Calif. Bills, Laws Target Teen Drivers’ Cell Phones and Text Messages

September 11, 2007

  • September 11, 2007 at 10:43 am
    lastbat says:
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    I really wish I’d saved the citation for this, but I recently read a study from the NTSB saying that driving while talking or texting on a cell phone was just as bad as driving drunk and hands-free devices didn’t make any difference. The kicker is that talking to passengers in the car was also rated just as bad as drunk driving. It’s any distraction people. We listen to the radio, we look at the senery, we are constantly distracted from driving. It’s not the distractions that are driving up the accident rates, it’s driving experience. Does anyone really wonder that teens have 10 times the number of accidents that people in their 30’s do? Doesn’t 14+ years of driving count for anything?

    Teens will have more accidents. We could force people to wait until they were 21 to get a license and then people in their 20’s would have the same accident rates as teens do now. We need to get realistic and teach people how to drive despite the distractions. And that is a parent’s job. You have to know how to handle the radio, passengers, the cell phone, noisy kids, that really cool sight out the window, or whatever it is that’s trying to grab your attention. If you don’t know how to handle it you will crash.

  • September 11, 2007 at 11:25 am
    wudchuck says:
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    well, first of all, its a matter of safety of all drivers – not JUST TEENS! yes, they can be quickly distracted. it’s not that the gov’t is into privacy – it’s a matter of SAFETY of all drivers. in reality, we can make sure when/what time they are on the phone texting…there cell phone has a storage center and the recieving facility can tell when information is passed between lines…so there is no secret when talking or texting…key is DISTRACTION! i used to be a truck driver OTR for 7 yrs; (was a driver trainer 5 yrs). distractions comes in many forms…key is knowing your vehicle and it’s relation to all things along the road and the road itself.

  • September 11, 2007 at 2:56 am
    fifi says:
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    I’ve had text message S3X while driving… yes… you heard me… while driving. (So much for safe sex!)

    Text messaging is not just for teens, so stop pointing the collective finger at them. Teens certainly lack experience behind the wheel, which obviously increases the likelihood of being involved in an accident. But let’s face it, Americans- adults and teens alike- are techno-gadget freaks. If the CA legislature really wants to address the issue of distracted driving and making the roads more safe; maybe they should add a special paragraph prohibiting bubble-headed movies actresses from driving until they reach the age of 30 (provided they don’t die of an accidental drug over-dose at 23).

    Distracted driving is distracted driving… no matter what age or what they have in their hand. GET REAL IS RIGHT!

    P.S. I’m now hands free!

  • September 11, 2007 at 4:44 am
    Vanessa says:
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    Fifi,

    I totally agree with you. My husband and I have had several close calls on the highway because of someone else’s carelessness on the cell phone, and they weren’t teenagers.



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