Heh. Look I'm against killing innocent children too. And anybody's loved ones. Let's stop talking about that? What do you want me to reply, about running over a bank robber who just crossed the street, who just shot some girl's favorite teddy bear in her hands just for fun?
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Our only difference of opinion rest on how distracting tv is. That's the only meaningful topic of discussion. It's almost like you want me to cry and feel remorseful, but what is this, the View or Oprah?
All the rest is just BS to make you guys look good and confortable. There's nothing I can do really, I'm just going to ignore sad stories as distracting fallacy - there's a name for it it's called appeal to pity. It's beside the point.
I contend however that SOME tv shows are more boring and MUCH less distracting than a videoclips with hot girls, funny youtube clips or awesome new visualizations displaying. Even reading an email is more dangerous, but apparently the safe police is not concerned with that, I don't know why - Timbo66 is consistent banning everything though, and I respect that.
I state that dial one phone number, texting, putting lipstick is MUCH more distracting then watching live weather reports on your car, or bloomberg - of course not Giants vs. Rangers. I would never watch that while driving, not even sport reports.
Responsible people (hey me too! can I play?) can chose the tv programming they find is safe for using while driving. Some tv programs are just pundits talking. And talking. You can just glance and get the picture if that. You don't even have to manipulate any buttons, like many other actions in the car. Driving an unfamiliar rental car can be WAY more distracting (adjusting AC changing stations, etc.).
I admit this is not for everybody. Some people feel guilty just at the thought. We call those puritans: it's better not do it, if it can be viewed as wrong by most. Because we care.