Zippyjet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 5601 posts, RR: 12 Posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1680 times:
Welcome to Maryland, USA. We will probably be one of the last states to prohibit cell phone usage while operating a motor vehicle. Lately, there have been some douche bags invading the highways and byways driving like shit while yapping on their damn phone. Imagine driving south on I-95 approaching the airport expressway I-195 to BWI. Clear sunny day, and 65mph. driving conditions with steady to heavy traffic flow. All of a sudden, traffic starts to crawl. Why? Because some asshole is yapping on his cell phone weaving in and out of the lanes while driving 40 mph.! Well, I've calmed down in my middle age when it comes to sharing the road and, I even try to go out of my way being courteous towards other drivers, but this schmuck ignited that old tinge of road rage in me. I did a N.Y.C. style cut him off with no signal. I smiled at him and he flipped his limp middle finger. I in kind returned the gesture. Sounds childish but, hell if I or any other motorist should be endangered by some inconsiderate boob. I wish our state police would pull these road hogs over. Unfortunately, it will take one of those horrible gore galore multi car pile ups with national coverage of carnage on the interstate to get some laws passed to prevent this. I've encountered better drivers that eat, drink, play with their pet and I believe pleasure themselves while driving. But cell phone yapping drivers suck. Maybe one of them will be so engrossed in their phone talk that if driving in Miami, they will journey into Overtown, here in Baltimore, they will end up at the lovely corner of North and Pennsylvania Avenues and if in Atlantic City on North Arctic Avenue in the inlet section. Can ya hear me now?
NorskMan From Norway, joined Jan 2005, 113 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1663 times:
Yapping on cellphones while you are driving affects your driving. I know this, i drive for a living. It pisses me off to no end when i cross paths with a cellphone/driver. They are all over the road, driving to slow, completely oblivious to everyone.
If someone calls you while you are driving, either don't answer, or answer and tell them you'll call them back. This shit is dangerous, and causes accidents...
Big777jet From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1652 times:
A few years ago, a driver was talking on his cell almost ran through red light while i was starting a green light so I saw the car wasn't stopping intersection I stopped so he slammed brakes almost ran over the intersection! The car back up and I drove through and show him (sign language body) GET OFF THE CELL PHONE FROM YOUR HEAD! What a moron driver using the cell phone not pay attention traffic lights! Good thing it wasn't hit my car!
UPS707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 361 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1613 times:
I have to play the devil's advocate on this one and say I see nothing wrong with driving while talking on a cell phone (if you can handle it!). However, rather than issue a law banning cell phones blindly, issue more reckless driving citations to those that can't handle it. While you're at it, cell phones while the most common distraction in a car currently, are not the only ones. Some people are just as likely to drive poorly while tuning their radio, reading the newspaper, putting on their makeup or getting a BJ (I have seen all of these on my daily commute)!!!
I think that lawmakers should be concentrating on reckless driving in general and not just cell phones. Having said that, I know 1st hand what can happen due to cell phones since my 10 week old car got $15,000 in damage thanks to a bimbo who was too busy talking to see the red light in front of her. Thankfully I walked out fine and the car got fixed, but I'd be as likely to be pissed off at her regardless of what took her attention away from the road.
Canadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1601 times:
In my opinion, there is absolutely nothing remotely resembling safety when it comes to talking on a cell phone whilst driving. I absoutely will not answer the phone while driving, unless it is from home, and then I will pull over as quickly as possible to answer the call, or I will answer and quickly say I'll call back when the car is stopped. I have seen far far too many near accidents and absolutely zero attention paid to the road by drivers while they are chatting on their cell. In my opinion, very few, if any can handle cell chats and driving at the same time. I've also seen one too many pedestrians almost run over by idiotic drivers who are engaged in heated/animated cell phone chats.
The other day, the guy beside me (driving) was on his cell, screaming into the mouthpiece, not even looking where he was going. It only takes one or two seconds of diverted attention to cause injury or death.
A popular argument is that if the driver can talk to a passenger(s) in their car while driving, why not on a cell? Totally different set of dynamics are present, again, I go by what I have witnessed over the years. Rarely do you see a driver momentarily lose attention (or control of the vehicle) while talking to 'live' passengers as opposed to the cell chatters.
I had to shake my head when headsets were introduced and taken up by drivers. These, so the popular theory goes, would greatly reduce loss of attention and near misses or actual accidents. Where is the logic in this? I've seen plenty of headset drivers who have run through lights, etc.