think u can text, drive? try this

  • Article by: PAT PHEIFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 2, 2012 - 10:48 PM

Teens got eyeful on the dangers of drunken and distracted driving. There are apps that might help.

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ralph6767Feb. 2, 1210:05 PM

It's not just teens who text and drive. I see plenty of older people doing the same when I'm out driving. It's dangerous and I'd like to see stiff fines for those who do.

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ewskeltonFeb. 2, 1210:08 PM

Almost got ran over tonight by a woman texting while she drove.

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northbordersFeb. 2, 1210:58 PM

Yes, my car was totaled and I was taken by ambulance in September after a 59 year old woman slammed into me and was seen on the phone. She didn't even look up and sped right through the changing light. Damage would have been minimal had she at least been observant to put on brakes. She used no brakes at all. She ran a red light the week before I learned and I'm just waiting for her next move - killing someone. The, State Farm will pay for sure since they continue to insure her.

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jimmyjames76Feb. 2, 1211:30 PM

Hopefully it sticks. Not watching the road has to be the most dangerous thing you can do behind the wheel, and as obvious as it sounds you can see dozens of people doing it during an average commute every day. I've seen plenty people texting or surfing the internet or reading books (couldn't believe that one) drifting all over the road and into on coming traffic without a care in the world. At least drunks typically try to pay attention.

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ammunraFeb. 2, 1211:56 PM

I read a story once written by a cop who saw someone with a bumper sticker that read "Hang up and drive!" He pulled up next to the guy to give them a 'thanks' hand gesture, having seen so many accidents where people died being on the phone. When he looked through the guy's window, the officer saw him shaving.

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steavis61067Feb. 3, 12 1:11 AM

Texting is a significant problem, but distracted driving is the culprit. Putting on make-up, in-depth chatter with passengers, or even messing with the radio buttons are symptoms of distracted driving. Heck, even a Minnesota state trooper was found liable for the death of someone because of it. People think driving is a right, but it's a privilege. I think adults should have to do the test mentioned in the article when they renew their license. Good reminder.

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danderson1966Feb. 3, 12 3:57 AM

I have been traveling the metro roads for 25 years now in a tractor-trailer, both day and night and I can honestly tell you texting is not the worst activity I've witnessed. It is the most frequent offense that I see.

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john8590Feb. 3, 12 6:54 AM

listen up teens & adults; as a driver for over 50 years i am giving you commom sense advise. never make calls or text when you are supposed to be giving 100% of your attention to the task at hand;driving a motor vehicle in modern day traffic. believe me it is not an easy job with no distractions. imm- possible driving drunk & texting or voice calling someone;which could probably wait till you are not driving. i learned to drive in NJ. which is not any easy task to do(has always beenheavy traffic there). now have driven in "the state of maine" for 42 years. i have had only 1(one) accident in over 50 years of driving.

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commonsens4uFeb. 3, 12 9:29 AM

Everyone should be required to go through this "training" or whatever you would classify it as when we go in to renew our drivers license. Make it a mandatory 15 minute "class" that needs to be completed. Teens should be required to take it as part of driver's ed. also. There are just as many adults that need this wake up call to realize the hazard they are on the road.

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bubbadustFeb. 3, 1211:10 AM

I was rear ended by a Tahoe while in the drive thru at Taco Bell last summer causing $1000 damage to my Jeep and, you guessed it, the kid was texting. He was dumb enough to tell me, but the cop didn't really seem to care when he showed up.

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