Too much texting and driving
Tue, 17 Jul 2012 7:00p.m.
Last night Campbell Live brought you the story of three young women who are trying to get drivers to stop texting.
The law banning the use of mobile phones while driving was introduced in 2009. Despite that, it took just a few months for someone to be killed by that very thing - a 93-year-old woman, hit on a pedestrian crossing outside a hospital.
That woman's granddaughter, like the three young women last night, wants people to change, because the loss of life, and the devastation that follows a fatal crash, just isn't worth the few seconds it takes to send a text.
Watch the video to see Lachlan Forsyth’s report.
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24/07/2012 8:54:45 p.m.
The only thing that to 100% would have saved her life is protected lanes so oncoming traffic can not meet. Raising money and to talking about protected lanes for both cars and bicycles would save more lives than talking about texting (might not save 1 single life)!
The safest country (decent size) in the world to drive in is Sweden(although several people dies in car crashes due to ice and mooses) . They allow talking/texting on mobiles and their road department recently(4 months ago) adviced the goverment to keep allowing talking and texting on mobiles. Now talking on a mobil is a distraction and if an accident happens the person should be responsible. There are however so many distractions and talking on a mobile is only one.
Everybody do mistakes on the road and the only way to reduce deaths is protected lanes!
Some other thoughts: One person might be able to text without the need to look at the phone. I am however not comfortable to text but it is less likely I get fined than if I talk on the mobile. It is more distracting for me to use handsfree than talking on a mobile. The law has forced people to use methods they are not good to handle.
18/07/2012 7:12:30 p.m.
What an extremely courageous boy to tell his mothers story. Was really wonderful to learn about his mother and hear their side to this tragedy after watching the three girls last night. I admire his strength and think it is a fantastic idea to join forces with the girls to spread this no texting and driving message. I send all my strength and love to him. Jo
18/07/2012 6:59:50 p.m.
I am 11yrs old and watched this story on Monday night. It impacted me so much that I am now doing my speech homework on this subject. My friends and I do not drive but if I can get the point across maybe my school friends will take the message home to their families. I would love to have the girls come talk to my school to but they nerd funding to do this. Please NZ help them and me get this message out to all.
18/07/2012 9:41:46 a.m.
ordinary joe wrote:
One death from texting since 2009...? I would regard that as a success. How many have died in cycling, driving, sporting etc etc accidents? Get some perspective. Texting can be dangerous, but if you're stuck in a traffic jam how can it hurt? Meantime people are feezing in red zone houses and sleeping in cars. NZ always has a gift for focusing on the insignificant.
18/07/2012 8:38:14 a.m.
About time a campaign against using mobiles in cars was started.I do a lot of walking and every day I see people driving around with a phone stuck to their air and the biggest majority are women who obviously don't give a stuff about others on the road.If caught it should be instant confiscation of the phone
18/07/2012 6:44:35 a.m.
Yet we allow cigarette smoking in society, where is the logic and priorities in this?
How many people die of smoking related illnesses each year compared to texting in a car?
Thats right becuase one is big business!
17/07/2012 10:30:18 p.m.
I hope they reach the people who are putting others at risk and ultimately start awareness, and save lives.
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