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Thu Feb 13, 2020, 03:30 PM

Should be a no brainer, put your damn phone down while driving.

( But its not, we have far too many tragic stories resulting from this reckless behavior. The statistics are frightening, their son's are gone at 18/19 years old. )


Texas Parents Sue Energy Transfer Over Fatal Distracted-Driving Crash Involving Pornographic Video

PR Newswire

February 13, 2020

Employee watching pornographic video caused crash that killed himself, two teenagers

DALLAS, Feb. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas' Brooker Law and firm founder Chip Brooker have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners (NYSE: ET) after a company employee killed two teenagers in a head-on collision while distracted by a pornographic video on his smartphone.

Mr. Brooker filed the lawsuit on February 12 in Dallas District Court on behalf of Patrick and Dalena Weaver of Weatherford, Texas, over the death of their son, Jonathan Weaver, who was 18. The filing was first reported by "CBS This Morning" in a national story you can watch here.

The crash took place around 9:00 p.m. on April 25, 2019, in rural Glasscock County as Energy Transfer technician James Edward Darling was driving home in a company truck from its Rebel Natural Gas Plant in Garden City, Texas. At the same time, Jonathan was driving in the opposite direction with his friend, Mathew Swinney, 19, after they had gone bowling in nearby Big Spring, Texas.

An investigative report prepared by the Texas Highway Patrol concluded that Mr. Darling caused the wreck by failing to drive in a single lane. An eyewitness who was driving immediately behind Jonathan confirmed that Mr. Darling crossed the center line.

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/texas-parents-sue-energy-transfer-155800568.html

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 03:57 PM

1. Smartphones are turning us into a nation of obliviots. n/t

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 04:01 PM

2. It is a deeply serious problem, its crazy behavior.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 04:03 PM

3. Really. At a Big Box story yesterday, got bumped into by a guy engrossed in his phone, saw

another lady walk into an aisle display.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 05:09 PM

4. I work in transportation

Too many people watching movies while driving. Stop someone several times a month driving on or off the ferry doing that. Never a cop when i need one.
The long haul truckers? Its a big problem in that industry.
Causal conversations have led me to adopt a policy of never being near a big rig if at all possible.

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Response to Ferryboat (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 05:13 PM

5. I'm not sure what we should do, but its a serious issue. No one wants to be that parent

who receives a call like that. We expect some risk with driving conditions and we know about drunk drivers, but now we have added to the problem, not removed one. Too sad.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Thu Feb 13, 2020, 10:18 PM

6. If we're too irresponsible to be trusted with good phone use, we're certainly not to be trusted

Carrying guns around.

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:53 AM

7. Put them down while walking in public!

They always run into other people while in stores, walking across the street staring at the phone instead of a car that is waiting for them to look up to notice they are about to get hit, bringing it to a dining table, etc. This is just plain RUDE, SELF ABSORBED and DANGEROUS (on many levels)!

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 02:58 AM

8. What is so compelling?

I have a fancy smartphone with all the bells and whistles, but I use for actual telephone calls, texts, bluetooth music for the car, and navigation.

In the car: handset will never be in my hand at the same time the steering wheel is and the vehicle is in motion.

Can't count how many places I walk into (restaurants, bars, grocery store, bowling alley) where it seems like EVERYONE is buried in their damn phone.

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Response to Nature Man (Reply #8)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:35 PM

11. I don't get it either. Why the need to always be connected and what they are saying is so

important you convince yourself you can do it while driving!

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Response to BeckyDem (Original post)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:31 AM

9. My phone is always off and in my bag.

I only check it if I am waiting somewhere, commuting (I don't drive), occasionally at work and/or at home. I'm just not that interested in what anyone has to say. It can always wait.

This is so me. I have this New Yorker cartoon pinned up at work...

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 14, 2020, 01:33 PM

10. lol +1

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