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Posted By: robomatic
08-Mar-19 - 10:57 PM
Thread Name: BS: Phone related traffic deaths
Subject: RE: BS: Phone related traffic deaths
Two people I knew from my congregation were killed in their car when a young man in a pickup truck crossed the center line and collided head-on with them. There was a DVD player on his dashboard, but when it went to court the defense attorney argued that the State's technical folk had not proved that the surviving driver had been watching it at the time of impact.

There have been cases of truck drivers and railroad engineers crashing due to distraction while texting. Usually the data from texting is time stamped and easy to relate to actual time of accident.

I see people all the time on the phone in their cars, meaning they are handling a phone with a hand, that should be on a steering wheel or shifter, against the side of their head. While I'm not a fan of people doing this, it is legal to place and receive calls while driving in Alaska. Driving while distracted is illegal, hence I guess if you're on the phone and get in an accident, you are distracted. Texting is considered a distraction, so I don't envy the cops trying to see through auto and SUV windows, many of which are tinted too dark to see inside anyway, and figure out what a driver is doing.

I do not know how many people are hauled over by the traffic police. Our police are pretty conscientious and I'll bet they are doing this when they can; I used to be annoyed by people sitting in their cars in parking lots, when I'm looking for a parking space myself, then I realize many are practising safe phone use and that I need the exercise of a slightly longer walk anyway.