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New software helps parents prevent kids from texting while driving

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Since December 1st, texting has been illegal at the wheel, but whether the ban is effective remains to be seen, just ask Chief Ralph Evangelous: “How are you going to enforce that? I mean it’s virtually impossible. How are you going to tell whether someone is texting or someone is just trying to talk on the phone?” Enforceable or not, the texting issue is a big problem, especially among teens. Laura Honeycutt of Wilmington said there was actually a wreck the other day that I was in and it involved texting. Most of my friends do it and their parents don't like it. In fact more than three-quarters of teens say they have done it at one time or another. The new program uses cell phone GPS technology to disable messaging capabilities at speeds greater than ten miles per hour, but the control doesn't end there. The product also sends alerts if a teen has been speeding or disables texting at certain hours of the evening. These 'big brother' abilities have teens split on the issue. “I think its too controlling because it is just. I mean, there are kids that use it in case an emergency happens. I just think that its way too controlling and I’m not so good about the idea, i don't like the idea.” said Laura. Joey Dixon of Wilmington said I think it's a good idea because you really shouldn't be texting while you're driving, I mean it is safer that way because it'd be kind of stupid to die while you're driving.” How much privacy teens deserve while driving can be debated in the home. As for now, parents have the ability to be two places at once.

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The first girl who commented to my story on Dec 18!!!

Okay 1) Im only 15. How am I suppose to grow up if I don't even drive?? Joey; the other guy who was on the news with me about the texting.. doesnt drive either!! Maybe if you read the story again, I was in a wreck not meaning I was driving!! A car, which the driver was texting, had hit my mom from behind. Im saying I do not like the idea of having parents constantly tracking us teens. I agree with the gps but i do see problems with it as well. I mean i lost some friends from car accidents on river rd, etc... how are we going to find out when someone gets hit?? Will it notify us right away???? Next time you try to tell me to grow up, how about reading the story over again! Thank you :)

Solutions.....

What is not being discussed are SOLUTIONS to the problem…. And there are.
A the dominant tool is simple for parents to use - http://www.websafety.com/
Too many DEATHS are accruing due to texting while driving, let alone accidents that are occurring due to texting. Recall the advent for cell phones....safety was a primary reason for children to be provided cells phones...as technology has progresses it seems a dead given that parents would want to PROTECT their children with advanced technology. There is a solution…parents need to take accountability if their children has cell phones.

reminds of the "old" days

Sounds like these kids may have to put up with being caught with kids who don't follow rules. Just like when I was in grade school, one kid could break a rule - the whole class had to take the punishment for it. Was not fair then nor will it be fair now. But life is not always fair. I'm having fun reading the "chatting" on here.

Got it! Discontinue the text

Got it! Discontinue the text messaging function all together! Results: no more issues about nothing to do with text messaging and it will end this stupid arguing of this which is heading no where.....and fast! There are starvin' kids in China!

GPS to track kids by parents. Maybe

Remember when one of the car companies came out with the nifty idea of putting a brake light in the center of the car. A neat gimmick the Federal Government quickly seized upon and made mandatory for ALL new cars. GPS for parents will become GPS for the Sheriff, the Truancy Officer, the DMV, Homeland Security, etc. While we're at it GPS Electronic Surveillance Bracelets work pretty well too. Why not outfit your teenager with them. I mean it is for their own good. Let's do it for the children.

WOW

I-Pods, cell phones and texting, how did we survive growing up in the 50's, 60's & 70's

LOL

my kids have been asking when I am going to get them a cell phone...my answer...WHEN YOU CAN AFFORD ONE...I REFUSE to buy a cell phone for either of them...I got by without one...

Not to mention...

drinking water out of a garden hose, riding in a car without a seatbelt/car seat, real butter on bread, riding a bike without a helmet... the list is endless! The "woosification" of this country amazes me!

woosification! that's great!

woosification! that's great! I agree.

lol

I thought it was something when we got a home phone with an answering machine.

thanks grandpa Das. Tell us

thanks grandpa Das. Tell us again what it was like in the stone age grandpa.

das is a woman

That would be grandma Das.

Yes

I am. Thanks Guesty. Apparently that post was from some punk with a texting addiction. When are they ever going to learn that they are not invincible just because they are "younger"? (and SO MUCH stupider).

Text

So what happens if you are the passenger and want to text?? How will the phone know you are not driving??

WANT TO KNOW THE SAME THING!!!

IF THE PERSON WHO IS PUSHING FOR THIS SOFTWARE/LAW GETS IT IN FORCE, YES, WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS A PASSENGER IN THE CAR THAT WANTS OR NEEDS TO TEXT ? THIS MAKES NO SENSE... IF IT'S AGAINST THE LAW TO TEXT WHILE DRIVING.. THAT'S ONE THING.. BUT TO IMPLEMENT SOME TYPE OF SOFTWARE TO PREVENT TEXTING WHILE IN THE CAR (IE, PASSENGER) THAT'S NOT A VERY GOOD METHOD OF ENFORCEMENT. PASSENGERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO TEXT!
HAVE THE LAW MAKERS THOUGHT ABOUT THIS? I REALLY DO NOT THINK THEY HAVE. I THINK THEY NEED TO CONSIDER THIS OBJECTION! TEXTING WHILE DRIVING IS NOT APPROPRIATE, THIS IS TRUE.. BUT THIS SHOULD NOT BE SOMETHING THAT PREVENTS A PASSENGER FROM TEXTING WHILE IN A CAR THAT IS MOVING.. THAT'S PLAIN RIDICULOUS!

It's up to the parents to

It's up to the parents to enable or disable the TextSafety feature. For example, when they give their kids the keys to the car...

One question

It has good intent but how about if the teen is just a passenger in a car? Then they can't text. Also if that driver speeds, the parents will be misinformed that their teen was speeding. Good idea but too heavy handed.

Wouldn't you want to know if

Wouldn't you want to know if your child was a passenger in a car that was being operated unsafely. Regardless of who is driving, the danger is the same. BTW, no one NEEDS to text. If there is an emergency, pull over and call 911.

Not arguing the merit

I'm not arguing about stopping and calling 911 in case of emergency. Again, I wonder the specifics of the program. How often are the "maps" updated when speed limits change? Imagine Hwy 74 in Whiteville where the speed limit is now 70. If the "map" hadn't been updated it would report you at 15mph over. Is there a length of time or amount of speed the limit has to be exceeded before a message is sent? Imagine speeding up to 65 in a 55 zone two land road to pass a car.

texting and speeding

If you are passing a car on a two lane road posted speed 55mph,and your moving at 65mph,if clocked you will get a ticket.You can not speed to overtake another car.

Once again

I'm not worried about the ticket. It is called a hypothetical situation. My question from the beginning was is there any grace period before the software reports the violation to the parents?

Thank you!

Thank you!

If you have to speed up to

If you have to speed up to 10mph over the limit to pass, you shouldn't be passing. Why do people have to justify why it's okay for THEM to break the law, but not others? And we wonder why teens have a hard time taking responsiblity for their actions.

Thanks Dad. And we should

Thanks Dad. And we should never lie, right dad? Oh, and we shouldn't peoples feelings either, huh dad?

Sure thing

If you want to pass and hang out in the oncoming traffic lane, be my guest. I choose to go and get back into my lane as soon as safely possible. Look out for that log truck coming, they don't exactly stop on a dime but will stop when it drives over your hood.

Why do you have to pass?

Why do you have to pass?

Like you

Because like you the traffic might be slow and I don’t want to hang out in the oncoming traffic lane.

So there is no NEED to pass,

So there is no NEED to pass, you just WANT to and you want justification for breaking the speed limit to do it. If there is on-coming traffic, you shouldn't be in the lane for any amount of time. Being late or in a hurry is not a justification for speeding... except in your mind.

ummm, ok

Again, much like you the car in front might be slow. It might be going 50 in a 55. Yes, I want to pass and I’m going to get around it as quickly as safely possible. I'm not looking for justification nor did I ask for it. I pointed out a flaw in the software and you can't seem to grasp it.

Your little mind can't tell

Your little mind can't tell the difference between "speeding up" to pass and "speeding". One is legal, the other one isn't. Talk about calling the kettle black. You never did answer the question: Do you think it is okay to speed up to the point WHERE YOU ARE OVER the limit to pass a car? That's the point guest 101 is trying to make. Try answering the question instead of insulting.