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Followup to post on driving w/cellphone in hand..(18 posts)

Followup to post on driving w/cellphone in hand..Lone Gunman
Jan 28, 2002 3:30 PM
Almost became a hood ornament this afternoon. Local town has a 4 way stop sign. I roll up to the stop in almost the center of the road because I am turning left and do not want to be cut off from the rear. Driver to my left goes straight, driver to my right turns left in front of me. A car directly in front of me coming at me is not at the stop sign yet as the right turner is making his move. It is now my turn to move. I start to move forward and turn and see this stupid fuggin teenage girl driving forward right at me while looking at the keypad of the cell phone, I had already started my turn and in about 1 second or less I will collide with her front fender if I continue my turn. I hit the brakes so hard that both front and rear brake cables slipped the binder bolts and I steered to the right and avoided the collision. She kept right on driving completely oblivious that she almost cremed me. Needless to say I was screaming at her and giving her what for. That image of her looking at that key pad is burned into my memory.
Jan 28, 2002 3:44 PM
maybe they shouldn't drive until age 21
What age did you start driving?MB1
Jan 28, 2002 3:56 PM
and don't I remember something about someone riding from New Mexico to Cal with their feet on the bars of their motorcycle?

Kids gotta grow up sometime, just hope they don't kill someone/anyone doing it.

Plus the stories I could tell of cyclists using cell phones....
too youngDog
Jan 28, 2002 3:59 PM
I was a menace! But the the grace of God, I didn't kill myself and everyone around. I never drank and drove (didn't drink), but I drove way too fast (still do).

The motorcycle episode was later on, actually. Plus, I endangered no one there but myself.

Cyclists using cell phones? I keep my off, and only turn it on when stopped, and then only for emergencies.

Well, the difference ...cyclinseth
Jan 29, 2002 6:51 AM
between a cyclist on a cell phone and a motorist on a cell phone is a cyclist will only kill him/herself. A motorist will kill everybody else.
Teens aren't the worstVelocipedio
Jan 29, 2002 5:48 AM
The worst offenders are the soccer moms in their suburban umbilical vehicles who are ALWAYS in too much of a rush to either look where they're going, stop at stop signs or PUT DOWN THE DAMNED PHONE!
Odd AmericansAvanti Guy
Jan 28, 2002 5:59 PM
It seems like an odd idea in America that you can drive and buy a gun before you are old enough to have a beer.
Don't believe what you see in the movieskenyee
Jan 28, 2002 8:06 PM
Odd Americansweiwentg
Jan 28, 2002 9:31 PM
In Singapore, we can drive, smoke, watch naked women in the movies (as far as that is possible in my rather conservative country) and join the army and, should it come to that, kill people. but we can't vote until we're 21.
anyway, driving while using a cellphone is illegal. do it and you could be in trouble.
Odd Americanscyclaholic
Jan 29, 2002 5:25 AM
Please don't point out that it is odd to allow people to drive automobiles and buy guns years before they old enough to drink legally.

Our legislators will see this and attempt to lower the legal drinking age to 14.
And when they grow up...kenyee
Jan 28, 2002 8:10 PM
Coworker was hit last year and got her Saab 900 totalled while she was stopped and waiting to turn left on a two way road.

The 30ish person who hit her was in a weeks old Lexus ES300; she was putting on makeup and freely admitted she didn't even see my coworker. No one was hurt, though my coworker had back stiffness for a few weeks. Impact speed was roughly 35-40mph.

This was in a suburban area (Westford, MA for those of you who know the area).

Feel safer? :-P
Illegal in New YorkRusty McNasty
Jan 29, 2002 3:27 AM
Since we got the law passed, a driver caught driving with a hand-held phone will receive a $100 fine, and points on his license. Repeat offenders can get as much as a $500 fine.
That only addresses part of the problemkenyee
Jan 29, 2002 6:19 AM
Americans in general don't take driving seriously. Take the obsession w/ cupholders because we want cars to be mobile restaurants. German carmakers could never figure out our obsession w/ cupholders and refused to put them in for the longest time because drivers focus on driving over there.

Then there are the people who shave while driving.
Or put makeup on while driving.
Or read the newspaper while driving.

People squawk that driving is a right (it's really a privilege) but won't take the time to take a defensive driving course to learn how cars handle in snowy/rainy conditions.
I haven't noticed ANY change in motorists' behavior. nmcyclinseth
Jan 29, 2002 6:57 AM
cell phonies are yet ANOTHER danger to cyclists -NMTig
Jan 29, 2002 8:51 AM
New York has it right! nmraboboy
Jan 29, 2002 10:52 AM
Unfortunately, NY has it wrong.cyclinseth
Jan 29, 2002 4:22 PM
Cell phones really aren't the main issue. This spineless law was passed in order to sell headset extentions. No other reason.

The main issue is people talking on any kind of phone while driving. The funny thing about a telephone conversation (whether on a ground line, cell phone or headset) is that it draws your attention and conciousness completely out of your localized space and requires your undivided attention.

Here's a simple test to prove my point:
Next time you are on the phone, turn on the television and pay attention to both your conversation and the program. Try reading a book and talking on the phone.
Can't do it? Thought so. However, I bet you could listen to the radio and read a book.

Now, which do you think takes more concentration, watching tv or driving a car?
re: Followup to post on driving w/cellphone in hand..max
Jan 29, 2002 6:22 PM
WOMAN DRIVERS (Are a hazard to traffic!!!)

Driving to town this morning on the Interstate, I looked over to my
left and there was a woman in a brand new Mustang doing 75 miles per
hour with her face up next to her rear view mirror putting on her

I looked away for a couple seconds and when I looked back she was
halfway over in my lane, still working on that dang makeup!!!

It scared me so bad 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 cellphone away from my other ear which fell into the
coffee between my legs and DISCONNECTED AN IMPORTANT CALL!!!!!!!