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2012/6/6-7/20 [Transportation/Car] UID:54412 Activity:nil
6/6     "Massachusetts Teen Aaron Deveau Found Guilty in Landmark Texting
        Driving Case" (
        \_ Why does this make you happy?
           \_ Because I've seen too many texting drivers on the streets and
              freeways myself.  -- OP
              \_ Do you think that this punishment will deter texters? I
                 hate them too, I just doubt that throwing a few people
                 hate them too, I just doubt that throwing a someone
                 in jail for a few years will make any difference in
                 people's idiotic behavior.
                 \_ Agreed: we should institute a bounty system instead.
                    Take (from the passenger seat) incriminating pics of a
                    driver texting; get the driver ticketd; get paid.
                 \_ The other apparent solution hasn't worked either:
                    "No elegant technical fixes for distracted driving"
           (  -- OP
        \_ YES #2!!!
           \_ Why does this senseless slaughter make you happy?
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AdChoices Massachusetts Teen Aaron Deveau Found Guilty in Landmark Texting While Driving Case By LINSEY DAVIS | Good Morning America - 5 hours ago What do you feel about this article? REACT * happy * informative * depressing * odd * boring * angry * interesting * inspiring Vote Loading... Teen Aaron Deveau Faces Prison in Landmark Texting While Driving Case (ABC News) Mass. Teen Aaron Deveau Faces Prison in Landmark Texting While Driving Case (ABC News) Aaron Deveau, 18, was the first driver to be charged and convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting under Massachusetts law. Prosecutors said Deveau, who pleaded not guilty, was texting on Feb. there was no hope for him," the victim's sister Donna Burleigh testified in Haverhill District Court. Deveau was charged with motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, using a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle, reading or sending an electronic message, a marked lanes violation, and two counts of negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use. Deveau's lawyer argued that there was no evidence the crash caused Bowley's death. When Deveau testified Tuesday he said he was distracted by the amount of homework he had to do and was not sending or reading a text message in the moments before the crash. He said he sent his last text message while parked in the parking lot of the grocery store where he worked. According to Deveau's testimony, his phone remained in the passenger's seat until after the crash, when he called his parents. But prosecutors argued that Deveau was not paying attention when the vehicles collided. Phone records indicated he sent a text message at 2:34 pm and received a response at 2:35 pm Police said the crash occurred at 2:36 pm "The defendant sent and received 193 texts on Feb 20, 2011," a prosecutor told the court. In a videotaped statement recorded after the crash, Deveau, then 17, had a question for police: "If anything happens to them, if one passes away, what would happen to me?" Texting while driving is a crime in Washington, DC, and 38 states, including Massachusetts. A young girl that almost hit me turned off into a parking lot and hit a concrete barrier. Texting while driving is as irresponsible and dangerous as driving while drunk. Anya J 1 hour 19 minutes ago and it has been proven that teens are the worst drivers. I have been involved in 3 accidents my entire life, every time, EVERY TIME I was hit by a teen not paying attention, and that was before "texting" became the latest thing to do while driving. When someone causes a wreck due to absolute carlessness they should have their license suspended for at least 2 years. For killing someone due to carelessness such as this the penalty should be very stiff. Edward o 1 hour 56 minutes ago Motor vehicle accidents caused by cell phone use now outnumber DWI accidents by two to one. Both are situations where the driver voluntarily engages in activity that results in a collision. I'm pretty sure that if one of your loved ones is killed as a result of a cell phone user or someone under the influence of an intoxicant, it is no consolation to the devastated family. It is also a disgrace to see this "adult" take the witness stand and basically commit aggravated perjury in his testimony, in addition to being responsible for the death of a father of three children, and get sentenced to "one year" in prison. The only message that sends is, even under the worst case scenario, the most I will get is one year in prison. If he is eighteen now, and serves his full sentence, he will get out when he is nineteen? Nice to see a conviction, but the sentence is a disgrace. And, please don't tell me about this poor young man's life. I will save my sympathy for the family of the deceased victim. Charles N o 46 minutes ago So many ways to die these days. It's a shame that this guy made it 55 years into his life, only to be done in by some self centered twit of a teenager who was only worried about what would happen to HIM if the victim died. I am very glad that this teen will be punished with prison time for texting while driving. I am about to post this article to my teen son's facebook page, along with some of his friends pages, so that they can see for themselves that there are consequences, even beyond their own death or injury, that can come out of texting while driving. Average Joe o 47 minutes ago I drive a car that allows hands-free cellphone use. I push a couple of buttons on the steering wheel to answer, hang-up, etc. Talking on the cell phone under those circumstances is a distraction. My son in law does it all the time, I refuse to ride with him. Rapunzel o 1 hour 40 minutes ago This is my take on this whole thing. Before there were cell phones, we had to wait until we reached our destination to either make a call or receive a call. I see too many people in my country with cell phones stuck on to their ears doing crap on the roads.
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Dylan Young, 18, poses for The Associated Press as a vehicle cruises by, Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in North Arlington, NJ Young, a senior at North Arlington High, was in a fender-bender accident caused by being distracted while texting and driving. More than half of high school seniors say they text or email while driving, according to a jarring new study that offers the first federal statistics on how common the dangerous habit is in teens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the numbers Thursday, June 7, 2012. They come from a 2011 survey of about 15,000 high school students across the country. The study found 58 percent of high school seniors said that, in the previous month, they had texted or emailed while driving. Dialing or texting on a phone is a proven distraction when you're behind the wheel. And as "smart" as today's phones are, they can't compensate for human folly. Phone makers and software developers are making a valiant effort to create elegant technical solutions, but, try as they might, they've yet to solve the problem of distracted driving. A new survey, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week, exposes just how severe the problem is -- especially among young drivers. In the survey, about 58 percent of high school seniors said they had texted or emailed while driving during the previous month. About 43 percent of high school juniors acknowledged they did the same thing. Even so, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said distracted driving is "a national epidemic". There's a bevy of phone applications (or apps) that silence a phone when they detect that the device is moving at car speed. Although they carry names like "SecuraFone" these solutions all have limitations that prevent them from being widely adopted. One big shortcoming is that they can't tell drivers from passengers. Most of the apps assume any phone that's travelling at more than 10 miles per hour belongs to a driver. Of course, that phone might belong to someone in the back seat, or on a bus or train. That means these apps come with easy override buttons -- which could also be used by a driver. Teen gets prison in landmark texting-while-driving case On the plus side, these apps are "generally reliable," said Russ Rader, spokesman for the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. They're also a lot cheaper than they were when they debuted two or three years ago. At the time, app developers figuring that safety was priceless, charged around $40 for their products, plus recurring fees of around $4 per month. gives away its Drive First app and charges $2 per month for the service. ZoomSafer and CellControl are two companies that offer slightly more sophisticated solutions: apps that make sure you're in your car before putting the phone in "driver mode." The phone listens for a wireless signal, either from the car's built-in electronic system or from a proprietary device that plugs into the engine-diagnostics port. The phone is wirelessly linked to the car, so people who don't usually drive the vehicle can ride as passengers without having their phones go silent. Using these apps, a driver who leaves his car behind and rides the bus won't have his phone silenced. These apps are more difficult to set up, and more expensive. Cellcontrol charges $130 for the device that emits the wireless signal. Rader sees these as possible solutions for employers who manage fleets of vehicles and need to make sure drivers comply with the law. They may also offer some relief for parents of teenagers. The iPhone doesn't let apps run "in the background" -- that is, while the user does other things. One startup company has devised a novel way of encouraging safe driving, even on iPhones. Its idea is to use an economic incentive: it records users' behavior and pays them when they leave the phone alone until the end of the trip. The app appears to have become a victim of its own success. SafeCellApp started out in 2010 by paying $1 per 100 miles, with a maximum payout of $250 per person per year. But last year, it changed that to $1 per 1000 miles, paying at most $20 per year. The app costs $12, plus a subscription fee of $12 per year. Most reviewers in Apple's App Store, however, rate it a one-star rating out of five. The National Transportation Safety Board hasn't weighed in on any apps. Its recommendation is a human solution: Just don't use your phone at all while driving, even if you're using a hands-free device. The Transportation Department is also betting on human, rather than technological solutions. Technology may yet bail us out of the problem of distracted driving -- not by making us less distracted, but by taking care of the driving. This summer, the government is launching a yearlong test involving nearly 3,000 specially-equipped cars, trucks and buses in Ann Arbor, Mich. These vehicles sense each other wirelessly, and warn drivers about impending collisions, often before the other vehicle is in sight. In an even more extreme example, cars may someday soon drive themselves. has equipped cars with sophisticated 360-degree sensors and computers that never get distracted or tired. Its cars have logged more than 140,000 miles on public streets with only occasional human intervention through the brake or wheel. Driverless cars are now legal in Nevada, though the law still requires a person in the driver's seat. "If you are really going to look to the future, you are going to have to ask yourself: Is Google right? said Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Automotive Safety, a consumer group. "The computer driven car with a GPS system is going to make less mistakes than a human being. Peoria, Arizona o 22 days ago I know I am a dinosaur but anybody else remember when we didn't think that someone needed to hear everything we had to say at the precise moment we said it? People are so self centered and self important and rude and inconsiderate. Kids think that everything revolves around them and they should be able to do whatever they want because they are kids. Kids nowadays get their knowledge of how to act by watching TV and movies. I would never have a cell phone if it wasnt a necessity. People cant even carry on a conversation or look you in the eye anymore. Atlantic City, New Jersey o 21 days ago 30 some years ago i was in a accident w/ a guy carrying gasoline in a anti freeze bottle, on a motorcycle, he broadsided me, his fault, well him the and gas station (unapproved container) he caught fire, myself and others got burned trying to put him out. felt terrible about this for years, still bothers me when i think about. to texting drivers is how do you think its going to feel when some one gets killed and it is your fault ? Judy 21 days ago My husband and father of our two young sons was hit while jogging and killed by a 17 year old, distracted driver. Bikers and pedestrians that ASSUME that drivers will watch out for them are making a serious mistake... Rondo o 21 days ago I saw a commercial for a luxury car last night. The car had a 10 inch screen on the dash that was for GPS, Weather, Facebook etc. The commercial showed the driver using a dash mounted touch screen moving things around on the screen while driving. I am no fan of attorneys but the company who builds and sells this trash should be held partially liable along with any bonehead who uses it. Gregory o 17 days ago I'm always on the lookout for the bobbing head and typical signs of disctacted drivers. The problem is that many condsider driving as wasted time otheriwise. Driving is the most dangerous thing we do on a daily basis. My goal is to get home safe to be with my family and it truly angers me that others are being so reckless and putting us all at risk. SilentKnight o 22 days ago I see police officers talking on their cell phones while driving all the time. Also city bus drivers, school bus drivers, postal drivers, UPS drivers, Fed Ex drivers, you name it. Waco, Texas o 20 days ago I will not talk on my cell phone while driving. It is not worth getting into an accident or kill someone because I want to talk on my cell phone. George o 20 days ago ...
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