Distracted Driving - Page 2
+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Results 11 to 18 of 18
Like Tree18Likes

Thread: Distracted Driving

  1. #11
    Posting Addict KimPossible's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Posts
    20,364

    Default

    For the record, i don't think the law here has actually deterred anyone from eating in their cars. While i do feel a need to curb any texting while driving, i don't feel any particular need to stop eating even though it could technically result in a fine and I'm pretty sure, by the looks of it, other people feel similarly about eating.

    I do like the idea of penalizing someone for causing an accident due to them being distracted...whatever the cause might be, assuming it can be pinpointed at the time of the accident. This type of law gives law enforcement an mechanism for doing so.

    Like i said...i think too many people don't take paying attention while they are driving seriously enough. So yep...if you do actually cause an accident because you were unwrapping your stupid hamburger...i'm totally fine with an extra fine or penalization going along with it.

  2. #12
    Posting Addict KimPossible's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Posts
    20,364

    Default

    I wish i could remember which alien races i've done so far and which ones i haven't.

    Going with Ferengi...might be a repeat
    Spacers likes this.

  3. #13
    Posting Addict Alissa_Sal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Debating Away on the Debate Board!
    Posts
    11,770

    Default

    I once saw a lady eating out of a takeout box with chopsticks at a stoplight!!! Now, she may have been great with chopsticks, much better than me (I still have to concentrate on eating when I use them) but I still think that any food that you have to use a utensil to eat should be out of the question for car consumption. That would be like eating a bowl of soup with a spoon while you drive. I rock with a spoon. I still don't think I could eat soup and drive at the same time.

    Other than that, I agree with Laurie that I think that you can't really ban or control all distractions. Talking to a passenger is a distraction. Having a bee fly in your window is a distraction (I could seriously see me wrecking my car in that scenario.) Having kids is like a permanent distraction. I file all eating (without utensils) under the same category as all of those, where I get that it is probably not the ideal driving scenario, but also, life happens.
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

    Got an opinion? We've got a board! Come join us for some lively debate on the Face Off! Debate Arena board.

  4. #14
    Posting Addict KimPossible's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    Posts
    20,364

    Default

    This is an excellent description about what distracted driving laws are actually about

    Wisniewski, who said the bill is modeled after New Hampshire’s law on negligent driving, said police can already pull drivers over for many of the behaviors that would be covered under the bill and write them up for careless or reckless driving. But, he said, police might be hesitant to cite those violations if they felt it might not stand up in court.

    "If you create an offense of distracted driving, it’s pretty easy to define what distracted is: not watching the road," Wisniewski said.

    Wisniewski said it makes more sense to create a wider category of distracted driving than legislate individual distractions as they arise as problems.
    Taken from this article Major crackdown on distracted driving under review in N.J. | NJ.com

    This makes a ton of sense to me. You are not going to get pulled over for eating a sandwich if you are driving 30 mph on a 30 mph road and abiding by your typical traffic laws.

    In Maine, it was even described as such, that it is a secondary offense that you cannot be initially pulled over for.

    If you are driving unsafely, because you are engaged in something other than driving...i think it makes a lot of sense to give police the ability to hammer down exactly what your offense is. To put it another way...if you can't eat your hamburger and drive safely while doing so....then you shouldn't be eating your hamburger. Simple as that.

  5. #15
    Posting Addict
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Chicagoland
    Posts
    15,365

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    I once saw a lady eating out of a takeout box with chopsticks at a stoplight!!! Now, she may have been great with chopsticks, much better than me (I still have to concentrate on eating when I use them) but I still think that any food that you have to use a utensil to eat should be out of the question for car consumption. That would be like eating a bowl of soup with a spoon while you drive. I rock with a spoon. I still don't think I could eat soup and drive at the same time.

    Other than that, I agree with Laurie that I think that you can't really ban or control all distractions. Talking to a passenger is a distraction. Having a bee fly in your window is a distraction (I could seriously see me wrecking my car in that scenario.) Having kids is like a permanent distraction. I file all eating (without utensils) under the same category as all of those, where I get that it is probably not the ideal driving scenario, but also, life happens.
    Oh, what about when the "Dashboard Spider" makes it appearance???? I just about wrecked the car when one came crawling across my windshield....freaked the heck out!
    Alissa_Sal likes this.
    Carolyn - 37
    Wife to Chad - 39
    Mom to Tom - 15
    Matt -11
    Nathan - 10


  6. #16
    Community Host
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    13,855

    Default

    Sneezing too. I have the worst time trying to keep my eyes open to drive while sneezing.

    ~Bonita~

  7. #17
    Posting Addict
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    23,666

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Sneezing too. I have the worst time trying to keep my eyes open to drive while sneezing.
    Nobody can keep their eyes open while sneezing. That's one of the things about sneezing! Your eyes close.
    Laurie, mom to:
    Nathaniel ( 11 ) and Juliet ( 7 )




    Baking Adventures In A Messy Kitchen (blog)

  8. #18
    Posting Addict Alissa_Sal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Debating Away on the Debate Board!
    Posts
    11,770

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mommydearest View Post
    Oh, what about when the "Dashboard Spider" makes it appearance???? I just about wrecked the car when one came crawling across my windshield....freaked the heck out!
    Once, we were in TX and we discovered a spider in the car. And I swear to you....the thing JUMPED. It JUMPED. Pandemonium broke out. It's a blessing that I wasn't driving because we would all be dead now if I had been.
    mommydearest likes this.
    -Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)

    Got an opinion? We've got a board! Come join us for some lively debate on the Face Off! Debate Arena board.

+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
v -->

About Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Sitemap | Terms & Conditions