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#1 6 years ago

Is it illegal to text message when you drive if you are speaking the text message, instead of typing it?




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#2 6 years ago

At least in the UK, yes it is. The part of the law of interest is 'interacting with' - how you interact with it isn't specified.




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#3 6 years ago

In the Netherlands, it's not allowed to have any smartphone or similar items in your hand whilst driving.

So yes.


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#4 6 years ago

It is in Canada as well, one of my friends got into a fender bender because of some guy driving while talking on his phone. Best part is, it was my friends fault and she managed to sue the guy for almost $1.5k. =p

So apparently women can't drive but they can manipulate the court room.




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#5 6 years ago
Schofield;5606683So apparently women can't drive but they can manipulate the court room.

Heh.

Yeah, in the UK it is illegal to be on the phone whilst driving, though I have seen many people doing it. If only I had the time to signal them all I would. When driving, people should have two hands on the controls (steering wheel, gear stick ect) and be completely focused. A little music is okay, as is light conversation to a passenger ~ they're there to keep an eye out for potential hazards too.

Talking on a phone, drinking, eating and smoking though, I don't think should be permitted. It's reckless and unnecessary.




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#6 6 years ago

I only ever text at stoplights. That's the only time I even consider doing it, and even then you can be too distracted to notice the light change to green. Had that happen a couple times, but the worst that can happen with that is you get honked at by the car behind. =p




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#7 6 years ago
Totes;5606687I only ever text at stoplights. That's the only time I even consider doing it, and even then you can be too distracted to notice the light change to green. Had that happen a couple times, but the worst that can happen with that is you get honked at by the car behind.

I'll admit, I've checked texts (or missed calls) when at stop points, but I've never replied to them. If they're that important, I'll pull over somewhere to reply, otherwise the recipient can wait until I've reached my destination.




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#8 6 years ago

Failure to make progress when safe to do so decreases the average distance between cars, and thus increases the occurrence of traffic jams and accidents. In the UK at least, undue hesitation is a failing fault on your driving test. Of course if there's sweet FA around - not particularly important. But really, it's not something you should be doing too much of, if you do it at all.

I don't answer any calls or texts when driving - the phone goes in a craddle on the windscreen and serves as GPS/recorder for the drive.




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#9 6 years ago

As of right now drivers under the age of 21 prohibited from text messaging while driving in the state of Missouri. They were going to change it I guess, but time ran out on the bill or something XD




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#10 6 years ago

So long as it's a handfree device it's legal. I think it's up to the judgement of the officer that pulls you over (if you get pulled over) whether or not it was a distraction to you while you were driving.