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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 11:51 AM
Get Off The Phone And Drive

Each and every day I find it most unnerving
Totally annoying and utterly disturbing
This thing that really irks me, this thing I donít condone
Is driving in your car while talking on the phone

Are you so darn important that you canít be expected
To even for one minute not to be connected
But here is my advice for keeping you alive
When youíre in the car, get off the phone and drive.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 11:54 AM
Yup. With their heads straight down

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 11:57 AM
Me, too, Otie. If I get a text while I'm driving, I try to read and respond when I get to a stop light. If it changes to green before I'm through....oh well. If it's urgent, I'll pull into a parking lot or somewhere safe off the road and take care of it.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 11:57 AM
Some of my peeves:
1) the Sunday paper that is sold on Saturday
2) When I can't get my server to bring the bill after I'm done
eating. No, don't take the plates, take my money so I can go.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 12:02 PM
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Some of my peeves:
1) the Sunday paper that is sold on Saturday
2) When I can't get my server to bring the bill after I'm done
eating. No, don't take the plates, take my money so I can go.




one of mine is people that don't use their turn signal.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 12:09 PM
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Me, too, Otie. If I get a text while I'm driving, I try to read and respond when I get to a stop light. If it changes to green before I'm through....oh well. If it's urgent, I'll pull into a parking lot or somewhere safe off the road and take care of it.


BDOB, you ride your bike a lot. How many times has one of these morons changed lanes or whatever and not known you are there because they are too wrapped up in their conversation or whatever? I see it all the time when I am on my bike.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 12:18 PM
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Me, too, Otie. If I get a text while I'm driving, I try to read and respond when I get to a stop light. If it changes to green before I'm through....oh well. If it's urgent, I'll pull into a parking lot or somewhere safe off the road and take care of it.


BDOB, you ride your bike a lot. How many times has one of these morons changed lanes or whatever and not known you are there because they are too wrapped up in their conversation or whatever? I see it all the time when I am on my bike.


It's F'ing crazy....you can tell who they are because like you said, the head is down, or sideways. These people don't care that they could kill us with one swerve....I'm more nervous riding than ever.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 12:20 PM
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Get Off The Phone And Drive
Agree. Especially in rush hour traffic. Everytime I see someone straddling lanes on the freeway or driving 35 MPH in 65 MPH traffic it seems they've got a cellphone to their ear and are off in lala land. Drives me nuts. Ditto for the texting while driving - imo that one's worse because it frequently requires 2 hands - what are they driving that car with???

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 12:24 PM
I went to a seminar about a year ago, and one of the speakers there was a personal injury attorney who had gotten some huge awards from drivers and their employers when wrecks occurred during a cell call. She said there were studies that indicated a driver's attention remained impaired for about two minutes after hanging up. She admitted she did not understand it herself, but the study somehow showed it. Her point was that even hands-free still distracts drivers.

So if people don't care about their own safety, know that there are attys out there licking their chops for drivers that chat while driving. On the other hand, if you're in a wreck, insist that your atty subpoena the other driver's cell records.


 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 12:32 PM
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Me, too, Otie. If I get a text while I'm driving, I try to read and respond when I get to a stop light. If it changes to green before I'm through....oh well. If it's urgent, I'll pull into a parking lot or somewhere safe off the road and take care of it.


BDOB, you ride your bike a lot. How many times has one of these morons changed lanes or whatever and not known you are there because they are too wrapped up in their conversation or whatever? I see it all the time when I am on my bike.


It's F'ing crazy....you can tell who they are because like you said, the head is down, or sideways. These people don't care that they could kill us with one swerve....I'm more nervous riding than ever.


People just don't see bikes. They just don't. I used to ride quite a bit (Sportster) and I was always shocked by it. Or, you have these crotch rocket morons that swerve in and out of expressway traffic doing absolute stupid things that could hurt or kill people and it gives the safe riders a really bad name.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 01:38 PM

I agree with the cell phone talking & texting crap.
My pet peeve is people who have a job, housing, etc. saying "I'm starving", uhh, excuse me, you might be really hungry, even famished, but as long as you have money, YOU'RE NOT STARVING!!!

 

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I agree with the cell phone talking & texting crap.
My pet peeve is people who have a job, housing, etc. saying "I'm starving", uhh, excuse me, you might be really hungry, even famished, but as long as you have money, YOU'RE NOT STARVING!!!


How about when they say "I'm dying over here"? I don't believe that either!!!!

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 02:51 PM
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Some of my peeves:
1) the Sunday paper that is sold on Saturday
2) When I can't get my server to bring the bill after I'm done
eating. No, don't take the plates, take my money so I can go.




one of mine is people that don't use their turn signal.


For years I have had a theory that turn signals are purposely disabled on at least 75% of the cars sold here in Maine...and on the other 25% they only work AFTER the turn has already been initiated.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 04:13 PM
I'll admit to being distracted on my cell. Hands free makes NO difference, it's the act of conversating, not holding the phone. That said, it's equally distracting to talk to a passenger, so unless we ban speech in cars altogether...

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 04:17 PM
We were taught that a person on a cell phone has the same attention focus as a person with a .08 BAC. Legally drunk. I get exceptionally angry at people on cell phones not paying attention or driving too slow etc. Hell, the last accident I got into was because the woman was on the damn phone and just pulled out in front of me. Ive even thought about building a cell phone jammer that would kill the signal for about 100 ft in any direction, but theres a lot of downsides to that..emergencies, police, fire etc. Ill just stick with passing them and flipping them off.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 04:27 PM
I just got back from a vacation where I drove a total of 2600 miles, most on interstates.

Without exception, the majority of vehicles I came up on, going WAY too slow in the passing lane, causing people to have to pass them on the right...had drivers talking on a cell phone, oblivious to the fact that they were causing all this havoc.

On the other hand, I just saw a story where they have the technology, via GPS in cell phones, to determine if you are in a moving vehicle and disable the phone, except for emergency calls.....now that is going too far.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 04:33 PM
I wonder if it would be better to require phone numbers on the outside of the car so you can call the guy and tell him to speed up.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 04:47 PM
Maybe some technology could be used to disable the phone if you are moving more than 20mph, but then again, how would it know if you were the driver or passenger? Gotta be a solution other than outlawing them (which doesnt work...impossible to enforce really). We have some areas here in town where cell phones are not allowed (school zones). You have to be hands free. Again, difficult to enforce.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 05:09 PM
Just saw a story how in 2003, NHTSA hid findings of its study showing cell use impairment.

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/cars/2009/07/nhtsa-ny-times-cell-phone-dri ving-dangers-study.html

ST, I appreciate how a law would be difficult to enforce, but I thnk many would voluntarily comply. DUI is difficult to enforce too, but it can be discerned by driver behavior, which happens to be very similar to cell-impaired drivers. Illlegaize it!

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 05:14 PM
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Just saw a story how in 2003, NHTSA hid findings of its study showing cell use impairment.

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/cars/2009/07/nhtsa-ny-times-cell-phone-dri ving-dangers-study.html

ST, I appreciate how a law would be difficult to enforce, but I thnk many would voluntarily comply. DUI is difficult to enforce too, but it can be discerned by driver behavior, which happens to be very similar to cell-impaired drivers. Illlegaize it!


Im all for making it illegal. I want to see citations for "inattentive driving" but the judges wont allow it.

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 07:34 PM
Then you have the vehicle that has four people in it looking for an address on a building
AND the driver is on a cell phone, holding up traffic.......

Then you have a vehicle with a NASCAR sticker of sort on it, holding up traffic.....

On interstate hwy somewhere and you have someone in the right (hand) doing 5 mph below the speed limit and someone in the left lane passing them doing the speed limit....

holding up traffic.......

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 09:51 PM
Tell me about it.

I was hit (me on foot) in a cross walk in the Silver Spring Town Center pedestrian zone by
a woman looking in her purse for her phone in Jan 2002

permanent damage to my left rotater cuff , fractured wrist, left leg bruised to the bone.

She got 180 days of probation for nearly killing me. and the fine was suspended because
she claimed poverty. They didn't even suspend her license. The first time I talked to
the assistant DA was at the trial.

If I hadn't stuck my wrist in the pavement it would have been my head fractured instead.
The fireman couldn't believe I didn't hit my head given the distance I was thrown.
I give the credit to my gymnastics and diving coaches .


The insurance settlement didn't even cover my rehab at her policy limits.
I had to rehab my left leg, my right wrist and left shoulder. The rotator cuff
never came back. I had to give up swimming (my daily cardioid exercise) because
of the injury.

There should be much tougher penalties for folks not paying attention at the wheel.

IF she had been on drugs or alcohol, she would have probably done jail time.

She got a slap on the wrist, I got the pain.







[Edited on 7/22/2009 by spacemonkey]

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 10:26 PM
That completely sucks, Spacemonkey...

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 10:47 PM
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That completely sucks, Spacemonkey...


she didn't even realize she hit me. someone had to yell at her to stop.
at trial she said she didn't see me? (no fooling, you were looking in your purse
for the cell charger
I am 6-3 , 240lb, How can you not see me?

then she backs up, I am thinking "is this is death race 2000 and she's coming in for the kill?"

then she comes over and tries to lift me off the pavement, I can't stand
because of the swelling in the leg she hit. she's pulling on my fractured wrist

then she's crying "get up, don't die"

"don't die on me mister"

First Monkey County Officer on the scene: "What do you need?"

me: "get this crazy woman away from me"



[Edited on 7/22/2009 by spacemonkey]

 

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  posted on 7/21/2009 at 10:56 PM
Another time I was driving to work in Georgetown on a Monday and this dude behind me was reading the Sunday comics. I recognized the calvin and hobbes strip.
I knew it was just a matter of time and he hit my rear bumper (at 5mph).

he said "I am sorry I don't how it happened"

Me: "You were reading the comics". (with a friendly grin)

he had the gall to deny it. I made him give me 20 bucks for some rubbing compound and touch up paint.
what a moron. He thinks because he isn't paying attention no one else is?

 

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