Teens driving and using cell phones

driving-on-a-cellI know I wrote teen dies in car crash and I still do feel that way.  I feel with other kids in a car, the driver is way to distracted.  But I’ve been hearing more and more about passing a law that teens can’t drive and talk on a cell phone and I simply don’t think that teenagers are any different than any other person or driver when it comes to talking on cell phones while driving.

How many of you have been behind someone on a cell phone?  They are either driving way to fast or way to slow.  They weave to the right and then back to the left.  You can’t signal when your holding a phone in one hand and the steering wheel in the other. 

I mean, I can walk and chew gum at the same time but I don’t feel I have the right to talk on a phone and drive at the same time if a teen can’t.  I don’t feel “unsafe” like this has age boundaries.  I don’t pay enough attention to what I’m doing.  I am an adult and I know this in my case to be true.  I don’t live in a high traffic area and if my phone does ring while I’m driving (which it never rings but that’s beside the point) I will answer it but chances are 95% of the time, I’m either on a dirt road or won’t pass another car.  If I were on a busy highway or freeway, I’d wait until I could safely pull over and call whoever called me back.  I took a road trip with my brother and when my phone rang, whoever wasn’t driving answered it.  There was NO way I could have talked while driving through the mountains.

Why would anyone think just because your a teenager you drive worse than an adult while talking on a cell phone?  I know a lot of people like to bash kids and teens but I just think “generally,” PEOPLE shouldn’t talk on phones, weaving in and out of traffic or causing jams because they are blabbing away on a phone.  I’m not talking about the phone call, “honey can you pick up milk on the way home,” I’m talking about “conversations.” 

People’s lives are at stake.  I also know a lot of people who “catch up” with their phone calls on their way to and from work while driving.

I apologize if I offend anyone but I’m with the teens on this one.  I don’t think anyone should drive and talk at the same time.  Pull over if you have to take that highly important call but don’t tailgate me or cause me to drive 20 miles under the speed limit or have me try to guess which way your are going to turn or what you are planning to do.  Let’s all be safe on our roads.  Isn’t there enough to distract us while we’re on the road?

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9 Responses to Teens driving and using cell phones

  1. JavaQueen says:

    There are definitely some people who should NOT use their cell phone and drive at the same time. This morning, on my way out of the parking garage, this woman in a huge SUV darted in reverse out of her parking spot and nearly backed right into me….and wouldn’t ya know, she was on her cell phone! Jeez, it’s hard enough to back an SUV from a parking space let alone talking on the phone. She’s lucky she didn’t run someone over.

    But guess what? As always, the bad apples ruin the whole bunch and so now- it’s just best that everyone stay off their cells while driving; and it doesn’t matter whether you are an adult or a teen!

    Adults probably have wayyyy more worries on their mind as it is, and that’s the cause of most traffic accidents- people in deep thought about their day, their dilemma, their whatever- so why ban only teenagers? That’s just stupid!

  2. birdpress says:

    I’m guilty of doing it sometimes, but I absolutely won’t talk on the phone if it is in an area that requires much thinking or maneuvering. If I’m on the phone and I hit traffic I say I gotta go and hang up quickly. I only ever usually talk to my husband on the phone from my car, so he knows this and expects to get hung up on at any moment.

    Your point totally makes sense to me though. This is something where age shouldn’t matter. I guess they are thinking that teens have less experience driving, but you know, teens also have probably more experience doing other things with a cell phone stuck to their ear, so really they probably have the upper hand there!

  3. Laura (LS) says:

    I’m guilty, too, of driving and talking on my phone, and I understand how sometimes it pulls attention from the road. It’s for this reason that I’m also against the whole “hands-free” garbage. Either you ban cellphones all together, or you don’t. It’s not “two hands on the wheel” that makes driving safe, it’s “brain on the job” that does. And whether you’re holding the phone to your head or talking on one of those infernal bluetooth adapters, you’re a distracted driver. And distracted is distracted, teen or adult. This particular rule should be one of those across-the-board things.

    A bigger annoyance for me? People – and I can’t just blame teens for this, because I know adults who do it, too – who text while they’re driving. I recently saw a video online of a bus driver who was in a wreck because he’d been texting. He took his eyes off the road for a full SIX MINUTES while he was sending text messages to whomever, then, when he finally looked up, it was too late, and he rear-ended the guy in front of him.

    Frankly, I think it’s a shame that we can no longer consider our cars a haven, of sorts, from the world. A place where you have some peace and quiet when you commute, because there’s nothing else to do but drive.

    Don’t know, really, how they’re going to make a law about….. hahahahahaha – I can’t even say that sentence without laughing. They’ll make a law about anything, and pretty soon, there’ll be a law about driving and phoning. They already exist in Chicago.

  4. starlaschat says:

    Distracted driving drives me crazy. Age doesn’t matter. When we drive to town I feel like I have to really be on my toes so many people are driving in a busy environment talking on the phone . I have made the decision for myself to not talk on the cell phone while driving. Driving is just to dangerous to be distracted, other people lives including your own are at stake. I use to drive talking on my cell phone but it’s not worth it if I made a mistake. OK I’ll put away my soap box. I had a friend and her son die not too long ago probably from a distracted driving incident so it’s still a sore topic for me. I understand the convince, but in some ways I miss the good old days.

  5. I so agree with you, Joy. In Israel, it’s illegal now to talk on cellphones while driving. I believe the same law has been passed in California as well. I definitely think that talking on a cellphone, and definitely dialing and CALLING someone, when you’re on the road is dangerous and distracting.

  6. javajunkee says:

    OMG…I can not believe I am reading this today. After watching not less than 3 cars almost bite it or ram into somebody and ALL THREE WERE TALKING ON CELL PHONES and NONE of them were teenagers.
    I thought Iowa passed the law where you will get a ticket for talking on a cellphone.
    I saw all 3 of these people cross the center line and continue to ride it. I could have easily been witnessing 3 car wrecks. I do NOT talk on my phone while driving. ON a RARE occassion where there is nobody else around I have answered the phone long enough to say..”I’m driving..call you back.”
    The scary thing is the texting that goes on while driving. My son has a friend who is a text fiend and she will text while driving. It’s scary. So far she’s been lucky but I am just waiting for that phone call.

  7. Tony says:

    Here in Australia it’s illegal for anyone to talk on a mobile phone while driving unless you’ve got a hands free car kit . People being stubborn creatures just can’t resist answering their phones while driving though. I nearly got rammed the other day by a lady trying to negotiate a turn not very well while talking on the phone. If mine rings I pull over or let it go to voice mail.

  8. SKL says:

    I heard they were talking about making a law against it here – not sure if it was age-based.

    I like being able to use my cell phone without stopping if I need to, but I rarely do it, and I’m extra careful when I do. Like, say I’m on a long freeway drive and I’ve been delayed by road construction or whatever. Once it’s safe, I like to call and let people know I’m going to arrive later than planned. I don’t want to have to pull off the freeway for that. And I don’t think cell phone usage behind the wheel is always unsafe.

    I do know some people who “think” they are great drivers and so they do a lot of stupid things behind the wheel, with careless cell phone talking being one of the milder ones.

    I agree that it seems the stupid people are going to ruin it for everyone.

  9. mssc54 says:

    I must confess that I talk and drive every single day. I will also confess that I’ve had a couple of close calls, mostly with lane drifting not rear ending anyone. However, I think that with nearly 4 decades of driving experience that I am much better equiped to talk and drive than any person, regardless of age, who has only been driving less than a couple of years.

    Still if you out law talking and driving why not eating fast food or fiddling with your sterio?

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