Study Finds Teen Drivers Ignore Texting Bans; Urges Bans on Hand-held Calls

February 21, 2018

  • February 21, 2018 at 1:56 pm
    Frank Seigel, CPCU says:
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    This completely shocks me!! Teenagers don’t listen?? It’s really too bad that IJ has joined the “Fake News” bunch! (Is there a ROFL emoji I can post here?)

    The truly sad part of this story is – it’s not funny at all. But I bet there is technology that exists or that can be written to end the problem. My knowledge of human behavior tells me that it would rarely be used.

  • February 21, 2018 at 2:27 pm
    Doug Troupe says:
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    There is a national organization known as Keep Kids Alive Drive 25. My wife and I are board members. Please visit the website at KKAD25.org. The KKAD25 organization provides resources and public service announcements to elevate the discussion about distracted driving. Our latest slogan “Phones Down Eyes Up” is featured in a video on the KKAD25 website. I invite you to view it and contact me if you are interested in starting a Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 movement in your community. Full disclosure. We lost our 22 year son in a car accident when a semi truck driver under the influence of narcotics fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into his car on the interstate with never hitting his breaks. We need to do all we can to prevent others from losing their loved ones due to distracted and inattentive drive. Rest in Peace Paul Troupe. We love you and miss you so very much.

    • February 21, 2018 at 3:09 pm
      Agent says:
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      It seems as if young people are as distracted as can be and live to be on Social Media. That means they are doing it while driving and they will find a way around any rule or law. Tragic accidents continue to happen with this distracted behavior. Parents aren’t parenting and just want to be buddies with their kids instead of enforcing ground rules with punishment of loss of driving privileges for violations.

      • February 22, 2018 at 9:06 am
        PolarBeaRepeal says:
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        Parents aren’t parenting is a generalization. But, yes, some greater degree of ‘parenting’ will help in those instances that it is lacking. Some of the harsh realities of accidents due to distracted driving need to be used to show the teens the potential consequences. And, technology needs to be used to stress safety over personal liberty because the personal liberties of others (i.e. to life and pursuit of happiness) may be adversely impacted.

      • February 23, 2018 at 3:34 pm
        Captain Planet says:
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        Agent,
        It’s not just young people who live on social media. Look at our president. Queue the Chris Tucker, “How ’bout some Dolt 45?” POTUS always on Twitter when he doesn’t have empathy crib notes in his hands.

        I wish more would do something to combat this growing problem. I see people of all ages driving with their heads down. I try to back off or speed up to get away from them. Heck, I don’t even like sneezing when I’m driving, let alone trying to have a typed conversation with someone. If the car is in drive, the phone should be in the glove box. Pretty simple. Get to the destination then pick up where you left off before you put the car into drive.

        • February 24, 2018 at 8:42 am
          DNCs Coll(F)usion GPShip Strzok an IceberGowdy says:
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          When did ’45’ last NOT have a limo driver? A: before texting by phone was feasible.

    • February 22, 2018 at 2:36 pm
      Craig Cornell says:
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      My greatest expression of compassion and support for the loss of your son. I lost my son under different circumstances. Good for you to do something positive. You know you have already saved other parents from the same pain.

  • February 21, 2018 at 4:21 pm
    Concerned and Upset says:
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    California DMV charges zero points for texting while driving. We live by statistics the National Safety Administration credits 1 out of 4 crashes 2.5 million accidents each year and 1.6 caused while texting and driving. You are 6 times as likely to get into an accident when texting. The severity is less (less people die) than drinking and driving. It’s pathetic texting is zero (0) points on your DMV record and Drinking and Driving they punish by taking away your license, They got DWI right now short term until a better solution comes up give higher fines for texting and generate higher premiums. All this means is those of us who do not text subsidize rates for those that do. Correct me where I’m wrong. I am no expert on the topic. I’ve just lost too many friends to texting and tired of it.

    • February 22, 2018 at 9:15 am
      PolarBeaRepeal says:
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      I’m confused by your 2nd set of stats. What does 1.6 mean? 1.6 million accidents? 1.6 %?… of what?

      I’m concerned that CA legislators do not understand, or care about, the true meaning of our Constitutional Rights to Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of Happiness. Those rights are conditional, and simultaneously apply to every citizen; i.e. no citizen may interfere with other citizen’s rights… e.g. by creating hazards that end others’ lives.

      • February 22, 2018 at 5:01 pm
        Agent says:
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        Polar, as parents, it is incumbent on us to get the teens attention. Cell texting is pretty much a mental disease now. Teens already think their parents are the most stupid creatures on earth and they know everything. That seems to change when the kid gets to 24 or so and then the parents get smart again. Of course, Progressive kids may never grow up, especially if they fail to launch. If you decide to lecture the kid on the dangers of texting while driving, you need to get that cell out of their hand or they will be looking down at it the whole time and not hearing a word that is being said.

  • February 22, 2018 at 9:11 am
    mr opinion says:
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    News Flash…Adults ignore it too. I know 50 year olds who not just text, but do emails while they drive. The moral of the story is this, passing a law is not an automatic solution to a problem. Those who think making something illegal stops it, or even significantly reduces it are kidding themselves. Just look at prohibition.

    • February 22, 2018 at 9:16 am
      PolarBeaRepeal says:
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      All the greater reason to use tech to stop / reduce such dangerous behavior.

      • February 22, 2018 at 10:44 am
        cubicle rat says:
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        Iphones have a setting where you can select “do not disturb” which automatically activates when you’re driving. It’s a pretty cool feature. You can still get incoming calls if an emergency, but you can’t do much else unless you’re not moving. the trick is to get EVERYONE to use it.

        • February 23, 2018 at 9:28 am
          DNCs Coll(F)usion GPShip Strzok an IceberGowdy says:
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          Auto insurance discounts for using it?

          • February 23, 2018 at 10:54 am
            Rosenblatt says:
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            There should be! Just like there should be auto insurance discounts if someone has a dashboard camera and can submit video evidence of what actually happened in an accident to the carrier(s).

          • February 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm
            Cut the Bias says:
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            agreed on both comments. Would be brilliant if an insurer could build an app that the driver on a policy would download and would enable itself when it is inside of the car when the car is moving. I drive my car 100% of the time and my wife’s van 100% I am in it. She would still be able to use her phone in the passenger seat, but not me.

            Makes 100% sense.

      • February 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm
        Agent says:
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        Polar, have you seen the Golf Now commercial? The father is in the kitchen cooking for his failure to launch Millennial sitting in a high chair. The kid asked the father if his chicken nuggets are “free range”. Then, he complains that his Wi Fi is slow. One of the funniest commercials I have seen.

        • February 27, 2018 at 9:02 am
          Captain Planet says:
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          Why do you hate young people so much? Do you feel threatened by them?



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