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Posted: 12/13/11 08:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Driver was texting in Missouri traffic pileup


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Posted: 12/13/11 08:29am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While I understand that one should not be texting while driving, I don't see how it would have made any difference here. His texting had no effect on the buses that rammed him from behind.


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There are ways of stopping the carnage, but the pantywaist in the state capitals or DC don't have the courage to enact the necessary legislation. A simple device installed in all motorized vehicles would stop it.


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Dieharder: The article says the kid was texting when HE ran into the rear of the semitruck THEN the school buses were involved.


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Joy wrote:

Dieharder: The article says the kid was texting when HE ran into the rear of the semitruck THEN the school buses were involved.


Dieharder has a valid question, How did the texting cause the bus and additional vehicles to crash? Texting while is dangerous but had nothing to do with the additional vehicles crashing. If they were driving defensively they would have been able to stop before crashing.

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I'm thinking he was texting and never even touched his brakes when he hit the truck. No brake lights may have slowed the reaction time of the school bus drivers, causing the resulting pile up. I don't understand the appeal of texting, let alone doing it while driving.


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webecreekin wrote:

The Texan wrote:

There are ways of stopping the carnage, but the pantywaist in the state capitals or DC don't have the courage to enact the necessary legislation. A simple device installed in all motorized vehicles would stop it.


We don't need new laws, or new devices on our vehicles. We need to train our drivers. Learning to focus on the job at hand and not allowing ourselves to be distracted by anything else is part of the training. He could have been poking info into a GPS instead of texting. I don't think we can legislate common sense. Most of us can multi-task, but we have to know which of the tasks is more critical.

An aside: I can't text well sitting at my desk, let alone while trying to do something else.
You must be kidding of course....Our schools can't even teach our kids the basics of life and education, so how are they going to teach them to multi task and drive defensively at the same time.

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Obviously "education" isn't the answer with people--can you think of any social problem that has been "educated" away in America? No, you want to cure a problem, make the penalties so high for violating the "rules" that the minority bends to the necessary will of the people--DUI laws, no smoking regulations, pollution laws, etc.
The call that people are just "uneducated" about a problem is limp--of course drivers know that it is dangerous to text and drive, they just don't care or are just like I used to be when I drove drunk "I'm a much more careful drunk driver than all those people killing other people, so it is ok if I drink and drive!" THAT attitude has to be rooted out and the harder you make it for those that hold it, the quicker it will stop.

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Still works to have common sense. This might be an old fashion comment but it works for us.
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The Texan wrote:

There are ways of stopping the carnage, but the pantywaist in the state capitals or DC don't have the courage to enact the necessary legislation. A simple device installed in all motorized vehicles would stop it.


We don't need new laws, or new devices on our vehicles. We need to train our drivers. Learning to focus on the job at hand and not allowing ourselves to be distracted by anything else is part of the training. He could have been poking info into a GPS instead of texting. I don't think we can legislate common sense. Most of us can multi-task, but we have to know which of the tasks is more critical.

An aside: I can't text well sitting at my desk, let alone while trying to do something else.


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