• Jun 25, 2010
A poll by Pew Internet, part of the Pew Research Center, has found that 27. Even more damning for the Do As I Say, Not As I Do crowd: 44 of drivers admitted to hitting something or someone while using their cell phones. So let's put down the Blackberry's people, work can wait 'till you get there.

[Source: Pew Internet | Image: Corbis]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Driving an automobile should be an enjoyable experience and it is a privilege. So if you drive and text/talk proves to me you are very selfish individual.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am 48 with an iPhone and I am not capable of texting while driving. I have a hard time when sitting still.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was gonna say... it's painful enough to watch my 60 year old dad try to unlock his car using the remote. Picturing him sending a text message while driving is a horrifying thought.
      • 4 Years Ago
      21 here and I suck at texting, im very slow. But every once and a while I catch myself doing it... I usually don't though
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfortunately, for any real change to happen something drastic needs to be done.

      Many states already have anti-cell phone/texting laws with all the others soon to follow. It's done zero to deter their use. People simply don't want to follow the laws.

      People need to take more responsibility for their actions before the government does.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man, that last sentence sure is the truth. The fact that people can't or won't take responsibility means the government HAS to. It's an epidemic problem for anyone who rides a bike or walks anywhere here in LA. You can't cross a crosswalk here without someone cutting you off or blocking the path while texting.

        Personally, if someone hit me while texting, I'd just take the criminal charge and beat them senseless. It's no less disrespectful to life or safety than what they're doing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I admit, I sometimes text while at a red light. I have a bluetooth stereo for when I get a call (I never call out while driving). Still, when I'm expecting an important text or email I will read it at a red light. I really want some text to speech capability to read text messages and emails to me and have speech to text to reply.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Android OS 2.1 has speech-to-text for txt messages, not sure about TTS for reading them...
        • 4 Years Ago
        As I understand it, TTS has been included in the Android system since 1.6. However, reading the text messages aloud is not native. There are some apps that add on to the SMS client, but I don't have any installed myself. This can work beyond messaging, as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Reminds me of most of the comments by old people around here. "Don't drive fast! Don't drink! Don't have sex".

      Which is.... exactly what all you farts did when you were younger.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Those three things don't hold a candle to the sheer volume of stu/pidity required by people like you to text while driving.

        This is an *auto blog*, where people who give a sh/t about driving come. Clearly, if you'd rather be texting than driving, then you deserve the quadriplegic life you have coming.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Except adults sometimes say that stuff because they learned the hard way why that stuff was a bad idea. I mean part of the reason why a 30 year old driver is better than a 16 year old driver is because they've had those years of close calls and probably a few accidents under their belt that remind them (at least a little bit) to not drive like a total dumbass. Sure some idiots never learn, but even though most people are terrible drivers even at 30, they're somewhat less terrible than they were at 16.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm thinking that anyone involved in a collision who is found to have been using a cell phone should have their insurance revoked, and any lawsuits against them are fully responsible to be paid by the individual. If you're literally stupid enough to pick up a min-keyboard and text while driving, your priorities clearly aren't the safety of yourself and others, and thus the ramifications of these actions should represent this complacent attitude. A million-dollar lawsuit? Should have thought about that before you knowingly put the importance of your conversation above someone else's safety.
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