wack em

Chicago, IL

#1 Jun 30, 2012
Who else thinks texting while driving should carry the same penalty as DWI? If your texting causes an accident in which you kill someone isn't that the same as someone who chooses to drive drunk?

“I don't need no stinkin job.”

Since: May 09

Topix Bar and Grill

#2 Jun 30, 2012
wack em wrote:
Who else thinks texting while driving should carry the same penalty as DWI? If your texting causes an accident in which you kill someone isn't that the same as someone who chooses to drive drunk?
I'm down for that.
Guest

United States

#3 Jun 30, 2012
Im not sure if I would say that but I do know that texting is being negligent. Texting is very dangerous while driving and should not b done. Save the texting till u r parked somewhere, it could save yours or someone else's life.
guest

United States

#4 Jul 1, 2012
wack em wrote:
If your texting causes an accident in which you kill someone isn't that the same as someone who chooses to drive drunk?
No, it's not the same, and your logic is faulty.

What if you were fumbling around trying to put a disc in your CD player and caused an accident that killed someone? Or you were eating something and it fell on your lap distracting you? Or you spilled your drink? Or your cigarette fell and burned your leg? Or you looked at your passenger to say something to him? Or your dog jumped in your lap? Or you were reading a billboard? Or..or...or..

We can't say that any distraction that pulls your attention away from operating a motor vehicle is the same thing as a DWI.

Almost every state has a law prohibiting inattentive driving. We don't need new laws specifying every imaginable event or action that draws attention away from the road.

We just need to enforce the law that's already on the books.
guest

Paragould, AR

#5 Jul 1, 2012
Here's one ... We have the tech to control all local streets and Highways and interstates ... Once on the the system and you lunch in your destination ... Let the system get you there .... No human skills needed until after you pull off the street system
I'm down for that
guest

Paragould, AR

#6 Jul 1, 2012
guest wrote:
Here's one ... We have the tech to control all local streets and Highways and interstates ... Once on the the system and you lunch in your destination ... Let the system get you there .... No human skills needed until after you pull off the street system
I'm down for that
punch
wack em

Chicago, IL

#7 Jul 1, 2012
Texting is a conscious decision to do something that impairs your ability to control your vehicle. Most texts take a lot more time than a spilled drink or dropped cd. And most people aren't just sending a quick yes or no reply. They're carrying on a conversation.
guest

Paragould, AR

#8 Jul 1, 2012
wack em wrote:
Texting is a conscious decision to do something that impairs your ability to control your vehicle. Most texts take a lot more time than a spilled drink or dropped cd. And most people aren't just sending a quick yes or no reply. They're carrying on a conversation.
the traveling system takes the human element out of it .... Since its getting worse humans need less control while in the presence of orhers

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#10 Jul 1, 2012
Stricter laws and more enforcement would be better regulation. Seems as if police are more worried about their quota than anything else now days. Maybe if we got some better police officers it would help too.

“I don't need no stinkin job.”

Since: May 09

Topix Bar and Grill

#11 Jul 1, 2012
I also think that accidents caused by a woman putting on makeup while driving should carry the same penalty as DUI/DWI.
BabyJesus

Little Rock, AR

#12 Jul 1, 2012
I like rubbing one out on the way to work. It eases the stress. Should that carry the same penalty as a DUI?
Not Becky

Paragould, AR

#13 Jul 1, 2012
guest wrote:
<quoted text>
No, it's not the same, and your logic is faulty.
What if you were fumbling around trying to put a disc in your CD player and caused an accident that killed someone? Or you were eating something and it fell on your lap distracting you? Or you spilled your drink? Or your cigarette fell and burned your leg? Or you looked at your passenger to say something to him? Or your dog jumped in your lap? Or you were reading a billboard? Or..or...or..
We can't say that any distraction that pulls your attention away from operating a motor vehicle is the same thing as a DWI.
Almost every state has a law prohibiting inattentive driving. We don't need new laws specifying every imaginable event or action that draws attention away from the road.
We just need to enforce the law that's already on the books.
You have a good point I had not considered before.

A different topic, but I wish Arkansas had the same law about mandating hands-free devices for phone use while driving that many other states enacted.
maybe

Jonesboro, AR

#14 Jul 1, 2012
ahm1984 wrote:
Stricter laws and more enforcement would be better regulation. Seems as if police are more worried about their quota than anything else now days. Maybe if we got some better police officers it would help too.
You get what you pay for. As long as law enforcement gets paid chicken scratch then there will be a lot of poor quality employees
Not Becky

Paragould, AR

#15 Jul 1, 2012
BabyJesus wrote:
I like rubbing one out on the way to work. It eases the stress. Should that carry the same penalty as a DUI?
I wrecked my Camaro and my motorcycle doing that, so I can attest that it is somewhat dangerous. Now I have my carpool rider manage that for me. Perhaps that's an option for you as well?
finding

Jonesboro, AR

#16 Jul 1, 2012
Gumdrops wrote:
How would you tell if they are texting? Without a warrant you can't legally just start going through someones phone.
And what if they erase their texts as they send them? No proof.
What if they are dialing instead of texting?
Maybe it should just be illegal to have accidents regardless.
A Responsible people dosen't drink and drive, text, etc. If you choose to so, and someone is killed, then you should be charged with negligent homicide. We are all responsible for our actions.

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