posted on Feb, 3 2013 @ 07:30 PM
In my area there are plenty of "dumb" people on their cell phones - My favorite group is those that are crossing the road (often which the signal is
red), while texting, and then glaring at you (whether on your bike, or driving a car), as if it's your fault when they almost get hit. My other
favorite has to be watching the same group cross a multiple lane road like Gratiot Ave, while on their cell phones and not even at the crosswalk.
In fact, when I went to the local metropark in the area, someone was texting while riding a bike (no helmet or anything) - almost hit the person next
to me because he was "too busy" to tell us walkers to move out of his way.
My policy regarding texting & driving is this: Pull over to the side of the road (like you're supposed to). If someone's injured or dying, then I
see it as acceptable to text or call when (and only when) traffic isn't moving at a red light. As for me, I keep my phone on in the car, more for
warning me when someone calls rather than answering the phone. Out of everyone in my family, I'm the only one that has no desire in texting (there's
still too much of it on the roads as it is), and even if I had it - it would only be used when I'm sitting somewhere.
And speaking of dumb people - One day, coming home from work, I was in the left turn lane with a car in the straight lane next to me. How the lights
work in the area is that the left turn lane goes first, then the rest of the traffic. Well, in the middle of what looked like an epic texting session,
the person apparently mistook the green turn arrow for their own green light, and went full on into traffic. After getting a minor clip on the
breaklight, they just kept on going (even though the car that did nothing wrong stopped).