If a lifetime can be likened to a day, then this is Happy Hour!
OMG! Every American teen-aged girl and their BFFs are six different kinds of pissed now.Let them be. Because of them, I had to back off from my libertarian zeal and vote yes on that no-talk-no-texting law. Which is an awful, horrible way to vote...but something had to be done. When the roaches are all around you it's time to break out the Raid. Come visit. You'll see what I mean.Saw a guy get rammed on a freeway off-ramp one time. NO skid marks under the car that rear-ended him. Full speed. Everyone walked away in terrific shape...but that was incredibly fortunate. Yep. Texting. OMG. Becky's not even hot.
Yup. A dear friend's husband is alive today only because his guardian angels had to work some serious overtime a few weeks ago.Beautiful day, no clouds, clear roads, not rush hour. My friend's husband is driving on a 2 lane highway, in the right lane, doing the speed limit. The woman in the left lane was speeding and distracted (she claims she sneezed, I claim bullsh... she was texting) and drifted into his lane, clipping the rear of his cargo van. Said van was hit hard enough to be turned to face traffic, hitting the shoulder and rolling THREE times into the median.Seat belt on; no airbag in the old van. He actually got OUT of the van, walked around seeing all his tools (he's a general contractor) strewn everywhere. No broken bones, major neck and back trauma. He's self-employed and will be out of work for 6 months, minimum.The other driver? No injuries, minor damage to her car. A couple of citations at the scene and she drove away w/out so much as a glance at the man whose life she nearly ended.And I know it was texting...which is illegal in MA and CT, so she lied to the police. And they can't prove it - yet. My friends have hired a lawyer and the first thing he should check is her cell-phone records.
Come visit. You'll see what I mean.I've been reading, Morgan. I've just been light on the comments.I think people should do jail time for texting while driving... first offense. That's as bad as a DWI in my book.Kris: See above. And yep... cell phone records are the FIRST place to go. I've read that law enforcement will subpoena phone records in states where there are no-texting laws if an offender denies they were texting. Those stupid people should do additional jail time for lying.
Buck - no argument from me. I've been in a few near-accidents because of people texting or jawing on their phones. They have these wonderful, new-fangled things that you can get for your car - it's called a speakerphone, thereby leaving your hands free.But sometimes even that isn't enough. People get so zoned out on their speaker-phone conversations that they become as unaware as if they were texting.Of course god forbid you wait to have that conversation until you are home - like we did back in the dark ages before cell phones.
Being on the phone in the car is awful. I can't do it. I have a phone number just for the car and there's times I have let it ring, bec. I'm in a bit of traffic and need to pay attention.(Our state is one of those places for the no holding a phone and driving, that's why I have a sep. phone.)$40 first offense, but you can only be pulled over for it if you're doing something else wrong, too. Which you probably are!
Rather than jail time I would suggest a flogging at the scene.
I'm noty even going to get into the whole cell-phone-cum-auto or driving-while-texting thing because that's one of my husband's hot buttons and I hear enough about it every time we get into the car.But, I will say this -- I love, love, love those ads! OMG! They are so clever and so very right on!!P.S. -- speaking as the mother of 2 daughters, Becky's not gonna know what hit her.
We made a pact in my family - no texting while driving and no drinking while texting.
Of course god forbid you wait to have that conversation until you are home - like we did back in the dark ages before cell phones.I can't claim innocence here -- I talk on phone while in the car. But I don't do it all that often and I NEVER text while driving. Hell, I never text at all, actually. Yeah, I'm a Luddite.(Our state is one of those places for the no holding a phone and driving, that's why I have a sep. phone.)EVERY air force base has a no-phone regulation, unless it's of the hands-free type. That's a GOOD thing.Rather than jail time I would suggest a flogging at the scene.Disagree. I think the sentence... flogging... shouldn't be at the scene. Rather, it should be carried out in front of the courthouse every Saturday morning. Strip the offender to the waist... BOTH sexes... and give 'em their ten lashes. And televise it on the community-access channel.Moogie: Agreed on the ads: they're clever and VERY well done. Ya know what? I think Pepper and I would get along famously.Lou: LOL on the "no drinking while texting!"
I'm reminded of this old one from my (badly-formatted) archives:This morning on I-95, I looked over to my left and there was a woman in a brand new Cadillac doing 65 mph with her face up next to her rear view mirror putting on her eyeliner.I looked away for a couple seconds and when I looked back she was halfway over in my lane, still working on that makeup.As a man, I don’t scare easily. But she scared me so much; I dropped my electric shaver, which knocked the donut out of my other hand.In all the confusion of trying to straighten out the car using my knees against the steering wheel, it knocked my cell phone away from my ear, which fell into the coffee between my legs, splashed and burned Big Jim and the Twins, ruined the damn phone, soaked my trousers and disconnected an important call.Damn women drivers!
Just be polite... that's all I ask.