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2 hours ago, Steve O said:

Well, this is the one that immediately came to mind when reading the OP. One of my friend's kids was a victim:

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/19764563/ns/us_news-life/t/texting-blame-crash-killed-teens/#.XVMMguhKjIU

 

Three items caught my eye on the link below:

https://www.edgarsnyder.com/car-accident/cause-of-accident/cell-phone/cell-phone-statistics.html

"21 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones."

"Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk."

"1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving."

 

So, to answer to your highlighted questions, yes.

I don’t disagree that it happens. If your point is that texting and driving can cause fatal crashes, I agree 100%. I also know that those crashes garner a whole bunch more attention than the typical drunk / impaired driving fatals that happen dozens upon dozens of time each and every day in this country. The video linked here is interesting to me:

 

This gentleman struggled with substance abuse, and came clean with his struggles in a brutally honest video. I was involved in the crash investigation where he was killed near Orlando, Florida early one morning in 2012. While driving at speeds well in excess of 100mph, he rear ended a box truck. It was gruesome. I’ve been involved in hundreds of these investigations over my career. I can count the number of times I’ve been involved in fatals involving texting or other distracted driving on one hand..or maybe two.

 

 This happens way, way, way too often. On average, 29 people per day are killed by impaired drivers, according the to the CDC. Much of the time, innocent people get caught in the crossfire. Texting while driving is the “crime du jour” of the media today. Let’s not forget that impaired driving is a massive killer of people in this country every year. Both crimes are completely preventable. 

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"Bottle to Throttle" up to 12 hours for United Pilots:

 

https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/amp/United-tells-pilots-no-alcohol-for-12-hours-14301437.php

 

"... An extra four hours will help social drinkers sober up, although it might not be long enough for a heavily drunken person. Some researchers calculate that once someone puts down the bottle, their blood-alcohol level drops 0.015% each hour. At that rate, a drinker could go from 0.12% to zero in eight hours, or from 0.18% to zero in 12 hours. ..."

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On 8/11/2019 at 7:34 PM, Binghamton Beast said:

1- Get into the passenger seat with a driver who has a BAC of .13%

 

2- Be a passenger in a car that the driver is sending and reading text messages.

Driving with a drink or 2 in your is not a big deal; driving while you are staring at your cell phone is an accident waiting to happen.

 

 

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