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  •  As I've told my 20-something daughters... (4+ / 0-)

    "You know how daddy is going to die? I'm going to be hit by a car driven by a texting driver as I ride my bike to or from work. Don't text and drive."

    They do not text and drive. (At least as far as I know.)

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 03:37:13 PM PDT

    •  I can't imagine taking my eyes off the road (3+ / 0-)
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      Eyesbright, thomask, wilderness voice

      long enough to even read a text.

      •  Do you ever read directions? (0+ / 0-)

        I do -- usually on paper -- but I can see how people who are used to reading everything on the little screen would glance at it.

        And given how many people are texting while they're walking down busy city streets, totally oblivious to everyone around them, I guess it doesn't surprise me that people do it while driving.

        •  Have you been listening in my conversations (1+ / 0-)
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          with my teen son??

          Cell Phone Use Not Just Dangerous for Drivers, Study Finds

          COLUMBUS, Ohio – More than 1,500 pedestrians were estimated to be treated in emergency rooms in 2010 for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking, according to a new nationwide study.

          The number of such injuries has more than doubled since 2005, even though the total number of pedestrian injuries dropped during that time. And researchers believe that the actual number of injured pedestrians is actually much higher than these results suggest.

          “If current trends continue, I wouldn’t be surprised if the number of injuries to pedestrians caused by cell phones doubles again between 2010 and 2015,” said Jack Nasar, co-author of the study and professor of city and regional planning at The Ohio State University.

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