• Jan 4th 2010 at 8:59AM
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Plenty of our commenters have had something to say about people driving while using their cellphones, and now it looks like the issue has gotten so big it's not being left to legislators to decide where it goes. A group called Focus Driven has been created to increase public awareness of the dangers of driving and using cell phones, and to support the victims of accidents blamed on distracted driving.

The group hasn't announced any legislative goals for the moment – the stated focus being to get the word out about the harm that distracted driving is doing. The group does, however, have a Facebook page with 514 members at the time of writing, and if the following gets big enough – and we can't imagine it won't – it's going to want to do something with that muscle. Coming so closely after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began its Distraction.gov site, it appears we may have our first groundswell issue of the teens.

[Source: Focus Driven via Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Phones don't cause bad drivers. Bad drivers just happen to use phones.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So, by extension, if you use a phone while driving, you're a bad driver? ;)

        Best of luck to this group, but it will take a federal mandate to prompt changes in states like Indiana, where we always like to bring up the rear when it comes up changes.

        At some point, after enough people are talking/texting and driving, there won't be enough less-distracted people who can avoid accidents with lane drifters, non-signallers, red-light runners, etc. Yes, there are other reason for doing all of this, but if you're not even looking at the road when doing it, you're more likely to have an accident.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We wouldn't need any more questionable driving laws if people stuck to one simple rule: minimize your distractions while driving and pay attention to what is going on around you.

      People like jfrye both infuriate and scare me. Yes, as long as you are not drunk or extremely tired, keeping your car in your lane and at a reasonable speed on your route home is very, very easy. Unfortunately, in the real world, there are things like deer, sofas, giant potholes, distracted drivers, etc. that sometimes appear in front of you with no warning. In those rare occasions, if you are talking on a cell phone, eating a sandwich, or putting on your makeup, you will almost certainly have an accident. It may not be "your fault", but I sure hope there are no other cars around you and you don't have anyone you care about riding in the car with you, that will pay the price for your poor judgment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you have bluetooth...talking on the phone is no more distracting than talking to a passenger.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Their name sounds like a slogan for the Ford Focus.
      • 5 Years Ago
      My daughter and I were rear-ended by a cell phone user who dropped her phone and was reaching down to pick it up and didn't see us! When exchanging information she asked me "do you text?" Apparently, she never uses her phone but rather communicates through texting only. Someone should make a bumper sticker that says "Texting Kills!" or "Don't Drive and Text!" Maybe the visual on the road will be the one thing that makes someone think before they kill someone.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Business was done before cell phones so what is the big deal. And it is no wonder folks think they drive fine when on their cell phone. Most of them don't even notice what they are doing BECAUSE they are on them in the first place.
      • 5 Years Ago
      im not a fan of driving while on my cell... but i've done it before. Some people are addicted to it.

      MADD lost their purpose years and years ago, all it is now is a bunch of pissed off old hags who don't know how to let something go. Don't get me wrong drinking and driving is a terrible thing, but still they outlived their usefulness.

      Much like environmentalists, PETA wackos, and all the other "feel good" groups... they could actually accomplish something if they stopped bitching so hard in everyone faces. Ever thought that tougher licensing laws would have a dramatic effect on the quality of drivers. Perhaps being able to actually READ english would help a bit too. Stop giving everyone with a pulse a license to drive and maybe we wouldn't have so many retards on the road running into things as soon as their phone rings.

      Driving is a privilege not a right, and if you are 80 years old, can't read, don't have insurance, or the common sense to pay attention, then you either don't need a license or you need your brains smeared on the road thanks to Darwinism.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with you for the most part, but you lost me at the 80 year old comment. My 80 year old grandfather is more skilled in a car or on a motorcycle than the VAST majority of the drivers I see on the road. I realize of course that he's the exception more than the rule, but he doesn't deserve to lose his license just because most of his peers are bad drivers. A ban on old people is no better than a ban on phone use. It doesn't address the real problem of too loose licensing procedures.
      • 5 Years Ago
      oem hands free kits shud be mandatory....just like daytime running lights and abs, and should be a part of safety inspection.

      also...steering wheels shud have sensors to chekc if u have both hands on the wheel....if u're missing one or both hands for more than 5 seconds............the airbag shud automatically deploy, your car shud change your facebook status to "some day ill kill innocent people with my car and cellphone", and you shud make an automatic contribution to your least favourite charitable scam.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great, another group of "victims".
      • 5 Years Ago
      if only such a useful amount of time and money had been spent when people figured out they could eat in their cars while driving, or take their screaming children in their cars, or stopped to glance at a freeway sign in an unfamiliar stretch of road. Lord knows how many innocent lives were wasted from those unlawful distractions . . . oh wait.

      If there was ever an example of when it would be better to make a caste system of labor based on rational thought and intelligence 21st century America is it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always drive with my cell phone in my hand so i can call 911 much faster when i have an accident.
      Seriously, test have shown that using a mobile phone while driving increases the chance of having an accident and if you ever been a victim of such an accident you would probably support this group. I just can't understand why people with 400 $ phones don't have a 30 $ handsfree system, unless it's because it prohibits them from showing off their expensive tool or gadget.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If their goals seem altruistic, and they're targeting those "naughty" teenagers (the root of all ills), they will be unstoppable.

      "Targeting" teens is their way of accruing adult members. The reality is, people of all ages engage in distracted driving. How far will we go, though?

      If we prohibit cell phones in cars, we will more than certainly have to prohibit XM radio. 150 channels? I cancelled mine because I was browsing too much and found it distracting--I could never make a decision.

      We should also prohibit children and pets or anyone needing attention. Actually, any passengers of any sort.
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