Authorities: Distracted driver hits h...

Authorities: Distracted driver hits horse-drawn buggy, killing 1 in...

There are 50 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 23, 2010, titled Authorities: Distracted driver hits horse-drawn buggy, killing 1 in.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Authorities say the driver of a horse-drawn buggy pulling some farm equipment was killed when the buggy was hit by a car in southern Iowa.

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picklesnorkie

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Aug 23, 2010
technology is a killer....sad for the guy and horse.....and the family...:(( wonder how many more people are going to have to die before something is done about all the crap that distracts us while driving is banned???
Use Your Brain

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Aug 23, 2010
Okay, I'm all for individual freedom but I think this story has finally pushed me over the edge on the whole "distracted driver" issue. Come on, people ... pay attention! You're in a 3000 pound chunk of metal that you are supposed to be DRIVING! Get off the phone, stop worrying about your music, eat someplace else ... I'm sick and tired of having to both concentrate on getting to where I'm going AND watching out for people like this.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#3 Aug 23, 2010
I'm with you guys, enough with the distractions in the car. It's time for something to be done, unfortunately too late for Enos and countless others who have died because of distractions. I don't routinely drive anymore, but even the short trips I make to the store must be in silence for me so that I can hear what's happening around me to some extent and put all my concentration on the serious task at hand. Paranoid, maybe, but I couldn't live with the guilt of knowing my mp3 player or cell conversation was more important that the lives of others on the road.
Zeke

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Aug 23, 2010
I'm selling my motorcycle because of all the distracted drivers and their fricken data phones. The new DWI is DWT (distracted with technology)...similar penalties need to be assessed, it's just as dangerous.
north

Gonvick, MN

#5 Aug 23, 2010
my best wishes to the family its a shame that people cant pay attion to there driving i see it every day
Home Sweet Home

Minneapolis, MN

#6 Aug 23, 2010
Prayers for Mr. Yoder and his horse, including his family and the entire community. What a sad and needless loss.
Ted

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Aug 23, 2010
There needs to be a motion detector on these devices that shuts them off.
Wow

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Aug 23, 2010
I agree with Zeke (above). I read a report recently that stated 28% of all accidents involved some sort of "distracted driving". It's time to treat it just like a DWI. That is the only way to get people to be more responsible and pay attention to their driving.

Since: Jun 09

Olathe, KS

#9 Aug 23, 2010
MP3 players scare me in particular. If the car doesn't have a hookup in to the sound system, then people use headphones. This takes away the use of one of your important senses needed for driving safely. As a motorcyclist, this also concerns me when done by a motorcyclist. I generally refuse to ride with anyone using one. But I have also seen people driving down the road trying to find the right song even if the player is hooked into the sound system.

At minimum, you should get a ticket for using headphones while operating a vehicle. And flipping through the player is really no different from texting.

Since: Aug 09

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Aug 23, 2010
Maybe we need to bring back the cars that you need to keep a solid hold of the steering wheel with both hands to keep it from driving itself into the ditch, pump the break about 20 times to make it stop and floor it to get over 50. Just about everyone over 40 has driven one of these babies - maybe they weren't so unsafe after all.
Javier

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Aug 23, 2010
This is criminal vehicular homicide, and must be charged as such. ENOUGH is ENOUGH! Put these people in prison and keep them there until they learn NEVER to drive while using phones, MP3's, or anything other than what is necessary to drive the vehicle safely.
kat

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Aug 23, 2010
Sad,,,I never read the age of the driver, but I am guessing he is a "new driver'. I feel a driver's license should be given at 16, but with priviliges of only driving roads of less than 50 miles per hour. Once a driver has had no violations for two years, than highway driving could be permitted. I hope the horse/buggy driver is okay.
Hhhmmmm

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Aug 23, 2010
Uh, Kat. The buggy drive and one of the two horses are DEAD. hence the article.
kat wrote:
Sad,,,I never read the age of the driver, but I am guessing he is a "new driver'. I feel a driver's license should be given at 16, but with priviliges of only driving roads of less than 50 miles per hour. Once a driver has had no violations for two years, than highway driving could be permitted. I hope the horse/buggy driver is okay.
Keep it simple

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Aug 23, 2010
My cell phone stays off when I drive. That is what voice mail is for. My kids know that if I don't answer my phone I am driving and will call them back when the car is parked. Maybe it's just because I am older that I can justify not answering while driving. I just hope that I have drummed this into them. They are both in their twenties and I want them to live to be at lease great grandfathers.
I See Cluelessness

Prior Lake, MN

#15 Aug 23, 2010
If your distracted, pull over you morons. Probably texting with the other hand and steering with the ever dependable knee.
Wow

Saint Paul, MN

#16 Aug 23, 2010
Folks, this sounds like it might have potential. If you want to read the whole article follow the link below. What do ya think?

From the article = full article in link below:

"University of Utah engineers have invented a wireless car key device (sample shown at right) to stop teenage motorists from talking on their cell phone or sending text messages while driving."

http://www.physorg.com/news148193101.html
PW Herman

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Aug 23, 2010
Zeke wrote:
I'm selling my motorcycle because of all the distracted drivers and their fricken data phones. The new DWI is DWT (distracted with technology)...similar penalties need to be assessed, it's just as dangerous.
EXACTLY. All the "holier than thow" MADD members are all running around in their cars talking on their cell phones consatantly, being just as big a dangers as drunk drivers. F***ing HYPOCRITES. I've never had a DWI and I refuse to use a cell phone while driving. Am I the only one in the state. C'Mon you MADD hypocrites: forget about new DWI laws and start focusing on banning cell phone use in cars. Oh that's right, you can't do that. That would make you not very good HYPOCRITES !!

Since: Jan 09

United States of America

#18 Aug 23, 2010
Didn't mention if the buggy had a SMV on the rear.
PA from IGH

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Aug 23, 2010
Nicely stated! Totally agree!:
Use Your Brain wrote:
Okay, I'm all for individual freedom but I think this story has finally pushed me over the edge on the whole "distracted driver" issue. Come on, people ... pay attention! You're in a 3000 pound chunk of metal that you are supposed to be DRIVING! Get off the phone, stop worrying about your music, eat someplace else ... I'm sick and tired of having to both concentrate on getting to where I'm going AND watching out for people like this.
full time job

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Aug 23, 2010
I remember when driving was a full time job. Wait a minute! It still is! I have never had an accident in 36 years of driving. But it gets harder to keep that record every day.
Why do the idiots kill, yet they survive?

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