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Cell phones. Drivers. BAD combination.

Dear all,

Do any of you drive while talking on your cell phone?

If so, then stop it right this fucking instant. Oh, but you're a good driver, you say? You can handle the pressures of talking and driving simultaneously, you say? You're not like all those other morons, you say? Yeah, well, I'm sure the genius who almost ran into me today thought she was pretty good at it, too.

I'm breezing along in the bike lane, past a line of cars delayed in traffic (because that's the beauty of biking; you get to breeze past cars delayed in traffic), when suddenly, a white car veers in front of me, impatient for that shortcut to the next street. Would have hit me if I hadn't seized up on the brakes and screamed like a girl to get her attention. She looked very humbled and scared (cringing pathetically there, with her cell phone still clutched up against her ear), but I didn't stick around to chat; just glared intensely, several times, and moved past, since I wasn't hurt.

Weird that I screamed, incidentally. I don't usually scream when startled. It seemed to be strictly a method of alarming her and getting her to stop, high-pitched screeches generally working wonders for that. Nice to know my reflexes are in order, there.

But if this little tale can keep any one of you from smashing into someone, then it was worth telling. So, to recap: Hang. The Fuck. Up. And Drive.

Oh, and bicyclists? Wear a helmet. Never know when some idiot motorist will neglect to look in their mirrors.

P.S. No, I don't usually swear like a sailor, but this calls for it, methinks.

P.P.S. Oh, yeah, Happy Valentine's Day. Pink and red still look horrible together, world; didn't you get the memo?

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stremph
Feb. 14th, 2003 11:53 am (UTC)
Not to pick a fight, but it sounds like the "impatient" and "shortcut" parts of that played a major role in the incident. I've had more bad experiences with impatient asshole drivers than I have with drivers on cell phones. The combination fo the two is obnoxious, but I think the cell phone gets too much blame. Most of these drivers were asshole drivers in the B.C. (before cellular) era.

My biggest driving gripe is super-huge, phallus-compensatory monster trucks and SUVs driven by complete and utter aggressive assholes. Of course, their windows are tinted so dark that I can't tell if they're on the phone or not.
mikeneko
Feb. 14th, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC)
Already did my cell phone/SUV rant this week. Don't drive very often, yet have had numerous encounters with chatters rolling through stop signs, passing into oncoming traffic, tailgating, other weird behaviors. They will also run you down with shopping carts (ow ow ow). Disturbing.
mollyringle
Feb. 14th, 2003 03:43 pm (UTC)
She could just be a horrible driver generally. I have no way of knowing. Just figured the cell phone probably contributed to the distraction factor.

This is a college town, so we get all kinds of lame young hotshot drivers. Still, I count my blessings that I don't have to deal with true city traffic or anything!