Jul
30
2008

r u in dngr? Hazards, laws increasing for text messaging

m i @ risk?: Emergency room doctors have issued an alert about increased injuries they're seeing to people who are text messaging while doing some other activity. And starting Friday, Minnesota law will ban texting while driving a motor vehicle.
m i @ risk?: Emergency room doctors have issued an alert about increased injuries they're seeing to people who are text messaging while doing some other activity. And starting Friday, Minnesota law will ban texting while driving a motor vehicle.Courtesy Alton
These headlines caught my attention this week after I was nearly smacked by a car while entering a crosswalk last weekend. The teen-age driver didn’t see me as she was typing in a text message on her cell phone. I had a few choice words I wanted to text to her.

Emergency room doctors are seeing a significant upswing in cases of people injured while trying to multi-task while text messaging. According to this AP report, there have even been two fatalities linked to texting. They view the situation as being serious enough that they've issued a public alert about the dangers of texting while doing other tasks.

Starting Friday (Aug. 1) here in Minnesota, it will now be illegal to text message while you’re seated behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Drivers convicted of the violation will face a $300 fine. Eighteen other states in the country also ban texting while driving while six states outlaw using any type of cellular communication device while driving.

As one of the doctors puts it clearly in the AP story, texters think they’re multitasking and being efficient with their use of time, but they’re actually doing two separate tasks in several second increments. And while driving, having your attention diverted from the road for even a couple seconds can have disastrous results.

What do you think? Does text messaging need to be regulated? (take our poll) Is this an over reaction to the situation? Have you had a scary situation involving texting? Share your thoughts here with other Buzz readers.

UPDATE: Here's the link to a story that reports nearly half of all teen drivers text while they drive.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

A Match Keel Kiwi's picture
A Match Keel Kiwi says:

Text messaging needs to be restricted while driving. when drivers don't pay attention, people DIE!

posted on Thu, 07/31/2008 - 9:25am
bsyhcksleyt bngn's picture
bsyhcksleyt bngn says:

I love texting because it is fun and you can write to people.

posted on Fri, 12/19/2008 - 1:30pm
Thor's picture
Thor says:

It didn't take too long for the new law to make headlines. Here's a report of some crazy texting/driving from northern Minnesota.

posted on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 8:52am
Natasha's picture
Natasha says:

I'm glad that there are going to be laws about texting while driving. Something needs to be done.

posted on Fri, 12/19/2008 - 1:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

NO they don't need that law!

posted on Fri, 12/19/2008 - 3:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it has been illegal in my home town to text and drive for a couple months now, and it has not stopped anyone .

posted on Thu, 07/15/2010 - 2:05pm

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