Oct 29, 2010
Texting driver crashes into side of train near Queen Creek
And he had his kid in the car? Duh. Judge, throw the book at him!
Texting is just another distraction for already distracted drivers......... Common sense is Uncommon these days.:tb-hissyfit:
It seems to have completely left out of the growing up and educating process. That is quite certain!
:no6qp: And to think that he endangered his kid's life..... I agree, through the book at him!
Yep..The man said brains and he heard trains and wasn't waiting for one......I agree.. throw the book at him.:tb-mad:
IDIOTS like that should not be allowed to have kids.
Yep I agree throw the book at him, and everybody else that decides to text while driving.
Yes Scott Common sense now a days is certainly uncommon.
Cell phones need a sensor installed that picks-up vehicle movement and disables the phone from allowing texting.
If you were the inventor of this, you'd be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Better get to the basement and busy in your work shop!
Is this to stop transmission of the text, or the texting itself.
It would need be something endemic to the phone programming, something I doubt the manufacturers or carriers would be willing to do of their own accord, particularly the carriers.
It is worse than non-hands free talking on a phone whilst driving as it is taking your eyes off the road as well as your concentration. Even with the national laws here in Australia, complete with hefty fines and loss of points, doesn't stop people using their phones hand held.
I received a call last night from a friend. He'd almost been hit yesterday afternoon by a driver blabbing on a cell phone. Going slowly up I-5, traffic ducking all around, the fool changed lanes without looking, just as he was passing that idiot. I guess there's nothing you can do to stop stupidity, until they stop themselves- Against someone or something else.... :tb-wacky:
That yahoo should be banned from voting, owning a firearm, or drinking. See that he's already polluted the gene pool. Next, he'll probably get a judge who blames all problems on
How dare that evil railroad put a train in front of him!
I'm sure he'll try to blame someone else... :thumbs_down:
It all goes back to that familiar phrase,
*asks Trainboard to say it with him*
"YOU JUST CAN'T FIX STUPID!!!!" :tb-biggrin:
He needs to drive a stick. Maybe that will teach him to not text and drive. Owning a manual transmission eclipse, my right hand never leaves the stick, and since that leaves one hand to control the car, I have no way to text. Nor do I text in the first place. And worse yet, put a CHILD IN DANGER?!
No that's not the worse thing, the worst thing is that they'll put him in jail for 2 years, and not take his child away from him. Idiots like that should be locked up for life and never allowed to have any freedom again. If that sounds biast to you, it is.
I lost a cousin to a moronic driver like that. I was coming back from the Airport after he got home from Iraq and as we pulled out off the intersection to get on the highway, some idiot driver wasn't looking and t-boned us (Not my car, he left his camaro with me). Where did they hit? His side. Killed on impact. What was the driver doing? Texting. He gave his country service overseas and that's the welcome home he got, a moron with a cell phone. I got broken leg out of it.
It's worse when they do this around trains and with children. That child could have been killed. We need stricter enforcement of these laws. And the sad part of this whole news story is, the engineer will get blamed by the media. Why doesn't the public understand that a locomotive cannot be stopped like a car? How long will it take for the public to understand 3 simple rules:
STOP. LISTEN. LIVE.
The new Google Car.
Human drivers, are indeed, errous especially when drunk or tired behind the wheel of a car or distracted. Computers can be programmed to react to anything. But even though this is newer technology, I have to ask myself the same thing my cousins did about "unmanning the frontlines"..... Are we ready for this? This would be an AI computer, are we ready to test the functions of computer and robotic programming?
In my honest opinion, I don't believe we are ready for this. At least not in my lifetime.
I imagine sometime about oh, what was it, 13-15 years ago? Some people were asking these questions about DCC. Are we really ready for computers to take over running our trains? What fun will be left for us?
Or when the original Tron came out, everyone panicked that computers would take over the movie industry. Some guy will just sit in a room somewhere and press button, then poof, a movie will appear.
Well, no. Instead, we found it now takes (and adds) a great deal of modeling to build a DCC operated empire.
Instead of some guy in a room somewhere, entire studios added hundreds of thousands of jobs to make movies more realistic.
And with this technology for auto driving, the roads will be a safer place. Google has been developing this for quite some time, and only with one car that "reads" other car movements. Imagine if every car on the road had this technology where they would not only "read" each others movements, but communicate them before they even happen. If one car needs to slam on the breaks, the 5 cars behind it would instantly react as necessary instead of one after the other.
In a world where people think they can text while driving, while being in full control of the car, I think we're most certainly ready for auto-driving technology. In fact, not only are we ready for it, we NEED it. (As soon as it's perfected for a consumer market.) Otherwise, we're looking at another decade of headlines such as the title of this thread.
In Chicago it's basically illegal to drive with a phone in your hand. I think if the rest of the country did that, the roads would be a bit better. Nothing is more important than focusing on the road. And anyone whose driven on Lake Shore Drive in heavy traffic knows what I mean.
I'm pro technology, but I've always had this fear in the back of my mind that maybe we're advancing a bit too fast here. I mean full computerized cars? I like to drive. I don't like having someone do it for me to be honest.