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  posted on 4/1/2017 at 08:02 PM
Fuc#ing IDIOT!
Driver who hit church bus, killed 13 was texting, witness says
by Philip Jankowski, American-Statesman,
12:43 pm March 31, 2017
The driver of a pickup truck that slammed into a church bus killed 13 people Wednesday in Uvalde County, Texas, was texting, a witness told the San Antonio Express-News.
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Jack Dillon Young, 20, was seen texting while he drove a pickup, according to a witness who told the Express-News that he had called authorities multiple times after seeing the pickup drift onto the shoulder and across the center line, the report said.
Young was pinned in the pickup immediately after the collision and told Leakey, Texas, resident Jody Kuchler that he had been texting when he hit the bus.
“He said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I was texting on my phone,’” Kuchler told the Express-News.
The Associated Press reported Thursday that law enforcement officers near the crash on U.S. 83 that killed 13 members of the First Baptist Church of New Braunfels, Texas, received phone calls about a person in a white pickup driving erratically shortly before the deadly collision.
Uvalde police Lt. Daniel Rodriguez said a man called at 12:02 p.m. Wednesday to report the swerving truck heading north on U.S. 83 and asked deputies to respond, the AP reported. Deputies were dispatched, but Rodriguez said the same caller called back about 12:30 p.m. to say the truck had been in a collision.
Read more: ‘Hard to comprehend,’ Uvalde crash rattles New Braunfels church
Real County Constable Nathan Johnson also said a woman called county dispatchers to report that a truck matching the description was being driven erratically in the same area shortly before the accident. The same woman called back to report the wreck.
The pickup’s driver, whom authorities later identified as Leakey native Jack Young, was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio on Wednesday and was in stable condition.
The collision killed 13 people, mostly from New Braunfels:
Murray William Barrett, 67
Howard Bryan Allen, 81
Rhonda Barlow Allen, 61
Harold Boyd Barber, 87
Margaret Robinson Barber, 82
Cristie Clare Moore, 68, of Cibolo
Donna Elizabeth Hawkins, 69, of Schertz
Avis Scholl Banks, 83, of Austin
Mildred Goodlett Rosamond, 87
Addie Maurine Schmeltkopf, 84
Sue Wynn Tysdal, 76
Martha Holcomb Walker, 84
Dorothy Fern Vulliet, 84
Authorities said the sole surviving passenger on the bus, Rose Mary Harris, 64, of New Braunfels, was taken to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where she was in critical condition.

 
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  posted on 4/2/2017 at 06:38 PM
People ought to have the good sense not to text and drive. Just pull over and answer someone if you must. In most cases the world will not end if someone has to wait to hear from you. I have even stopped eating for the most part while I am driving (except for cookies or juice). It is just not worth the risk.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2017 at 08:48 AM
Wow.

You know...technology exists, they could make it so cell phones don't send or receive messages in your car. Not that I am advocating that personally, but I think we are only seeing the beginning of a "fight against distracted driving". Thinking kind of like how MADD grew to the point that we have sobriety check points now. Wonder if we'd have something like a phone activity check point?

Not really being serious, but it is kind of the same thing.

Unless autonomous cars get here fast, this is going to continue being a problem. You see it all the time. I just saw it this morning, a big electric company truck swerving, I got closer and saw the driver's head was looking down towards his lap, I pass him, look in my rear view mirror and see that he crossed the center line before correcting back.

So what do you do about it? I'm all for letting stupid people do stupid things that result in harm to themselves or own property. But it is when you put other's life at risk that generally that is where you look towards some kind of preventative measures or something to minimize the risk.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2017 at 10:01 AM
As I have pointed out before - You're driving a machine that weighs over 2 tons that is capable of moving at (legal) speeds of over 70 MPH - moving headlong towards other similar machines. Is giving this 100% of your undivided attention too much to ask or expect?

Phone manufacturers could install chips that detect motion (speeds greater than 5 MPH, per se) that would disable the phone when in motion. Local politicians could enact laws that made texting/phoning illegal while driving ... if they weren't so deep in the pockets of companies like ATT, Verizon et al.

In some countries ... they'd probably remove the thumbs of the offenders. Yeah. Just sayin'.

 

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  posted on 4/3/2017 at 07:43 PM
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Wow.

You know...technology exists, they could make it so cell phones don't send or receive messages in your car. Not that I am advocating that personally, but I think we are only seeing the beginning of a "fight against distracted driving". Thinking kind of like how MADD grew to the point that we have sobriety check points now. Wonder if we'd have something like a phone activity check point?

Not really being serious, but it is kind of the same thing.

Unless autonomous cars get here fast, this is going to continue being a problem. You see it all the time. I just saw it this morning, a big electric company truck swerving, I got closer and saw the driver's head was looking down towards his lap, I pass him, look in my rear view mirror and see that he crossed the center line before correcting back.

So what do you do about it? I'm all for letting stupid people do stupid things that result in harm to themselves or own property. But it is when you put other's life at risk that generally that is where you look towards some kind of preventative measures or something to minimize the risk.


Ford is building some autonomous cars and Trump had a hand in that. They will be developed a the Flat Rock plant. Ford is also bringing back Rangers and Broncos in 2019 and 2020.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2017 at 09:06 AM
I mentioned autonomous cars, I suppose some people are excited about the idea that their car can just take them where they want while people text and social media themselves silly.

But even if or when we get to that point, what about all the cars and trucks and buses on the road. Like heavy equipment trucks. I mean we are a long ways off from every vehicle being built like that. So you could be nice an safe in your self driving car while you facebook or instagram away or whatever people do and boom, an 18 wheeler crosses the center line because the driver was texting with their girlfriend or something.

Just as soon as a phone manufacturer puts that motion chip in their phones, somebody will probably come out with an app or process to disable it to allow the phone to be used while in motion.

Even if car manufacturers were to block phone communications, how many older cars are going to be on the road until they all get replaced eventually? Would that hurt new car sales?

So I mean, what do you do? Educate, advertise, threaten people not to do it, people are still going to do it.


 

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  posted on 4/4/2017 at 09:57 AM
So go with the simple answer. Do nothing. Tolerate it.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2017 at 11:03 AM
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So go with the simple answer. Do nothing. Tolerate it.


That is what happens alot of times. I'm just trying to look at both ends of the spectrum, 'do this how effective will it be?', 'do that what will the opposition be?'

At some point something will be done, won't it? Maybe, maybe not. The lady that killed the man getting his newspaper only got 4 days in jail, probation and a fine as part of a plea deal and the morning family seemed ok with that in this case even though they expressed frustration on distracted driving laws.

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Amid teary statements from Tikalsky's widow, a son and two granddaughters — as well as from Russo herself — about the tragic crash, there was a call for help with distracted driving laws, especially pertaining to electronic devices.

Tikalsky's youngest son. Greg, told the court he's begun lobbying for tougher laws, but to no avail. "We have to view distracted driving as we view drunk driving," he said, adding that the latter was once more socially accepted than it is now.

While Minnesota law bans text messaging for all drivers, felony convictions for texting drivers who injure or kill others have been uncommon.

http://www.startribune.com/probation-and-four-days-in-jail-for-texting-driv er-who-killed-new-prague-school-bus-driver/397338931/


 

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  posted on 4/4/2017 at 11:29 AM
If as many people were killed in one instance by someone with a gun there would be a march on Washington, D.C. - and RIGHTFULLY so. Many will offer that this mass killing was unintentional, but the victims are every bit as dead as if they had been gunned down. And since "we all do it ..." - much less of an outrage, if any at all.

So please, folks - keep us all updated on your current whereabouts, what you're eating for lunch right now and of your bowel movements. We're all dying to know. This is dangerous technology and deserves to be regulated.

 

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  posted on 4/4/2017 at 12:40 PM
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I mentioned autonomous cars, I suppose some people are excited about the idea that their car can just take them where they want while people text and social media themselves silly.

But even if or when we get to that point, what about all the cars and trucks and buses on the road. Like heavy equipment trucks. I mean we are a long ways off from every vehicle being built like that. So you could be nice an safe in your self driving car while you facebook or instagram away or whatever people do and boom, an 18 wheeler crosses the center line because the driver was texting with their girlfriend or something.


You actually have 18-wheelers crossing the line right now, just ask Tracy Morgan. The idea of autonomous robot trucks might be frightening, but so is a driver who has been on the road for 18 hours straight without any sleep. At some point, when the technology is perfected (an autonomous car pioneer was killed on the road last year while testing driving his tech) it may be safer to have autonomous trucks traveling on instruments, hopefully supplemented with a pilot, much like commercial airlines. Perhaps the next upgrade to the highway system will separate cargo transport from personal/passenger cars to avoid each other.

 

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