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Texting and biking

Posted Monday, October 18, 2010, at 12:13 AM

We've heard repeatedly about the dangers of texting and driving.

But over the weekend a teenage boy riding a bicycle was on one of the sharp curves on Mead Drive (near Eakin School) texting while riding his and nearly swerved into my path.

He was looking directly down at his cell phone and from the movement of the fingers on one of his hands it was obvious he was texting.

Sooner or later someone around here's going to get hurt doing that...


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I wonder if phone manufacturers could put a motion sensor that disables texting when it senses motion that is more than a foot long?

They would all have to do it and I am sure there would be fussing, but how many serious accidents could be avoided? Even foot sprains from walking and texting.

Yes, I know. We should have enough common sense, but.....

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 8:09 AM

The motion sensor idea would not work. It would prevent passengers in cars, trains, subways, buses etc from texting. What's the point in that?

-- Posted by Chad O on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 9:25 AM

I know. There is a kid that walks up and down our road, as well as ride his bike. He's almost gotten hit by cars in front of my house a couple of times because he's texting and not paying attention to what he is doing.

It's very sad to think that kids and some adults think that they have to have technology going on 24/7.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 2:43 PM

With global positioning devices, I would think the trains and subways could be overcome.

Maybe parental control would be good. If the person is under the age of legal responsibility, the parents would have to over-ride the motion detector, thus taking responsibility for their child's AND other's safety. Comparable to a parent supplying the alcohol.

Manufacture's could also make the phone lock upon motion but un-lockable by an adult. This way we would at least have to make a conscious choice to over-ride it. Kind of a reminder to those who are on auto-pilot.

Yes, it is a bit of an annoyance, but so is being dead, paralyzed or causing this to someone else. The same thing could be done for using or not using a hands-free device.

A warning screen could come up reminding folks that it is illegal and unsafe to text while driving or in areas where hands-free devices are law, it could warn of that as well. That feature might save on tickets for those traveling to new areas.

Is it babysitting, sure. Should it be needed, heck no, and if you could only kill or injure yourself, maybe society should stay out of it, but that is not the case.

Just an opinion folks. I do not always do the wise thing either.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 4:15 PM

Probably not the smartest thing you could do but I do have to say he is very talented to be able to ride a bike and text at the same time. Unfortunately at my age it takes all my concentration just to text. Riding a bike is not even an option any longer . But to be able to do both at once Wow .. maybe he should learn to juggle while riding a bike too.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 9:35 PM

Sounds like one of those Allstate "mayhem" commercials in the making, lol.

-- Posted by greasemonkey on Thu, Oct 21, 2010, at 7:28 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.