Proposal Would Make Texting While Dri...

Proposal Would Make Texting While Driving Illegal

There are 41 comments on the WGRZ Buffalo story from Nov 16, 2007, titled Proposal Would Make Texting While Driving Illegal. In it, WGRZ Buffalo reports that:

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A state lawmaker from the Rochester area wants to make it illegal for motorists to send text messages while driving.

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Holly from Amherst

Lockport, NY

#21 Nov 17, 2007
Sean wrote:
Heck let them text its called cleaning the gene pool.
Yes!
Willpower

Buffalo, NY

#22 Nov 17, 2007
Holly from Amherst wrote:
Oh dead god, who actually has the tallent to text and drive?
Yeah I've had girls offer to do some very nice things while I'm driving, and if I turned that down I'm sure not gonna do something as boring as texting while driving!

For the record, none of the girls were named Holly.
THE REAL TRUTH

Pittsford, NY

#23 Nov 19, 2007
DEFINE: "Ice Cream Cone Laws??".....A Law that get's a legislator on the TV, in the papers and deflects their lack of doing anything major to help the majority of taxpayers..Allows them to show the concerned look, with a sweater on during a interview in their modest home..(some tears involved)..They can then depart for the holidays knowing they were in the press again....Example: Press Release: " A LAW STOPPING DRIVERS WEARING SUNGLASSES AFTER DARK WHEN DRIVING"......
durrrr

Purchase, NY

#24 Nov 19, 2007
Big Kev wrote:
Hi durrr, coming over tonight to play with the meet whistle??
I thought you did not want to be involved in my posts. Me & Scott Hall are hanging with Hogan for TNA wrestling tapings tonight.
James

United States

#25 Nov 19, 2007
What this state needs is more laws covering the same thing. There are also laws covering reckless driving and other types of 'distracted' driving. Next there will be the no coffee drinking, no bagel eating, no makeup application, no yelling at the kids, no hitting the kids, no dog in lap and no kissing while driving laws. Can't wait.

Illegal to listen to voice mail on a cell phone.
Illegal to talk on a cell phone.
Illegal to text on a cell phone.
Illegal to voice record on a cell phone.
Illegal to get directions on a cell phone.
Illegal to listen to music on a cell phone.
Illegal to check e-mail on a cell phone.
Illegal to play games on a cell phone.
Illegal to plug your cell phone into the charger.
Illegal to use a voice recorder that looks like a cell phone.

This could keep the bureaucritters busy until next break.
AKJ

Atlanta, GA

#26 Nov 19, 2007
proud local wrote:
<quoted text>
why worry about him if he is the "moron" that is putting himself in danger.
This is a stupid comment. The person who is driving is the responsible party. What are the other drivers supposed to do? Wonder if everyone is texting while driving. Dahhhhhhhhhhh.
James

United States

#27 Nov 19, 2007
AKJ wrote:
<quoted text> This is a stupid comment. The person who is driving is the responsible party. What are the other drivers supposed to do? Wonder if everyone is texting while driving. Dahhhhhhhhhhh.
Now here is where you are dead wrong. Drivers in this and most other states are NOT responsible because the good drivers are there to pay for their mistakes. Every time you drive you see people talking on phones, reading, looking around, speeding, weaving in and out - everything but responsible driving. If all of these actions resulted in them paying out-of-pocket for the damages they caused and the people they hurt their driving habits would change real fast.

The insurance companies are behind anything to decrease what they pay out in claims, that's why we get laws like no cell phones. They will not admit it but the insurance companies are actually responsible for the bad drivers because there is no liability there except for maybe a rate increase.

Since: Nov 07

Buffalo, NY

#28 Nov 19, 2007
Drunk Driver wrote:
Heck, I can text, drink and still swerve to miss a deer. It's my car, what I do in it is my business not the laws.
You have some serious issues. Consider help.
THE REAL TRUTH

Pittsford, NY

#29 Nov 19, 2007
I'M OLD SCHOOL...In my 1963 Chevy I have an 8 track player (Hendrix's), pushbutton radio with A/M ONLY, big ashtray with push in lighter, high beam button on the floor, nicker knob on steering wheel, large colored balls hanging down all around the windows, big foot gas pedal, double dice on the mirror, and no seat belts....I don't need a "YUPPIE PHONE" or text messages...Just my smokes and my Hendrixs tapes and I'm ready to Go..........
AKJ

Atlanta, GA

#30 Nov 19, 2007
James wrote:
<quoted text>
Now here is where you are dead wrong. Drivers in this and most other states are NOT responsible because the good drivers are there to pay for their mistakes. Every time you drive you see people talking on phones, reading, looking around, speeding, weaving in and out - everything but responsible driving. If all of these actions resulted in them paying out-of-pocket for the damages they caused and the people they hurt their driving habits would change real fast.
The insurance companies are behind anything to decrease what they pay out in claims, that's why we get laws like no cell phones. They will not admit it but the insurance companies are actually responsible for the bad drivers because there is no liability there except for maybe a rate increase.
Yes, it's everyone responsiblity.

“can't take it anymore....”

Since: Oct 07

Location hidden

#31 Nov 19, 2007
I don't understand why some people on here are opposed to banning texting while driving? Have you all forgotten about those 4 (or was it 5?) teenagers from Fairport who were killed because the driver was texting?
"Oh the police officers are on their phones all the time anyway...." does not make it excusable. Sit at any red light and count how many people are driving while on their cell phones - and driving poorly at best. What is so gosh-darned important that you have to talk while you are driving??? What did people do before the invention of the cell phone??? Stop talking on your cell/texting while driving!!! No conversation is so important that you can't wait until you get home. And unless you are a brain surgeon on call for life-saving operations, stop talking on your cell phones in restaurants and grocery stores - I'm so sick of having to hear your stupid conversations!
Mandy

Buffalo, NY

#32 Nov 19, 2007
Drunk Driver wrote:
Heck, I can text, drink and still swerve to miss a deer. It's my car, what I do in it is my business not the laws.
What an ignorant thing to say. Do you always sound so stupid???
A concerned student

Le Mars, IA

#33 Nov 29, 2007
I believe that its wrong to text and drive. I think it will be hard to enforce the law, just like any other. I do however, think that its worth a try. I live in a small town/city, I see people constantly texting and driving and most of the time they get really close to either hitting the car infront of them or running a stop sign. As a teenager i do text, but not while im driving, there have been a few times but its just like answering a phone call. If the messages is so important they would call.
*concerned citizen.
Allen

Rochester, NY

#34 Apr 23, 2009
Well said!

To add in the past few weeks and years we have seen 2 horrific crash's resulting from Drivers Texting. One happened on Rt's 5 and 20 close to Canadagua where a Carload of Young Girls Died after crossing the Center line of the road and hitting a tractor trailor head on!

In the Buffalo area there was a 22 year old Mother who was Texting Her Boyfriend who was following her down the road. His last text Message urged her to Slow Down! She also Crossed the centerline and Hit a Truck Head on!

Tragic isn't it! Now what do these 2 Truck Drivers have to live with for The Rest Of Their Lives! The Victims of Stupidity of Texting While Driving! My Uncle had a young child fall under the wheels of his bus a long time ago as the kid was late and ran after the bus. He never saw this child until after it was too late. It wasn't his fault BUT he was bothered by it for the rest of his life.

We have Laws already covering these things, All we need to do is START ENFORCING THEM! NOW!!!
We don't need more Laws that will not be enforced as the current ones are not!
James wrote:
<quoted text>
Now here is where you are dead wrong. Drivers in this and most other states are NOT responsible because the good drivers are there to pay for their mistakes. Every time you drive you see people talking on phones, reading, looking around, speeding, weaving in and out - everything but responsible driving. If all of these actions resulted in them paying out-of-pocket for the damages they caused and the people they hurt their driving habits would change real fast.
The insurance companies are behind anything to decrease what they pay out in claims, that's why we get laws like no cell phones. They will not admit it but the insurance companies are actually responsible for the bad drivers because there is no liability there except for maybe a rate increase.
Truth hurts

Buffalo, NY

#35 Apr 24, 2009
Personally, I've been in more "close-calls" being distracted by trying to unscrew my bottled water and eating a random burger when driving.

If they're going to continue to take away our rights by illegalizing everything we do, then they should ban all drive-thrus. I wonder if McDonalds is the leading cause for motor accidents.

If anyone sees a cop talking on a cell phone, they should REPORT him!! Why do people insist on complaining about things and not do anything to make it right? Trust me, they get in trouble. I blew in 2 so far. Start fighting back people!!!
Just D

Pittsford, NY

#36 Apr 27, 2009
just make these phones illegal
Just D

Pittsford, NY

#37 Apr 27, 2009
It's no different than speeding or running a red light....if they're not going to enforce it-forget it
Andy

Huddersfield, UK

#38 May 16, 2009
catholicsRpedophiles wrote:
Why can't we focus on catching criminals and terrorists instead of nickel and diming motorists with silly laws like this?
So you think it's ok to put other peoples lives in danger just because you can't tear yourself away from your phone.
James Z

Tonawanda, NY

#39 May 16, 2009
MARY C wrote:
Isn't this already covered on the "hands free" law?
Mary, I bet you know how to keep your hands very, very busy. Let me know when you're free.
Michael

Trenton, NJ

#40 Jul 14, 2014
Don't make new laws. Just to say look what I did. Go through the laws that we have in New Jersey and combine them into one that fits. So we don't have 4 volumes of larger then War and Peace. This will give the Law Enforcement Office a better chance of remembering them. Then maybe than the streets will be safer than they are now.

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