Texting while driving..

  • xcvbn

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    Jul 16, 2010 9:49 PM GMT
    I learned my lesson the hard way. I never thought much when family and friends warned me about the dangers of texting and driving. I thought i was a pro at it even (I'm such an idiot), and well I was driving from a friends house and within a second i realized i had taken a blinking red light.Luckily no one else was hurt, i broke my wrist, couldn't walk for weeks, had two hematomas on my leg (6 months later i still have the bruises).

    I know most of you do it.. but I hope you'll think twice when doing it.





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  • Markebri

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    Jul 16, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
    Glad to hear you're okay. Sometimes it takes a brute experience for one to concede their careless actions. Mine was being pulled over by a cop for suspicion of DUI. I remember it being one of the scariest moments in my life since I had never been arrested before.

    I agreed to take the Breathalyzer test while remaining in custody at the police station. Luckily, I was under the BAC limit by .04 and was released with only having to pay for the impounding of my car. Having learned my lesson, I only limit myself to two drinks a night if driving home, and drink a bottle of water prior to leaving the bar.
  • calibro

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    Jul 16, 2010 11:35 PM GMT
    honestly, anyone who texts while driving is an idiot and if you talk on your phone while driving then you're not too far behind. if you need to learn that lesson the hard way then shame on you for putting other people's lives in danger
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    Jul 16, 2010 11:39 PM GMT
    Holy shit, at least it turned out pretty well, all things considered. Btw how the hell do you afford a Mercedes at 22 anyway?
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    Jul 17, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    Markebri saidGlad to hear you're okay. Sometimes it takes a brute experience for one to concede their careless actions. Mine was being pulled over by a cop for suspicion of DUI. I remember it being one of the scariest moments in my life since I had never been arrested before.

    I agreed to take the Breathalyzer test while remaining in custody at the police station. Luckily, I was under the BAC limit by .04 and was released with only having to pay for the impounding of my car. Having learned my lesson, I only limit myself to two drinks a night if driving home, and drink a bottle of water prior to leaving the bar.



    I completely agree... This incident made me value who my true friends were, but obviously made me aware of the carelessness of my actions.
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    Jul 17, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
    Well am glad you are better now and won't don't that anymore. Sadly though there are a lot of people who do it and they are not ready to listen. I hope NC makes a strong enforcement of the law for no texting while driving.
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    Jul 17, 2010 12:53 AM GMT
    xcvbn saidI learned my lesson the hard way. I never thought much when family and friends warned me about the dangers of texting and driving. I thought i was a pro at it even (I'm such an idiot), and well I was driving from a friends house and within a second i realized i had taken a blinking red light.Luckily no one else was hurt, i broke my wrist, couldn't walk for weeks, had two hematomas on my leg (6 months later i still have the bruises).

    I know most of you do it.. but I hope you'll think twice when doing it.





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    I believe in having a designated "text-it-tarian" in your passenger's seat, if texting is in order. But the other option is blue tooth. Otherwise, don't be an irresponsible lazy fuck. This is only my personally harsh opinion on this life or death matter.
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    I almost had a midair collision from texting while flying. That was some scary shit! icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    GOODNESS! Glad you made it out okay!! icon_smile.gif

    I've had to make a switch back to CDs in my car to prevent myself from fiddling with my phone while I drive. The CD work out nicely. Don't hold all the songs I'd like but I pay attention to the road is whats important!

    Be safe guys!
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:19 AM GMT
    What? You thought all of us who put up the videos and talked about how dangerous it was weren't telling you the truth?

    Glad to hear you are o.k., but, you must have a learning disability because you were warned, and,...it was obvious how dangerous it was.

    Good for you for spreading the word. Too bad you had to not heed some common sense to begin with.

    Wouldn't you have felt horrible if you had killed someone instead of just thrashing your car and yourself? What were you thinking? Oh, right...you weren't.
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:21 AM GMT
    This is a very brave thing for the OP to have posted here, an admission of fault for which I respect him. I hope other drivers were not involved in his crash, or if they were, they were adequately compensated and all made well.

    When I first met my partner he carried his cell phone in his pocket, as he still does. He was always getting calls, and while fumbling to reach it while driving he would swerve all over the road. More than once I had to grab the wheel to avoid a crash.

    So then I heard about some Bluetooth options that cars were beginning to offer, and I thought: this is what he needs. Otherwise, he'll kill us both, and who knows who else.

    So I bought him a new car with the Microsoft SYNC feature, that makes answering & making cell calls just a jab at a steering wheel button. You never have to touch your phone.

    But texting is another issue, that neither of us usually do anyway. We think it's a waste of time, and the last thing we would ever do in a car. Considering the accidents it could cause on the roads we use, I would gladly support laws that make texting in cars illegal.
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:22 AM GMT
    Maybe you might also volunteer to bring those photos and speak at local high schools. It might really make a difference and give you some satisfaction. You could save a life.
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:25 AM GMT
    socalfitness saidMaybe you might also volunteer to bring those photos and speak at local high schools. It might really make a difference and give you some satisfaction. You could save a life.

    A great idea!
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:27 AM GMT
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    socalfitness saidMaybe you might also volunteer to bring those photos and speak at local high schools. It might really make a difference and give you some satisfaction. You could save a life.

    A great idea!

    Thanks. It could turn many negative feelings into something positive.
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:29 AM GMT
    breakers saidHoly shit, at least it turned out pretty well, all things considered. Btw how the hell do you afford a Mercedes at 22 anyway?
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    Can you say "LeaseTrader.com"? Then you, too, can drive one!
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:44 AM GMT
    Wow. Glad you escaped with repairable injuries. Hardly a day goes by when I don't see people texting (or typing away on a Blackberry, etc) on the highway. I guess this is another of those terrifying situations in which everybody thinks that bad things happen to other people but not to them.

    Thank you for reminding all of us that it can happen to another bright, well off guy.

    If you can, sharing your experience with high school kids would be a great thing to do - as somebody else already mentioned.
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:49 AM GMT
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    socalfitness saidMaybe you might also volunteer to bring those photos and speak at local high schools. It might really make a difference and give you some satisfaction. You could save a life.

    A great idea!

    Thanks. It could turn many negative feelings into something positive.

    Again, I agree. An admitted mistake made into something productive & fulfilling.
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
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    Markebri saidGlad to hear you're okay. Sometimes it takes a brute experience for one to concede their careless actions. Mine was being pulled over by a cop for suspicion of DUI. I remember it being one of the scariest moments in my life since I had never been arrested before.

    I agreed to take the Breathalyzer test while remaining in custody at the police station. Luckily, I was under the BAC limit by .04 and was released with only having to pay for the impounding of my car. Having learned my lesson, I only limit myself to two drinks a night if driving home, and drink a bottle of water prior to leaving the bar.


    I remember this!!!

    I'm a rather heavy drinker, if I have the opportunity. One opportunity is NOT when I'm driving.

    If it's on a motorcycle, I always limit myself to 1, and always timed so I have at least an hour or more after I finish before I get on the saddle. A bike takes a lot more motor skills to operate than a car.

    With a car I allow myself 2 drinks, sometimes 3 if the evening if long enough, but also nothing after an hour before I expect to be driving. The thought of getting a DUI/DWI is bad enough, but hurting others on the road would destroy me.

    On the other hand, if someone else is driving, I drink till I drop! LOL!!!
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    Jul 17, 2010 1:56 AM GMT
    It's good to know you didn't hurt anybody else, and that you're okay.

    Take care of yourself.
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    Jul 17, 2010 2:17 AM GMT
    This really makes me think...
    Should I have a set of before pictures with my car intact just in case I need to illustrate a point in the future? Because I don't think I've ever photographed my vehicle and now I feel unprepared for things that might come icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 17, 2010 3:17 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidWhat? You thought all of us who put up the videos and talked about how dangerous it was weren't telling you the truth?

    Glad to hear you are o.k., but, you must have a learning disability because you were warned, and,...it was obvious how dangerous it was.

    Good for you for spreading the word. Too bad you had to not heed some common sense to begin with.

    Wouldn't you have felt horrible if you had killed someone instead of just thrashing your car and yourself? What were you thinking? Oh, right...you weren't.


    Chuckystud experience is a teacher like none other. I'm sure there was something in your life that others told you "hey don't do this" or "it would be wise if you did this" and I'm sure you didn't fully heed them.

    Like many of us xcvbn is human, he though he was invincible as he said "I thought i was a pro at it even."

    Your harsh I told you so matter of fact tone, doesn't do anything to help the situation at all. All your doing is backseat quarterbacking, which in hindsight everyone can do but in reality it does nothing.

    Sadly he had to learn the hard way, I'm sure he's heard enough from friends and family already no need to continue to put him through it. All we can and should say is glad your okay, now recover.

    Being in a few auto wrecks myself I can say for certain you beat yourself up more than anyone else can.
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    Jul 17, 2010 5:25 AM GMT
    My Dad is 85 years old and has NEVER had an "accident." I'm 50, and, not only have I never had an "accident", and, I've got a defensive driver's cert, too (saves 10% on my insurance).

    Any responsible person understands about operating a motor vehicle; that it's big, and heavy, and moving fast, and can kill you, and others.

    Good drivers don't have accidents, and good drivers don't get hit. They give driving the attention that it deserves.

    I'm happy for the poster here that he didn't kill himself, nor someone else, and, I'm also happy he's taking a leadership role in admitting that he was irresponsible, and careless, and could have killed himself or someone else. He may be saving a live / lives by doing so.
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    Jul 17, 2010 6:29 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidMy Dad is 85 years old and has NEVER had an "accident." I'm 50, and, not only have I never had an "accident", and, I've got a defensive driver's cert, too (saves 10% on my insurance).

    Any responsible person understands about operating a motor vehicle; that it's big, and heavy, and moving fast, and can kill you, and others.

    Good drivers don't have accidents, and good drivers don't get hit. They give driving the attention that it deserves.


    So my mother who was nearly killed by a 75yr old woman who disregarded a yield sign in a residential neighborhood, automatically disqualifies her as a bad driver, in the eye of insurance perhaps, with a bit of sense heavens no. My mother has been hit with speeding tickets and such but only in 1 count it 1 accident and was found not at fault. So your example of your father and yourself is moot.

    You cannot tell me that accidents don't happen, it's a factor of life that shit just happens to us all. Regardless off a peerless record or not, you can't say if tomorrow or the next day if you or your father will end up in a automobile accident even down to a "fender bender". Most normal people do not have clairvoyance to prevent unfortunate events. If they did, disaters such as accidents would not affect as many as they do.

    It's unrealistic to draw the conclusion that good drivers are only those who've never had accidents. No they are extremely fortunate in the eyes of statistics.

    I think sometimes we look too much at the negatives and not the final outcome. Yes, he txted while driving, yes he totaled his vehicle. Which I'm sure he's still paying the price of today. He's alive and lives to see another day much like yourself and your old man. Let look to see if he learned his lesson, which is most important. By the way the OP post read it seems he did.

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    Jul 17, 2010 6:46 AM GMT
    You should have signed the 'No Fone Zone'.

    Sorry you took the hard road.

    Glad you're ok.
  • xcvbn

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    Jul 17, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidMaybe you might also volunteer to bring those photos and speak at local high schools. It might really make a difference and give you some satisfaction. You could save a life.



    I already booked two highshools to speak at for this Up coming school year.

    To answer some
    Questions.

    The car was a hs graduation gift. I didn't have to pay for college since i landed full ride Scholarships and some other ones too. And since I didn't leave my hometown well the money went in for the car.


    I don't mind the negative remarks, I know my action was stupid; so it well deserved. And I dealt/ dealing with the consequences. So thank god no one else was Hurt.. But this serves as a stepping
    Stone To Make others realize it
    Really could happen to anyone. I wanted to share my experience With all of you as hard as it is.