Texting Behind The Wheel Should Be Same As DUI

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  1. mrpc9886

    mrpc9886 Limp Gawd

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    The folks expressing a problem with the lack of hard data regarding actual incidents where cell phone use was the culprit have a point simply because until very recently, there was no attempt made by law enforcement to ascertain such use around the time of the accident. This is changing, primarily because the insurance companies are getting into the action by raising premiums or dropping coverage altogether where such use resulted in an accident:
    http://www.autoinsurancetips.com/ce...ur-mobile-phone-impact-your-insurance-premium

    These insurance guys, unlike some folks, appreciate the value of 'cohorts' and statistics such as "if you're an unmarried superman with the reflexes of a panther, the balls of king kong, the eyesight an eagle" and then trash it by not looking at the road because you're texting or by induced cognitive impairment by carrying on a conversation over the phone (look it up, use google, you'll find it, oh, wait, those are studies and studies are bad! are you guys into astrology and creationism too?), then you'll discover, suddenly, that your premiums are much higher because, in that age and cell usage cohort you're a real and serious risk to their bottom line.

    End of story, and you don't have to believe me, call your insurance agent. I checked with mine. Good luck, they'll check your phone records too. Cha-ching.
     
  2. Kristofff

    Kristofff [H]ard|Gawd

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    So many misconceptions in this thread.

    -The moments of looking at the screen to check your typing is actually unsafe, unless you are doing it in a safe moment.
    -Drinking and driving is notably dangerous only when actually fucked up enough to actually impair you to a reasonable degree. Remember, the legal limit was 0.10 not too long ago. Regardless of what the MADD faggots try to exaggerate and lie to you in commercials, buzzed driving isn't actually drunk driving.
    -Texting can be done safely if you aren't an idiot.
    -Many people are idiots and can't text safely.
    -This thread is composed mainly of those people.
     
  3. starsfan7

    starsfan7 Limp Gawd

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    Still my life, my car, and I still pay for insurance that "doesn't run out", I don't know where you got that one, but no. I don't see a point if your trying to make it. If I am driving and get hit by someone who is texting, I still have insurance for that too, so no. I'm not advocating for people to text while going down the highway at 80, which is what everyone seems to think, we can take this to a lot of extremes here. I think parents with small children in the car are too distracted by their children, and when they are turned around yelling at them, that's as bad as DUI, we need a law for that. I think women having makeup and vanity mirrors in cars is as bad as DUI, we need a law for that too. When does it stop? This is just a revenue generator, not a safety protocol.

    If you hit someone with your car while texting, eating, applying makeup, whatever it is that you do while being distracted, yes, you should be punished for what you did, but saying that someone was being more irresponsible by texting than by X is just arguing for the sake of arguing, we have a law for murder or manslaughter already.
     
  4. Cschill1290

    Cschill1290 [H]ard|Gawd

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    lol, I like this. :p
     
  5. Draax

    Draax [H]ardness Supreme

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    If all else fails spew ad hominems. This is comedy gold.
     
  6. mrpc9886

    mrpc9886 Limp Gawd

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    It's almost a religious war, isn't !? :p

    Or siblings: "No! YOU MADE ME!!" "NUH-UH! You Made ME!" "MOOOMMMMM!!"

    It would be nice if we could all live by the Golden Rule. ;)

    Meanwhile, back in the world, shit happens. That's what the legal system is for...and for that you must have precedents...and laws. This won't get settled by pure legislation, that much is certain, it will get settled by people discovering they can't afford to have an accident with their cellphone in use.
     
  7. Ibanezfoo

    Ibanezfoo Gawd

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    I think we need a law against brake and/or clutch pedals. If you are sitting at an intersection and a kid walks through the crosswalk in front of you, you COULD POTENTIALLY let your foot of the brake and run him over. This is clearly a safety hazard that must be prevented by giving your money to the government. Its the only way. Do it for the children! :p
     
  8. mrpc9886

    mrpc9886 Limp Gawd

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    OMG!! You're right!! Quick, we need to alert the NTSB! We'll pass a law that all cars with automatic transmissions must be place in park at traffic lights AND stop signs.

    All manual transmission equipped vehicles "shall be placed into neutral with the emergency or parking park engaged. The engine will then be shut off until it is safe to proceed, whereupon the engine shall be started, the clutch pedal depressed, the brake engaged, the emergency or parking brake disengaged and the motorist may proceed across the intersection". Unless all of that took too much time and the light is once again red. Hmmm... I smell a feedback loop.:D
     
  9. starsfan7

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    "I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."

    Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

    I rest my case. GTFO of all aspects of my life .gov, kthxbai.
     
  10. jwalk6

    jwalk6 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I can understand why Kyle said that.
    The comment went from a dissenting viewpoint to a personal attack. You let that stuff go to far in a forum and pretty soon the forum is ruined. It doesn't take long before people stop participating because they're worried that disagreeing with a post will start a flame war. It can get really tiring and take away time from what we'd all rather see Kyle doing which is making videos of hardware testing!

    :cool:
     
  11. douglasb

    douglasb Gawd

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    You know, 87% of all statistics are made up.
     
  12. jwalk6

    jwalk6 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I think it's more like 100%.

    I took a survey and that's the number I got...

    ;)