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so you dont like my opinion ok Nov 22, 2:30 p.m.
cited with texting while driving and failure to maintain lane control... that's it? wow...
ecp1951 Nov 21, 4:29 p.m.
there's gonna be more folks! just pray it ain't you that get's hit!
readme Nov 18, 11:04 a.m.
I drive to DC all the time for work, and during that trip one-way see an average of probably ten people texting while driving, and I'm not even looking for it. The police should just pull them all. I don't know what the law says, but it should be written so police don't have to prove they were texting. As long as the perp looks on the phone's screen for a few seconds, the intent of the law is met... they are severely distracted. I notice these people always driving too slow or fast and in general weaving more. Pull them.
Pseudonym Nov 15, 6:55 p.m.
You would think it would be common sense to not use a tiny little keyboard while piloting a piece of metal at a speed of 100 yards every 3 seconds.
Think of how dumb the average person is and then consider that half of them are dumber than that!
Mon Account Nov 15, 6:09 p.m.
I've honked at people who are texting and driving. Scary thing is I've never ever had someone pick up their head and look.
One time I was rear-ended by a woman reading a book. No damage - we got back in our cars and I passed her down the road. Yup, she was back to reading.
I think my favorite was when 2 of my friends were on the interstate on motorcycles and a woman just merged on in and didn't see them. They are defensive riders so anticipated she could come over and were prepared, but it scared the crud out of them. She was in a convertible chatting away on her phone so they got on either side of her and blared their horns. Between the horns and the pipes she couldn't hear a word. Of course she flipped them off - had *no* idea she almost killed 2 people.
Can't fix stupid, just have to hope they don't hurt anyone. In the case of this kid, I think charges of reckless driving would be fair. Pull his license.
Backpacker Nov 15, 11:49 a.m.
The driver should be charged with attempted murder..
Why, did he attempt to murder someone? I fully understand and agree with the outrage but attempted murder? What we need is our legislators to create a new law in regards to texting and driving not charge him with a non-applicable crime.
daveroe77 Nov 15, 10:47 a.m.
I really wish there were more patrols (if possible) on Davis Drive in RTP during morning and evening rush hour. The amount of "head down" driving by a high concentration of wired professionals (and, I'm one of them...though I don't text and drive) is scary at times.
msnbc#1 Nov 15, 10:47 a.m.
The driver should be charged with attempted murder..
Sick and tired of these selfish maroons putting all our lives in danger...
You are not that important where you can't wait a couple minutes to stop and read your text..
godnessgracious2 Nov 15, 10:41 a.m.
OK guys, let's just punish crashing while driving and leave it at that. Up the ante a little bit and lay down some actual detering consequences for crashing. If people can text and drive or drive a little tipsy without crashing they should be left alone. One mistake though and you should be riding a bicicle to work for life.
edtomjr Nov 15, 10:39 a.m.
"I have heard people say that they know how to text while driving."
It's called voice texting.
Backpacker Nov 15, 9:40 a.m.
"This is amazing. The guy was under the car changing a tire when the car was hit, he was thrown 20-30 feet and he's doing an interview with WRAL with not even a scratch on him? How is that even possible?"
Maybe he's a super hero.
Obamacare for one and all Nov 15, 9:10 a.m.
This is amazing. The guy was under the car changing a tire when the car was hit, he was thrown 20-30 feet and he's doing an interview with WRAL with not even a scratch on him? How is that even possible?
Rebelyell55 Nov 15, 9:02 a.m.
IN the left hand lane, doing this? I believe it, seen it a lot, someone zooms by ya, then all of sudden they're going below the speed limit, look over and they got the phone in hand. Now, I'll have to admit, I learned something. I didn't know it was against the law to read a text message while driving, I just thought ya couldn't be texting (typing into phone to send a message) while driving.
BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Nov 15, 8:35 a.m.
Texting while driving should have the same penalty as the DUI..
I have heard people say that they know how to text while driving.
WralCensorsAreBias Nov 15, 8:34 a.m.
When will the state and the Highway Patrol start enforcing the laws? How many more have to die because of a phone?
BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Nov 15, 8:34 a.m.
I see people texting going down the interstate.
Hey...You wanna wreck...Go ahead..but you need to think about the others that you may hurt..
TEXTING WHILE DRIVING IS DANGEROUS AND AGAINST THE LAW..
kcfoxie Nov 15, 8:32 a.m.
Transit solves this problem. Want ridership? Text and Drive and be banned from owning a vehicle for a year and forced onto the metro system.
kellypsnll Nov 14, 7:53 p.m.
Talking on the phone is way less distracting than trying to text and/or read a text. Talking on the phone is no worse than talking on a cb radio or the person next to you.
Whatthehey Nov 14, 7:48 p.m.
Whoops, sorry - meant MADD not M.O.M. And thank goodness it is so low, but cutting edge states are moving to lower it even more.
busyb97 Nov 14, 7:47 p.m.
"The law needs teeth to be a deterrent."
AGREED. A $100 fine is a joke.
To PREVENT it would be tough though, I can see that. How would an officer tell if someone was dialing the phone, or texting/reading a text or email? They'd have to pull them over and see the phone - did a text come in or go out in that timeframe, etc.
So the penalty if they cause an accident, should be MUCH bigger. Even more if it causes physical harm to a person.
Whatthehey Nov 14, 7:42 p.m.
It took decades to get LEO, prosecutors and judges to take drunk driving seriously - largely to the efforts of M.O.M. Maybe someday the so-called NC Secretary of "Public Safety" will make prevention and prosecution of driving while texting the priority they should be given. New Jersey seems to be leading the country in addressing this plague.
WralCensorsAreBias Nov 14, 7:09 p.m.
So basically the Highway Patrol admits they are not enforcing the law.
monami Nov 14, 7:05 p.m.
Texting on 540 (or anywhere while driving) is asking for a tragedy. I hope he learns from this, but I agree, the fine is a slap on the wrist.
68_dodge_polara Nov 14, 7:02 p.m.
It really needs to carry the same penalties as drunk driving.
Mom2two Nov 14, 6:48 p.m.
Careless and Reckless sounds more appropriate.
scubagirl2 Nov 14, 6:44 p.m.
I don't think the charges are harsh enough. The law needs teeth to be a deterrent and it would be better if those charges happened before more people lose their lives to this behavior.
Capt Mercury Nov 14, 6:30 p.m.
Needs to be charged with public endangerment, besides all the DMV violations they can think of.
midnightclay Nov 14, 6:14 p.m.
I Drive a truck and I see it every day. I can only hope the only one they kill is themselves.
If we don't follow through with severe fines or more this behavior will only continue. They scare the heck out of me.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03