[FoRK] Laws that ban texting while driving could be counter productive
gstock at nexcerpt.com
Thu Sep 15 11:14:20 PDT 2011
Perhaps I was unclear, but I was not describing "driving."
These ten are ~all~ about us, trading messages, on a list:
On 9/15/11 10:07 AM, Gary Stock wrote:
> Stephen, I'll attempt once more to break it down simply.
> This list has many quite intelligent, even wise members.
> Several suggest that you are doggedly missing the point.
> In this narrow venue, our simple focus is communication.
> The only risks: loss of a few minutes; some frustration.
> In this simple, safe environment, you remain distracted.
> You are distracted from our messages by your own issues.
> You appear unable to recognize the substance we provide.
> This in a narrow space, focused solely ON communication.
> Given that, please realize why many of us are concerned.
This is my one reference to driving, which seems parallel:
> Are you this distracted while operating a deadly weapon?
> On 9/15/11 3:40 AM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>> On Wed Sep 14 21:07:13 2011, Gary Stock wrote:
>>> The risk of driving is largely a ~collective~ risk. It's time to
>>> stop pretending otherwise.
>>> Even the most superior, godlike driver can have an accident. That's
>>> why they call them "accidents."
>>> More than one car is often involved in a collision. That's why they
>>> call them "collisions."
>>> As repeatedly acknowledged here, a significant number of people are
>>> "zoned out" or suffer "stunted" performance, while another number
>>> "Have screaming kids in the car? Thinking? Being hungry? Having to
>>> go to the bathroom?" What does that distracted segment total? Forty
>>> percent all cars on the road? Sixty?
>>> That leaves safety up to the ~rest~ of us. We must ~compensate~ for
>>> that distracted group -- or die with them.
>>> As our "responsible" segment becomes more distracted by electronic
>>> devices and remote activities, safety ~does~ suffer. It's foolish to
>>> suggest otherwise -- no matter how superhuman we wish we were --
>>> because we're not alone on the roads.
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