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Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
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Unless it is strictly enforced, it won't deter many...face it, people who text while driving are being self-centered and irresponsible.  No law to fix that, unfortunately. 

Apr 25, 2017 06:07 AM
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Bob Crane
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As with all risky behavior that the youth engage in, they think that the warning is for someone else since it will never happen to them.

Apr 25, 2017 06:18 AM
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
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Jeff Pearl It appears they aren't going to cite anyone for texting unless unless the driver is posing a danger to other drivers. An accident waiting to happen.

Apr 25, 2017 06:10 AM
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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
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That last sentence sounds very subjective.  Basically they saying "Go ahead and text".  Don't like the message being sent in Co.

Apr 25, 2017 10:50 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm not sure anything can keep folks from texting these days.

Apr 25, 2017 08:52 AM
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
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my blood boils when I see someone texting... I'm like a raving lunatic when I see it.... road rage sets in...ugh

Apr 25, 2017 07:54 AM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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I do not believe anything will stop those who are inclined to text and drive unless it is forced ... in other words, texting features are automatically shut down when in a car.  There is not yet an app for that.

Apr 25, 2017 07:27 AM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this information. I hope that your readers do not text while driving.

Apr 25, 2017 07:15 AM
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

There are those that will always believe:

1. This wont happen to me and do it

2. Will do it until they don't

Each one comes to their reality either by force or choice but they come

Apr 25, 2017 06:54 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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Not sure how well our no texting while driving law is working here in CA. The penalty is lower. You get a bigger fine if you get caught driving in the carpool lane alone unless in an approved car

Apr 25, 2017 06:45 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Jeff,

We have laws in CA about that.  I still see lots of people holding their phones, or focusing on the phone where it is mounted.  I see them texting, putting on their make-up, reading the paper...I  have not faith in these laws.  A

Apr 25, 2017 06:45 AM
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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Texting while driving should never be allowed. Some should not talk and drive. You have to be on a wireless system in Illinois and while I might disagree, it is a step in the right direction!

Apr 25, 2017 06:20 AM
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Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Cell phones have turned otherwise intelligent law abiding citizens into idiots, laws or not. 

Apr 25, 2017 06:18 AM
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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Our news reports occasionally finding dead drivers in wrecks with their phone still in mid-text or a laptop going. I just keep thinking "was that text worth your life?"

Apr 25, 2017 06:16 AM
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Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

Look around at the next intersection with a traffic light and tell me what you see? Laws aren't curtailing the activity by one iota Jeff.

Apr 25, 2017 05:58 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

Here in NH you can not hold a phone in your hand for any reasomn while driving including no texting, no talking, no gps and no social media. Hands free or get a ticket and that includes at red lights too. 

Apr 25, 2017 05:52 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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It should help. Ours in Oklahoma is a $100 fine and not being enforced.

Apr 25, 2017 05:46 AM
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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
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Jeff, I did a post on this bill this morning, and you can text while at a red light, or stopped in traffic.   If you are found texting while driving and deemed driving carelessly, you will get a ticket.

Apr 27, 2017 08:24 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Our state is pushing it.

 

Apr 26, 2017 09:18 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
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There will always be another distraction. People are always trying to push the envelope

Apr 26, 2017 06:34 AM
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Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
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Tough to enforce. I'm hoping someone creates an accurate hands-free device. The ones available now are still spotty.

Apr 26, 2017 05:39 AM
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
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It is illegal to text during driving in CA, but drivers still do:( I think, the fee is too low. 

Apr 26, 2017 12:02 AM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Jeff Pearl - bills are to show that government cares. Now if they really cared, we may not see so many accidents related to the texting and driving.

Apr 25, 2017 11:12 PM
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Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
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So basically, no inattentive driving, which is already a law anyway, right? -Kasey

Apr 25, 2017 09:59 PM
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Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
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They are not going to enforce NO TEXTING.  Too much work.  Last year we lost 2 beautiful people in Denton. Mother and her daughter due to another driver texting.  Both families lost 2 members.  I'm guilty of looking at my phone while sitting at a red light - not driving. 

Apr 25, 2017 09:20 PM
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Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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  That last sentence negates the rest of the bill.

Apr 25, 2017 06:38 PM
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Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
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Texting is dangerous when driving or behind the wheel. It is a distraction like talking on the phone.

Apr 25, 2017 06:13 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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Minnesota is hot on this.  The way this reads is nothing to worry about until you kill someone.

Apr 25, 2017 02:36 PM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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Texting while driving is illegal in Florida - doesn't mean idiots don't text while driving

Apr 25, 2017 02:19 PM
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Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
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That's ridiculous! The last sentence makes a joke of the entire bill... sounds like you can text as long as you're driving in a straight line and keeping up with the speed?

Apr 25, 2017 02:03 PM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

Only time will tell.

Apr 25, 2017 12:08 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Only active enforcement will stop it.  We've had anti-texting laws for years now in Cali, hasn't stopped anything.

Apr 25, 2017 11:01 AM
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I doubt it without strict enforcement. Let's face it, many people believe that the rules/laws are for others and not for them. I've always hated that entitlement feeling.

Apr 25, 2017 10:55 AM
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Ruth Grainger-Starr
Grainger Realty - Cripple Creek, CO
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I highly doubt it will do much help on stoping people from texting and driving. We about got into a wreck in Colorado Springs on Sunday driving home. The lady was to busy looking at her phone to see that she was all over the road and almost sideswipped our truck! 

Apr 25, 2017 07:49 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
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no texting while driving

Apr 25, 2017 06:05 AM