Recently, after the deaths of four cheerleaders in a automobile accident, it was discovered that one of them, apparently the driver, had been text messaging in the car. Some legislators wondered if there should be an effort to ban both emailing and text messaging while driving. A Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found over 90% of those surveyed do believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be banned.
The Harris Interactive survey commissioned by mobile messaging service Pinger Inc. found 89 percent of respondents believe texting while driving is dangerous and should be outlawed.
Even so, 66 percent of the adults surveyed who drive and use text messaging told pollsters they had read text messages or e-mails while driving. Fifty-seven percent admitted to sending them.
And yes, I will admit to being among those who check email while driving. Getting young people, teenagers, and even me to hang up (pun intended) on these services will be tough. This is where Pinger comes in (and why they commissioned this survey, obviously).
With Pinger, you send a voice message to a person or group by dialing the Pinger number, saying the name or names of those you want to leave a message for, and speaking the message. The recipient gets a text message; dialing the number in the text message will bring you to the voice message.
However, to me this still seems very distracting. Less so than text messaging, but still bad.