You mean texting while driving? Yeah, it should be common sense not to text while driving, since common sense is uncommon, may as well put a penalty on such things. So yeah, I think texting while driving should be illegal.
ironically, it's safer to talk on the phone.
even more ironic, hardly anybody get's tickets for it. i suppose it is tough to enforce when one can usually see both PD and other muni employees doing the same. monkey see money do
you should never text when you are driving. i think you shouldn't even talk on the phone when you are driving. i watch so many people text and talk when they are driving and it looks like their drunk so i think it would be a good ideal to ban texting and talking on phones when you are driving. does any on have stats on mva's due to texting or talking on the phone when driving?
Up here, it is illegal and, if caught, a fine is issued. The fines inrease each time the same person is caught.
I believe last year there was over 150 people fined for talking/texting while driving. Not a big number in comparison to the amount of those that are doing it, but at least it lessened the possible number of mva's by over 150.
It should be illegal everywhere. I used to say "whats the difference of me holding a phone to my ear and driving, and holing my lady's knee or hand and talking to them and driving". I've seen a lot of news articles and videos since then.
how many times have we rolled upon a mvc and come to find out that it was caused by someone texting or talking on them cell phones? too many times now in the last few months here we have come to this...tho it's against the law to use your phone (unless it's a hands free) here in this province.
"Millions of people text, talk or e-mail on their cell phones while driving—a recent survey finds that 71 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 49 admit they text or talk on the phone while they drive. If you think you can call, text and drive at the same time, you cannot. That message you can't wait to send could kill. Distracted driving is an epidemic that is sweeping through our country, claiming lives and destroying families." Oprah Winfrey Show - January 15 2010.
Im quite sure the numbers are much higher but that"s the figure they came up with from their poll. My problem lays with calling those that have done this "stupid" when most of us that own a cell phone have done these same irresponsible acts including myself. Even while responding to calls in my command vehicle w/ lights and sirens I have talked on my cell phone with dispatch or the firehouse and I know i'm not alone in this. The difference now is what we do with this information and how to turn these tragic accidents into something positive. Again, like most preventible acts, their should be an education program implemented in our communities to share information about why this is dangerous. If an education program saves one life than it was well worth it. We have fire prevention programs every October so their is 1 day we can share this information with the public and I am quite sure we could fit other days into our schedules to make a difference.