Let's play JEOPARDY!
One question/answer. The prize: Your life, and mine
Deer. School buses. The car in front of you. Ambulances. The car next to you. Police cars. Dogs. The car coming toward you. Children playing. Red lights. The speed limit. People running through red lights into your path. Pedestrians. The car passing you. Crazy drivers. Semis. Darkness and low visibility. Ice. Snow. Rain. Dangerous intersections. Yellow lights. Highway ramps. Semi trucks. Yield signs. "Speed limit is 40 when light is flashing." School zones. Your stopping distance from the car in front. The car tailgating you. Random objects (tire fragments) in the road.
What are, "Things I should focus on instead of yammering on my cell phone while driving?
If you got that right, congrats!
Dont' we have enough hazards to focus on while driving without adding the element of distraction from talking or texting on a phone? If you were taking a driving test to renew your license, would you talk on the cellphone in front of the test official? If you were driving a school bus full of kindergartners, would you be texting? What do your answers tell you about the use of a cellphone while driving?
If you use a cellphone (hands-free is no safer, by the way) while driving, despite the WIDELY KNOWN statistics from the New England Journal of Medicine that you are 4 times as likely to crash, I can only conclude you are suicidal. And that's fine with me, if you have no regard for your own life; that's not my business. That's sort of Darwin's way of culling the herd. But the life you kill with your recklessness may be mine; you might cause an accident because of your distraction that kills me. So I have a vested interest in your reckless use of a cellphone while driving. It's like being exposed to second-hand smoke, but with more immediate deadly consequences. Using a cellphone is statistically equivalent to drunk driving in terms of your driving impairment (see earlier article on this blog).
I hope the laws will catch up with this aberrant antisocial behavior. If you use a cellphone while driving, you're sociopathic: being utterly self-absorbed with no regard for how your behavior affects others. You're playing JEOPARDY with other peoples' lives and safety. Including, chiefly, MINE.
End of sermon/rant. If I've offended you, good. You're just the person whop needs to hear this.
If you are not offended because you are not a sociopathic cellphone driver and none of this applies to you, please send this link to all the selfish sociopaths in your life. Thanks!
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