Washington targets 'driving while texting'

While talking to a high school social studies class last fall, state Rep. Joyce McDonald noticed students sending each other text messages on their cellphones. Full Story
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#1 Apr 23, 2007
Driving while distracted causes most accidents. talking on cellphone that is not hands free affect reaction time for hands to use gear shift, turn wheel, etc. Even with a hands free its still a mental distraction, but for petes sake, texting is insane. I have seen drivers on I95 at rush hour with their laptops up against the steering wheel! Lets use some common sense people! I myself use a non handsfree cell while driving, but I am aware of the danger and make sure no cars are near me and I go on a higher traffic alert state, and have thrown the phone to the side when called for, but I am way more vigilant than most, and I should not be doing it just because it definately affects my reaction time. Lots of people completely lose awareness while on cell, and texting now? Ladies lose the eyeliner, wait till you park your car at work. 42000 killed on roads each year. They are called accidents because people aren't careful. Accidents are caused by distraction. If the other guy makes a bonehead move, his fault, but you can't react quick enough, BOOM.

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