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Old 08-23-2005, 06:37 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I do it all the time... when someone else is driving.
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Old 08-23-2005, 07:11 AM   #22 (permalink)
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I have gotten pretty good at it. I do it usually when I am in traffic but very careful while driving.
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I've only had mine for a short time, but I have typed while driving. I try to do as much of it as possible while at stop lights. It probably isn't a good practice to do on a regular basis.
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:47 AM   #24 (permalink)
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guilty.....

When I get a important email, one hand driving, one hand 'thumbing'
I try to limit it to only at stop lights, though.
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Old 08-24-2005, 12:33 PM   #25 (permalink)
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All the time...

I have found I am better at it while going 70mph on the highway then 35mph on a back road. I have the "hold it on top of the steering wheel" technique down pat.
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Old 08-24-2005, 12:53 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Man, I drive with my knees, tryping with both thumbs...in traffic, going down the street...at a light, wherever...Its the only way to pass the day...

I'm a "BLackberry-ologist"
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Old 08-24-2005, 12:56 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I am guilty as well, I do it all time. I do the steer with my knee, shift with my right hand, and thumb away with both between gears.
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Old 08-24-2005, 01:17 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I type while driving all the time, but you know what they say, 2 knees on the wheel
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Old 08-24-2005, 03:51 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Only 3 of us here at our company have BlackBerries. 2 of us use it while driving, playing texas hold 'em and sending messages all the stuff your not suppose too.

The other guy won't go 1 mile of the limit, pulls over to use the headset and answer the phone or radio. He's always yelling at us when he drives past us and sees us typing or talking on the phone. (We all work in about a 10 mile radius usually, so we pass eachother alot)
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:20 PM   #30 (permalink)
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You guys should get him one of those stickers that say, "I stop for phone calls". Just so the rest of us are warned!
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:28 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Guilty as charged. I once wrote a 10 kilobyte email while on a 6-7 hour drive between Boston and Ottawa. (Yes, that's 10,000 keypresses while driving).

If I have to use it while driving, I drive with the Blackberry in the center of the top of the steering wheel, and using both of my wrists and elbows on the wheel, almost just as if I was driving without the BlackBerry and holding the wheel with my hands gripped at the top of the wheel and using the left/right sides of the steering wheel as an armrest/elbowrest. When the BlackBerry is in this position, it's directly my field of view and very quick to glance between sentences.

It also helps that I'm a thumb touchtypist - I can type paragraphs without even looking at the unit (neither screen nor keyboard). Typing slightly slower in the car than I normally do (i.e. 30-40 WPM instead of my usual 50-70 WPM BlackBerry typing speed), to keep the accuracy rate high and reducing the need to glance at the unit. I am a hearing impaired guy that cannot use the phone, but that is no excuse.

It was somewhat easier to type on a BlackBerry while driving, back in the RIM950 pager-format days, since the keyboard center of gravity was much better than on the current model 7280.

Don't try this folks. If you do, I hereby disclaim all responsibility for any damages or anything that results from use of a BlackBerry while driving.
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Old 08-24-2005, 05:05 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Girion "I've done it. ... and in SoCal we have probably the most people per capita who talk on phones and drive."

Girion, please let me know if you drive the 110 so I can stay out of your way.
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:08 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I did it once and my wife threaten to divorce me the next time i took it out of the holster while in the car (never mind at a red light or traffic jam, she covered those too) so i am not going to test it. She does not even like the fact that I bought the darned thing. She wants to send me to Blackberry Anonymous to start the 12 step process.
I wonder if she's been talking to my wife? LOL
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:20 PM   #34 (permalink)
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the 7100 sucks in these situations. i can't drive as it is (11 wrecks in 9 years), so imagine me typing a long, heated email... yeah, not pretty. i'm surprised i haven't been pulled over for suspicion of intoxication yet!
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Hell bostonnerd, I think that they must be. I even heard that they may be starting a forum and help guide for BB widows. I am now keeping an eye on the BB and another on the sites she is going to, will keep you posted. Hahaha!!!
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I've been a paramedic for 15 years, so please forgive.

You're all idiots. Really. Put the BB down and drive the car, or pull over and play with the BB. It's not worth dying, or killing someone else, for.

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I've been a paramedic for 15 years, so please forgive.

You're all idiots. Really. Put the BB down and drive the car, or pull over and play with the BB. It's not worth dying, or killing someone else, for.

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my older brother, a fireman and paramedic, tells me the same thing. of course, he tells me a lot about my driving, but most of that just goes in one ear and out the other.
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Well i hate to admit it, but i do this all the time...drive, talk and type...i really need to stop...1 point away from getting my license revoked...
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You all need a wife like mine. She reads emails for me and types what I dictate while driving. We drove for 15 hour this weekend and she took care of all my reading and typing while I was driving. She decided, "If I can't beat him, I'll join him"
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Quote:
Originally Posted by MattLarson
I've been a paramedic for 15 years, so please forgive.

You're all idiots. Really. Put the BB down and drive the car, or pull over and play with the BB. It's not worth dying, or killing someone else, for.

Matt
As an EMT, I agree 100%. I have accepted phones while driving as life, but typing on the BB is way too far. Once you seen what weve seen, you wont type, eat, read, or do anything else but drive.

Good luck,
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