Recently, I heard on the news today, that there is a potential law on the books that would prohibit drivers from texting while driving.
People actually text while driving?
I have a hard enough time texting while sitting perfectly still on my kitchen chair. Wearing reading glasses. And concentrating really really hard.
In September, a Los Angeles commuter train collision was caused when an Engineer failed to heed a red train light, resulted in 17 deaths, and 135 injured.
There is evidence to indicate that the Engineer had been sending text messages immediately prior to the collision.
And then last month, a 13 year old child was killed in our state, when a school bus was rear ended by a truck. The bus was at a full stop, with hazard lights flashing. Upon impact, the bus burst into flames.
The driver of the truck has admitted to texting while driving, just before the accident.
Heck, yes. In my humble opinion, there should be a ban on texting while operating a moving vehicle. How it would be enforced would be another matter.
But, I say go one step further.
Today, as I was driving with my 3 precious children strapped into my van, a car swerved into my lane, heading in the opposite direction. They were far enough away so that it didn’t scare me, causing me to utter that dreaded $4.00 word, but when she passed, I noticed the driver was talking on her cell phone.
And that made me mad.
I have gotten to the point that I simply won’t answer my cell phone if I’m driving. Not that I receive all that many calls. Most of my cell type calls are from Fiddledaddy who likes to make sure I haven’t gone insane and left the state.
So far, so good.
When I’m sitting at a traffic light, and am not all consumed by the conversation behind me…
“MOM, she’s looking at me!”
“MOM, she’s touching me.”
“MOM, she’s thinking about touching me.”
…then I like to make a little game out of counting the number of drivers whizzing by while talking on a cell phone.
Usually, I count about 7 out of every 10 drivers yaking on their phone.
Because, we live in a world of multi-taskers. Everything needs to be done NOW. And what better time to take care of phone calls than when you are doing nothing.
EXCEPT OPERATING A ONE-TON MOVING VEHICLE.
Frankly, the way people drive around here, I cannot imagine doing anything other than devoting my full and complete attention to staying the heck out of everyone’s way.
Have I opened a can of worms?
If you were wondering what my title meant, it’s text-speak for “So, What Do You Think?”
I had to look text speak up on this website. Because on the rare occasions that I text (at home, while stationary), I type out full and complete sentences. With correct punctuation.
Because I’m a goober. Who would still be listening to her canary yellow Sony Walkman if it hadn’t met with an untimely death.
SWDYT? Should texting and/or talking on a cell phone while driving be outlawed?