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By  Brandi_Faith  |  33

YDI. You shouldn't have looked at the text in the first place! Get a Bluetooth and use it for calls to be safe. On some phones you can even make texts and have it read you new texts. But in no situation is it ok to look at your phone or read texts while you're driving! If you can't use a Bluetooth then pull over to touch your phone. Better safe than sorry.

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  catmint  |  13

The word "because" before "my mom texted me" is a pretty strong indication of fault. IE, their fault for checking/acknowledging the text while driving.

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Sometimes you get the urge to read a message though.

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  MrsDruidess  |  23

don't look at a stop light, jerks sit there and miss the light so that only a few people make it through. its rude and its still texting and driving according to the law in my state. seriously, now that I have pointed it out to you, you'll see it everywhere, idiots on their phone at lights. here's the thing, its only a phone, it can wait. Wait til after your drive, dinner, class ext. . its just a phone!

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  oreoeater  |  21

At a stop light it would be ok to check the text 'cause that'll only take a few seconds however don't start a huge conversation in the middle of the damn road

By  Brandi_Faith  |  33

YDI. You shouldn't have looked at the text in the first place! Get a Bluetooth and use it for calls to be safe. On some phones you can even make texts and have it read you new texts. But in no situation is it ok to look at your phone or read texts while you're driving! If you can't use a Bluetooth then pull over to touch your phone. Better safe than sorry.

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  Meettitan  |  14

Even though legal in most states, hands free devices are just as dangerous because the part about being on the phone that is dangerous is thinking about the conversation. Having your phone out and looking at it is of course worse, but having to use all of your cognitive abilities talking will make you an unobservant driver, regardless of where the phone actually is.

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  VeganVampyre  |  26

So then why isn't it also illegal to have conversations with someone else in the car? It doesn't (or shouldn't...) take up ALL your cognitive skills to talk. The distraction is part of the problem, yes, but it's also not having both hands free if you need them. Bluetooth headsets at least eliminate one part of the problem.

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  Meettitan  |  14

It's not illegal to hold a conversation with a passenger because that would be asinine, and no where in my comment was it said nor implied that I thought that hands free devices should be illegal.

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Well, what if someone is following you and you need to call the police, but have no Bluetooth and you can't pull over because they will get you? There are exceptions. But only ones that are life-threatening any way you put it, of course. Just sayin'...

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  VeganVampyre  |  26

I also saw a video where they made people take a special "driving test" where they had to be able to send text messages while driving in order to pass. All of the people said it was impossible and gave up before they crashed. Really shows you just how dangerous it is...

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  zarosian  |  17

Not exactly true.

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  orbit  |  19

What if it was a text that could save millions of lives?

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  magickitten  |  25

Forget the car #12! No text is worth risking an innocent pedestrian or other road user's life because you've taken your eyes off the road. Not to mention putting your own life at risk. OP should be ashamed.

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What are the odds of THAT happening, 45? Not even slim, just nonexistent. Unless you're the freakin President of the United States, you're nowhere near important enough to be given that choice, or To save any life, for that matter, save for maybe doctors or nurses on call. Get real, kid.

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