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Old 09-30-2006, 09:57 AM   #1
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Cell phones while driving

Within the last 18 hours, I have escaped major accidents by a hair. In each case, the other party was talking on a cell phone while driving.

I live in the "Texas Hill Country" southwest of Austin, in an area of small but sharp hills. Last evening, I was cresting a hill on the way home with the setting sun in my eyes when a car pulled out in front of me. I was half blinded and saw the car first because it briefly blocked the sun and I missed the rear end of that car by inches by hitting the ditch. A neighbor following me told me that it was a young woman talking on a cell phone.

An hour ago, I was cresting another hill in our development. I was safely under the limit of 30 because I was about to turn a sharp uphill left into my street. A black Camry driven by a young woman talking on a phone crested the blind hill on the wrong side of the road going at least 50. I hit the ditch, thankfully fairly flat and broad at that point. Rocks flew, but as far as I can see I had no damage. She never made any evasive move that I could see. She finally stopped at least 100 yards down the hill, backed up part way, got out, and began wailing "I'm sorry, I'm sorry". I didn't say what I was thinking, but my hands are still shaking. In nearly 60 years of driving, that was the closest I have ever came to a head-on collision.

It's time to outlaw phones while driving in Texas as other states are doing.

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Old 09-30-2006, 10:07 AM   #2
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since i spend about 1/2 of my time at work in road right of way, i cannot disagree!

the only thing worse than speeding through a work zone on the highway is talking on the phone while doing it!

hang up and just drive!


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Old 09-30-2006, 10:13 AM   #3
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I'm with you there! And I hate to admit it, but it seems all the close calls I've had lately were young girls with phones stuck to their ears, usually because they were drifting over the centerline and not paying attention. Very Scary! Boys seem to be more guilty of aggerssive driving, driving faster than their skill levels merit, but girls definitly seem to be more distracted in the car. Since I drive a Miata, I am VERY aware of what is going on around me at all times.

But I'm sure we're preaching to the choir here. Most folks who get to the point of dragging a few tons of trailer around behind them have already learned to be pretty cautious!

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Cell phone users are more dangerous then drunk drivers acording to a test performed by the mythbusters with the California Hwy Patrol. I have a cell phone (who doesn't) but I do not use it when driving. If my company caught me on the phone behind the wheel, it would not be good. This sign has been modified for use on the forum....
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Old 09-30-2006, 10:59 AM   #5
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i got nailed in the rear this past spring, while i was turning into my driveway.
the teen gal got out of her car with a cell phone in her hand ???
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:44 PM   #6
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Marie (sd90mac here) was iinvolved in an accident where she was at a red light, and was rear-ended by a woman on a cell phone. The woman continued talking on the cell phone while 911 was called, the police and fire department arrived, and while tickets were dispensed. SHE NEVER STOPPED TALKING ON THE CELLL PHONE LONG ENOUGH TO SIGN HER TICKET!!!!! She tucked the cell phone under her ear, still talking, signed, made a rude comment to the deputy, got back in her SUV, and drove away, STILL TALKING on her cell phone!!!
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Old 09-30-2006, 03:45 PM   #7
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Totally Agree

This is one of the best topics, I don't have a cell phone and I don't want one. We live in a college town and I can't count how many times I've had near misses every college student you see driving has to have the phone up to there ear and more interested in the conversation on the phone then there driving. Our society has turned into cell phones we went to an out door concert last night and I couldn't enjoy myself for people talking on there cell phones (give us all a break and turn them off!)
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Text messaging too!

If I would return my Airstream to storage on Monday morning, there's an oncoming lane of rush hour traffic I have to cross to go the other direction. It pays to get out before 7:15AM! One recent day a nattily dressed businessman was in that stream of traffic smiling, looking down at one of these wide text devices -- while having to control the buttons with both hands, steering with his wrists, only using his peripheral vision to drive his car...

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Old 09-30-2006, 05:47 PM   #9
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while driving into Spokane yesterday on 395(The Highway of Death as it's affectionately called around these parts), I couldn't believe this double trailer Wal-Mart semi slowly drifting across the yellow line towards ME!! As I started to move over onto the shoulder, the driver swerved back into his own lane. I never saw a big rig move that fast! He was not only on the phone, but reading some stuff on his right side, never checking the road.
I guess we all have our moments, but my time ain't up yet!!!!
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Old 09-30-2006, 05:57 PM   #10
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I have a cell phone for 2 reasons:
  • In case of breakdown whileon the road.
  • I use it for long distance since I cancelled my home long distance. Since I have it anyway, my one or two monthly calls help use up the minutes I would lose otherwise.
I never have it turned on while in the car or truck. Someone can leave me a message, but I will never answer it or make a call while driving.
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Old 09-30-2006, 10:18 PM   #11
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Excellent comments here! We have cell phones and use them often, but only when there are two of us in the car... the one NOT driving makes the calls. If we get a call we can usually pull off the road and answer or return the call right away...

We live on a street that goes to our local high school... our neighbors have had their cars hit 3 times while parked out front because someone ran into them.... distracted by their phones...

If only parents would teach their kids a little more safety!

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Old 09-30-2006, 11:45 PM   #12
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Hauled many of them to the hospital. Had a 20 year old 2 weeks ago was talking on her cell and tried to dodge a squirrel at 60 MPH on a 2 lane rd. Minor injuries (stitches) but rolling her car was an expensive lesson. Calif. just passed a law here that you can't use a cell phone without a hands-free device.
Another thing I've noticed on this subject is the inclination people have when on their phone, to stay in the fast lane at about 60 MPH in a 65 MPH zone.
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Old 10-01-2006, 05:14 AM   #13
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Overhere and in most other european country's it's ilegal to use a cellphone while driving without a handsfree kit.
fine is about 350 usd
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Old 10-01-2006, 06:33 AM   #14
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Handsfree does'nt matter. It's still distraction, whether taking dictation eating a donut,or simply daydreaming. Driving well is a fulltime job which takes a lot of situational awareness, especially with the all of the diverse drivers out there who think driving is a right instead of a privledge.

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