Just A Bunch Of Distracted Teens Driving Moms Car, Nearly Killing Themselves And Others

Submitted by: theman01 1 month ago Misc


This split screen video gives you a pretty scary look at teens on their phone on one side, and the road on the other. 
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The girl at 1:20 is like "Yeah, no sweat, I've been through this before..." *SMH*
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Male 525
This is why all teenagers should use self driving cars...

I feel a little old saying this, but cellphones were not as common when I first started driving. That said I still knew not to do anything inside the car that took my eyes off the road for longer then it takes to check the side/rearview mirrors.

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Female 3,280
When my elder son was 18, he drove himself and his little brother (15 at the time) to school about 15 miles each way and one day drifted into the oncoming lane on a 55 mph stretch of road.  He said he was lighting a cigarette and just took his eyes off the road a second, but that was enough to move into the path of a truck, also going 55+.  The driver's side of the car was obliterated and just about everything on the left side of his body was crushed/broken.  The EMT's (in the choppah!) lost him a couple of times on the flight to Huntsville AL (that has an AMAZING trauma unit) whom patched him up from the plastic cup holding his eyeball in, to the screws, pins, bolts and titanium rods holding this kid together.  (left arm, ribs, femur, face, removal of gall bladder, part of his liver etc)   The team of Dr's at first, told me he was looking at not walking again, and if he was it wouldn't be for months, that his rehab would be long and hard (giggidy) etc... 4 weeks later, he was able to walk out on his own power (after the obligatory wheel chair ride to the door lol) and has healed 99%.   

It was a damn close call that changed his life (kept him from joining the Marines which broke his heart)  But he's moving towards EMT now himself as a career.  

oh.. and my younger got a small abrasion on his nose from the airbag and his hip hurt from the seat belt.  While they had to use the jaws of life to cut the first one out... the second just opened his door and walked away.   He was pissed he had to go back to school but his brother got to stay out a month lol  
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Male 1,133
It does not have a lot to do with driving skill, numerous study's have shown that talking on the phone is likened  to being drunk, even when using a hands off unit. Using a phone while driving effects the brain completely different then even talking to some one in the car,   the study's I have seen referenced to say, to a one, that talking on the phone should not be done at all, pull over and talk and that's the answer. And texting is just as out.  I have seen people reading putting on makeup and the like but the number pales in comparison to phone use during driving. Get off your phone and drive. For fun during morning rush hour I have counted just women on the phone and its way up to 70, 80 percent it seams like.
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Male 205
casaledana Bullshit studies. Talking with someone in the car is the same thing.

Female teens use their phones in car more than male teens, but male teens are involved in twice the amount of deadly accidents.

These "studies" completely ignore that most people talk on the phone while driving, yet these cases are a very smart part of deadly accidents which tend to be either drunk drivers or young teens trying to drive like they're racing (without using phone).

When you look at small accidents involving talking on the phone it's always the same people, retards who talk too much and are generally bad at everything else.
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Male 429
Fojos Those studies are not BS if you just stop to think about it.  First of all, if someone is in the car talking to you, they are also watching the road and will normally, naturally without thinking about it, also be paying attention to the road, and if you need to be paying attention, will pause in their speech to let you drive.  Someone one the other end of the phone can't see what you doing and may not even know you are driving.

In addition, unless you use hands=free it also takes a hand off the wheel.

Even if using hands-free, you still need to look at the phone to make a call or look at the phone to see who it is calling you, taking your eyes off the road.

Clearly, talking on the phone is not the same as talking to someone in the car with you.  Main reason being, they are not seeing what you are seeing and responding to what is going on around you.  They may even be responding to what is going on around them, which causes you to think about that too instead of what is going on around you.
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Male 1,133
Fojos  "A University of Utah study implies driving while talking on a cell phone reduces a driver’s response time to the same levels observed in drunk drivers and “old folks.” Even though automakers initially built mobile phones into car systems, and they continue to design successive generations of sophisticated telecommunications bundles, statistics are mounting that suggest distractions from cell phones increase accidents.  Hands-free phones may even lead drivers to believe they are safer, argue some safety advocates. Complex business transactions and emotionally involved conversations reduce driver reaction times and steal away attention. on the part of all drivers. " The benchmark study comes from the University of Utah in 2006. A test of 41 adults found that driving while intoxicated was actually less dangerous than driving while talking on a hand-held phone or a hands-free phone. The study found non difference between performance in the hand-held and hands-free conditions, but cellphone users had more crashes than drunk drivers. That was a small study but its results have been repeated."  Fojos You are just trying to justify your use of a phone while driving and this is only two such studies. Take a close look at your behavior.
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Male 205
casaledana I don't use the phone while driving, I barely even talk with people on the phone at all. It still doesn't change the fact that most serious accidents are caused by young guys who drive like they're racing and not even close to using any phone.

If these studies were really thorough, we'd see a lot more accidents on the road because you see almost everyone talking on the phone, while someone who is driving drunk is actually very likely to crash.

They don't even seem to realize that it's not just about response time, in that case we should only allow young athletes or gamers to drive.

p.s. what simulators show does not really matter when we can look at the cause of crashes in real life. Especially because these simulators are often very different from actually driving in real life.
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Male 795
casaledana Yes, but let's break this down a bit further, shall we? More drivers had wrecks while on the phone than while intoxicated. Ok, good information. But how is it compiled? Think about this: there have been many statistics that prove that more red cars are involved in wrecks than any other color. Does the color red cause more wrecks? Hardly. Superimpose the percentages of wrecks involving red cars over the percentage of total cars on the road that are red. You will find a very interesting correlation. The numbers match up. There ARE more wrecks involving red cars, simply because there are more red cars on the road than any other color. This is from a really old study, so the numbers may not work out that way any more (eg. blue may be the predominant color now, with more wrecks involving blue cars), but it still paints a very good picture of how statistics can be skewed to forward a particular agenda. I'm betting that if w
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Male 1,083
casaledana I guess I missed used the term skill test, my point was if there was a difficult  test (even for experienced drivers) where new drivers feel the risk of driving by being forced into dangerous situations but in a safe environment. Basically a closed course like Canada's worst driver. If they learn first hand how it feels to lose control of a vehicle before they've been driving for a long time without any danger they might think once maybe even twice before distracting them selves while driving.
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Male 2,668
The blonde girl 1:12 seemed pretty unfazed by it all - not her first time I guess.
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Male 1,083
Looking at the comments I don't think waiting for people to be older to get drivers license is the solution. New drivers are bad but weather your 16 or 26 you are still a new driver and will be a bad. 
Not sure how to fix distracted driving but drivers tests should be a lot tougher. Not just a road test but a skill/ability test.

edit: missed some words
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Male 5,641
uatme "distracted driving" That's the key phrase. Cell phones have made it much worse but, even before there were cell phones I saw men shaving and women putting on makeup, looking in the mirror, while they drove in New York rush hour traffic. More recently I've also seen plenty of people who were old enough to be seasoned drivers swerving on the road because they were too busy checking their phones to pay sufficient attention to their driving. What makes it really scary is that I've seen plenty of young school kids walking out into the street without looking because they, too, were just looking at their cell phones. A recipe for disaster! 
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Male 5,044
uatme It's not only about driving skill, it's about sense of responsibility and during adolescence also 2 years can make a big difference. I'm not sayng that an 18 year old will be a perfect driver but probably will have more integrity than a 16 year old. At 16, especially nowaday, they are still kids. How you can allow a kid to use a car? A car can be a weapon and it's better to be handled by someone that have more coscience.

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Female 35
piperfawn Most of the people I go past that are on the phone or doing make up are well over 30. 
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Male 1,083
piperfawn Nowaday isn't true, I don't think kids now a day are any different. I agree its not all about skill but that should be easy to weed out. Where to draw the line is tough I know 30 year olds less conscienc than 16 or even younger.
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Male 1,805
I think texting and driving should be a a graduated punishment
  • 1st offence - 1 year ban
  • 2nd offence- 5 year driving ban
  • 3rd offenc - lifetime ban
  • If harm is done to anyone , even if first iffence - it is a lifetime ban.

There is just no excuse for this, if you want to text in a car, have a non- texter driving for you.  Those poles could have just as easily been people
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Male 727
monkwarrior or cyclist/motorcyclists.  If you hit one of them they are dead - no second chances.
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Male 5,044
In my opinion  releasing a driver licence to a 16 years old is an error, is too early.
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Female 3,280
piperfawn Va was looking into "no night time driving until 18" but I think it fell through.
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Male 19,981
piperfawn I agree -- I've gotten 7 tickets in my lifetime and 5 of them were within the first two years of me getting my license in high school. 
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Male 429
fancylad But was it age or driving experience that prevented you from getting tickets after that?  If you started driving at 18 instead of 16, would you still have gotten those 5 tickets in the first two years of driving?  More than likely, because you had no prior experience.

Think about a pilots license.  They have to have hours logged flying in order to get their license.  Other than a minimum required age, age has nothing to do with it.  A 20 year old and a 50 year old both getting a pilots license will likely make the same types of errors because they both have a lack of any experience.
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Male 19,981
I really thought we were going to see one of these kids flying through the windshield. 

As someone who's been driving for a long time, I can change my stereo, A/C, heat, or reach into my glovebox without my eyes leaving the road. I don't think new drivers have enough miles logged to be comfortable doing that.
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Male 37,046
fancylad Amazing video, I hope it's effective on changing kids habits.

That's the key there fancyLad: keep your eyes on the road! One second away maximum, and not while backing up, lolz! It's just too easy to get distracted and 2-3 seconds is all it takes to crash.
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