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Drivers pledge to wait to text


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- AT&T is sponsoring a no texting and driving pledge on their website today.

The "No Text On Board" campaign is to remind drivers that texting can wait until you're not behind the wheel. The campaign is targeted at younger drivers.

For more information and to make the pledge, visit the website

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This issue can be EASILY fixed

If the cellular companies wanted to fix this as they claim they do, it would be a piece of cake - literally!

EVERY cell phone currently on any carrier's network has an embedded GPS. Without getting horribly technical, the embedded GPS does not have alot of capabilities, and definitely isn't really all that fast to determine exact location, but they ALL can tell when they are in motion. Maybe not the exact speed, but it is possible to determine that the phone is moving at the speeds that a vehicle moves at vs. someone walking.

In addition, all phones on all networks can have their firmware (program that the phone runs) updated, and most phones can have their firmware updated over the air.

Here's the fix. Have the carriers request the phone manufacturers make a change to the firmware that adds an option to disable text options while the phone is in significant motion. Maybe still alert that a text has been received, but not display from who or what the subject is - if you want to know, you'll have to stop to see. Yes, it will mess with the ability to text while someone else is driving, but that's a pretty small price to pay.

That is dumb

That is dumb


How's that dumb? Just because it would keep YOU from steering with your knees while driving down college road doesn't mean it's dumb. I've seen you do it.
It would stop dumb people from doing something really dumb. It would also keep the younger drivers who just haven't learned yet from doing something really dumb.