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Old 10-08-2019, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by muskrattown View Post
Sure glad all survived without worse injuries. Maybe the young women that was at fault can become a spokesperson for not doing what she was engaged in.

Punishment is certainly a deterent of sorts. It is only after the fact though. Educating the young drivers about this should be a big deal in high schools, not just mentioned in passing.

I coach at a high school and will bring this up at practice Thursday to see how it is received.
You can't teach kids not to use their cell phones while driving......that ding ding of the cell phone is their life line.
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Old 10-08-2019, 04:17 PM
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In Georgia you cannot hold a cellphone or have it on your lap, must be in a mount or bluetooth and mandatory court appearance required.
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Old 10-08-2019, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by muskrattown View Post
Sure glad all survived without worse injuries. Maybe the young women that was at fault can become a spokesperson for not doing what she was engaged in.
The young woman I spoke of was driving the kids.
The woman that caused the accident was 62. I was out of town at the time and don’t know her condition.
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Old 10-08-2019, 05:44 PM
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It is a chronic problem, not just with drivers, but also with people walking city streets.
In NYC, it is pretty rare not to have someone literally walk into me while using their phone on a daily basis. It is 50/50 as to whether, even when I can, I move out of the way.
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Old 10-08-2019, 06:06 PM
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Moving the violations from the traffic side to the criminal felony side is step one, along with DUI, with actual jail time and huge fines.....worked a young woman in the ER, she was rear ended by a semi driver fooling with the music on his phone, she didn't make it....see it everyday
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Old 10-08-2019, 06:35 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.
Yes sir! Short story, I sent an idea to circumvent texting at x speed about 10 or so years ago. The company did respond only to say the technology was coming out soon. It did. But no mandate nor interest has ever been made to make it required. So the fallout continues......

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Old 10-08-2019, 07:25 PM
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I am sure if the police or DA is able to prove the driver was texting or using their phone for anything other than a call the driver could be charged with negligent operation of a motor vehicle. It was not just an accident. First offense is a slap on the wrist; small fine, maybe loss of license for a month or two. Second offense and on should be large fine, prison time and loss of license for a significant amount of time. Maybe that would make people think twice about answering that text or checking their facespace account. Dashcams would make great evidence.

Glad the kiddos and driver will be ok, eventually.
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:44 PM
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Out of curiosiity, why was the driver believed to be texting?
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:49 PM
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I can listen to the radio, Text, Answer a call, Put on makeup and drink coffee and somehow manage to get to work without bumping into anything. If you can't then you are not worthy. Some people cant drive if that's all they are doing. We do nothing to any of them.

The law protects them. You can't bash a texter at the next light with a 1 iron. Why a 1 iron? Nobody uses it so best to find a use for it.
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Over 20 years ago I was rear ended while stopped at a stoplight by a woman driving an Expedition while talking on her cell phone. I had just dropped off my toddler at day care and if she had been in her normal backseat location she'd have been severely injured. My trunk was partially pushed into the back seat of the Honda Accord I was driving. The car was totaled.

However I was young(er) and naive and I didn't call a billboard lawyer--I just accepted the $2k check for my medical bills offered by the other driver's insurance (Allstate) even though I still have a stiff neck as a result of the collision.

Ten years later one of my daughter's good friends was killed in a single car accident while texting. She t-boned a telephone pole and died on impact.

I'll be dead by natural causes when the law here finally catches up to the stupidity of drivers.
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Old 10-09-2019, 04:06 AM
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Originally Posted by REMfish7 View Post
Out of curiosiity, why was the driver believed to be texting?

The driver admitted to texting, perhaps to the husband of our friend who told us, but it was not in the police report. " "Failing to reduce speed" was the citation.
Perhaps it's Pavlovian, but now when I see someone distracted by their smart phone from driving safely, I associate the behavior with impending havoc.
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Old 10-09-2019, 04:40 AM
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The driver admitted to texting, perhaps to the husband of our friend who told us, but it was not in the police report. " "Failing to reduce speed" was the citation.
Perhaps it's Pavlovian, but now when I see someone distracted by their smart phone from driving safely, I associate the behavior with impending havoc.
There is not a single day that 95% of the drivers I observe are not playing with their phones. Driving a lifted PU truck I can see down in most vehicles and when in traffic I watch for the swerving, brake riding, sitting at green lights and so on. Every one of these suspects are Fn with their phone.

I leave my phone in the console while driving and never touch it. More times than not I will not even take a call unless I am waiting for something important and then it is hands free. Anyone that doesn't realize what an epidemic these phones have become doesn't get out much.


People can't drive, shop, walk, eat, or barely carry on a conversation without staring at the Fn phone. It's sad and getting worse daily!

I agree with some really stiff penalties for messing with the phone while driving.

Glad the Op's kids are OK.
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If I was OP I'd hire the nastiest dirtiest most bulldog lawyer and take them for everything they own or will own. They made a choice...now time to pay the Piper.

Brother lives down in Florida and him/wife and another couple were rear ended at a light due to a texting driver at very high speed. All 4 went to hospital. The guy had minimal insurance - allegedly a Florida norm and he didn't have pot to pizz in.
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Glad to hear everyone is OK. It really is an epidemic. Over the past week I've seen 2 people blow through red lights. One I could clearly see was looking at the phone. I always hesitate a few seconds and look around when proceeding when a light turns green. I'm also a cyclist, and see so much stupid crap by drivers it's unbelievable.
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
Brother lives down in Florida and him/wife and another couple were rear ended at a light due to a texting driver at very high speed. All 4 went to hospital. The guy had minimal insurance - allegedly a Florida norm and he didn't have pot to pizz in.
Very very true, that could be the case here but I hope not for the OP's sake!

You do bring up an excellent point and that is the minimum liability requirements in most states for car liability insurance are a joke. the state makes a big deal about driving being a privilege and not a right, then seems to do its best to get people on the road shouldn't be.financially. somehow clown driving a beater with minimum liability still find it possible have the newest iPhone.
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
In Georgia you cannot hold a cellphone or have it on your lap, must be in a mount or bluetooth and mandatory court appearance required.
All well and good, of course. But likely the sort of thing where there are laws on the books, and those that are enforced.
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Schmaltz~Herring View Post
In Georgia you cannot hold a cellphone or have it on your lap, must be in a mount or bluetooth and mandatory court appearance required.
Same here.....98% of drivers could give a shit
fortunately most towns and cities have been putting a detail just to focus and ticket these people.....greatest money grab in popo history....I love it!!!
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Old 10-09-2019, 06:24 AM
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When I am driving next to someone that is texting I like to mash my brake for a second and hit my horn. I am sure I've ruined many a set of underpants on the other drivers.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:10 AM
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People today are assholes.

I keep my drinking and drugging and texting reserved for red lights. Red lights only people!
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:09 AM
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Hello, I hope everybody involved makes a quick recovery. I hope the person responsible gets whats coming to them, has their license revoked and not given back! I have personal reasons for this, but it has got out of control, like many others here I see so many people on the phone while driving, no need for it, if you must answer a telephone call, cos at the end of the day that's what it is, not a personal lifestyle device, use hands free or voice control, only then if absolutely necessary. In certain European capitals there are street signs at the crosswalks advising drivers the pedestrians will be paying attention to their phones and not to what they are doing, I don´t believe the penalties are steep enough. There was an advertising campaign in Europe, pretty frank (link below). Not sure how much of a difference it made.

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