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Offline stevewfl

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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #45 on: August 14, 2011, 01:59:15 pm »
Cell phones contribute to productivity.  I couldn't work from home (unless I was at home) without one.

Couldn't tether my laptop to the internet from anywhere and conduct conference bridge calls from airports and such without a cell phone.

Great devices, and part of 20th century progress.  The US space program may go away, but the world can no longer function without cell phone technologies, and won't have to =) 
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #46 on: August 14, 2011, 02:14:14 pm »
Cell phones contribute to productivity.  I couldn't work from home (unless I was at home) without one.
Couldn't tether my laptop to the internet from anywhere and conduct conference bridge calls from airports and such without a cell phone.

That's all well and good, but there is NO one in the world so important that they need to be using a cell phone in any way while they are operating a Motor Vehicle.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #47 on: August 14, 2011, 02:23:14 pm »
That's all well and good, but there is NO one in the world so important that they need to be using a cell phone in any way while they are operating a Motor Vehicle.

+1

Yes sir I can't disagree, but I will have to add cell phones are no better or no worse than all the other driving distractions.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #48 on: August 14, 2011, 02:25:25 pm »
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Yes sir I can't disagree, but I will have to add cell phones are no better or no worse than all the other driving distractions.

.......are you being serious Steve? :o Add this to the problem......all the other distractions that are/were around before cell phones, are still around+cells phones!!!! Now do you see my point?
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #49 on: August 14, 2011, 08:58:05 pm »
+1 on the new PSA campaign.

Hey all, I think this all started with the idea of changing behavior via exposure to graphic representations of mangled flesh.  I agreed with this because I think it is our best shot.  Remember seeing films in school about smoking and black lungs?  I do and it worked on me.  Remember Honda's "Stupid Hurts" campaign?  No need to legislate further or add more electronic nannies. 

On the other hand (pun intended), maybe new drivers should have to pass their driving exams while texting.  Hmmm...

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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #50 on: August 14, 2011, 11:08:42 pm »
.......are you being serious Steve? :o Add this to the problem......all the other distractions that are/were around before cell phones, are still around+cells phones!!!! Now do you see my point?

Yes I agree with "one more".  However, this thread singles out cell phones, and I believe all the distractions deserve equal attention.

I asked my insurance agent why the major insurance companies aren't fighting to have texting banned. She told me "distractions" are 25% of all accidents. To ban texting, we'd have to ban eating while driving, make-up, reading, audio/video in cars, attention to baby seats in the back seat and a lot of other things I can't remember.

Had this thread title been a list of all distractions, I'd have been on board. But it only mentions "texting".
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #51 on: August 15, 2011, 04:03:12 am »
 :popcorn:   This is getting good....
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #52 on: August 15, 2011, 07:35:36 am »
:popcorn:   This is getting good....


Well if its already getting there I'll refrain from posting in this thread from my bike
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #53 on: August 15, 2011, 08:12:17 am »
I thought Hands-Free was when I took both hands off the handle bars so I could text easier. Isn't that what everybody does?

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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #54 on: August 15, 2011, 08:29:11 am »
I thought Hands-Free was when I took both hands off the handle bars so I could text easier. Isn't that what everybody does?

You're sposed to keep your hands on the bars?
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #55 on: August 15, 2011, 11:59:55 am »
I find I don't have the advanced Ninja skills to balance the bike as I come to a stop so I always have to grab the handle bars then. Otherwise I steer with my butt cheeks because my hands are needed for other things like texting and operating my Playstation Portable. Next week I am taking it into the shop to get my Playstation 3 and 40" big screen installed.

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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #56 on: August 15, 2011, 12:07:48 pm »
I find I don't have the advanced Ninja skills to balance the bike as I come to a stop so I always have to grab the handle bars then. Otherwise I steer with my butt cheeks because my hands are needed for other things like texting and operating my Playstation Portable. Next week I am taking it into the shop to get my Playstation 3 and 40" big screen installed.

I'm glad to see that you have your priorities in order!

What seat are you using for that butt cheek steering? I have the Kaw gel and I'm having trouble with left handers for some reason, I keep farting and almost lost it a couple of times.
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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #57 on: August 15, 2011, 12:14:45 pm »
Some drivers can handle distractions better than other drivers.  I generally don't do it anymore because it's now illegal but I personally have no problem with answering a cell phone and talking on it while driving.

I also fly airplanes - the level of distraction while flying an airplane is huge.  You have to watch for traffic, monitor flight instruments and engine instruments, dial up communication and navigation frequencies, monitor navigation systems, make radio calls, read charts, etc... all while flying the airplane, which may or may not have an autopilot to relieve you of that particular task.  Granted, there are fewer things to run in to up there but you also have to take off and land, and workload and level of distraction is far greater during those phases than that of driving a car while talking on a cell phone.  Yet, it generally manages to get done safely.

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Re: texting while driving
« Reply #59 on: August 15, 2011, 12:26:01 pm »
I'm glad to see that you have your priorities in order!

What seat are you using for that butt cheek steering? I have the Kaw gel and I'm having trouble with left handers for some reason, I keep farting and almost lost it a couple of times.

 I modified a plain steel seat off an old John Deere tractor I found rusting in a pasture. Any type of padding makes for unreliable steering inputs. It also has holes drilled in it so farting is not an issue.