American Teens Turn a Blind Eye to Texting Laws While Driving

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EdnaM

The research on the use of cellular phones while driving has produced some expected results but also some that are less obvious without a more detailed look. Many people believe that the safety issues related to cell phone use behind the wheel have to do with the manipulation of the device. Tasks like dialing, answering and texting that require visual attention seem to be the greatest hazard.One surprising finding that has been identified in a number of research efforts is that the use of hands free devices does not reduce the incidence of auto accident and injury.Even if you have a hands free device to support the conversation,it still requires the same attention to dial or answer phone calls. Everyone's paying attention,but accidents are still happening.If you have been injured by someone who was on their phone at the time of the accident, hire a Louisiana accident attorney to help you get the compensation for your losses.

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jenny07

Thank you very much for providing the useful tips while driving...I am surely going to pass on this information.

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JohnP

  The 20 year oldish lady was going 55-65 and was having a hard time staying in her lane. My son noticed that she was looking down at her steering wheel a LOT. We could see her texting away when we got closer. I offered to get right up behind her and blast her with the car horn until she crashed. He said "nah, too easy a target" so we sidled past.

Bright sunshine, clear road, not much traffic, but give me a drunk driver instead. They are at least attempting to watch the road and usually are driving slower.

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mikeart03a

Well, I wouldn't label all teens as irresponsible drivers. I've been driving for about 6 years (Started at 17 and I'm 23 now) and I've shown my younger cousin a few things and now he has his full license (he's 19). He knows about the risks of texting or talking on the phone while he's behind the wheel and he doesn't do it.

Heck he bans all cellphone use in his car and that includes passengers as some of his buddies can be quite loud on the phone (and he enforces it with an illegal low-power pocket signal jammer that doesn't go beyond 6 feet). While it's overkill, atleast he's being smart about it.

In my case, I have a Ford Fusion with the Sync system and it works flawlessly with my phone via. Bluetooth, it pulls all my contacts and reads my text messages to me while I drive. Another good feature about it that you can connect a USB drive (flash or hd) to it and you can tell it to play songs by name and it responds accordingly.

Either way, it's going to end up to a point where we're either gonna have to crack down on ALL mobile usage either by increasing penalties to possibly include some criminal charges or jail time. Or Car and Cell phone makers will have to come up with a system that will disable cell phones once they enter vehicle (passengers or not). Believe it or not, it's not just cell phones that distract drivers, sometimes it's the people in the car using them too from my experience.

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_Jono_

I propose for highschool drivers ed classes, that teachers volunteer their students that text in class to participate in place of safety cones on a driving course. The instructor then demonstrates the effects of impaired driving by texting on a phone while he/she weaves between students. The instructor may increase speed for more dramatic effect. I'm sure this will provide perspective for those students left standing.

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snapple00

I think it is safe to say as long as cars are on the road, people will be idiots. Everyone cares only for themselves, until they hilariously crash off the road.

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thegamepro

I am 17 and a half, and I had been driving for over a year and I never use my phone while driving.  I don't see how anyone can drive and text at the same time with their full attention on both.  While I am smart enough to know that it's not only illegal but also very dangerous.  Just because I am a teen, I am not defending teens because I am always witnessing other teens either talking or texting while driving.  (I think this is a bigger problem for the girls though.) 

While this is an issue with immature teens who think they could do anything, there are plenty of adults out there with a texting and driving problem as well.  And it could be worse for them because, face it, adults are much slower at texting than teens, but since teens are inexperienced at driving, it's probably still more dangerous for teens to be distracted than adults.  I know someone in my school who dropped his phone while driving 25mph and while he was looking for it, he veered off the road and hit a steel cable that holds power lines, and that cable split his engine block in half.  He was only going 25mph when that happened.  Someone's getting grounded for months. 

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Caboose

 IMO, do anything that impares your ability to properly operate your vehicle (alcohol, narcotics, mobile phones, putting on makeup/getting dressed in the morning) and causes you to be in a collission, if you are found to be at fault (and 9 times out of 10 it is you) then you should be charged with a DWI, with all the same punishments as if you were driving while drunk or on drugs.

 

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m1k3_flrs

This article has to do with teens texting while driving.. now make another where woman put their make up while driving. Even when you are 100% focused on the road accidents happen. Texting, talking on the phone, putting your make up (ladies!), and drinking while driving, you're more likely to crash. It will be good if only you die.... but sometimes inocent people get hurt or die, sometimes an entire family. And just because you couldn't wait to get home and text your boy/girlfriend.

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Vegan

It's foolish to assume that it's just teenagers.

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MeTo

the only way to stop people from using cell phones in cars is have auto shut off on car if cell phone is on. If you want to drive your car the cell phone has to be off.

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Caboose

 The only issue with that, is if a passenger wants to use their cell phone in the car.

 

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MeTo

Sounds like a loop hole to me. Like the open container (beer) law. The driver and passenger could just pass the phone back and fourth. Honest officer i was not on the phone. The only way to stop cell phone use in a car is to disable the car if your sell phone is on. People will not stop using them unless they are forced to stop.

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snapple00

Any more genius ideas? Lol. Horrible.

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Taqueed

Cell phone user being rude and not concidering others? What? And teenagers are the worst offenders? You don't say.

 

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dracx619

stupid ass teenagers. " screw authority, ima do whatever i want, no one  understands me, im complicated"

how bout get your heads out of your butts and think of people other than yourselves. i was nearly killed cause my dumbass friend was texting behind the wheel on the way home from a concert and slammed into a car at 75mph a few years ago. if i wasn't wearing a seatbelt, my brains would have been all over the freeway.

DONT text, DONT use the phone, DONT drink & drive, DONT f@!#% around. and of course this doesnt go for just teenagers.

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Who

Were you never a teenager?

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dracx619

of course i was, a mere 4 years ago i was 19, and i did my share of stupid things but nothing that endangered the lives of those around me. compared to what a lot of the kids did, i was still a saint.

sure throw in your 'were you never a teenager?'

 tell that to the 5+ drunk teens that killed their passengers or other drivers the past couple of months here in san diego when they get to be our ages. nothing but regret and a heavy heart for the rest of their lives

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Digital-Storm

Being a teenager doesn't give you the right to break the law. They are in place for a reason.

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zstadt

"At least one study found that drivers who text, regardless of their age, are 23 times more likely to be in an accident."

You'd think this would deter them... not in the least.

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snapple00

It is a little insane how texting gets your mind off the road. I'll never do it again that is for sure.

Even on my blackberry with a full QWERTY I just drove down to the local coffee shop and when I got there I realized that my subconscious was the one driving.

I think your mind learns to drive to the normal places to where you can pretty much do it subconsciously, but if there is an anomaly on the road, like someone hits their  breaks or runs a light, your conscious is too occupied to deal with the situation and BAM.

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Scootiep

Ive seen test results even higher. If you text while driving, you are one of the most dangerous and idiotic persons on the road. It's honestly astonishing that people who do this don't realize just how amazingly stupid they are.

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nekollx

 Leaving work the other day i saw a woman on her cell phone while i was trying to cross the street. So no supprise. Hell drivers ignore clearly posted DO NOT BLOCK INTERSECTION signs that are on all 4 lights and in big bold letters, then give me the evil eye when i tell them to move it or loose it.

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