Texting While Driving

A lot of buzz going around Washington about people texting while driving. Apparently texting is the new drinking.

I text while driving. I email while driving. I eat while driving. I talk on the phone while driving. I have even studied for a test while driving… albeit many years ago.

I see people putting on makeup while driving, doing their hair while driving, turning around and smacking their kids while driving.

I guess my point is, why pick on texting? People do 1,000 things that take their eyes off the road. How can you just pick and choose a couple of them?

Why not ban all those other activities, too?

In fact, most “distracted driver” accidents occur because the driver was too engaged in conversation with the passenger. Should we outlaw talking in the car? How about we just outlaw having passengers?

I feel like it’s just a bandwagon. Nobody’s going to say we can’t eat while we’re driving. There is a drive thru restaurant every 10 feet in this country. But I’m sure eating while driving is just as distracting as texting.

What do you think?

  3 comments for “Texting While Driving

  1. July 31, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I have enough trouble texting while standing in my kitchen! Especially since I need my reading glasses in order to figure out where the letters are.

  2. July 31, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Because texting while driving is stupid! HOnestly, Incredipete, you’re just trying to stir up some trouble like with your ‘fat people should just not eat so much’ post. I don’t need to read or reply to a text while I’m driving; it can wait until I get to where I’m going the car is in Park. Same with talking on the phone; same with yelling at the kids. If they get too loud I tell them to shut it. I don’t eat while driving, either. I use the drive thru but that’s just because I’m too lazy to get out of the car. I usually bring the food home before eating it.

    God help the person who hits me because they were too busy texting to watch where they were going. I’ll sue the shit out of them.

  3. livieloo
    July 31, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I’m with you Incredipete. There are a million things that distract people from driving. If you can’t drive and eat, don’t drive and eat. If you can’t text and drive don’t text and drive. There are plenty of people out there who can’t drive worth shit when they aren’t doing anything except “watching the road”. People should be able to make their own judgment calls on this one. We don’t need the government making up laws for every little thing.

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