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Mick Stuart
June 1st, 2011, 08:38 PM
A new law banning texting while driving in Texas is almost in: http://handsfreeinfo.com/texas-cell-phone-laws-legislation

And a good idea in my opinion.

PRobb
June 1st, 2011, 09:01 PM
Heres my idea for a new law:
When driving a car: LOOK AT THE FUCKING ROAD! LOOK AT NOTHING OTHER THAN THE FUCKING ROAD!!!!!

Anx
June 1st, 2011, 09:32 PM
I just moved to Austin. Being from Washington where it's now a primary driving offense (they can pull you over for it) I'm amazed at how many people I see texting and driving. It's epidemic down here.

JNZ-AE
June 1st, 2011, 09:50 PM
What I don't get is, what is so important you have to text about it while driving, yet must not be important enough to call somebody about it? :Wink:


"Yeah, my aunt just died. It's okay though, she was a bitch".

Mixerman
June 1st, 2011, 11:03 PM
A new law banning texting while driving in Texas is almost in: http://handsfreeinfo.com/texas-cell-phone-laws-legislation

And a good idea in my opinion.Yeah we got it in Cal. It sucks. Now, not only do I have to be careful not to hit people and cars while I'm texting (which is challenging enough), but I gotta watch out for the fuzz to boot.

The iPhone needs voice texting (now is where 10 people tell me about apps that do this, which I'll be more than happy to check out.)

Enjoy,

Mixerman

Johnny
June 1st, 2011, 11:15 PM
Dragon Diction. 1 of 10.

J.G.
June 2nd, 2011, 02:19 AM
Insane to think texting whilst driving didn't come outta the gate illegal.

Not even touching on the spelling.

: J

nobby
June 2nd, 2011, 03:03 AM
What I can't wrap my mind around is how did the human race get so fucking stupid that you have to pass a law against a practice that if you had two brain cells to rub together you could figure out on your own was a really bad idea.

I mean, do we need to pass a law against performing a sex change operation on yourself while driving?

How about a law against jumping off a subway platform, dousing yourself with gasoline and pissing on the third rail?

Just sayin'

:finger::otek::fingerlefty:

Pimp-X
June 2nd, 2011, 03:55 AM
Dragon Diction. 1 of 10.

Can't find that in the App Store...

Johnny
June 2nd, 2011, 04:38 AM
Dictation. Dammit! Posting with one hand on the wheel sucks!

Keks
June 2nd, 2011, 09:25 AM
Dictation. Dammit! Posting with one hand on the wheel sucks!

So basically your car needs voice steering.
App recommendations, anyone?

All the best,
the keks

waiting for the Ibug 2

Wide-O
June 2nd, 2011, 09:58 AM
App recommendations, anyone?


iDarwin 1.0?

Waiting for a law that makes it illegal to boff an elephant while driving.

sqkychair
June 2nd, 2011, 04:31 PM
So I'm driving home last night.

Speeds are averaging about 70. Everybody's moving along nicely.

And then, I notice people ahead swerving out of my lane.

Sure enough, there is a car going about half speed just ahead of me.

As I pass, I see the glow of the phone on his face.

eagan
June 2nd, 2011, 06:49 PM
Heres my idea for a new law:
When driving a car: LOOK AT THE FUCKING ROAD! LOOK AT NOTHING OTHER THAN THE FUCKING ROAD!!!!!

That.


JLE

Wireline
June 3rd, 2011, 01:06 AM
I'm still not convinced of the need to talk on the phone while driving...

But, there's always gonna be some dipstick who will do anything BUT pay attention to the 2 tons of metal under his control. I still see people reading the paper while driving. Even the police are typing reports on laptop computers while driving now, so...

blackieC
June 3rd, 2011, 07:47 AM
Dictation. Dammit! Posting with one hand on the wheel sucks!

Do they have that for Android? I only ask because I need just one more reason to avoid paying attention on the 183-I35-MoPac-71 trapezoid of doom.

eagan
June 3rd, 2011, 06:12 PM
Yesterday I made a stop at the office of my car insurance agent to pay the bill for my insurance in person as I usually do. More often than not it's an excuse for us to sit and bullshit about cars and other things.

(He's a serious gearhead, for years indulging a hobby of restoring and horsetrading cars. A Model A specialist for a long time, and at any given time, usually has about a half dozen interesting specimens in his collection. The one time I got to briefly drive a DeTomaso Pantera was on one of these visits.)

I mentioned this and the other related thread running here, and we talked for a while about this kind of thing. He had a particular personal experience story.

He was coming back from a golf outing driving his Nash Metropolitan (Google it). Coming to an intersection, as he entered the intersection, a soccer mom coming the opposite way made a left turn right in front of him. Smokage ensued.

After the Nash skittered to a stop all fucked up, as he put it, he skated across the road after the big bang like a hockey puck until it hit the curb and stopped, he got out to deal with it.

The woman (literally a soccer mom.. driving a van with a soccer ball decal on the back) said..... "I didn't see you!". She was turning left across the path of oncoming traffic, and didn't see this. A Nash Metropolitan is SMALL, but, Jesus.

She didn't see him.

He most definitely saw HER, and here is what he saw through the soccer mom van windshield as he closed in on this turning van in front of him.

Soccer mom with a mobile phone held to the side of her head with one hand.

Brushing her hair with the other hand.

Seriously. Apparently she just sort of got the beast turning on a general sort of arc to make the turn and then somehow held the wheel with a knee, while looking at herself in the mirror to make sure her hair was just so.

He had other stories (hey, he's a car insurance agent... his daily business is dealing with this idiocy), but this one really was a trophy winner.


JLE

Johnny
June 3rd, 2011, 06:27 PM
I only steer with my knees when I'm pouring a drink.

Mick Stuart
June 3rd, 2011, 09:46 PM
Yeah we got it in Cal. It sucks. Now, not only do I have to be careful not to hit people and cars while I'm texting (which is challenging enough), but I gotta watch out for the fuzz to boot.

The iPhone needs voice texting (now is where 10 people tell me about apps that do this, which I'll be more than happy to check out.)

Enjoy,

Mixerman

Itís just like smoking a fatty while driving. :weedstore:

Itís a skill, you have it or you donít. A 5.0 looking out for you is only a test of said skillÖ

Spock
June 3rd, 2011, 11:29 PM
It's all about multitasking. Try flying a plane, navigating, and talking to ATC on the radio. You work up to it over time, with an instructor while you learn to setup your scan. Skipping something is bad, staying on thing too long is bad.

The order is to aviate, navigate, then communicate. I for one have blown off ATC when hit icing and the static port froze over, messing the alt, airspeed, and vsi. I got out of trouble, then told them what I did and why. They were cool with it, understand the nasty state it out me in, and were helpful as hell.

PRobb
June 3rd, 2011, 11:48 PM
It's all about multitasking. Try flying a plane, navigating, and talking to ATC on the radio. You work up to it over time, with an instructor while you learn to setup your scan. Skipping something is bad, staying on thing too long is bad.

The order is to aviate, navigate, then communicate. I for one have blown off ATC when hit icing and the static port froze over, messing the alt, airspeed, and vsi. I got out of trouble, then told them what I did and why. They were cool with it, understand the nasty state it out me in, and were helpful as hell.
I don't fly, but it seems to be a different situation than driving. When driving, at any moment something could happen 5 seconds in front of you that requires an immediate reaction.

That doesn't seem to be the case in the air.

Smileyblue
June 4th, 2011, 12:17 AM
What I can't wrap my mind around is how did the human race get so fucking stupid that you have to pass a law against a practice that if you had two brain cells to rub together you could figure out on your own was a really bad idea.

I mean, do we need to pass a law against performing a sex change operation on yourself while driving?

How about a law against jumping off a subway platform, dousing yourself with gasoline and pissing on the third rail?

Just sayin'

:finger::otek::fingerlefty:

Honestly Nobby,

People are so stupid these days they had to invent a car that reverse parks itself.....Thanks FORD.

Soon we won't need a steering wheel. We can just punch the co-ordinates into the GPS, and take a nap while the car takes us to our destination.

"Technology is invention conceived, promoted and perpetuated by Laziness" (Me, 2011)

eagan
June 4th, 2011, 06:53 PM
In that conversation I mentioned with the insurance agent, we talked for a while about a batch of stuff, generally related, which included the "no hands, no look, soccer mom" story.

I made the point that a large collected batch of dangerous, stupid driving behavior seems to me to come down to a kind of broad, fundamental attitude, that I would say dominates here in this country.

That is, a predominant attitude that a motor vehicle used for personal transportation is, essentially, just a kind of lounge or sitting room on wheels in motion, and driving it is just a matter of navigation and occasional control inputs.

I understand what Spock said about dealing with a lot of shit happening and coming at you, but I don't think it's such a good comparison. Why I think so, the difference here, is that all of that he was talking about was still all about flying the plane.

We're talking about something much different.


JLE

nobby
June 4th, 2011, 07:45 PM
I only steer with my knees when I'm pouring a drink.

Same here. That or rolling a joint.

Wide-O
June 4th, 2011, 09:21 PM
Same here. That or rolling a joint.

You need both hands for producing a fattie?

nobby
June 4th, 2011, 09:49 PM
No, but my other hand is holding the whiskey bottle.

nobby
June 4th, 2011, 09:51 PM
I can have one hand on the wheel while I shoot up, but it makes it hard to find a vein.

nobby
June 4th, 2011, 11:34 PM
I can handle the assault rifle easily enough with one hand.

I just rest the barrel on the dashboard.