Houston Officer: Texting Drivers Are Blind Drivers

February 13, 2013

  • February 13, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    Agent says:
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    Good deductive reasoning by this officer. I submit that the iphone crowd out there are like drug addicts. They say they can handle it and then don’t. There is no possible way a person can drive a vehicle and still text on a phone. In fact, it is pretty hard to talk on a cell and still keep your mind on the driving since your mind is somewhere else. If a drunk is driving and texting, they are twice as dangerous. There should be an extra fine after an accident if the officer finds evidence the driver was texting while driving. A carrier should be able to non-renew a policy if they have to pay for an accident caused by this behavior. If not cancel, put the insured in the highest rate tier.

  • February 13, 2013 at 4:03 pm
    AL says:
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    Maybe texting drivers should face the same penalties as drunk drivers – they’re both extremely dangerous to others on the roads.

    • February 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm
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      You are right Al. Some states have passed bills dealing with texting. I was shocked to learn that Texas has not yet passed one. It is a joke that Texting is taken so cavalierly by many people and they fail to see how dangerous it is. Perhaps MVR’s should identify a texting ticket or a CLUE report on an accident have an entry on it on at fault due to texting. A carrier could look at that and say HMM. Do we really want this customer? They could either uprate it into a higher tier or decline it. Progressive would take them for a price and maybe that is where they should be.

  • February 14, 2013 at 11:04 am
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    It’s kind of interesting – my 7 year old daughter pronounces the name of the state as “Textas” – I guess it kind of fits, after reading this.
    Hopefully, all states will pass some serious laws regarding texting and driving. A good indicator of how serious an issue is taken is by the punishment given for the offense.
    This one needs to be severe.

  • February 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm
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    At least drunks are TRYING to drive!!

    • February 15, 2013 at 9:21 am
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      I wonder what it is like to be a passenger in a car with someone who is constantly on their cell and trying to talk or text while driving. I would not be in the car for long and would ask the driver to stop and let me out. As I travel around in town, I notice other drivers. It seems at least 1 out of 3 are on their cell while driving. Probably half of them try to text while driving. This is out of control and cells are extremely addictive.



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