We're all familiar with the designated driver concept. Most everyone with a drivers license has either been one or needed one. But now, the designated texter is a new idea being promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to target texting drivers.

A recent study by State Farm Insurance and Harris Interactive says more teens are taking the initiative and volunteering to text for everyone.

A new video from NHTSA called "Stairs" has the tagline, "Not everyone should should text and walk. No one should text and drive." To illustrate, a texting teen attempts to ascend a set of stairs. She falls face-first, her phone landing at her feet. In the next scene, another teen at the wheel of her SUV gets totally distracted by a text on her phone and looks up just in time to see the pedestrians about to be plowed under her front bumper.

Having a designated texter is a pretty clever idea for those that can't wait. We're just concerned about what happens when an inebriated non-driver becomes the designated texter for the designated driver. Wackiness is sure to ensue.

Check out the NHTSA video below.



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      Robert Fahey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Two problems I can see: 1. Most people drive alone most of the time. 2. Most text discussions aren't meant for third-party eyes, for a host of reasons.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Robert Fahey
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      jack118711
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get me off this planet
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy crap, that is a good idea.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      dumb girl looked at phone too long. Even spent a few seconds sticking her tongue out like a smiley. Wonder how many people do that. Probably lots
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol, me and my friends have been doing this for years... "Here, see what the hell she wants, I'm ******* driving, text that bitch a smiley face"
      Esemtee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Compared to what my wife and I usually see while we're out on the road, this can only be a good thing. True, it won't suspend all of the stupid behavior when driving. But, when you are sitting at a stop light watching the cars go by you, it's incredible how many drivers you find playing with their phone. We took a count one time where I counted the vehicles going by (give or take a couple) and she looked for drivers on their phone. I think we figured it to be around 80% of the drivers were distracted! We need something and this idea is a start.
      xfk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is it so hard to pull over for a min or 2. A text can wait
        dynofossil
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xfk
        if the only roads you take are the highways then that's easy to say and do. but try pulling over on a tiny street in boston and see how quickly that won't work....
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xfk
        Orrrrr just wait to get to your destination. The only point in texting is to communicate in a way that doesn't have to be instantaneous. If you need something immediately you're more likely to call not text. I don't expect someone to respond to a text a minute after I send it, and I get annoyed when people complain it's been 20 min and you havent responded to them yet.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Gorgenapper
      • 2 Years Ago
      1) Press and hold home button on iPhone 4S 2) Dictate a text message 3) Revise the text message 18 times because Siri turns innocent text messages into graphic sexual suggestions 4) When asked "Ready to send it?", yell 'Yes' at the iPhone to send the text message, only to be told that it is not a valid response and that I should say 'Send' instead. 5) Reach my destination and deliver my message in person.
      Toddley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I do this with my girlfriend all the time. I drive a stick, so I couldn't text if I wanted to.
        shigllgetcha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toddley
        what are doing changing gears that often
        Ben Wright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Toddley
        you should drive with my dad then. He also drives a stick but has business clients around the world so he frequently looks at his phone and puts on a headset while driving. Lol
      JF
      • 2 Years Ago
      What do teens have to say that requires the urgency of instant communications at all times?
        Relyat08
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JF
        Do you remember being a teen? Everything is completely essential and urgent when you're a teen, its how their minds work. Especially if its a social matter. Not texting that guy you like every 5 minutes could mean he moves on to someone else. Or so the thought process goes.
      • 2 Years Ago
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