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Old 11-25-2014, 10:12 AM   #1
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Feeling sad . Please don't text and drive

Lost a family member in a horrible car crash. She was hit by a young man who was texting and driving, crossed the middle and hit her head on. He survived. Her kids lost their mom, her husband lost his soulmate. Our whole family is trying to accept our new reality. And living so far away, I feel so sad that we haven't been able to visit in a few years. So now, we will make time to go to the funeral. Just awful.

Take a minute to hug your loved ones. Take time to plan to visit. Or make a phone call. Trust me, I wish we would have put it on the credit card and went to visit. We kept saying next year, next time, when we have more money/time whatever. Don't put it off. You might not get another chance.


And please PUT YOUR PHONE AWAY. Don't text and drive. I can't help but wonder what text was so important it led to this.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:18 AM   #2
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I am so sorry for your loss. Donna
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:23 AM   #3
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:44 AM   #4
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The phone manufactures can help us out.

I have a speedometer app which means the phone can tell how fast you are going.

The phone manufactures can build it into the phone that when a certain speed is reached the text feature is disabled.

I would say the speed should be walking.

Safety is more important than texting.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:49 AM   #5
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The phone manufactures can help us out.

I have a speedometer app which means the phone can tell how fast you are going.

The phone manufactures can build it into the phone that when a certain speed is reached the text feature is disabled.

I would say the speed should be walking.

Safety is more important than texting.
It's education that we need and stricter fines. It needs to be outlawed on all 50 states. Apps won't work. They never will. There's so much more than on phones these days than just texting. Email, GPS, Facebook, Twitter. You can't rely on an app to stop this. Plus you can't have an app or feature that disables texting at certain speeds. What about passengers in cars, trains, buses, subways etc. That won't work
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:49 AM   #6
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So sorry. I wish I had a dime for every time I'm driving and see someone texting. I'd be very wealthy indeed. It is ridiculous. Unfortunately, people all agree it's a good idea to stop texting FOR OTHER PEOPLE. But, they also think "they" can do it safely.

No. There is no such thing as 'safe' texting. I wish when you were caught doing it, it would be an AUTOMATIC revocation of your license. It is shown to be MORE dangerous than drunk driving. In my state, drunk driving = automatic license suspension. Same should go here.

Enforce that a few times and *maybe* we'd get somewhere.

So sad. Again, so sorry your family has to experience this senseless loss.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:56 AM   #7
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So very sorry for your loss
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:53 PM   #8
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The phone manufactures can help us out.

I have a speedometer app which means the phone can tell how fast you are going.

The phone manufactures can build it into the phone that when a certain speed is reached the text feature is disabled.

I would say the speed should be walking.

Safety is more important than texting.
Other than letting the user know a call, call not text, came in the phone should be deactivated as soon as the ignition is switched on.
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:40 PM   #9
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First, condolences on your loss, Rafiki31. There are no words.

The problem with these automated solutions is how will the phone know whether you're driving or a passenger. And if you're driving and it's your phone how would it know a passenger isn't doing the typing on your behalf?

The bottom line is people have to understand the danger and behave accordingly. Whether that's accomplished though education or the criminal justice system or some combination I couldn't begin to tell you. Look at the drunk driving stats and see how well we're (not) doing with that - and we've been fighting that battle a lot longer.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:13 PM   #10
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So sorry. I wish I had a dime for every time I'm driving and see someone texting. I'd be very wealthy indeed. It is ridiculous. Unfortunately, people all agree it's a good idea to stop texting FOR OTHER PEOPLE. But, they also think "they" can do it safely.

No. There is no such thing as 'safe' texting. I wish when you were caught doing it, it would be an AUTOMATIC revocation of your license. It is shown to be MORE dangerous than drunk driving. In my state, drunk driving = automatic license suspension. Same should go here.

Enforce that a few times and *maybe* we'd get somewhere.

So sad. Again, so sorry your family has to experience this senseless loss.
I am surprised at how many older people (should know better by now) I see texting while driving. Or people with kids in their car staring down at their laps.

I'm so sorry OP for your loss, this is such a preventable tragedy.
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:02 PM   #11
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I am so sorry for you loss. This story is just so sad. My heart goes out to your family.

Seeing people text while driving irks me so much. It is so dangerous. Yesterday, we were driving down the highway and saw a car drifting from one side of a lane to the other side sometimes crossing the lane lines. When we finally thought it was safe to go around, it was clear the driver was texting since he was looking at his lap as his car was going down the road.
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Old 11-25-2014, 07:46 PM   #12
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It's education that we need and stricter fines. It needs to be outlawed on all 50 states. Apps won't work. They never will. There's so much more than on phones these days than just texting. Email, GPS, Facebook, Twitter. You can't rely on an app to stop this. Plus you can't have an app or feature that disables texting at certain speeds. What about passengers in cars, trains, buses, subways etc. That won't work
I'm talking about the feature built into the phone without the ability to override it. I only mention the app to make aware it can be done. you want them to design it so all the features you mention disabled when you get above a certain.

Enforcement..... Our state has a tough law banning texting. Also while driving the phone can only be use hands free. Guess what, there are large numbers of people still doing it.

Law enforcement is using every trick in the book. Even as far as riding in semis so they can look down into the vehicles. So if you get chased down by a semi you know your in trouble. I know they use a chase car.
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Old 11-25-2014, 08:19 PM   #13
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I'm talking about the feature built into the phone without the ability to override it. I only mention the app to make aware it can be done. you want them to design it so all the features you mention disabled when you get above a certain.

Enforcement..... Our state has a tough law banning texting. Also while driving the phone can only be use hands free. Guess what, there are large numbers of people still doing it.

Law enforcement is using every trick in the book. Even as far as riding in semis so they can look down into the vehicles. So if you get chased down by a semi you know your in trouble. I know they use a chase car.
I don't see something like this happening ever. There isn't always only one person in the car, or what if someone is traveling by bus. Something like this wouldn't allow passengers access to their phones. This one thing alone is enough to never have this mandatory in phones.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:02 PM   #14
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I work in a trauma center. We get a lot of texting driving accidents. That's pretty much most of what I see. Lots of broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. Everyone knows it's bad, but thinks *they* can still do it safely. Op I am so sorry for your loss. I'm not sure what it is going to take to stop. People are really in denial.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:12 PM   #15
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Really sorry for your loss and thanks for the reminder. I don't text and drive but I do mess with my navigation and drive and really what's the difference? It will even ask me if I'm a passenger in an effort to save me from myself but I lie to it.

We all need to be more aware and less distracted when behind the wheel!
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