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Posted: Monday, February 1, 2010 12:00 am

Talking and texting — a deadly combination when driving.

An alarming statistic: 6,000 people are killed annually as a direct result of cell phone and texting usage. The lack of driving focus caused by such usage impairs people so much that it becomes the equivalent of driving drunk or worse.

Recent research surveys also tell us that 71 percent of those surveyed not only admitted to cell phone and/or texting usage, but also boasted about their assumed ability to multi-task as a means to justify this usage. Scientific reality, however, tells us that we possess a trait called inattentive blindness, wherein the brain prohibits us from safely focusing on driving while engaged in another activity.

Yes, this is a dangerous game being played. So what's the point? Six thousand people killed annually is the point. They do not merely represent a statistic, but somebody's mother, father, sister, brother, grandparent, aunt, uncle, colleague or close friend — real people with real lives unnecessarily shortened.

Yes, this is a dangerous game being played. So what's the point? The point is that driving while engaged in cell phone usage or texting is against the law! Rational people usually understand that when a law needs to be enacted, common sense tells us to fall in line and obey it. However, the common widespread use of cell phones and texting by drivers is a contradiction to common sense, and a deadly compromise to public safety.

People expect overburdened police officers to carry the sole responsibility for law enforcement. They'll do their job. But will we do ours?

We all share responsibilities under the law to alert those we know of the deadly repercussions involved in this practice. To do nothing is to allow this dangerous game to be played. So what's the point? The privilege of operating a vehicle demands responsibility and an obligation for personal accountability to the state of California and our fellow citizens.

So, let's be fully focused at all times while driving. After all, wouldn't it be great to eliminate this dangerous game being played?

Ray Schramm

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6 comments:

  • posted at 7:45 am on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

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    I will be making a trip using Hwy. 12 and 37, these roads are about as dangerous as any I have ever driven. I can only hope the person that is driving and using a cell or texting pays more attention to the road, other wise as physics tells us, no to objects of sold mass can occupy the same space at the same time, I do this to avoid divorce.

     
  • posted at 6:58 am on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

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    I like the fine for Big Rig drivers, 3000.00, sounds about right..

     
  • posted at 5:58 am on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

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    Equally alarming regarding the 6,000-death statistic is that the author failed to cite his source. In addition, he states that these deaths were the result of "cell phone usage and texting." If broken down, how many of these alleged 6,000 deaths can be attributed to just "texting?" And are the cell phone "usage" deaths including the act of punching in the numbers to make an outbound call? ("Dialing" really hasn't accurately defined what we do when placing a call for a long time now.)My point is how are all of these deaths to be accurately attributed? I don't think anyone would argue that placing calls and texting are inherently dangerous; anything that forces us to take our eyes off the road should be prevented.But merely having a conversation while driving is something that has been enjoyed since we've had automobiles. Yet are we to expect in the not too distant future that talking while driving will become illegal as well? Where will it end?The real point is there are many things that distract us while we drive our cars. We simply need to be vigilant behind the wheel.

     
  • posted at 12:42 am on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

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    I have had a chance to read some summaries of text messages that have been sent/or received. I can safely say after all is said and done, there is a lot that does not need to be said nor done.

     
  • posted at 12:34 am on Mon, Feb 1, 2010.

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    BlkMagicWoman...He ought to.

     
  • posted at 9:34 pm on Sun, Jan 31, 2010.

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    Thanks for the lecture, "Dad." Are you going to make us go to the backyard and fetch you a switch so you can give us a good whoopin' if you find us driving while texting after this?

     

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