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Is texting, talking while driving crucial to work life balance?

Heated debates are going on all over the country on whether to ban text messaging and cell phone use while driving. I've really been thinking a lot about this topic after judging a high school contest and talking to a student who has formed an organization urging people to stop texting and talking in their cars (STATIC). I really don't think teens have the maturity to text or talk on their cell phones and drive the car. I am going to ban my kids from doing it until they are driving for a few years. But I have to wonder whether adults have the maturity?

In Florida, momentum is building for a measure that would ban text messaging while driving. Distractions caused by mobile devices contribute to 6,000 deaths each year on America's highways. That's a scary number. (I bet politicians have a hard time with this because most of them text and drive.) Many people feel like using a blue tooth is okay. I have a hands free device, too, but I have to admit when you are talking on the phone you can get distracted. There's no way around it.

I have kids that will be driving soon. I figured I should start to role model good driving behavior for them. So, I tried to go cold turkey and stop using my cell in the car. What I soon realized was that my work life balance requires me to get things done while on the road. Putting the cell away is VERY challenging. I am now working on a happy medium, trying to use my cell more sparingly in the car and NEVER texting while driving. 

Do you think cell use should be banned while driving? Would your work life balance be challenged?



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Aja

I guess when you're dead or kill someone else, it's not that important now is it?

We have HB 19 in GA we're trying to pass.

Megan

I was wondering the same thing. I don't text while driving, but I do talk on the phone, mostly hands-free since that's the law in Washington and Oregon, where I live.

The thing is, sometimes, being in the car is the only quiet time I have to make calls. Right or wrong, I've become accustomed to taking this time to touch base with clients and family.

I know that it's not the *safest* thing in the world, and I've become more aware of this. But we all do things while driving that could be considered unsafe - say, eating, smoking or even getting in a heated conversation with your passenger? Where do you draw the line?

Rose

Agree on the point that there are many things that can distract a driver while driving - Radio/CD/DVD players, putting on makeup, eating, kids fighting in the back seat, ... Texting is by far the worse because it really forces you to take your eyes off the road entirely. Phone calls don't seem to be any worse than any other distraction listed previously.

Cindy Goodman

Texting while driving really does scare me. I would think people would also be scared about what kind of message they are sending to the receiver. Both driving and messaging suffers. Just pull over or wait for a red light.

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