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Tweet This: We Got U Surrounded 
9th-Sep-2009 01:40 pm
So a few weeks ago I was driving north on 1-5 on my way to meet Ron for coffee, and, as usual, I was in heavy traffic, lots of trucks and folks on the way to lunch. In front of me was an SUV that was weaving a lot, creeping into the right lane, then over-correcting left.

I thought, this chick is drunk. I'd better hang back and stay out of her way, because if she causes one of these trucks to jackknife, I'll end up collateral damage.

Avoiding her was not easy. In fact, I was so focused on her, I was probably just as dangerous.

It occurred to me when I was getting close to my exit that she probably wasn't drunk at all. She was probably text-messaging someone.

Yes. While she drove 65-plus in the fast lane, she was probably sharing the latest gossip about Speidi, or commiserating with her bff, or fighting with her boyfriend, or tweeting her current status to her peeps. ("I-flyin on I-5")

It's the latest phenom that has the Establishment scratching their heads: What to do about drivers who text (including bus drivers and train conductors). Texters are already responsible for ten times as many deaths as all the Public Enemies from the 30s.

Maybe what we need is a new squad of Super-Cops, trained to take care of this problem. Call 'em T-Men. They could wire-tap the airwaves and set up stakeouts along the highways, develop a set of informants with over-developed thumbs who are willing to subscribe to everybody's RSS. And to hell with pulling people over and issuing citations! Let's bring back floorboards and Tommy guns and let the T-Men riddle 'em when they see 'em!

And just in case you're wondering why I'm so sanctimonious, yes I text. But no, I don't do it while driving. I'm strictly hands-free in the car, even when it comes to sex. (I always park first.)

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9th-Sep-2009 09:18 pm (UTC)

You kill me.

T-Men. Love it.
14th-Sep-2009 12:40 am (UTC)
. . . led by a guy with a great fashion sense, natch!
10th-Sep-2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Yes. While she drove 65-plus in the fast lane, she was probably sharing the latest gossip about Speidi, or commiserating with her bff, or fighting with her boyfriend, or tweeting her current status to her peeps. ("I-flyin on I-5") LOL.
10th-Sep-2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
laughs, sadly as funny as this is, it is soo true!!

10th-Sep-2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
Hello! charliemc sent me over here to read, there was on national news last week an advertisement in the UK over texting while driving that is stirring up the controversy over there and honestly, I think something of the sort should be created over here as well. ESPECIALLY since my oldest will start taking driving lessons in a few years. >.>'
10th-Sep-2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
I drive too much to not share this repeatedly- thank you for posting the link to this very strong video
14th-Sep-2009 12:43 am (UTC)
I saw scenes from it on the Today Show and read a lot of comments on line. This is a sort of 'Scared Straight' tactic, and it's really a good idea. But we're too soft to go for it, I guess. We don't mind cleaning up the mess afterward, but we don't want to be faced with it in our living rooms. It's maddening.
10th-Sep-2009 05:33 pm (UTC)

I ♥ it! :)
10th-Sep-2009 06:08 pm (UTC)
I have been texting for almost 10 years. When they first began to enforce hands free cellular here, I was angry cuz I often called Mom and said "keep me awake; I have one more hour of work". Then I just switched to text and said stupid laws don't realize it is safer to talk then text or drive asleep.
Now that I have paid 2 tickets for not sticking a wire in my ear, I stick a wire in my ear!! I also text (carefully) but do not use a regular qwerty keyboard- how can you use 2 hands and still have one on the wheel and see the road?!! I don't need to see the other phone keyboard and use it one handed.
In New Jersey it is basically prohibited to touch your phone- no text and no use without hands free device. NY is close behind with mandatory hands free law in place. There are still too many people taking too many chances and those are the ones that can't drive to begin with.
The cops do give out phone and seat belt tickets here when they have nothing else to do so it is a start.
14th-Sep-2009 12:48 am (UTC)
Oregon still doesn't have the hands free law, but it's coming very soon. Our neighbor Washington has it, but the cops can't stop you unless it's for another violation.

I went hands free after 9/11 when we weren't allowed to use our cell phones for a few days, as I recall. It's no big deal at all and becomes habitual after a while. But at first Oregon was talking about a law that forbids *all* cell phone use, even hands free. Imagine trying to enforce something that restrictive! You might as well outlaw conversations with your passenger or listening to your radio.

And, yes, too many people are already too tired, too distracted or just too incompetent to drive in the first place. (And don't get me started on the chicks who put on mascara and drive down the freeway . . .)
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