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Rant: More Drivers Texting While Driving Even After Bans and Fines

I’m not sure what to say about this one, but I think it’s just stupid really. Apparently there are a lot of you out there who don’t care about laws, and are actually texting more while driving even after your states have banned it.  What’s the reason for this really? Is what you have to say that important that you’re going to risk your life and the lives of those on the road with you? I guarantee that probably 99% of those texts are stupid and pointless things like gossip or just nothing in particular that couldn’t wait until you go where you’re going or actually saw the person. The sad thing is that the person you’re texting while driving and breaking the law is probably the person you’re driving to see.

Talking on the phone while driving is bad enough, but texting is a lot worse as you’re not looking at the road you’re looking at what you’re typing. Last night I had a stupid lady come inches from hitting me because she was talking on the phone and not paying attention to what was going on. I was trying to park to take my kids to their karate class, my turn signal was on and my car was in reverse, I mean the signal was blinking and the back-up lights were lit up but yet she just kept driving all the way up to my bumper and then she slammed on the breaks at the last second because she happened to notice I was backing up. At that point it was too late for me to park as there was traffic and she had no room to back up to let me park so I lost the spot and had to drive around the block two more time to get a parking spot. I’m sure if she was texting it would have been an accident and not a near miss like it was.

I’ve seen too many people driving while texting. The phone up on the steering wheel and they’re tapping away while swerving back and forth and even into oncoming traffic. Is that text that important? Is it more important that your life? What’s worse is that some of you morons out there actually are composing full emails while you’re driving?! I mean what? Why? A text is short and abbreviated, but a complete email while you’re driving? That’s just idiotic really.

Seriously though please tell me what the hell is wrong with you people? It’s illegal in 35 states now to text and drive but yet you’re texting more? Is it because it’s like more of a thrill now to do it because you’re breaking the law? There’s a reason the laws are in place, to protect you and to protect others. I remember when there wasn’t text messaging, what did you do then? Why is it so important now?

The funny part is hat those of you that text while driving actually think that it doesn’t affect your driving ability. Seriously? I’ve seen you people swerving while texting. I wish you people that think that could see a video from outside of your car, like behind it, of what you look like while you’re texting and driving because I’ve got news for you, it does affect your ability to drive.

They’re talking about enacting a national ban on texting and I’m all for it as I’ve seen to many people driving recklessly while texting and because I don’t understand what’s so important you’ve got to text while driving. You can’t give me the excuse that it’s business related either, there wasn’t always texting so what did you do before text messaging and emails on your phone?

I sure as hell don’t text while driving, actually I don’t like texting at all really. Honestly I try not to even use the phone while driving. If I’m expecting a call while I have to go somewhere then I’ve got a headset on, but if not I just won’t answer or if I do I say “I’m driving, let me call you back in a bit”. As for making calls while driving, I can count on one hand how many times I’ve done it while I was driving this year. As far as dialing I do it at a red light or stop sign, but not while I’m actually driving the car. For the most part it’s not even dialing, it’s hitting contacts and then hitting the person I want to call, and not actually dialing digits which takes more time for your eyes to be off of the road.

In my opinion, those of you that text while driving, especially in states where it’s illegal, you’re all a bunch of idiot morons. That text isn’t worth your life or the lives of those around you.

I could go on and on about this, but I think you get the point, or maybe you don’t as you’re probably one of those people who think you’re a perfect driver and can text, and eat, and read and write emails etc while driving. You know what, wake up, you’re not a good driver, in fact you’re a worse driver while you’re texting. I’ve seen it first hand but I’m sure you don’t believe that and you won’t until you’re in an accident or worse when you kill someone because you just had to text so and so about who knows what.

Grow up, drive responsibly, and start thinking about someone other than yourself for once. You’re not the only person on the road.


There’s a story at AP about this with quite a bit of info: More drivers texting at wheel, despite state bans

Here’s another interesting story regarding this: No more talking behind the wheel: Scientists develop system that can shut down your cell phone while you’re driving