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Texting While Walking

Original post made by dublinmike on Jul 6, 2010

Yesterday while driving Main Street I notice a young mother pushing her stroller across the street while texting. Amazing the danger people take with not only their lives but of their children due to an addition of texting.

I figured hitting the horn would make things worse, so I drove on.

Here's something to check out: Web Link

Comments (23)

Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Jul 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

hatetexters... :)

But, I wish it were this funny. Even now it still upsets me thinking about this young parent walking across Main while texting.

About a year ago, driving in Hayward I remember a teenager walking across the street texting and not looking up at all. Two cars coming at her and she was totally oblivious. She lucked out that the cars were not speeding as they do on 19th Avenue in San Francisco.


Posted by get a life, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:15 am

geez! people, get your own life! Find something good to do with your time, help other people, volunteer, read to a child, but stop judging someone that you don't even know. You have no idea what her life is like so lighten up!


Posted by Lea, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:24 am

I agree with get a life. Very well put!


Posted by How do you know, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2010 at 8:57 am

How do you know she did not look for cars? Maybe, she looked and saw it was clear so she started to cross. I did not know texting and walking was a crime. I don't know how old you are but remember when you did not have to wear a seat belt? And your parents would drive you around without one on? Far worse than texting.


Posted by B.Betty, a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jul 7, 2010 at 9:14 am

I agree, get a life!


Posted by SAMMIE, a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 7, 2010 at 9:24 am

I am a mom and though I might not text while crossing a street, I sure wouldn't accuse another mother of putting her children in harms way if she did. It seems as if you are way out of line.


Posted by Lawrence, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:38 am

About six monts ago I witnessed and idiot walk into a lamp post on Main Street while walking and texting, Stopped him in his tracks, his glasses fell off and he sat dazed for a bit, got up and started walking and texting. It didn't appear that he was hurt beyond just being dazed and feeling like a fool. It was the best laugh I had in a long time


Posted by agreeable, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 7, 2010 at 10:59 am

I TOTALLY agree with "GET A LIFE"!!!
and 'HOW DO YOU KNOW'
and SAMMIE
If you were driving a car, why on earth were YOU not watching the ROAD rather than looking for people to judge?? Do you NEVER talk on your cell while driving? Are you really any better a person?
and @ Lawrence, I have seen people walk into signs, posts and meters while in conversation with another person, or looking the other way for some reason. That didn't make them an "idiot".


Posted by Had it !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:18 am

What a bunch of spoiled, self-centered, irresponsible people....you'd be the first to sue, if a shopping cart or car hit you or somebody in your family ! ! ! A walker can stop a LOT faster than a 2 TON vehicle ! ! IF you don't care about your life, why should I !. I am SO sick of walking texters ! ! I am SO glad WALKERS are being added to driving while distracted LAW. Do you have walking insurance ??? Should ! A texter walking into elder, elder falls breaks hip, dies in hospital, and YOUR family loses HOUSE, and EVERYTHING you will EVER have ! Don't you run INTO my shopping cart in the lot either...cuz I ain't movin'. TWO texters walk into each other, one falls & cracks skull on curb & is vegetable for life, one loses family member, other family loses everything forever. So all you IRRESPONSIBLE smart axxx won't be so smug when your family suffers the consequences. You should be an example, displaying RESPONSIBLE behavior and joining in teaching responsible life-saving habits. The world does NOT stop for you (like many in Pleasanton have been taught). The responses are predictable, but disgusting. Every sibling should teach each other safe behavior, even if parents are worthless parents.


Posted by Had it !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:31 am

Dublin Mike, I forgot to thank you for your most helpful post and web link. The link was so full of helpful information, I forwarded it to all family & friends. Thank you for caring enough to take the time to do it. I'm sure you have saved lives with the information.


Posted by Had it !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

In fact, the info should be reprinted in the PRINT edition of PW as a PUBLIC SERVICE ! ...a valuable PUBLIC SERVICE !
I hope PW reads this !


Posted by WhatIf..., a resident of Downtown
on Jul 7, 2010 at 11:54 am

"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."

"To forgive is not to forget. The merit lies in loving in spite of the vivid knowledge that the one that must be loved is not a friend."

"Be the change you want to see in the world."

- Mahatma Gandhi


Posted by dublinmike, a resident of Dublin
on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Hat it, thank you too. You picked up my intent which was to inform others of this potentially dangerours behavior.

I was stunned by Get A Life and the rest. Are they really that uncaring? On the other hand, I should have made it clearer that my intention was to get the word out but it seemed to have backfired.

Thanks again.


Posted by dave, a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 7, 2010 at 1:11 pm

i wonder if criminals look for people not paying attention (for example, purse snatchers), maybe you should read and absord what dublinmike is posting.


Posted by MePartyPatriot, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 7, 2010 at 1:34 pm

MePartyPatriot is a registered user.

dublinmike, thank you. don't worry about the others. hadit was right by you doing us a service.

my daughter at amador high saw a classmate texting walking acrossed the street after school. a fed ex truck had slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting her.


Posted by Had it !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Sammie and others, I hope you never suffer the consequences of your ignorance. Yes, Mothers can be accused of putting children in harms way, if they do stupid, life endangering things. Mothers are suppose to act responsibly and actually THINK... about their actions and surrounding dangers. Otherwise, it's called child endangerment. Texting while pushing a stroller across a street is definitely 'child endangerment'...which is a CRIME !! IRResponsibily endangering yourself only is OK with me, if that's what you want to do.


Posted by Had it !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Get a life, talk about judgemental ! and 'doing something good'....why would you bother reading to a child, IF you were going to put it out in the street to get run over ! I think safety education is the MOST important thing that could be done for an uninformed child or adult....since many adults have the mind of a child. Priorities...survival first.


Posted by Had it !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2010 at 2:25 pm

The arrogant 'spoiled child' attitute of assuming the world STOPS for you is a deadly habit, taught by arrogant 'spoiled child' parents. The world does NOT stop for anyone..nor should it..learn that young !


Posted by Al, a resident of California Somerset
on Jul 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Had it,
This is a blog for people to discuss things in Pleasanton and the areas around, NOT a place to RANT! This is a friendly site, you seem to be attacking people, not the topic.


Posted by Had it !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2010 at 8:55 am

Yesterday's ContraCostaTimes reported on 32 yr old man driving to a friend's home, Tues eve in Rohnert Park, doing 30 mph, felt phone vibrate, checked it, missed stop sign, went across lawn, crashed into house, taking out a bedroom. Good for him nobody was in the bedroom.


Posted by Had it !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm

fyi..SF Chronicle,Sun,Jul 11, 1/2 page article "Walking while you text can be hazardous". Reports on emergency rooms stats increase, falling in manhole, and more.


Posted by Had it !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Young man along coast, walked over cliff while texting. On local TV news several days ago. The gentleman is no longer with us.


Posted by Had it !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Young man along coast, walked over cliff while texting. On local TV news several days ago. The gentleman is no longer with us.


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