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Texting ban bust?

Complications surround enforcement of new texting law

June 15, 2013

Ohio’s ban on texting while driving has passed its six-month warning period and has now been fully active since March 1....

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DevilsAdvocate

Jun-15-13 8:15 AM

How can tell if a person is texting???? I know.. Pull up next to them, if their eyes are buried in their crotch or their hands are below the steering wheel, it is a 99.9% winner. Oh wait, got another winner. If they are driving utilizing the new method of looking down through the floor boards while having no hands on the wheel.

It bothers me that this activity is nearing the danger of drinking/driving while intoxicated & agencies aren't doing anything. Just sit at a light, look left/look right, then pull someone over. If over 18, issue a warning & PSA. If under 18, issue citation. It is so simple. No excuses on this one folks

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MaryPoppins

Jun-15-13 9:50 AM

I see it every single day. Every time I drive through Marietta streets.

Even thought I saw a policeman texting or checking his belly button.

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morningperson

Jun-15-13 10:00 AM

I see it every day too. MaryPoppins and I should be deputized to take care of this problem. Citizens A-Ray-est! Citizens A-Ray-est!

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samy07

Jun-15-13 10:08 AM

Honestly, they should have banned cell phone use while driving for everyone, not just those under 18. Everyone with a cell phone in hand gets a ticket.

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BIGDMARSHALL

Jun-15-13 10:09 AM

They should just ban all cell Phone activity while driving. I have seen many people with there Head up the rear end while talking on cell phone or texting. There is plenty of other things they need to concentrate on...LIKE DRIVING! And Paying Attention to there surroundings while driving.

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GOTOSCHOOL

Jun-15-13 10:31 AM

Cell phone use is endemic and 99.9% of the time not an emergency...so I'm for banning unless parked...I was t-boned at 3rd and Greene for exactly this reason.

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Tessie

Jun-15-13 11:54 AM

There's no need to "hunt down a texting offender". Watch 5 cars pass you and I believe you'll see at least 1 person texting. It's not just about driving while texting, it's about being behind the wheel of an engaged vehicle, i.e. at a stop sign or traffic signal. Gotoschool, was the driver who t-boned your car cited for texting while driving? If not, why not?

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GOTOSCHOOL

Jun-15-13 12:46 PM

Was three years ago- she was young and on the 'phone'...cited for a red light only as far as I know...had a toddler in a car seat in the rear also--- scary- she had no clue there was a red light- never braked even...

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NasCarNut

Jun-15-13 1:11 PM

A secondary offense means officers cannot stop an offender unless they are also caught violating a primary offense, such as speeding.

Why bother having the law then??...

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LovesBuckeyes

Jun-15-13 2:12 PM

If involved in an accident while using a cell phone, then the charge should be the same as for impaired driving/driving under the influence.

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gonefromMOV

Jun-15-13 2:41 PM

The law is bull. Should ban changing radio stations, changing CDs, reaching into the backseat, etc.

Texting while driving is just like any other part of driving. There are about 10 percent of us that can do it without putting anyone at risk. The other 90 percent of you shouldn't have drivers licenses to begin with.

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4PetesSake

Jun-15-13 7:22 PM

Thank you Asknot! That is exactly what I thought, too!

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4PetesSake

Jun-15-13 7:22 PM

Thank you Asknot! That is exactly what I thought, too!

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WittyNickname

Jun-16-13 1:29 AM

The problem is not people who text while driving. The problem is people who drive while texting. If the primary thing you're doing is operating a motor vehicle, then texting becomes nothing more than flipping through radio stations. These bans are silly and ineffective. You can throw any number of biased studies at me, and I simply don't care. The fact remains that I'm a better driver than 99% of the people I see on the roads today, and if I need to send a text, I'm going to.

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BIGDMARSHALL

Jun-16-13 11:28 AM

ASknot...Witty is just another prime example of the stupidity driving on the road while texting. Some people just don't care, Taking for instant how blatantly spoke being better than 99 % of all drivers. Goes to show that those special people have a slow learning curve. And probably won't wake up or won't be able to after there in a terrible accident that takes someone life or there own. While some get it. Most never will and don't care. I think the next person I see texting or talking on a cell phone. I will wait till the next stop light and stop my car..Knock on there window and say Hey can I use your phone..And if they let use it,I will Smash it right there in the middle of the Road. If they don't care about anybody's safety on the Road. I don't give 2 hoots about there stupid Phone !

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WittyNickname

Jun-16-13 11:44 AM

As usual, you missed the point. Because I am primarily involved in driving a car, if I need to send a text, I DON'T look at my phone. Maybe it takes me longer to send it, maybe I spell something wrong. No biggie. What I'm NOT going to do is pull over on the side of the freeway and then try to re-merge into traffic. That's simply absurd.

And Marshall, if you're going to slam somebody for being "special" or having a slow learning curve, learn to spell. I said I was a better driver than 99% of the people I share the road with, and I'm sticking by that. You don't know me, so you are free to disagree. But I know how I drive, and I see how the slackjawed yokels I see every day drive. And yeah, I'm better than them.

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rocker

Jun-16-13 12:01 PM

I have no desire to text back and forth period. Even if you pull off the road to text or call someone back, the next thing you know you got a cop hassling you for I.D. and interrogating you as to why you pulled off the side of the road.

Quite frankly, I see more women with a phone stuck in their ear or texting than anyone out on the highway or anywhere else. I just don't get it! Of course no offense to the ladies :).

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upriver

Jun-16-13 2:27 PM

I've been in the car with drivers who honestly can't understand why people are honking at them and giving them the finger. That's the big problem with impaired driving, most people think they're driving ok, but it's because their so out of touch because of the phone that they don't know how badly they are driving. For a long time now police reports have had a line saying "alcohol involved" to be marked yes or no. We're way past the time for a cell phone line. And it's not just driving accidents. Do people really believe that the spike in deaths of children forgotten in hot cars and cell phone use is a coincidence? Psychologists need to research what it is that makes being on a phone so critical to some people. Why do some people only feel alive while on the phone? The other thing, which I think would help the most, is for insurance companies to state that if you're on the phone you're not driving, therefore not covered.

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upriver

Jun-16-13 2:31 PM

Rocker, I strongly disagree that it's mostly women. I see just as many so-called men running their mouth on the phone while driving, in restaurants or stores as women or children. I always get this mental image of them having a little pink purse with a tiny poodle in it as they walk around acting like 15 year old girls talking about last night's date. What is it about a telephone that has turned so many males into squat to pee types?

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WittyNickname

Jun-16-13 4:32 PM

Yeah, asknot, I can send a text without looking at my phone. Just because you can't do it doesn't mean that nobody can. If you take a drink while driving, do you stare at the cup the entire time? Of course not. If you can take a drink of coke without distraction, I can send a text. It doesn't take a lot of effort to type "yes" and hit send.

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MaryPoppins

Jun-16-13 6:33 PM

I see it every single day. Every time I drive through Marietta streets.

Even thought I saw a policeman texting or checking his belly button.

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Kunectdots

Jun-16-13 11:13 PM

Never learned how to "text". Don't care to learn. Am getting along just fine.

I see other's driving down the road, that ARE doing it, heading to their graves.

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WittyNickname

Jun-17-13 12:16 AM

You guys get so cute when you're all frothy with what you think is righteous indignation.

FYI, I've been driving just shy of 25 years without so much as a parking ticket, on average about 15-20k miles a year, all over Ohio.

And yes, asknot, I actually can "read" texts without looking at my phone. The technology has been there for several years, so my car does it for me. I also use the hands-free if I need to actually make a call. But the talk-to-text translation stinks, so I reply in the old-fashioned way.

Please continue to draw conclusions about my habits based on zero information other than how YOU would react, since clearly I'm exactly the same as you. It's enjoyable.

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rocker

Jun-17-13 9:44 AM

Upriver sorry but I disagree. But the next time I'm out I'll take a survey.

Ha ha, jeesh I dunno but your mental image of some men who use cell phones sounds pretty kinky to me.

And maybe the males you spotted talking about their dates "got lucky" the night before with some hot babe. Now thats something to get excited about :). Oh yeah!

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