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  • Anonymous

    The penalty for texting and driving should be the same as O.U.I.. I would rather share the road with a drunk. At least they have one eye on the road.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. Harder to prove drunkenness than texting though. Drunks smell like booze, but texters smell like Starbucks.

      • Anonymous

        LoL! Or Dunkin’ Donuts for those who are too cheap to be snooty.

      • Anonymous

        Just get a copy of the phone records… It has date, time, and who…

      • and stale cigarettes…

    • Anonymous

       i love ur comment!

    • Anonymous

      The possible punishment here is criminal in itself. Tougher laws and sanctions need to be in place for texting/cell phone use while driving.

    • Anonymous

      Years ago DUI was not really treated as a serious crime.Attitudes change but not fast enough for those killed or injured.

      • Anonymous

        How very true. My father was a bad alcoholic and had O.U.I’s in a dozen different states and several foreign countries. 25 in all, that I know of. This was back in the 60’s and 70’s before computers allowed reciprocity between states. He had a head on collision with the chief of police in Freeport, Bahamas. They both walked away, the chief was just as drunk as he was. “Texters” rarely hit each other. I have to head for the ditch at least once a week because some dim wit is trying to give their friend the “What’s Up” while piloting 4,000 pounds of steel. The university of Southern California did a study a couple of years ago about the effects of cell phone use and driving. Out of 2,000 participants, a whopping 2% saw no reduction in their driving skills while talking on the cell phone. They asked them about the effects of texting and driving. They said it was too ridiculous to even study.

        • Anonymous

          TWENTY FIVE DUI’s?OMFG!

          • Anonymous

            That is just the ones that I know of. He had 7  in Maine spread out over 30 years. He died of lung cancer in 2000 and had a valid drivers license when he died. 

    • Anonymous

      They may have 2 eyes on the road, but they still can’t drive straight. I’d rather share the road with sober people who understand that the minute you take your eyes off the road, you become a menace to everyone else. 

      • Anonymous

        Agreed.

    • Anonymous

      If she and the kids weren’t extremely lucky, wouldn’t the charge be some type of negligent homicide?

      • Anonymous

        Or negligent vehicular manslaughter.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely!! Not enough punishment for “almost” seriously injuring or killing 3 children.  She should do jail time & just maybe others would get the message.   As with everything else, we have to lose lives before the general public are protected. 

    • Anonymous

      Looking on the bright side, three children’s collage funds are going to be paid in full.

      • Samantha Davis

        Wishful thinking :(

        • Anonymous

          Not wishful thinking. It’s called law suit. With the police saying there was no other factors in the accident, other than her own stupidity, they will be trowing money at these kids hand over fist.

  • This just proves that women are not going to stop texting while driving for any reason.

    • Anonymous

      Regardless of which set of genitals you have, you are capable of endangering everyone around you when you are not paying attention to the road.

    • It ain’t just women.  Texting while driving is a disease that knows no gender boundaries.

      • Anonymous

        thank you Bill.

    • Guest

      It’s not just women.  I am a woman, and my phone stays in my bag while I drive.  No texting, no calling.

    • Anonymous

      Another woman here who does not text or call while driving.  I am a woman against using phones while driving and against sexist comments.

    • Kim

      Add another woman to the list of the ones that do not text or make calls while driving. And while I’m at it, your sexist attitude shows your ignorance.

    • Anonymous

      I do not text while driving.  Never have.  My boyfriend, on the other hand, does it all the time.

      • Anonymous

        Do you ride in the same vehicle as he does while he is texting? You must love him very much to risk losing your life so he can keep in constant contact with other people. I hope you survive.

        • Anonymous

          Actually, no I don’t.  He doesn’t make calls while I’m in the car either.  But thanks for your concern.

          • Anonymous

            That is a relief. Hopefully he never has a reason to regret using that device while driving.

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            Subject: [bdn] Re: NH woman charged after allegedly hitting 3 schoolchildren in crosswalk while using cell phone

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            jaks_fan wrote, in response to patom1:
            Actually, no I don’t.  He doesn’t make calls while I’m in the car either.  But thanks for your concern. Link to comment

    • Guest

      ….

    • Anonymous

      Oh Puh-Leaze! I can’t tell you how many times, from the passenger side,  I have taken my husband’s phone from his hands and said, “tell me what you want me to text, I’LL do it.”

    • Anonymous

      Add yet another to the list of women who don’t text or use the cell phone while driving

    • Anonymous

      ‘Scuse me, sir, but I am a woman and I don’t even have texting included in my cell phone plan. I don’t send texts, and don’t receive them. I’m too cheap to pay for texting. I hardly ever use the phone anyway and if it rings while I’m driving in an area with lots of traffic or pedestrians, I let voice mail pick it up.

    • Sexist much? It’s not just women who text.

  • Anonymous

    A group of drivers were tested by one of the auto magazines. They used an airstrip to conduct their test.
    They first tested the drivers reaction time to a red light on the dashboard sober at 35 mph.
    They then got the drivers to .08 blood alcohol level. Their reaction time slowed by a split second and the car traveled an average of 4′ further before they hit the brakes.
    They then tested the drivers sober but using a cell phone. The average reaction time was 36′ further before the hit the brakes.
    They then tested the drivers texting. The average reaction time was 76′.

    Does anyone have any reason to believe that they are fully capable of driving and paying full attention to their surroundings while using a cell phone and texting (safely)?

    • Anonymous

      Their minds tell them they can, that they are ‘capable’ people with great reflexes.  Nothing to worry about.

      Your mind is not your friend.  Your mind wants to tell you different from the facts of the physiology of the brain and body systems.

      Don’t listen to your mind.  Listen to your brain’s facts.

      • Anonymous

        Most people think they are far better drivers that they really are.Like Garrison Keillor”everyone is above average”WRONG!And the old folks are just as scary but they get a free pass.

    • Anonymous

      I would like to re-post this on social media. It is very powerful and eye opening. Can you refer me to the study?

      • Anonymous

        It was Car & Driver or Motor Trend if I recall correctly. I think if you google it you may find it. I also believe that the BDN had an article quoting this over a year ago.

    • Anonymous

      MythBusters did the exact same test & showed that using a cell phone or texting was twice as deadly as drunk driving.  Kill or inuure someone while drunk driving & you’ll go to jail.  Kill or injure someone while talking or texting on the phone & you’ll receive a59.00 fine.   i ionce saw a tractor trailer driver who was driving while eating a hamburger with one hand & using his cell phone with the other.  When will the lawmakers wake up & adjust the penalties accordingly?

    • Guest

      I just want to know how I can volunteer for one of those tests!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what N.H. law is on this infraction, other than the fines stated in the article. IMO the driver should lose their driving privileges for a minimum 90 days.

  • Anonymous

    A $59 fine for hitting pedestrians in a crosswalk?  Our justice system needs a major overhaul to make fines match the crimes.

    • Anonymous

      Should be a feloney. period

  • Only talking on cell phone.  Come’on she could have been drinking coffee and putting on makeup too.  Remember, driving doesn’t require any concentration nowadays.

  • nice

  • Anonymous

    I have seen people run red lights on busy city streets using their phones before and have thought “what if someone had been crossing the street!” For injuring three youths and endangering all of those around, I hope this person gets more penalty then listed.

  • oui charge…operating under the influence of a cell phone…

  • DonHorchKingofMen

    So,you all still think we dont need any more laws????HMMM???

  • Anonymous

    This was no accident.  The perpetrator of this crime chose to use the phone while driving.  Assault with a deadly weapon.  That should be the charge.

  • Guest

    ….

  • Running over three people with your car?  Isn’t that called assault with a deadly weapon?

    • I would think it would be considered as such.

  • Guest

    they should revoke her license forever , there is no cure for stupid

  • Guest

    Crucify her ( Tina Conlon) and use the cell phone as nails…

  • Anonymous

    They should make her walk across the road and strike her with a Honda Element!!! She is lucky she isn’t facing a triple murder charge!! :/

  • Anonymous

    sad! can you hear me know?

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone remember back  in the days when we had no cell phones??–We made it to the stores, doctors, anywhere else we wanted or needed to go!–How did everyone get to be so damn important that they can’t leave home without a phone??–Good God, there are women in the grocery store calling to find out what brands to buy and what   aisle it’s in!!—Unbelievable! Common sense has left us, and 3 children are paying the price!–And,the sex of the “user” seems to make no difference.

    • Anonymous

      Very well said!  It’s so aggravating to go into a nice restaurant for a “quiet” night out, in which my husband and I like to escape the telephones, and ALL you hear while eating your dinner are damn cell phones ringing.

      • EasyWriter

        Indeed…..and not just the ringing. Now we have to be subjected to everyone’s favorite song/rap/jingle (for way longer than necessary) as well as some rather tasteless “ring tones”. I actually have heard , “You have another “F”ing text message.”  as a ring tone. Unbelievable.

        • Anonymous

          I was in line during Christmas season (store was packed and probably 10+ lines,all with 10+ people)and the woman in the next lane was bellowing into her phone the “graphic” details of a surgery.GROSS!

    • What would you say to someone who has a cell phone instead of a house phone? Just leave it at home? Cell phones come in handy in emergency situations too! Would you let someone who was in an accident die in the middle of the road while trying to find a house where you could borrow someone’s house phone to dial 911?

  • Anonymous

    How insane!  This woman should NEVER have the privilege to drive again, should spend some time in jail thinking about her stupidity, and should be given one heck of a hefty fine! 

  • Anonymous

    How about driving to endanger, assult with a deadly weapon and attempted manslaughter?   The charges she faces are not serious enough for her transgressions.

  • Anonymous

    Hope the kids are recovering nicely. What a shame that they should have to recover from someone’s stupidity.

  • Anonymous

    What if the providers were held liable as well?(won’t happen)Then we would see some laws change in a hurry.She needs a far greater penalty than she will get.

  • Anonymous

    People should drive as though the only people who count at that moment are themselves, the people in their vehicle and everyone else they encounter on the road. Anyone on the other end of a technological hook-up must be put on the “B” list and wait until it’s safe to pay them attention….and that can’t be while the driver is operating a vehicle. 

  • and then there’s the lawsuits that follow…

    • Anonymous

      I hope so! 

  • Anonymous

    Just shows you. Women drivers and cell phones don’t mix.

    • Anonymous

      I think you stated that wrong. I think you meant that women drivers and those that make stupid comments about the abilities of a woman to drive dont mix.

  • Anonymous

    He said distracted driving by something like texting is something that is likely under reported and is also not an easy thing to prove.   How about checking the time the texts came in or were sent?

  • Anonymous

    Just hang up and drive! 

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  • Anonymous

    For this type of violation ‘Assault with a deadly weapon” springs to mind.  After all, more people die from the involvement of automobiles than firearms.  Legislators take note!!!

  • Anonymous

    this is just the begining of many many more.. if stiffer laws are not put in  place things will never change just bget worse

  • Anonymous

    I”m yelling at my computer!!!! serious, non life threatening injuries… so she could have broken a bone. This could mean they will be unable to play sports, etc.
    I really think they should charge her with an OUI, also, remove her texting plan.

    • First this is not an OUI in any sense. This is a case of distraction and they cannot take her texting plan that is just plain stupid. She was in the wrong I do not know if NH has a law but Maine does and you can get charges for doing so. Not an OUI charge though.

    • Anonymous

      under the influence of a cell phone…….people are addicted to these things, perhaps OUI is not that difficult to visualize here.

  • Anonymous

    “Since the charges are of violation level, he said there is no jail time associated with them. There is a $59 fine for failing to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. For a first negligent driving offense, which requires a defendant to appear before a judge in court, a fine of $250-$500 will be set by the court. That amount increases to $500-$5,000 for a second offense.”____________________________________________________________

    Gee, good to know you can plow into 3 kids on a crosswalk,  and have pretty much nothing happen to you.  I am waiting for the “accidents happen” crowd to post.

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