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Bucky

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It's not worth the price . . . .
« on: June 26, 2009, 11:03:51 PM »
Today on the local news they showed a 17 yr. old girl, a senior in high school from the next town over.  This young lady made a huge mistake yesterday (which could have been avoided) and it took her life.   :'(  This young lady was driving and texting.  It was a single car accident - one that should have never happened.

I know in this day and age how cell phones can do everything and you can communicate with people almost anywhere at any time.  . 

Here in IL there was a bill passed on January 1, 2008, IL - Senate Bill 140  "This bill prohibits drivers under the age of 19 from using any type of hand-held communication device such as a cell-phone or text messaging device while operating a motor vehicle."

I don't want to start a debate on here about this, but I don't think it should be restricted to just those under the age of 19.  Please, please, please don't risk your own life and the lives of innocent people by driving and being distracted by using your cell phone or texting.  Whatever it is you are talking about it, it can wait.  I don't believe for one nano-second if someone tells me "I'm a good driver, I know what is going on around me while I talk on my cell".   There have been too many accidents and lives lost that say otherwise (recent train accidents where many innocent lives were taken).

As a mother, I can only imagine the grief this young ladies family is feeling.  Life is too precious, please don't be distracted by your cell phone when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

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Re: It's not worth the price . . . .
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2009, 05:04:33 AM »
Hi Bucky,

Wow, that is so sad.  What in the heck did she think was SO IMPORTANT that it required her to read/text while driving?  Guess we'll never know.

Her poor family, wow, they must be reeling.


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Re: It's not worth the price . . . .
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2009, 07:00:30 AM »
Hi

I also don't want to start a debate. I just wanted to state, right or wrong, that in the UK it is against the law to use a cell/mobile phone while driving. I know someone who was penalised (fined and 3 points on his license (3 more and he'll be disqualified from driving) ) for using his phone at traffic lights.
A woman has been jailed for causing an accident while texting.

I've nearly been knocked down a couple of times by drivers with a phone held to one ear (driving in town) I don't believe you can concentrate on both things at once.

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Re: It's not worth the price . . . .
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2009, 07:10:40 AM »
I saw this story on the tv news too Bucky......very sad and my heart goes out to her family and friends!

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« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2009, 11:31:21 AM »
My heart goes out to the family of these young people who have died while using the latest tech gadgets. 

I also want to state that it is not only the young people, but the older ones also that seem to find the need for these GPS gadgets.  They are wonderful electronic helpers, but please people, set them, and leave them alone.  Don't be trying to move them, retune them or anything else while driving. 

If you must use these or phones, PLEASE for your own sake and the sake of those around or with you, PULL OVER in a safe area and finish the call.  Live to talk another day, PLEASE!!!

This is just my personal outlook on the times, I'm not advocating a debate.

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Re: It's not worth the price . . . .
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2009, 02:26:37 PM »
as a mom of who's 8 yr old child who was hit by a woman going 50 mph while blabbering on her cell, I agree. Almost unbeliebably to me me and bunch of paramedicis and doctors, he not only survivedbut recovered completely with only a scar on the back of  his apparently unbreakable head  ;D. He is now almost 21 and just starting a career in law enforcement :-)

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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2009, 01:33:57 PM »
Hey missyb

Thanks for posting with that information.  I feel so strongly about this issue, and the thoughtlessness/selfishness of people who use their phones while driving. 

I think the law we have here in the UK is brilliant, but it's a pity that we have a large minority of people who feel it restricts their personal freedom.  I just don't understand that - why do you need the freedom to hurt other people?  These same people don't like speed limits or speed cameras.  To me they are just the same as burglars/house breakers who object to people having alarms on their houses!

Thanks for posting about this, Bucky.  We Sjoggies share an understanding of how precious life is.

Take care - Chickpea

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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2009, 10:21:08 PM »
How very sad, but unfortunately not unusual.

Several times I have been almost run down at intersections by drivers on cell phones. And recently I was a passenger in a car where the driver was looking more at the map on his cell phone than at the road. I told him I would rather be late getting where we were going than dead because he was looking for a less busy road on his phone.

As it is I have enough trouble driving while driving, and do not drive unless I feel I can handle it. One thing at a time, a good rule in most circumstances.

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Re: It's not worth the price . . . .
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2009, 01:52:02 PM »
missyb - sorry to hear about your son, but glad that all these years later he is ok.   When it comes to driving and breaking the laws, or being careless while behind the wheel, he can relate from first hand experience the consequences of inattention while driving!  I bet this will reflect in his job in law enforcement.

Just found out last night that a friends daughter, who was in a car accident last weekend, was texting while driving which caused the accident!!  She was the only one involved - ended up rolling her car, totalling it.   I just don't think people realize the danger of messing with their cell phones while driving.  It scares me to be on the road with them!!

A few years back this lady sideswiped our mailbox with her car - really did a number on the whole side of her van.  She was looking back at the kids in the back seat instead of watching the road.

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Re: It's not worth the price . . . .
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2009, 11:16:08 AM »
IMHO, handheld cell phones or even headset cell phones should be counted as reckless driving. 

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« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2009, 05:42:02 PM »
Hi Sue,

You have a good point, I almost got run over in the cross walk on a quiet street a while back by a lady on the cell phone, guess that call was more important too.  The lady gave me an evil look as I slapped her car with my hand (she missed me by the skin of my teeth), I was just waiting for her to say something to me.  Hey, I don't carry a heavy bag for nothing! ;) ;D

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« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2009, 06:43:38 PM »
And,  Bucky, just couldn't pass up this opportunity... to say its not worth going 70 in a 55 mph zone to get to water aerobic class at Wellness Center!!! Cost me Tuesday 95 bucks in TN Hillbilly Country!!!  And, tried to talk my way out of it by saying to the officer, 'But officer, I was going down hill.' To which he responded, 'And, fast!!!' This granny has learned her lesson...Have a good one, Bucky,  where ever you live.

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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2009, 07:13:25 PM »
Joy . . . expensive lesson!!  I can see how you can pick up speed going down those hills of TN!!   ;)   Bet that ticket took the joy out of your water class!!  :(

I'm from Central IL . . . around me, it is flat farm land . . . you can go pretty fast here too!!   :D

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« Reply #13 on: July 11, 2009, 08:23:54 PM »
Another tragedy in the newspaper today - an unnecessary loss of five young lives in MI Thursday when the driver of a car chose to ignore the railroad crossing gate and went around it to beat the train.   I don't know if it's the thrill of trying to beat the train, impatience in having to wait for the train or what it is that makes people go around a crossing gate.   Two of the five young people were brothers, a double tragedy for their family.  Again, it's not worth the price to "beat the train" . . . odds are, the train will win!!!   :'(

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