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  •  Weird (0+ / 0-)

    You are demanding that the reader take personal responsibility, but completely absolving the sender?

    Again, with the bar set that the sender must have knowledge that the receiver is 'likely' to be distracted by the text (i.e. driving and likely to respond), this isn't solely the responsibility of the driver. There is such a thing as shared responsibility.

    •  Yes, I am absolutely putting complete (2+ / 0-)
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      responsibility for the driver's driving on the driver. And that's because it's so easy to silence your phone or switch it off. Even if it's ringing in your ear every five seconds, you can still ignore it. It's seriously PURELY your choice how much danger you put yourself and others in.

      Plus, as a sender, I have no way of knowing for sure whether you're driving or not. But that's beside the point. The point is, take responsibility for your own driving, people--don't mess with your phone while driving! If you do, don't whine that others made you do it and should share responsibility.

      I'm amazed by people's courage and kindness in the face of everything and life.

      by LaraJones on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 08:51:01 PM PDT

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      •  If you have 'no way of knowing for sure' (0+ / 0-)

        then you have no liability.

        Why is this point constantly overlooked?

        And 'sharing' responsibility doesn't lessen the driver's responsibility, it just adds further responsibility to the sender for knowingly contributing to the distraction of the driver.

        The driver doesn't get out of it, and I see no reason why your exemption for the sender corresponds to 'taking personal responsibility' when it seems you're arbitrarily absolving them no matter what.

        •  Because no matter what the text sender does, (0+ / 0-)

          it is the driver's choice, and only the driver's choice, to look at the text. Something that the sender has no control over and should not be held responsible for. We're adults. Let's take responsibility for our own actions in the privacy of our own cars. Please. I'm just amazed at how many posters would apparently share out the blame for their own actions with others. Stand up and own your own choices.

          I'm amazed by people's courage and kindness in the face of everything and life.

          by LaraJones on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 08:40:59 AM PDT

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          •  No control? (0+ / 0-)

            WTF? The sender has 'no control' over whether they knowingly send a text to a driver?

            You selective 'responsibility' has me utterly confused.

            How's this for a choice...if you know someone is driving, don't text them. How is that not a choice? If you choose to text them, then why give them a pass on taking some amount of responsibility for the distraction that their choice to send a text incurred?

            Stand up and own your choices.

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