The dangers of texting and driving

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  1. Synthaholic
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    I got detoured around this accident on Tuesday, and had to stop and take a photo.

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    Here's a video link that pans across all six vehicles, since my photo only shows the first three:

    Six-vehicle pileup on New Haven Avenue | Video Library | FLORIDA TODAY


    The guy in the pickup ran into that PT Cruiser (which was stopped at the light) going 45 MPH because he was texting. Witnesses say he never hit the brakes. He claims he was messed up on prescription medicine, but I don't know if the cops are buying it.

    Fortunately no one died.

    Here's the story:

    Texting, medication led to pileup on U.S. 192, police say | FLORIDA TODAY | floridatoday.com
     
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    Thats horrible. I don't know why people still think it is perfectly fine to text while driving. I remember I was driving a few weeks ago and this guy was texting and was starting to drift in my lane and was about to run right into me. But thankfully I had room to speed up so I could pass him.
     
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    People are stupit. And some say we do not need laws and govt watching over us.

    Pass a law allowing those texting while driving to be shot legally.
     
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    I'm guilty of TWD, but it's just 3 keystrokes to send the Mrs. a "k" acknowledging her text.

    It's actually safer than not responding and risking a lenghty phone call wondering where I am, what I'm doing, why didin't I answer her text, can you stop and get some milk on the way home, by the way honey I had a bad day at work and I don't feel like cooking dinner so could you maybe pick up a few sandwiches while you're at it and when you gonna mow the yard and clean the gutters like you promised last weekend blah blah blah SCREEEEEEEEEECH BAM!
     
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    I assume you read the message she sent you while driving? So, no, it wasn't just 3 keystrokes.... and it's not the number of keystrokes, it's the lack of attention to driving.

    And... no, it isn't safer. The safe thing to do is turn your fucking phone off if you are not capable of ignoring the fucking thing.

    Don't make excuses for your behavior. Live with it... and hope you don't kill someone. Idiot.
     
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    If it's as dangerous as drunk driving, then it needs to be punished like drunk driving...

    small fines are not a deterrent...
     
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    You act like texting is the only stupid thing people do while driving.

    I used to see people with a newspaper draped over the steering wheel so they could read while driving. I've seen women applying make up at 65 mph and men shaving at 70 mph.

    I was hit twice by idiot drivers: once by a guy looking for his lighter and once by a kid trying to change a CD.
     
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    You act like texting is the only stupid thing people do while driving.

    I used to see people with a newspaper draped over the steering wheel so they could read while driving. I've seen women applying make up at 65 mph and men shaving at 70 mph.

    I was hit twice by idiot drivers: once by a guy looking for his lighter and once by a kid trying to change a CD.
     
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    It seems big ones aren't either considering that the drinkers just keep sliding behind the wheel after each trip to court.
     

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