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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?



Feb. 14th, 2003 01:17 pm (UTC)
I hate people who drive and talk at the same time. Unfortunately, it's the only time I get to talk to my dad sometimes.. ::weg:: so we both took a defensive driving course, which was great fun, recommend it to everyone.

When I'm driving and have the phone on, I'm hyper aware of everything. I don't think I even blink. I'm also used to controlling a hyper german shepherd in the car (tho NOT while I'm on the phone.. or rather, vice versa). And I've been known to take phones away from friends while driving, and not give it back until they swear to me they'll quit talking and driving.

Just wanted to let you know that not all cell users are brainless idiots looking for a lawsuit. I go back to lurking mode now. :)
Feb. 14th, 2003 03:50 pm (UTC)
Hehe, I've driven with hyper German shepherds. Ah, the good old days of my teen years...

I do believe that some people are quite adept at talking, driving, changing the CD, and perhaps juggling oranges while they drive - there are some talented multitaskers out there. But the average untrained person, as you note, is probably best off not doing it.

Feeling kind of silly for making this such a big deal. I mean, hey, I didn't get hurt...(this time).
Feb. 14th, 2003 08:10 pm (UTC)
Don't feel silly about making a big deal about it. Feel good that you are, because you're making the people around you aware of their own actions, be it with a cell phone or any other distraction. The more people who make a stink about it, the fewer people get hurt, in my most humble opinion.

What really chaps my hide is that some MANUFACTURERS are making video screens in cars that the DRIVER can watch. They're just begging for some lawsuits there.

oh.. and I turn down the radio when I'm looking for an address so that I can concentrate better on what I'm looking for. :)
Feb. 16th, 2003 06:04 pm (UTC)
turning down the radio while searching for an address
I do it so that I can enlist the other people in the car to help me look for said address, then I can better hear what they say.

Unless I'm driving alone. I haven't caught myself doing it while driving alone and looking for an address, but then it may be a subconscious thing that I'm unaware of.