[FoRK] Laws that ban texting while driving could be counter productive

Gary Stock 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.
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> In this narrow venue, our simple focus is communication.
>
> The only risks: loss of a few minutes; some frustration.
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> In this simple, safe environment, you remain distracted.
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> You are distracted from our messages by your own issues.
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> You appear unable to recognize the substance we provide.
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> This in a narrow space, focused solely ON communication.
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> 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?
>
> GS
>
>
> 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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