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Old 10-08-2019, 11:09 AM
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Our dear friend was car-pooling five young children (two of mine) home from school and was stopped awaiting on coming traffic to make a left turn. She was rear-ended by a car at an estimated 40-45 mph by a driver that never hit their brakes. They ended up 290' from the intersection as our friend was knocked out and suffered a broken nose and face lacerations. All the children have bruises, sore necks and head aches. Fortunately she properly had not turned in awaiting traffic or a T-bone after being driven into oncoming traffic could have been a certainty.

The driver was believed to be texting

I am a big proponent of free will and minimal legislation but the use of smart phones while driving makes you impaired no less than driving under the influence of alcohol and it seems to me the penalties should be the same.
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My buddie was put into the trunk of the car in front of him and his sissy bar went thru his shoulder as he was folded in half backwards due to a texting Bonnollos bread truck driver texting as he approached the light and never hit the brake

Their physical scars will heal....mental ones are forever...

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I am a big proponent of free will and minimal legislation but the use of smart phones while driving makes you impaired no less than driving under the influence of alcohol and it seems to me the penalties should be the same.[/QUOTE]


I'm confused by this statement. If you believe in free will and minimal legislation, why don't you believe in individual responsibility instead of collective punishment due to the incompetent act of an individual?
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Originally Posted by mitchk View Post
I'm confused by this statement. If you believe in free will and minimal legislation, why don't you believe in individual responsibility instead of collective punishment due to the incompetent act of an individual?
like the jerkoff who tried to make a shoe bomb and we all have to remove our shoes at airports now.....yeah...great logic

Didn't take this long to curve off path.....
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Originally Posted by Lprizman View Post
My buddie was put into the trunk of the car in front of him and his sissy went thru his shoulder as he was folded in half backwards due to a texting Bonnollos bread truck driver texting as he approached the light and never hit the brake

Their physical scars will heal....mental ones are forever...
His sissy? No speeko engo?
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Originally Posted by ericinmich View Post
His sissy? No speeko engo?
sissy bar on the back of the seat....I fixed it
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Having ridden motorcycles on the street since the mid to late 80's...I've seen the problems if distracted drivers escalate since cell phones became as important to everyone as air and water.

The number of close calls I had, I'm glad my bad lower back made me quit riding just a little over a year ago..it's getting crazy out there.

I hate distracted drivers! PUT THE DAMNED PHONE DOWN AND DRIVE DAMMIT!
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You have one job and that is to drive the car. Your privilege to sit behind the wheel does not extend to texting, reading, putting on mascara, drinking etc.

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It really is getting out of hand in a bad way. I lose count on my 25 miles commute as to how many people are staring at their damn phones and veering from their lanes. Its crazy and I know its a matter of time till I get hit. I'm on defense the whole time!
Back in May my wife was rear ended while stopped in traffic on the highway by a dude going about 25mph.. Luckily she was OK because he swerved last second, but the car was still totaled. And yup, he was on the phone..

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Hope your kids are ok.

Have YOU ever texted while driving?

My daughter got hit by a pedestrian that was texting. Walked into the side of her car when she was driving.

Before you ask I do text at stop lights.
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Originally Posted by mitchk View Post
I'm confused by this statement. If you believe in free will and minimal legislation, why don't you believe in individual responsibility instead of collective punishment due to the incompetent act of an individual?
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.
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Originally Posted by mitchk View Post
I'm confused by this statement. If you believe in free will and minimal legislation, why don't you believe in individual responsibility instead of collective punishment due to the incompetent act of an individual?
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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Our van was totaled by a 20 yr old driving a pick up...she barely had time to hit the brakes before plowing into my wife...who a year earlier had to have neck surgery with a plate and screws from another texting accident that almost totaled the city bus she was driving...

One of the accidents paid for a few things, the one that totaled our van left us with not enough money to replace it with something similar.
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When I was in the air force back in the 60's I went through a driving school. They told us the reason air force vehicles didn't have radios or cigarette lighters was to avoid distraction. Look at the cars of today, they practically have an entertainment center built in and then add on the cell phones, lots of distracted drivers out there. Throw in a couple kids fighting in the back seat and it's a recipe for an accident
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Texting and driving could be nearly eliminated, or at least greatly reduced, if the powers to be wanted it to.
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A friend of mine was in two vehicles totaled by this type of accident in the space of a month.

In the first one, he was hit directly by the distracted driver and his truck was written off.

In the second one, he was hit by the car the distracted driver hit, and his wife's Mazda was written off. The middle car looked like someone had tried to turn a Camry into a Smart Car.


About the only good I can think of here is that vehicle safety technnology is truly amazing these days. Glad none of the kids in the van originally mentioned were seriously injured.
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Originally Posted by Otseg View Post
I am a big proponent of free will and minimal legislation but the use of smart phones while driving makes you impaired no less than driving under the influence of alcohol and it seems to me the penalties should be the same.
I agree with you and am very glad the kids are OK and no one was seriously hurt.

It does seem, however, that everyone is for freedom and against regulation/legislation... until something that might be the target of regulation/legislation impacts them.
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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.
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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.
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When out for a run/jog, its scary to see how many people have phones in their hands and eyes on their phones. What is also scary is how many truck drivers, taxi cab/ubers, bus drivers, police, etc, do the same stuff and they are driving heavy machinery, involved in transportation/commerce, or supposed to be setting examples.

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