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“Oprah” audience to talk texts at Tech

Oprah Winfrey and Holly Robinson Peete team up next week to discuss texting and driving with a Georgia Tech oprah300audience.

Georgia Tech announced on its website that Winfrey’s April 30 show about distracted driving will feature viewing rallies in five cities, including Atlanta at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts.

“During the event, the Oprah show will cut to a live feed of the crowd in Atlanta at the Ferst Center on Georgia Tech’s campus,” the Tech announcement said. “Those in attendance may appear on camera.”

It’s free and students, faculty and staff are invited.

Peete, an actress, author and “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant,  will moderate the event here.

The topic is a timely one as the Georgia legislature has talked texting this session. A bill to ban texting while driving passed the House on Crossover Day and is now in a Senate committee.

In somewhat related news, a proposal by House Speaker David Ralston to ban lobbyists from texting legislators during session or committee meetings was dropped after Democrats objected.

19 comments Add your comment

MJ

April 22nd, 2010
2:03 pm

Good deal! This is a HORRIBLE issue in this city and needs to be banned IMMEDIATELY!!! The driving in this city is bad enough….

mitzymy

April 22nd, 2010
2:10 pm

When Oprah brings the show,she is serious. I remember when she brought the show to Forsythe County. She was serious back then.

Freddy Weller

April 22nd, 2010
2:24 pm

I hope she doesn’t get mugged. That area is getting more dangerous by the day.

Freddy Weller

April 22nd, 2010
2:27 pm

Distracted driving? She should have showed up last weekend when all those guys had the video cameras sticking out of the sunroofs.

notaracist

April 22nd, 2010
5:31 pm

I admit, I am not the brightest bulb. But for the very life of me, I can’t understand, why, someone would text while driving. Many things can distract us while driving. Such as, tuning the radio, putting on make up, reaching down to get those fries,yelling at kids, many things. However, phones have speaker and blue tooth.Why not use these devices instead.

Ripdog

April 22nd, 2010
5:35 pm

I’m sick of Oprah. Why do people obey here like she’s God or something? I’m typing this now as I drive and nothing, asdlkfja;ldfja;kgf Help!!!

Ripdog

April 22nd, 2010
5:37 pm

Darn, just ran into Roy Hobbs! Ok Oprah, you win.

Chris Morgan

April 22nd, 2010
5:50 pm

Check out http://turnoffthecellphone.com for a technological answer rather than ineffective legislation.

Anthony Prince

April 22nd, 2010
5:52 pm

Oprah Winfrey should get all the parents permission before she come because Atlanta people do not wish to learn anything new. Look how they are talking about T.I, and he did not ask for permission.

Anthony Prince

April 22nd, 2010
6:07 pm

The News wish to down T.I for some thing a Judge told him to due. Why

Monica Henderson

April 22nd, 2010
9:33 pm

It is not wise to text while driving. One should consider the lives of others as well as their own. I certainly hope Oprah has an audience that’s willng to digest words of wisdom on texting so the message can be expressed in our homes, workplace and communities.

Gina

April 22nd, 2010
9:52 pm

I totally agree!!! I feel that any kind of distraction should be baned. I’d even baned my teenage children from riding in the car talking that slang smack!!! It makes me want to smack alright!!!! Sorry about that- u know thats what kids will make u do nowdays…. All kiddin aside it is very dangerous, I have a teen daughter and me as a adult, I have to really pay close attention with her, because she has an attention problem, she is very easly distracted… ADHD… I personally feel that the cell phones need to be put away when people are driving==NO EXCUSE!! Come on people, people lived without them yrs. ago… it could be done again !!! I have been saying this about the cell phones with people talking and texting for yrs.. People need to stand back and really look at the problem- Ok look at my daughter.. she already has a attention problem, so would it be fair to other people on the roads, to just let her jump in the car ( which she does most of the time- with the phone glued to her hand) and let her take off, because she is no different than anyone else that has a phone in there hand and driving at the same time… sorry not trying to bore anyone, just trying to look at it from other angles…..

Cassandra

April 23rd, 2010
12:53 pm

Here you go!

Justine

April 23rd, 2010
11:20 pm

I was n Kroger today and I saw a girl about 15 who had earplugs in and was holding a telephone and an mp3 player. There is something very troubling with a society which has lost the ability to talk verbally and face to face. Think about it, there is a group of people who just text and text and text. I have been in serious plays at the movies and even in church and people were continually texting. Not only do I not text but I do not accept them and anyone calling my telephones are told in plain english not to text me. Leave a message. 3 hang ups and I block your number. Perhaps this is why there is so little civility in the world, people just do not know how to talk to one another.

OprahDontDoDat

April 24th, 2010
9:44 am

Sounds like the event of the year. I’ll be sure to bring a bucket of fried chicken.

OprahDontDoDat

April 24th, 2010
9:49 am

Just noticed after reading some of the comments. A lot of Okra fans don’t read well.
Hint: Your favorite lardbutt ain’t coming to the event. Re-read, v0e0r0y slowly if needed.

mj

April 25th, 2010
5:22 pm

OprahDontDoDat, theirs was an innocent mistake. No harm done. But there is a big difference between being mistaken and being ignorant, rude, or unnecessarily obnoxious. I’d love to know what Oprah did to you other than succeed in the face of your apparent envy. Your post says more about you than it does her. I’m sorry for you.

OprahDontDoDat

April 26th, 2010
7:25 am

@mj
I don’t believe I’ve ever heard poor reading abilities phrased as an ‘honest mistake.’
Did Okra teach you that?

David Bailey

April 29th, 2010
9:16 am

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