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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaykaykay View Post
    I've read about this guy before. Don't text while driving is the point.

    Personally, I don't text while driving (or much other anytime), and my GPS allows BT pairing with my phone, so it's hands-free if I get a call. I don't make many calls even when not driving, but I see people making calls (because I see phones in their hands and see them driving badly), so those people clearly aren't deterred by driving and using their devices.
    It's actually against the law to use your phone at all while driving in the UK, but I still see people doing it all the time regardless. Recently a guy drove over a zebra crossing while I was waiting to cross and I could see his phone in his hand while he was texting and not looking at the road!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maura View Post
    It's actually against the law to use your phone at all while driving in the UK, but I still see people doing it all the time regardless. Recently a guy drove over a zebra crossing while I was waiting to cross and I could see his phone in his hand while he was texting and not looking at the road!
    It's hard to catch people in the act no matter how many laws you make.

    Ideally, you wouldn't need laws -- people should just care about their own skins, even if they don't care about others'. But sadly, so many people don't think they'll become the statistic. Some people will do dangerous stuff no matter what, so maybe better voice-controlled tech will help.

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    Here you go. A British PSA to high schoolers about texting and driving.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinJS View Post

    Lets start with "Having a display in a position where it may distract the driver" and work any way you choose to from there.

    Ye gods. We're only just getting laws in place for stopping people from text messaging while they're driving, and now this?

    "Why don't you order up a Chinese. We can pick it up on the way past."
    "Hang on. I'll just check the traffic info, and see if the last person who checked the traffic info rolled his vehicle."
    "Shut up, you kids. I'm trying to watch a movie."

    OK. I'll shut up now. Don't want to labor the point.

    Sent from my stock iPad 2

    Anyway. Who needs it embedded into the dash. Fits perfectly well right here on the steering wheel.
    I have to agree here. The goal needs to be to reduce distractions while driving, not encourage more of them. How did anyone ever get anywhere way back when without all this nonsense? My goodness, can't people put their gadgets down for just a little while as they drive their car? Are we that hooked on this stuff? I thought heroin was addicting. Do people have to text that they are on their way or will be there soon? Geeshus Crust....... Give it a rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s2mikey View Post
    I have to agree here. The goal needs to be to reduce distractions while driving, not encourage more of them. How did anyone ever get anywhere way back when without all this nonsense? My goodness, can't people put their gadgets down for just a little while as they drive their car? Are we that hooked on this stuff? I thought heroin was addicting. Do people have to text that they are on their way or will be there soon? Geeshus Crust....... Give it a rest.
    Thing is, people who do distracting stuff while driving will continue to do it, endangering all of us. Just hoping that they'll knock it off won't change things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaykaykay View Post
    Thing is, people who do distracting stuff while driving will continue to do it, endangering all of us. Just hoping that they'll knock it off won't change things.
    Agreed. Just to add, my iPad lives on the steering wheel when the vehicle is stationary. The picture I attempted to post, but failed, clearly showed the speedometer at zero.

    I use my iPad for navigating around oilfield roads which are nearly deserted. The key word is "nearly". Meeting a speeding pickup on a bend is already dangerous enough. I don't need my attention anywhere but on the road.

    There's another video somewhere which I wish I could find. It shows new drivers in Belgium being told that they have to perform a series of manoeuvres while composing a text in order to pass their driving test. They all agree that it's impossible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinJS View Post
    Agreed. Just to add, my iPad lives on the steering wheel when the vehicle is stationary. The picture I attempted to post, but failed, clearly showed the speedometer at zero.

    I use my iPad for navigating around oilfield roads which are nearly deserted. The key word is "nearly". Meeting a speeding pickup on a bend is already dangerous enough. I don't need my attention anywhere but on the road.

    There's another video somewhere which I wish I could find. It shows new drivers in Belgium being told that they have to perform a series of manoeuvres while composing a text in order to pass their driving test. They all agree that it's impossible.

    If it were up to me, there'd be a more big brother approach to keeping people from using their devices in cars, but people would scream bloody murder about any such move by automakers (who could build in blocking technology in cars), and automakers wouldn't do it.

    It's tragic that someone has to lose their life over something stupid like texting while driving, but when they die in crashes, it leaves the rest of us marginally safer. I just don't want them taking innocent bystanders with them, or injuring them. It's like their playing Russian roulette and the rest of us are endangered because of their choices.

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    If it were up to me there would be a seriously Big Brother mentality applied to being allowed to use a vehicle at all. Pilot's license grant privileges. Drivers seem to think that their license grants rights. We would do well to learn from the aviation industry.

    There used to be a contributor to the "TruckersReport" forum called DieselBear. He had a thread going called "Some of the stupid things I see". Bearing in mind he is a DOT officer and he is talking about professional drivers, what he had to say was interesting, and horrifying.

    I believe he quit the forum when one too many people offended him. Pity. His contributions were very educational.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinJS View Post
    If it were up to me there would be a seriously Big Brother mentality applied to being allowed to use a vehicle at all. Pilot's license grant privileges. Drivers seem to think that their license grants rights. We would do well to learn from the aviation industry.
    Sign me up. I'm with you. Unfortunately, not going to happen, though.

    Longer term, self-driving cars seem much more likely. I hope they'll spread sooner than later.

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    I had a thought years ago that we should have a technology that automatically cut a vehicle's maximum possible speed to the speed limit on passing the relevant signpost. That was before most people, myself included, ever heard of the word "transponder" and RFID/NFC was a distant dream.

    GM can already stop a vehicle using OnStar, so why not?

    Self-driving vehicles? One day it may be practical, but I know how many split-second decisions it takes to get a trailer round a tight bend. I simply don't believe a computer system could handle all of the variables in sufficient time. Such a system would also have to be capable of being manually over-ridden, and guess who would be manually over-riding it? The very people we are talking about is my guess.
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