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Texting a Driver in NJ May Make People Liable for Accidents

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bad idea

navydave

Aug 29, 2013, 9:36 AM
Very bad idea with no end to it. Next thing will holding Mom liable for sending the kid out to get milk.
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mreman64

Aug 29, 2013, 10:31 AM
I agree. Often if I know somebody is driving and I need to get a message to them I'll text them so that they'll get it after they get out of the car so I don't need to remember to send it to them. Also, nowadays most smartphones have a driving mode where it will read an incoming text out loud to you. Am I liable for an accident because I knew you were driving, even though I had no way of knowing if you would actually check your text while driving and not have a driving mode to read the text to you out loud?
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KOL4420

Aug 29, 2013, 10:41 AM
Have you herd of hands free communication? How about voice activated features on your phone? Or my personal favorite an app on your phone that sends an automatic message letting the sender know that you are driving and will respond after you stop, also you can customize said message to "Hey if this is an emergency call me" I have a bluetooth, bluetooth car equipt vehicle, or a wired headset.... seriously with all the technology we have now THERE IS NO EXCUSE.
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crood

Aug 30, 2013, 10:11 AM
Studies have pretty much concluded that hands free does little to nothing to reduce distraction.
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KOL4420

Aug 29, 2013, 10:38 AM
GENIUS! I completely agree with this. It makes sense. Its not a simple as a mother getting blamed for an accident for texting her son to get milk. Its pretty much common sense. If a mother text her son to get milk son reads it that is that or if he wants reply's "K" taking a total of maybe 4 seconds. Maybe the driver is responsible and doesnt read or respond until after he is at a red light or already smart enough to understand that technology allows to respond without looking or touching the phone with a simple voice activated response.

The ruling is very clear as to an exchange via text message that would distract a driver would require multiple text messages sent between users and user would already be aware that the drive is driving....
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arox413

Aug 30, 2013, 7:13 AM
I'm sorry though holding someone liable for the behavior of others is not a good idea. I may know your driving but maybe I think you're using hands free or that maybe you're only replying at red lights or stop signs. Bottom line the only person responsible is the driver, this is nothing more than a ploy to get more lawsuits involved. If you want people to stop texting and driving come out with harsher punishments or technology that does not allow them to.
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Versed

Aug 30, 2013, 9:16 PM
Well, welcome to America, and the New Jersey Soviet Socialist Republic.
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DarkStar

Aug 30, 2013, 3:54 PM
You do know that laws like these don't make people stop texting while driving. It does nothing at all to prevent it.

How is blaming someone else for another persons poor choices any good?
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Versed

Aug 30, 2013, 9:22 PM
I live in NJ, and I do remember in the news when this event occured. Sure, it has to be proved, but, now anyone with a cellphone involved with an accident, the opposing schister is going to suponea anyone who texted, and these people are going to have to go through a legal expense.

Its illegal to text and drive, that is a good thing, no argument, there is no reason for that person not to keep their phone in their pocket and ignore the text or call, and then pull over park the car and answer. Its the drivers responsiblity.

Right now for better or worse there is a mobile device hysteria while driving. Yes it distracts, and texting beyound the doubt is the worst But I don't see lables on lipstick, hair driers, fast food bags sta...
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chaos33709

Aug 30, 2013, 11:56 PM
It should be illegal to operate cell phone while driving let alone just texting.
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Versed

Aug 31, 2013, 8:11 AM
I agree, and the list of distractions I made prior to your post and include them in any draconian legislation. Oh BTW, there have been laws for sometime against distractions and driving.
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