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12:01 PM on 08/09/2013
the only solution is MANDATORY auto-driving cars. take the idiots (human) out of the equation...
Etropalld
I don't mean a big reduction in the price of beer
06:09 PM on 08/09/2013
I think you've got it all wrong. All cell phone capabilities should be disabled while the vehicle is in motion. Period. And before you ask YES this goes for passengers too.
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Mister Grumpy
An Angry American
07:12 PM on 08/09/2013
So turn yours off. But leave mine alone.
11:37 AM on 08/09/2013
Americans drive cars (tanks) that are too large to control and that contain too many distractions, not to mention drink holders. They should give up driving and take the train.
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Mister Grumpy
An Angry American
07:13 PM on 08/09/2013
Not many trains in the US.
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Worldaffairsfan
06:07 AM on 08/13/2013
And you think accidents like these do not happen in Europe where the cars are smaller? I am sad to say you are wrong, sir! Sadly messages like these will not help as people always think they are not as stupid or as bad a driver as "those people".
Here in the Netherlands they will start a campaign to urg people to not only have a designated driver, but also a designated phone operator. Again, I don't know if this will help any, but we must keep trying to educate people. Young and old.
09:21 AM on 08/13/2013
No.  It is extremely difficult to get a driver's license in Europe.  Driving is taken seriously.  If you are caught drunk while driving, your license is taken away permanently.  They care more about safety on the roads in Europe.  Bars and pubs are in cities and towns and not in the middle of suburban malls like they are in the United States.  Cars are generally much smaller.  A German, for example, would never dream of buying a huge SUV when the price of gasoline is so much higher in Europe.  No, you are completely wrong.  Europeans are experienced, careful drivers and Americans are reckless compared to them.
10:23 AM on 08/09/2013
I must have missed it, but how didn't the man driving the van not go to jail?
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09:48 AM on 08/09/2013
Heartbreaking... and completely preventable.
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Hilary1203
08:47 AM on 08/09/2013
While it's sad that this isn't just common sense, I'm glad this is getting more attention. Despite local laws banning texting and driving, they are very hard to enforce, and most people still have a sort of "not me" mentality about it, like "It won't happen to me" or "I'm coordinated enough to do it."
08:42 AM on 08/09/2013
Meaningless, drivers are going to text regardless.
09:15 PM on 08/09/2013
Oh what a snot you are.
08:35 AM on 08/09/2013
My friend and co-worker Jeremy had just gotten a divorce 6 months earlier. His 9 year old daughter adored him. In spite of his ex-wife's disapproval, he got her a blackberry so they could keep in touch. He was her hero. One Sunday, after dropping her off after visitation, he was driving on a freeway, on his way home. An accident up ahead had stopped all traffic. His head was down, texting his daughter, and he didn't see the 18-wheeler stopped in his lane. Jeremy's car went under the truck, decapitating him. He had just turned 30.
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Mitchman57
I might be indecisive. But... maybe not.
08:17 AM on 08/09/2013
How about an app that you run that automatically responds to incoming texts with "I'm driving now. Unless somebody I know just died, you'll have to wait."
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08:27 AM on 08/09/2013
that's a great idea
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Hilary1203
08:40 AM on 08/09/2013
I think that already exists, or is about ready to be released! The only problem is getting people to actually use it. But yes, this is a good idea.
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grazer333
Ich wohnte in Graz. Hence "Grazer"
06:14 AM on 08/09/2013
Texting while driving. The equivalent with driving with your eyes closed. Why take the risk? You might as well load one bullet into a revolver, randomly pick a bullet chamber, and walk up to strangers in public and pull the trigger with the barrel next to their head. At least then you won't risk yourself when you risk someone else's life! I personally would probably want to beat up anyone that I saw that dared text and drive in front of me!
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Timothy Chiacchira
02:46 AM on 08/09/2013
Just turn it off before you get in a car..
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Niem Nguyen
01:35 AM on 08/09/2013
I don't like text and drive. But I gotta let you in on a secret...I'm a hypocrite. I succumb to this bad habit...only some times :p
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Timothy Chiacchira
02:47 AM on 08/09/2013
I have to say I have never and wont. Its something you can ust turn the phone off.
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jwald1
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03:45 AM on 08/09/2013
just stop, it is not worth the risks.
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crayola 08c
i'm just a little crayon in a big box.
11:29 PM on 08/08/2013
what also gets me is the sheer amount of stupid people who text while walking. whenever i see one coming towards me i make a point of not moving out of the way. i wonder if someone has ever gotten hit texting while walking by someone texting while driving?
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PTerrys
12:28 AM on 08/09/2013
I wonder if you know you're a dick who doesn't know how to ask questions.
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crayola 08c
i'm just a little crayon in a big box.
09:38 AM on 08/09/2013
lol. struck a nerve?
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Carachama
I'm not apt to follow blindly the lead of others
09:56 PM on 08/08/2013
I tried typing five letters at a slow rate of speed once and thought I was going to die. How do people do this? Why? Nothing is that important. Your little bit of texting wisdom in the great scheme of things is less than worthless.
09:36 PM on 08/08/2013
And yet there is still no native app or app in iTunes for the iPhone that allows a user to send an automatic text message "I'm driving and will text you later."
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PTerrys
12:32 AM on 08/09/2013
That's actually a good idea. I car mode. I think we'll skip past that to a better version of speech-to-type. It's kind of silly if two people are talk-texting each other instead of phone calling each other.
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grazer333
Ich wohnte in Graz. Hence "Grazer"
06:15 AM on 08/09/2013
don't even answer the phone till you are stopped. It is that simple. They can wait... so can the risk to your life.
08:27 AM on 08/09/2013
That is always an option. But in this day and age, if you don't answer the phone or text immediately, people tend to worry: "Where are you?" "Please answer me." etc. An automatic reply would be a wonderful thing.
08:04 PM on 08/08/2013
What happened to the blue tooth are people to cheap to buy one, or to lazy to use one.