The Water Cooler: No Text Pledge Day

September 19, 2012 12:00 pm · 42 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today is No Text Pledge Day, where you pledge not to text the entire day while driving.

You’re not supposed to text while driving (it’s the law), but many people do, even though it can end up killing somebody.

Can you go a day without texting or using your phone while driving?

Talk about it….

jtkatec September 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Piece of cake

Parsnip September 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I prepay cell phone minutes because I hate cell phones and have it for emergency only. I don’t even know how many I have accumulated. And I don’t text. I email. (Or use the phone when home).

“Can you go a day without texting or using your phone while driving?”

Absolutely, and I pledge.

Don-PH September 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Probably not fair for me to say anything since i always refuse to read, answer, send text, IM or email while driving – including voice calls.

Captain Bebops September 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Hilarious! I just got a new phone last week and the number transfered yesterday. My prior plan didn’t have texting but the new one does. So I texted my niece today since she likes texting and that started an exchange of messages. So I’m sort of the inverse since I never used to text at all and doubt that I will much.

GK September 19, 2012 at 12:15 PM

No… my car, my decision.

The Real McCoy September 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I never text or use my phone while driving. Honestly I think there should be mandatory jail time for people who do. Fines haven’t stopped the idiots, maybe a night or two in a cell would make them think twice.

Anon777 September 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM


Wisecracker September 19, 2012 at 12:26 PM

This should be a “no brainer”, but then, again, those who keep doing this have no brains. So there you go.

Schmee September 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Hold on I just drove by a cop

Too late September 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I already blew it.

MO September 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

No problem…I don’t subscribe to a phone option where I can text. I just have a phone that is for voice.

We run a trucking company…Truck Drivers must talk hands free…and I provide phones for the drivers. So in order not to get caught up in a dispute with a Trooper…the phones I provide are voice only with cradles and speakers.

Our drivers are lease drivers, so I don’t own their tractors, if they break the law it’s on them….

You know even grown ups of a certain age will sneak to talk or text….what is so important that you have to talk while you are moving … if you have to text or hold the phone find a rest stop or parking lot….(stop)…I get so angry about this inability to control your phone… 😀

Thread September 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

It is really a shame that our technology has advanced so much, that it has come to this.

Bart September 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I can steer with my feet .

uh1vce160 September 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM

No sweat. Don’t do it anyway and I honk at drivers doing it.

Elise September 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

No Text is worth a life:
It starts with you, we all make that difference,
•Be Smart. Don’t text and drive. No text message is worth a life.
•Be in Control. Remember it’s your phone. You decide if and when to send and read texts so take control. Download an app if you want extra help.
•Be Caring. Don’t send a text when you know your family member, friend or co-worker is driving.
•Be Focused. Never use your phone to take pictures, send and read messages, record video, or watch TV while driving.
•Be an Example. Lead by example and be part of the solution, not the problem.

ClayDen September 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Make every day a no-text day. Some of us enjoy living and would like to continue to do so.

TOB September 19, 2012 at 1:00 PM

I could live without Cell phones period. Use to be unless emergency could wait until you got home made a call. If you went out for dinner, waited until you came home. Now everyone feels they need to talk/TEXT non-stop any and all the time regardless of where or the affect on others. Had someone turn into me when side by side of them. Changed into my lane. Didn’t see me. Why because texting. Hard not to see someone beside you as you drive?

The real texting class September 19, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I was taking an off ramp from hwy 24 in Lafayette the other day. It was two lanes and the car slightly ahead of me in the other lane was slowly moving in and out of my lane as we approached the stop sign. I had to brake to avoid hitting him as he swerved into snd out of my lane. As we neared the stop sign together, i looked over and saw a distinguished looking professional man in a suit and tie, driving a luxury vehicle, and texting on his iPhone! Or maybe he was playing angry birds or checking his email. Whatever the case, it was clear he wasn’t paying attention to the road and almost caused an accident. So without hesitation I laid on my horn and shook my finger at him. It certainly got his attention and he quickly put the phone down. Then he yelled out his window “f*** you!”. Wow what class. I point out that he was an older, well to do professional man because I was always under the assumption that it was young drivers who risked such dangers. Instead, I see more snd more that soccer moms and professionals in their luxury vehicles are the ones texting and driving. Pathetic.

Rum Runner September 19, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Who texts anyway?!? Ohhh, people who can’t afford voice recognition. Welcome to the have-nots 47% victim Americans. Bwahahahahah. Just kidding I love poor people. I was once and probably will be again some day.

ChampagneKitty September 19, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Last week I was commuting to work and was in stop-&-go traffic. The woman in the car behind me would not stop looking down. I watched her in my rear-view mirror: down,up,down,up,down,up…it was obvious she was texting. I was afraid she was going to run into me!

anon September 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I really don’t know how people do it. I”m an extremely good driver. For all my aggressiveness, I never get into accidents (23 years and counting), even where it might be someone else’s fault I can sense a bad situation and move out of the way in time. I have no problem talking on the phone when I drive, though I probably slow down a little to the annoyance of those behind me, I can pay attention to the road and talk at the same time without difficulty. I can even eat, talk on the phone, and pay attention to the road in heavy traffic. How do I do this? I never take my eyes from the road.

But texting? It’s like being fully disengaged from the road and while I suppose it’s possible that others don’t find it to be that way for themselves, I know my talent and skills for driving are excellent and I can’t believe that others can make it work at all safely. Taking pictures is only marginally safer, but still requires disengagement from the rest of the visual field and is very unsafe in anything but light or non-existant traffic. Let the passenger do it.

At the same time, texting at a stoplight shouldn’t be treated as a violation.

George September 19, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Promise to quit right after I send this.

George September 19, 2012 at 1:45 PM

anon #21 said, “At the same time, texting at a stoplight shouldn’t be treated as a violation.”

I disagree. Try being behind some one texting at a stop light when the light changes and they just sit there like idiots.

Jeff September 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

I pledge not to text and drive.

Posting on Claycord while driving…, that’s another story LOL

Starfish September 19, 2012 at 2:14 PM

George, you must be behind Jeff.

HK September 19, 2012 at 2:34 PM

If the car is running, you shouldn’t be texting. If I had a $1 for every person I saw texting at the lights, I would be sitting on a tropical island sipping some frou frou drink. There are parking lots everywhere to pull into if you need to text someone in the midst of travelling to your destination. No excuse. I think they should raise the fine because from the looks of it not many seem to care about continuing to do it.

I agree with comment #17’s standpoint as well. I now only have a pay as you go from one of the main carriers and it cost me $10 total per YEAR to roll over all the unused minutes from the previous year. I have it in the event my car breaks down, a kid is sick, so forth. I understand that wouldn’t work for everyone, but it works great for my situation.

Just a Concordian September 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM

First it was calling, then texting. yet, putting on makeup, untangling a ball of yarn (saw that one this morning, a first) eating a burrito, having a relationship ending fight… lots and lots of things… all fall under the umbrella of “distracted driving” but texting and calling seem to overshadow all of these other activities. True, not many people will have a burrito in the car after they’ve had their first one ever. But that makeup thing, and that fight thing… oh those are right up there with the texting and the calling. In fact, i’d say a relationship ending call without a handsfree device is a lot safer than the same fight with your soon to be insignificant other in the car.

On that note…

I hate people who KNOW i’m on the way, driving, yet they text me anyway to find out where I am. And they also expect an answer.

BlueJay September 19, 2012 at 2:46 PM

@ anon #21

Where to begin. First off, you are not, repeat not, repeat not, an extremely good driver. Not if you talk on the phone while driving. Not if you are aggressive. Oh, and you only slow down a little, to the anoyance of those behind you. Screw them. If you are on the phone, then by God, they neeed to drive slower to accomadate you.

Test after test shows that talking on the phone is only marginaslly less distracting than texting. Get a clue! Or better yet, stay home where you belong.

Dorothy September 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I can do better than just pledge. My cell is usually turned off anyhow unless I need to use it – in which case that means I’m not driving anyhow.

Mika September 19, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Cell phones/smart phones have become false idols.

kai September 19, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Young people aren’t the only guilty ones. I’ve asked my daughter to put her phone out of reach while she is driving so she isn’t tempted. She told me when she is a passenger she now asks for the driver’s cell phone so they won’t be distracted and kill her. And if the driver gets a text she asks if she can read it, and if so, what is the reply. She is in that targeted 20 year old group so there is hope! But I do have to say this is after about six years of harping on the subject. And it was made real when we attended the funeral of a young person who was killed in a roll over (not texting, but not wearing seat belt). Sigh….

JW September 19, 2012 at 4:22 PM

I pledge never to do it. I would not be able to live with myself knowing that I was an inconsiderate jerk and that I cause a fatal accident. I am not stupid enough to believe that I am so skilled that I can multi task while operating a deadly piece of machinery.

Lisa September 19, 2012 at 5:06 PM

was riding with a family member – they were driving. I noticed they kept looking down. I finally asked if they were texting. Silence. I said “you might not value your life but I value mine. Stop texting while I’m in the car.” They did and I live to tell the story today.

Howard K Mullins III September 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Anyone who purposely takes their eyes off the road for long enough to read or write a text deserves what they get.

Problem is they take others with them.

The problem is greater than just not giving a damn, its about being accountable.

People are not held accountable from birth to death anymore and that’s why people do such careless things as to jeopardize others lives needlessly.

If people cannot control their urges to read or write a text long enough to stop the car, or believe that they won’t get caught or dead and don’t care about killing others, then they should not be allowed to drive.

Caught texting? Caught driving and talking on the cell without a headset?

Easy fix, suspend the license, tow the car, sell it for spare parts. First offense 6 months suspended license. Second offence 2 years. Third, no driving ever. Harm someone, no license ever.

Killjoy September 19, 2012 at 6:19 PM

No problem. I don’t do it anyways. Learned that a long time ago when I had a text pager. Almost crashed then. Haven’t done it since.
Although, I will have a passenger in my car return a text for me, if there’s one in the car.
Other than that, it can wait. Just like when we didn’t have cell phones or the ability to text.

Anon September 19, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Oh MY, What will the ZoMbieS do???
To me it’s about getting on the road and getting to my destination, I’m not taking a freakin’ ride through ‘it’s a small world’ at kiddieland.
If you’re not ready to get on the road and drive, then please GTF out of the way.
And Yes, I’ll be blasting my horn.

PS – If you really want to get the texting Zombies riled up – Mention JAMMERS!!!

Rebekka Lee Whyte September 19, 2012 at 7:53 PM

wish I’d known…I wouldn’t have taken out that bus load of kids sorry at least I wasnt drinking this time

Elwood September 19, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Only idiots use a hands-on phone or text while driving.

@anon #21 excellent driver my ass. Excellent ego, yes.

LTG September 20, 2012 at 6:36 AM

@anon #21…you are truly an idiot…you’re the kind of driver who causes ROAD RAGE. If you think you’re such a good driver, you’re disillusioned and should be committed. Stay off the road!

yep September 20, 2012 at 8:15 AM

I do not text page and I do not use my phone while driving. There is too much risk involved. Just one little mistake and it could cost someone their life or hurt someone. It’s just not worth it. All I do when I drive is drive. No eating, no make up, no nothing, just driving.

I have never really liked text paging. Rather get on my computer and send a real email or just call the person on my phone. I don’t even talk on my cell in public. I like to keep my personal business personal. My cell phone is used only in emergencies. Guess I’m a little old fashioned.

Anon September 20, 2012 at 8:25 AM

If only these people would put this much effort into important issues like their children, neighborhood safety, etc. we might be living in a better world.

Happy One September 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM

No problem. I never text and drive. I never talk on the phone while driving.

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