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If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

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I'd start with cars
  14938 votes / 57%
I'd start with restaurants
  561 votes / 2%
I'd start with classrooms
  1703 votes / 6%
I'd start with public sidewalks
  520 votes / 2%
I'd argue that in a sense "everywhere" is one place
  4517 votes / 17%
What's wrong with texting?
  3536 votes / 13%
25775 total votes.
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If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

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  • Re:Why ban in cars? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by arth1 (260657) on Friday March 15, 2013 @12:00PM (#43183099) Homepage Journal

    There is no situation where texting on your phone is acceptable when you are at the helm of a fast moving lethal weapon which requires 100% concentration to operate safely.

    Yes, but what about cars?
    If cars required 100% concentration, there would be very few drivers on the road. Fewer accidents too, but we seem to accept a certain amounts of accidents in order to let most people drive, even when they don't always pay as much attention as we want them to. It's a weigh-off, and things aren't either black or white.

  • Re:Why ban in cars? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 15, 2013 @02:24PM (#43184833)

    It was easy to tell the girl that hit my car was texting her boyfriend as the EMTs pulled her unconscious out of the car and later saw the half written text message on her phone that was on the floorboard of the car covered in blood.

  • Ban Banning (Score:4, Interesting)

    by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Friday March 15, 2013 @02:37PM (#43184973) Homepage Journal

    I'm sorry, but isn't this a free country? Or do we have to put scare quotes around "free" now?

    Seriously, if it's not harming anyone else, or otherwise violating their rights, it's nobody else's business. That's the idea, anyway.

    Driving while texting is already illegal, due to C&I and Reckless driving laws. No ban needed, just appropriate punishment for those who violate the rights of others by texting while driving... maybe similar to drunk driving sentences.

    Texting in a restaurant/movie theater/what have you... Well, it's definitely rude, but not something that "needs a law." Rather, we, as a society, need to learn to treat rude assholes that jabber away like shit, pointing out their dickheaded-ness, and they will usually blush and self-correct.

    Classrooms - wait, don't most teachers already forbid students from using cell phones in class? How about this, instead of a law, why don't we just reach a consensus that it's perfectly OK for a teacher to fail a student for the day if he violates the classroom rules? Or is that not P.C. enough?

    Public sidewalks... Hmm, that is an interesting one. On the one hand, it could be argued that texting in public is not harmful to others, or violate of their rights... on the other hand, there's no shortage of stories regarding, well, stupid people getting themselves killed by paying more attention to their phones than the real world, so much that there has been talk of creating a "warning app" that would alert these morons when they're about to step into traffic.

    Personally, I think if you're so brainless as to walk in front of a city bus unless the device you're obsessing over tells you not to... you need to walk in front of that bus. For the good of the species.

    For the vote, I went with "Everywhere;" partially in an ironic display of my belief that the bans are bullshit (see above), but also because, in my 30 years, I've yet to send or receive a text message of any importance.

  • Re:Why ban in cars? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 15, 2013 @03:10PM (#43185269)

    "So then what about tourists who walk down the sidewalk slowly, taking in the sights?"

    Oh come on now. Have you tried walking lately? People are like zombies now. Checkout lines, stair ways, crossing the street - everyone has their face glued to their handheld device. These people are simply not aware of their surroundings. I have had people stop in front of me while climbing stairs! just stopped dead, zombied, texting. Then they get mad at me for not walking around them! the nerve!

    Its a brave new world out there! take the transit some time and see the absolute zoning out and inconsideration that seems to be the rule and not the exception. Sure they will most likely get hit by a bus eventually, but who wants to wait for that! It wouldn't be such a problem, except that everyone is doing it!!

    And whats with picking up your phone while bagging groceries! Just fucking wait till you leave the store! god damn it!!! I guarantee there is nothing that can't wait 5 fucking minutes!!! The sad thing is that its not only teenagers and youngins doing it. Yesterday a women of about 60 held up the entire line bagging one item at a time because she had her hand full talking on the damn phone!!! These people should know better, but its like you put a phone in their hand and they become a completely different person. They are like little TV's the way people tune out the world.

  • Re:Why ban in cars? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by JWSmythe (446288) <jwsmythe@nOsPaM.jwsmythe.com> on Saturday March 16, 2013 @06:06PM (#43193183) Homepage Journal

        It's called political pandering. The politicians are making noise, and doing stuff that makes him/her appealing to the voters. "Look, I voted for something that would protect you." It doesn't matter that there are existing laws in place for exactly that.

        Distracted driving covers *anything* that would distract the driver. Conversing with the passenger; reading a book; reading a map; messing with the radio. And as relevant to this conversation, fucking with their cell phone. It doesn't matter if they were texting, reading email, watching a movie, or trying to adjust their streaming audio.

        Say someone was tuning in streaming audio, and got the ticket for texting. It would be thrown out if they could prove they weren't texting. Regardless if it's still illegal, the charge is what they have to prove, not unrelated crimes.

        Even "distracted driving" and "impaired driving" fall under "careless driving". If you were charged with impaired driving, and you (or your attorney) was able to prove you were not impaired, the the prosecution would lose in court.

        Careless driving is easiest to prove. I was in an accident a few weeks ago. I was stopped at a light, and was rear ended. Regardless of what the other driver was doing, she hit me, she was driving in a careless manner. The citation was appropriate. I'm confident that she wasn't texting. She was 60-something, and couldn't figure out how to dial 911. :)

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