The Water Cooler – Texting and Talking While Driving

January 30, 2015 12:00 pm · 46 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’s question:

Even though it’s illegal, do you still text/talk and drive? If not, did you text/talk while driving BEFORE it was illegal?

Talk about it….

73 MONTE CARLO January 30, 2015 at 12:08 PM

I never have, and I never will. It doesn’t matter if it’s legal or illegal. It’s not safe, so I don’t do it.

There’s nothing I have to say to anybody while I’m driving.

TinFoiler January 30, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Never. And only with headset when talking. FYI rumor is that in 2016 fines will triple and that’s when you’ll see enforcement.

Cellophane January 30, 2015 at 12:31 PM

I don’t text while driving. I have Bluetooth in the car, so I do talk on the phone, but I keep the conversations short.

I see people holding phones, talking on phones while driving all the time. Really bugs me. I honk at them when I can. I usually get the middle finger.

Talking on the phone and holding a phone while driving is a horrible distraction.

It proves that people are more concerned with their little phone conversation than with their own well being and the well being of others.

Selfish, ignorant, arrogant, gullible people.

ClayDen January 30, 2015 at 12:36 PM

I don’t do either, but I used to talk on my cell phone when it was legal; I kept it brief though.

Pay attention people!

jerry January 30, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Never while driving. If I just arrived to a stoplight that just turned red, I might look at my phone and reply a short message to someone. I never answer my phone while driving, and if on the rare* occasion that i’m talking on my phone, its on speaker and its on my lap and I have both hands on the wheel and I usually wait until i’m at a red light that just turned red because I know i’ll have a minute or so before I start driving. I’m young and I still don’t understand how people can talk/text while driving because I find it very difficult!

@TinFoiler #2 January 30, 2015 at 12:59 PM

I hope you are talking about a blue tooth single earpiece device. In do believe that wearing 2 ear devices, (ear buds or headphones) are illegal to drive while wearing.

I have Sync from Ford in my car. I not only can call and talk hands free I can syncs with Siri to send and listen to texts without touching my phone.

If anyone knows a similar service that can be bought after market for your car, I would appreciate knowing about it for my wife and kids cars.

Silva January 30, 2015 at 1:08 PM

No way.

Julio January 30, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Neither of us has ever done it. However, if one of us is driving the passenger may call for directions or something. We simply do not use our phones except for emergencies.

TJ January 30, 2015 at 1:18 PM

I am the first person to get a ticket in Dublin for talking on the cell phone while driving a few years ago on the SAME DAY it became law! I had no idea about it actually.

Since that time, I only talk on my phone in my car via the bluetooth wireless audio controlled system that is built into my car (so it is handsfree). I do not text while driving (driving around here is diffiult enough without texting, not sure why anyone thinks texts are that important to risk their lives).

I’m a very conservative driver yet I see people talking on phones or texting every single day during my commute…. i think its terribly dangerous and don’t understand it.

Incognito January 30, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Never have and never will, regardless if it is illegal or not.
No conversation is that important to risk killing yourself or someone else while driving. Once upon a time, the world lived and survived without cell phones quite nicely.

Pyrrhus January 30, 2015 at 1:33 PM

I’ll admit I’ve texted at a red light. The time I’ve tried to text and drive was just too scary. Keeping your eyes off the road for that long was too much. I quickly just put the phone down, not worth the risk. As far as phone calls go, I just connect the phone to my car stereo so it’s not a problem. But honestly, before the law went to effect, I did drive with the phone to my ear. For me, having the phone to my ear made me paranoid and actually made me pay much more attention to my surroundings.

My question to others that commute. Do you ever zone out? Where you leave from point A and then you are at point B with just vaguely remembering the journey? Or where you just seem to be on Autopilot (meaning to go to one point but end up going towards work).

That's All folks! January 30, 2015 at 1:39 PM

I have never sent a text in my life, I’ve only talked once while driving before it was illegal. I don’t understand what’s so important that people can’t wait till they get home to make a call.
My phone isn’t even turned on when I’m driving.

ConcordMike January 30, 2015 at 1:50 PM

I am against texting while driving, although, I do have to admit that I have done it. But I also believe that some people (the 10% few) are capable of handling it. Peace officers have been typing on computers since the 1980’s while driving at high rates of speed. At the beginning, I remember some Sacramento Sheriff Units crashing at the start of their use of in unit computers.

I think some people can do it safely, but there is no way to judge it, so I try to follow the law as much as I can. Try to pull OFF the road into a parking lot if you really have to text.

Kirkwood January 30, 2015 at 1:55 PM

I agree with “73”.

PhilthyPHRESH January 30, 2015 at 2:05 PM

I think even if you’re not paying attention walking and texting shouldn’t be penalized by the same limits as operating several thousand pound chunks of metal capable of traveling over 100 mph on the road alongside thousands of similar chunks of metal. If I’m operating my feet and a cellphone and a person is operating a vehicle and a cellphone, one of us clearly has more responcibility to uphold.

thx4youropinion January 30, 2015 at 2:14 PM

No. I don’t text when I’m not driving either. I’m one of those who has cell phones for emergency only. I’m not one of those secluded in my own little world.

Sick Of It January 30, 2015 at 2:15 PM

I only text and drive when wear my Superman cape and tights, you know the one that gives me super human powers to keep one eye on the road, the other eye to read my device and four arms: two hands on the wheel, the other two for holding my idiot-phone and typing.

I know you can hold your device and type at the same time because you’re a Redouble SuperHuman.

Still have a clamshell phone and somehow I survive another day.

KSM January 30, 2015 at 2:37 PM

I agree with you 100%, i see people texting all the time on my way home and honk at them. It is one of the reasons my commute has become longer because of these selfish people who have to slow up traffic to answer a text. Don’t know why they think the are above the law and what does it teach there children that the law doesn’t apply to them also.

I have blue tooth in my vehicle rarely talk on the phone and have never texted while driving even at a stop light. Nothing is that important it can’t wait, we haven’t always had cell phones.

GRX January 30, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Nope… calls and texts could wait.

If there was a co-pilot I would hand my phone over so they could answer the call.

Anonymous January 30, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Of course I do all of it . As an accomplished multi tasker I can do it perfectly safely.

Michael Langley January 30, 2015 at 2:43 PM

When I drive I don’t use the phone, too distracting. When I was MDEA President, I would check my phone when I got to a school and then call the office for any messages. I would then turn off my phone to meet with the teacher or administrator with whom I had business. When done with my meeting, I would turn on my phone and call the office once more before getting in my car and going to the next site. Very few people have business so important that it warrants diverting attention from driving to answer a call, hands free or not. Driving a 3000 lb. piece of machinery at 65 miles an hour requires a drivers full attention. On surface streets, where pedestrians are likely to be present, focused driving skills are critical at the lower speeds.

Shawniqua January 30, 2015 at 2:44 PM

It ok to tex and drive cuz the bumps in the road tell you when you driftin to the other lane.

@ Concord Mike January 30, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Sorry, but you are dead wrong [pun intended] Test after test after test has shown that people driving while texting are more impaired than people driving while drunk. Is is the idiots that think they are the 10% that cause the most problems.

The Mamba January 30, 2015 at 3:02 PM

Nope, and I can pick out the imbeciles looking at their phones a mile away on the road.

texting and driving January 30, 2015 at 3:09 PM

google this ( text driving accidents ) in google search images.

Maybe this will make you think twice before you text/talk and drive…

Sinclair January 30, 2015 at 3:15 PM

Come now people. Every time I get on the road about 1 out of every 4 or 5 cars has someone talking or looking down at their phone. Some of you on this thread are lying…just sayin’

anonanonagain January 30, 2015 at 3:44 PM

I don’t text while driving. Never have and never will. There are enough idiots on the road to worry about let alone trying to type on a miniaturized keyboard and concentrate. I talk on the phone using a speaker adapter that plugs into the radio so I don’t have to take my hands off the wheel or my eyes off the road. Although I see so many people still holding their phones up to their ears and many more texting and looking down at their phones while driving. It’s only a matter of time before they either cause a collision or are in one.
By the way, when I see a car driving super slow, I know that they must be texting and surfing the net while driving. FOOLS!!

Original G January 30, 2015 at 3:45 PM

Boss at work is ALWAYS texting even in meetings. Three times he’s walked in front of my car on way to his and he’s totally oblivious to everything around him. Talked with him about Safety each time and being aware of his surroundings and what a crummy hood ornament he’d make.

Fourth time got to within a foot of him and laid on the horn.
Had no idea he was a juggler, he’s really quite good.

anon January 30, 2015 at 4:28 PM

I saw a guy texting and driving all over the road coming up Treat Blvd yesterday. I saw him a few minutes later parked over the sidewalk in front of a house on Pheonex St where there are two 65 Mustangs without license plates. That’s 3 illegal things at once.

BILL COSBY January 30, 2015 at 4:44 PM

all the time, and at stop light and forget the lights is green

NONONONO January 30, 2015 at 4:57 PM

No. I have never texted while driving and never will. It’s not safe and I will not take the risk of getting into an accident, hurting myself or others. Plus, I don’t like to feel like I’m tied to the world by an electronic leash. Gets in the way of my independent nature. If I need to get int touch with someone right away, I’ll call them when I’m parked somewhere or get back to them when I get home. NOTHING is that important.

ClayDen January 30, 2015 at 5:04 PM

@ anonanonagain

Or they could be high.

Dorothy January 30, 2015 at 5:27 PM

Ever see a big truck trying to make a left turn while driver is texting? Just make sure to stay well behind them.

MEe January 30, 2015 at 6:03 PM

No I dont. Yes I did. I see many others still talking on their phones and driving. Texting should be as bad as dui imo. Also I think smoking should not be allowed while driving.

Chevrolet girl January 30, 2015 at 6:46 PM

I have yet to see someone capable of texting and driving without weaving into my lane or not going when the light turns. Today the texter was driving 20mph in a 40. Argh!

on highway 24 January 30, 2015 at 8:09 PM

people text/talk on the phone while driving because they think they can. today, i honked at a guy who was looking down — looking at his phone for quite some time, driving slow…..he went around me, drove on my right side (shoulder) then went in front of me, stopped or slowed down to show me his indignation then gave me the dirty finger…….he, too, will die.

Talk Yes, Text No January 30, 2015 at 8:21 PM

I talk hands-free all the time while driving. How is it different than carrying on a conversation with passengers? I don’t text, but I would if I could do it hands-free.

I personally don’t understand why it is illegal to text while at a red light. It would be pretty difficult to drift into another lane when at a complete stop!

Anyone who says it can’t wait is either retired or has a government job. (Same difference if you think about it)

SeeK January 30, 2015 at 10:36 PM

No. But I started driving before mobile phones were around. We were actually able to drive from one place to another without the need to make phone calls en route.

Libertarian David January 31, 2015 at 8:52 AM

I talk and text while driving… all the time! You people must love being owned by the government. I really get a tickle out of the people who look into others cars and then honk to inform the other driver they’re driving while distracted. People need to mind their own business.

It will happen January 31, 2015 at 10:49 AM

39, your time will com

Kirkwood January 31, 2015 at 11:54 AM

T&T laws are unenforceable. We are in the second generation of people who have taught their kids that anything is ok until you get caught. Notice how everybody always watches for cops?

ConcordMike January 31, 2015 at 3:12 PM

…and I think that most people say they don’t, but do.

Anon January 31, 2015 at 3:17 PM

I don’t do it and loathe it as well. It can wait, I too drove before mobile phones and there is no reason to text and drive. Those of you that do it are selfish and it annoys me when you are driving 30 mph on the freeway, constantly looking up and down and weaving. I don’t have to look in your car to see you, I can see you in your driver’s side mirror if I am behind you.

People are so wrapped up in their little phone world. It’s really sad. I also can’t tolerate those of you who can’t seem to walk w/o looking at your phone either. I’m tired of cell phones. I’m going back to a basic one just for phone calls. I also agree with #41.

Rebel January 31, 2015 at 6:11 PM

I can’t believe cell phone tickets don’t increase insurance rates. They should, as these distracted drivers are more likely to cause an accident. Underwriters would have a field day!

Dee January 31, 2015 at 9:04 PM

That would be a resounding NO. Before it was illegal I did once and almost got into an accident so I never did again.

ConcordMike January 31, 2015 at 10:12 PM

Ban cell phones from the planet!

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