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Email driving: Risky thrill sport, or just plain stupidity?

Steve Sande
Steve Sande|@stevensande|July 30, 2009 2:30 PM
We all know that texting and driving is dangerous, but what about going beyond just sending short text messages, and actually composing and sending emails while driving? I'm voting for "stupid" as the proper adjective to use.

iPhone Savior had a report this morning about Lane Roster, a Huntington Beach, California repo man who has taken driving and emailing to an extreme. Mr. Roster decided that he absolutely had to send emails while driving, so he mounted his iPhone on the dash of his car and loaded the Email 'n Walk app [app store], a program that uses a camera view of what's directly ahead of you as the backdrop to a standard email screen.

Email 'n Walk, as the name implies, is designed to be used while walking. Roster, in a phone interview with iPhone Savior, stated that "If I can't email and drive or send an occasional text I would get absolutely nothing done." He also admitted to getting into two minor accidents while emailing and driving:

"I had only two minor love taps where I rear ended some folks," Roster said, "There was no major damage to speak of. I just settled it right there with good ol' American greenbacks and we were on our way. I won't lie, I do swerve a tad some days when I'm tired, but email driving is a real rush man!"

I'm going to end this post with two quick reminders: don't text (or email) and drive, and try to stay out of Huntington Beach, California if you value your life and your car.