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"Nobody is going to listen," says teen

Cell phones are such a part of everyday life for many Americans that most no longer think about pulling a mobile phone out to send a text or message; it's just natural. Unfortunately, the tendency to just send text or reply to them is dangerous when driving.

Many states and cities are working on bans that would prohibit texting while driving and some are calling for a nationwide ban on the practice. A study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 1-in-4 teen drivers admit to texting while driving. Analysts believe the number is much higher than what is being reported.

Reuters reports that even if a nationwide ban on texting while driving were introduce, most teen drivers would not stop texting. Texting is so ingrained into the life of teens that they simply will do it any way according to one teen interviewed by Reuters named Karen Cordova. She said, "Nobody is going to listen."

One of the problems is that for police to write citations for texting while driving they have to catch the driver in the act. Catching people talking on the cell phone and driving is easy to do, but if the driver is texting with the device in their lap things are much more difficult.

The California Highway Patrol has issued 163,000 citations to drivers for talking while driving on the phone, but issued only 1,400 citations for texting and driving.

Fran Clader, CHP spokesman said, "The handheld cell phone is relatively easy for us to spot, we can see when somebody has their phone up to their ear. But with the texting it's a little bit more of a challenge to catch them in the act, because we have to see it and if they are holding it down in their lap it's going to be harder for us to see."

One teen interviewed by Reuters said he only stopped texting while driving after his cousin was in a serious accident while texting.

Steven Bloch from the Automobile Club said, "What I would say is that texting and cell phone devices have become such a component of life for teens and for young people that it's hard for them to differentiate between doing something normal and doing something wrong."

Texting and driving is very much like other risky behavior that many engage in when young. Young people tend to feel like nothing can happen to them, that it will always be there other people who have accidents or get caught. Cordova said, "By the time they pull you over, the chances are you are going to be done with your text anyway so they can't exactly prove that you were texting."

A graphic commercial aired in the UK to help stop texting and driving showed teens in an accident caused by texting and driving.

President Obama recently signed an executive order banning federal employees from texting while driving.



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A solution...
By MrBlastman on 12/11/2009 10:46:37 AM , Rating: 2
Don't buy your kids cell phones. If they don't have them, they can't text. Problem solved.

Unfortunately, I think the majority of parents out there lack the fortitude to try and enforce that on their children. Since when did parents in this country become a bunch of pansies. I should know, my wife is a teacher and she hears _all_ _sorts_ of ludicrous stuff from her students parents.

I call this a "shrouded reality," where the parents refuse to see what is really going on with their child, distorted by their perfect mental picture of their "perfect child" that just couldn't have this problem or that. They all need to wake up. You aren't your kids friend, you are their p a r e n t.

Back in my day, if I wanted something and my parents said no, if I kept bothering about it I'd get a good slap on the behind or get thrown in my room and grounded for not respecting their authority. This doesn't happen often enough nowadays.




RE: A solution...
By R6Raven on 12/11/2009 11:06:27 AM , Rating: 3
Agreed. And God forbid you acted out in public. You'd get a beating in the store (the warning) and then the real whoopin' when you were home, behind closed doors, and out of earshot. Too many kids nowadays didn't get the "whoopin'" growing up, or they would know better.


RE: A solution...
By Iaiken on 12/11/2009 11:29:12 AM , Rating: 5
"White people, please beat your kids." - Russel Dominic Peters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwbc_v1xBAU


RE: A solution...
By Ghost42 on 12/11/2009 11:22:18 AM , Rating: 3
At one time teachers were once able to deal punishments to students.

But hey there is no chance that spanking your kids can result in child abuse allegations these days.. It's not like the poor precious snowflake may grow up socially defective and traumatized after being spanked and after all enacting laws where the parent can end up in jail for spanking their children "is the logical continuation of laws that banned slavery and protected women from being beaten by their husbands."

Right??

*shakes his head*


RE: A solution...
By MrBlastman on 12/11/2009 12:39:27 PM , Rating: 5
Yes, I have an Aunt who was a teacher back in the days that they allowed spanking--and it got results, fast! Nowadays, she laments at the fact that my wife has zero recourse against disruptive children in her classroom.

Making the kids run laps at recess--forbidden!

Making a child sit in the corner--forgetaboutit!

Forcing a child to keep their head on their desk while the rest of the class participates in recess--No way!

Getting a parent to take their child out of school early for being disruptive--Don't even try it, it will not end well!

Getting a child to laugh in your face because you can do nothing?--happens every day.

Yes, Teachers have no way to fight back it seems against the troublemakers anymore... why? Because of the hippy parents and their coddling lawyers, that is why. It is no wonder children act like brats these days.


RE: A solution...
By hadifa on 12/13/2009 6:57:06 PM , Rating: 2
No, it's the video games.


RE: A solution...
By jimbojimbo on 12/11/2009 5:32:21 PM , Rating: 2
Plus you can't beat kids because every single one of them have ADD now. 100% of them now whereas a few decades ago it didn't exist.


RE: A solution...
By chagrinnin on 12/11/2009 7:45:47 PM , Rating: 2
We all had it. Some of us just...

In 2nd grade I had a nun put me in a corner and made me spank myself with a broom. The spanking didn't hurt but the whole class laughing...

I met a teen in defensive driving that was on her 5th car,(totaled 1st 4), and she wondered why her car shook every time she used the brakes,...she had anti-locking brakes. Her mother also taught her if she hit an animal to go back and run it over again so it didn't suffer,...


RE: A solution...
By beerhound on 12/12/2009 4:04:29 PM , Rating: 3
I was a recipient of a couple of those paddlings and it was a motivator for me. I got much much better at not getting caught....


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