58 Percent of High School Seniors Text and Drive: Do You?

Living 2012/06/08 09:00:00
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Did you catch the "Glee" episode earlier this year, when Quinn nearly paralyzed herself by texting and driving? As usual, the show was touching on an important issue.

An anonymous national survey conducted last year found that 58 percent of high school seniors said they had texted or emailed while driving during the previous month, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 43 percent of high school juniors admitted to the same dangerous behavior.

"A lot of teens say 'Well, if the car's not moving and I'm at a stoplight or I'm stuck in traffic, that's OK,'" Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center in Washington who has done focus groups with teens on the topic, told The Associated Press.

Other teens say they know it's not safe, but think it's safer if they hold the phone up so they can see the road and text at the same time, Lenhart told the AP. Pretty scary to think of all those distracted teens behind the wheel ... do you text and drive?
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  • lia 2012/06/09 17:43:15
    No way! I've seen too many accidents and near misses caused by idiots texting. It's not just teens either.

    no texting while driving

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  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2012/06/11 16:40:47 (edited)
    NO never!!! DUMB! Nothing that has ever been texted to me while driving is as important as others and my safety! The fact that our newest drivers with the least experience at gauging distance is extremely disturbing!

    Just the other day I was coming up on a Cool Chicky Babe in one of these in the #1 lane on the Fry. doing 75 mph. No traffic in front of her and suddenly she slowed to just above 50 mph. Yup she though she was SO hot she had to text back. Almost had me run into her! DUMB but she's SO Cool!!! I sure hope her Soul survives as well as anyone else's involved when she screws up doing 75 mph in the #1 Lane!

    kia automobiles
  • Fef 2012/06/11 16:32:14
    Less now
  • Gentry June 2012/06/11 16:25:31
  • Boo 2012/06/11 16:25:19
    I rarely text! And I don't like to talk on the phone while driving, either. Both are dangerous.
  • John T. 2012/06/11 16:23:35
    John T.
    Two hands on the wheel and two eyes on the road. Drive safely and live.
  • New Yorker 2012/06/11 16:22:38
    New Yorker
    No, that's just stupid!
  • Bob 2012/06/11 16:21:51
  • Constitution Believer 2012/06/11 16:19:03
  • Boo Constit... 2012/06/11 16:27:30
    Sorry you have been inconvenienced by such a stupid person. Hopefully her license will be revoked!
  • Constit... Boo 2012/06/11 20:30:39
  • Boo Constit... 2012/06/11 21:21:59
    Guess you need to find a pro bono lawyer to sue her for you. That should insure she doesn't ever get her license back unless she pays for your damages. Hassle, I know, but I would make her life as unpleasant as she has made yours!
  • Constit... Boo 2012/06/11 23:44:28
  • Boo Constit... 2012/06/12 16:53:10
    There's a chance that she will have to work some day, or may acquire assets that could be attached. My point was that suing her to hold her responsible may keep her off the road for a long time and inconvenience her to the degree she has inconvenienced you.

    Once you get a judgment, if she does get a job, or someone gives her another car, etc., you can garnishee her wages or levy on property and have the Sheriff sell it to pay the judgment. Some money in the future is better than none at all. The same attorney might collect the judgment for a 1/3 fee, if and when it's collected. I would try to make her life as miserable as she has made yours!
  • Constit... Boo 2012/06/13 02:02:55
  • taylordoesntdeserve 2012/06/11 16:11:36
    "A lot of teens say 'Well, if the car's not moving and I'm at a stoplight or I'm stuck in traffic, that's OK,'"

    And? What is the point of this sentence? If my car is not moving, sure, I'll text. What is the problem with doing that in my driveway? On the side of the road?

    The only times I text and drive are on clear, long, country roads--with no oncoming traffic, bridges, or other crap that could get in the way. If I'm all by myself on the road, I don't see a problem with it.
  • John T. taylord... 2012/06/11 16:32:56
    John T.
    The problem is that you are not doing what you should be doing. That is paying action the traffic going around you. You become the hazard. If you want to text, pull over to the curb and out of the traffic flow. Use your head and not your fingers before taxing.
  • taylord... John T. 2012/06/11 17:17:06
    Well, if I am parked in my driveway I'm not doing anything. There is no traffic around me. I am no hazard.
    And I don't text in traffic or when other cars are around me. There is no need to pull over on the side of the road out of traffic flow when there is no traffic. I agree texting is very dangerous when in a busy environment, like a city or town. I wouldn't text going down mainstreet.
  • John T. taylord... 2012/06/17 13:14:57
    John T.
    Texting while driving accidents are exceeding that of drunken drivers today. Drive safe, use your phone responsibly and keep two hands on the wheel while driving.
  • Constit... taylord... 2012/06/11 20:32:20 (edited)
  • taylord... Constit... 2012/06/11 20:47:29
    You are right. No text is important unless a dire emergency.
    But what is in our lives?
  • Constit... taylord... 2012/06/11 23:48:47
  • taylord... Constit... 2012/06/12 00:54:33
    lol, that is a funny story. That sounds like compulsive texting. I mean, in that case, just call a person. If someone is having a conversation for an hour or more over text just call.
  • Constit... taylord... 2012/06/12 01:09:35
  • Tre 2012/06/11 16:11:30
    I don't do it often but I've caught myself sending a message or too here and there. Most times it's retrieving a message.
  • Flyingbug 2012/06/11 16:07:36
    There is no call or text that is so important that it can't wait for me to pull over.

    You get a ticket for texting/talking on a cellphone and driving here in CA.
  • Sunny Joe 2012/06/11 16:06:40
    Sunny Joe
    I have but I am not proud. I like to wait for a traffic light
  • Rob Williams 2012/06/11 16:06:22
    Rob Williams
    It's illegal (£60 fine and 3 penalty points)
    I'm not capable of doing it safely.
    I can not think of ANYTHING that I would have to text about that is so important I'd have to do it while driving.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/06/11 16:00:25
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    I only had a pager when I was that age, but when I got a "911" it was on until I found a payphone!
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2012/06/11 15:51:36
  • Deb 2012/06/11 15:51:34
    What is even scarier is this...
  • Marina Deb 2012/06/11 22:16:01 (edited)
    wow. if you took that vid, hope you had the time to show that to the cab company (or if not you, whoever did take it...).
  • Deb Marina 2012/06/13 03:22:07
    I didn't take it, it was on you tube, with a ton more like it out there. Taxicabs are public transportation---there is a safety issue here even more so than someone in a regular car, there is a huge liability on the driver and company because of the passengers in a vehicle.
  • trainmanretired 2012/06/11 15:50:51
    Anyone caught texting while behind the steering wheel while auto is running and in gear should loose their licence for 5 years. An Auto is not a toy or a game, it's transportation that could kill you or someone else if you don't keep full attention to driving.
  • Professor Wizard 2012/06/11 15:46:01
    Professor Wizard
    I do not... well... text the usual wall.... My phone lets me "Talk" a text...
  • trainma... Profess... 2012/06/11 15:52:49
    Phones have been proven to distract.... even no hands-on phones, your mind is distracted.
  • Profess... trainma... 2012/06/11 16:17:38
    Professor Wizard
    Then they need to make car wash's on the side of the road illegal! As those 18 to 21 year-olds in skimpy bikinis, jumping up and down and gyrating with their Car Wash signs is extremely distracting! :) And radios... and other people in the car... and consuming foods... and sunlight... and thinking... and odd noises... and odd smells... All those distract too!
  • Ryan 2012/06/11 15:41:32
    I'll check a message or reply every once in a while, but never while the car is moving.

    I fail to see how texting in that situation makes things more dangerous than texting on the side of the road.
  • Emily 2012/06/11 15:40:21
    No I don't even drive so how do I text and drive?
  • Krissy 2012/06/11 15:31:51
    It's stupid.
  • Mike 2012/06/11 15:24:10
    I don't drive.

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