6 thoughts on “Texting, ADHD, Kids and Driving: A Killing Combination and Proposed Solution

  • October 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Business people need to ‘hit the ball over the net’. Teens consider it rude not to reply immediately to texts. Home schedules would grind to a halt without immediate communication. We are conditioned to pursue this level of efficiency but we are all supposed cease this behavior once we sit in our respective 5,000 pound pieces of steel and glass. Anyone can win an argument in a forum like this by saying “Just put the phone away” – but we can see its just not happening.

    I just read that 72% of teens text daily – many text more 3000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook – even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not going away.

    I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver . Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple app for smartphones. I think if we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

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  • October 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Seriously, you don’t already have bans on cell or texting while driving? We’ve had them in Ontario, Canada since the beginning of the year and anyone caught could be charged with careless or dangerous driving which holds fines up to $1000, 6 demerit points, license suspension and even jail time. While it took some time for people who were attached to their phones to succumb to this law, I certainly don’t see as many people while I’m driving doing either but so many more with Bluetooth’s in their ears.

    Stats are still out if less accidents have occurred but I’d say in the years to come we’ll see it’s a much safer alternative just like when seatbelts weren’t law but then realized wearing a seatbelt save’s lives.

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  • October 6, 2010 at 10:59 am

    This blog is the truth. You shouldn’t be texting and driving. You are putting you on life in danger and other people around you. I agree with the law with no texting and driving at the same time. You get distracted by it. I for one agree with it! All you views do you text and drive?

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  • December 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I am ADHD and while I never text, or do other stupid things to distract my driving, I think it is unfare and inconclusive to include ADHD people in you’re limited survey. Actually, I personally have found quite the opposite to your findings.

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    • March 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Steve,
      Thanks for your comments. I by no means am writing to indicate that this is any type of actual research – it is my personal experience and just one of my ADHD challenges. The reason I write is to open discussion and hear other thoughts, comments, and experiences.
      I’m thankful for your feedback – feel free to share more!
      -Kathryn

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