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:31 PM
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I do a roughly 25 mile drive each way mostly all freeway. Bought an F-250 King Ranch as my weekend toy. It became my daily driver based on the number of distracted drivers that are either on their phone, tablet, make up, eating cereal, or watching movies. And the PO PO refuses to do anything unless an accident has occurred. I have two phones and one is left in my brief case and the other is used strictly for WAZE.

Until their ready to crack down on this shit it's going it's going to continue to be the norm and not the exception...
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Otseg View Post
I do believe in individual responsibility. A responsible person does not use a device, alcohol or drugs that will impair their ability to operate an automobile. I don't see that consequences for texting, watching a movie,or reading e-mails while operating a car is collective punishment to responsible people.

Maybe I misread your intent. By all means, when people make bad decisions that negatively affect others, they should be held accountable. It doesn't really matter if they were distracted by a device or intoxicated. The excuse matters little. They are still responsible for the results of their choices. I got the impression you were advocating for banning devices being used in vehicles which is collective punishment.

By all means, fire up a civil suit and burn them.
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And Otseg, glad to hear everyone is OK...
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by raystein View Post
A couple of years ago a driver who was believed to be looking at his phone rear ended a log truck that was hauling for one of my contract crews. Witnesses said he was going about 70 and never hit his breaks. He was pronounced dead but he had a two year old kid in the back seat who was released later that day with minor injuries.

It worries me to death about my own kid who just turned 16 and will be driving full time very soon. He can't seem to put his phone down no matter if his life depended on it. We've talked about, and I slapped the phone out of his hand once when he looked at it while driving, but it worries me to death.
I'm sure this is going to come across the wrong way, but if your son does that with you in the car, you have bigger problems than that.

Glad your kids are ok Otseg.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:46 PM
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Get representation and get the best settlement you can. Put it towards their college. That's about the most you can pragmatically do about it. Then go petition your state congress for yet another unenforceable law.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:50 PM
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This is why I basically only drive my old truck anymore.

I have decided that I am no longer giving way to drivers that choose to try and assault me.

I am assaulted with a deadly weapon everytime I venture out into the world these days by these idiots using pocket telephones while driving.

Pocket telephones should be banned.

You aren't that important, you don't need a phone in your pocket round the clock. Get over yourself.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:57 PM
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So now the auto industry have all these cars that can drive themselves...Great.....Just F-ing Great.....More damn time for the asshole drivers NOT to drive and now can text!! WTF is wrong with people? They can't drive WITH their hands on the wheel let alone having more self distraction time to text etc. with the freak'n phone. For what it's worth, I don't even own a phone...Wife has a flip phone. It does two things.....Makes and receives calls. That's it. And she does not use it in the car, even though she rarely drives.

Glad to hear the kids are OK.....Really. So many thimes these things turn out so different.....

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Old 10-08-2019, 12:58 PM
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We live in the age of gadgets. Most cars are loaded with button, switches and electronic menus on the flat screen and add cell phones for work and personal communication, music playlist, and navigation and it's a wonder anyone is watching the road.
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Old 10-08-2019, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by bayrunner16 View Post
This is why I basically only drive my old truck anymore.

I have decided that I am no longer giving way to drivers that choose to try and assault me.

I am assaulted with a deadly weapon everytime I venture out into the world these days by these idiots using pocket telephones while driving.

Pocket telephones should be banned.

You aren't that important, you don't need a phone in your pocket round the clock. Get over yourself.
And so it begins.....
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:00 PM
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Glad your kids are ok.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by REMfish7 View Post
And so it begins.....
The Zombie Apocalypse! People with dead minds staring into a machine and running into things.
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this is the exact reason I look at the safety crash ratings when purchasing a automobile, not the purchase price or cool factor.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:22 PM
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Was rear ended a few years ago at an intersection by a girl texting. She never hit the brakes. I watched her come at me in my rear view mirror, but I was stuck behind another car with no escape. Pushed me into the car in front of me. She got out of the car and acted all confused and made up a story about how the light was green. This is an ongoing problem and I don't know what the solution will be. I do drive my beater car more often now because my fun car is somewhat rare, and I am afraid of losing it to something like this.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:32 PM
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What is the solution? Serious question?

This is a real problem but the answers are not so easy to come by.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:33 PM
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Glad everyone is ok.

Things will not change until enough of us scream and yell about it.

Think MADD

Dui was basically non existent until they formed and started raising hell with the politicians and making it an election cycle issue.
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Old 10-08-2019, 01:52 PM
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I let my Tesla handle the driving.
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by REMfish7 View Post
Texting and driving could be nearly eliminated, or at least greatly reduced, if the powers to be wanted it to.
Good point. Surely, they can program a phone to not allow certain things while the phone is in motion above x miles per hour, huh?
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