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Don't text and drive

July 15, 2011 - Frank Robinson
I guess it's time throw my two-cents-worth in about texting while driving.

I have always been of the mindset that people should be able to do whatever they want, whenver they want in their own cars. But this texting while driving issue has gone beyond being reasonable.

It aggravates me when I'm sitting at a traffic light and and I have to toot my horn to remind the person in front of me that the light has turned green. It also is aggravating to be traveling and have a car come around on the driver's (two lanes in same direction) passing me, weaving like the driver is drunk, only to notice that the driver is texting

I don't even like to talk on my cell phone while I drive. It's a heck of a distraction. I wouldn't even think of texting while driving.

I have seen all kinds of distractions -- people eating, lighting cigars or pipes, even reading a book or magazine while they drive -- but the texting is over the top. If it is that urgent, the least the driver could do is just talk on the phone and wait until later to text.

Don't get me wrong, I think texting is a fine tool. It makes it easy to communicate with people and it's easy to do. I text all the time. But there are times, such as while driving, that texting defies common sense.

And common sense is the key phrase. No rules from the government, please. Any kind of law that might be enacted won't stop people from texting while driving. Common sense can't be legislated. People either have it or they don't.


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