Last post on Sep 24, 2013 at 8:18 AM
You are in the Automotive News & Views
What is this discussion about?
#4023 of 4067 Re: Michigan Cops are watching you [gagrice]
May 07, 2011 (9:14 pm)
Congress has decided that the Constitution doesn't matter, so why should local cops honor it? This is a clear-cut violation of the fourth amendment.
#4024 of 4067 bumper sticker joke making the rounds
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 15, 2011 (5:28 pm)
"Honk if you love Jesus. Text if you want to meet him."
#4025 of 4067 Re: bumper sticker joke making the rounds [steve_]
May 21, 2011 (8:49 am)
I want to meet him! Just not for the next thirty years or so...
#4027 of 4067 Re: from Tom Dingus at VA Tech Transpiration Institute [steve_]
Jun 27, 2011 (9:44 am)
I can believe it. Phone yapping pisses me off and is a danger, but it's not creating carnage out there - as I swear half the people on the road around here sometimes have a phone to their ear.
Texting on the other hand...
#4028 of 4067 Re: from Tom Dingus at VA Tech Transpiration Institute [steve_]
Jun 28, 2011 (5:14 am)
The issue is cell phone driving is not just another form of distracted driving. Even my wife's amazed at the number of avoidance maneuvers I had to do on the road when she is in the car with me as I have been cut off and side swiped by people on the phone or texting.
Or people going 40 in the left lane on a 55 mph road because they are not really paying attention. This type of stupidity creates other issues as drivers attempt to pass on the right.
There are a number of drivers that went home safely because I was watching their backs by actually driving my vehicle. Although those jerks don't know it they have me to thank.
So while I have not been in this thread in a while my stance hasn't changed. Drivers who hold the phone to their ear or text, or whatever, should be dealt with in a heavy headed way.
#4029 of 4067 7000 miles, 100 cellfone/MMS photos @ 70 mph !! oh the humanity!
Aug 27, 2011 (2:59 am)
many times i've watched from the passenger seat or adjacent vehicle as a driver does seemingly/impossibly delicate things one handed while they drive, never taking their eyes off the road.
even in recent weeks i've watched plenty of adult drivers send text messages with one hand in violation of civil statute! the horror! should i report them to the police? i'm not shy about reporting dangerous drivers . today I had to call 911 due to highway incident. a ladder fell off the back of an F250 diesel driven by a maniac tailgating zigzagging driver. either that or that same driver saw or caused the ladder to fall off another truck - so I reported it after helping all the cars stop in time, by braking early from looking so much further ahead than the other drivers. it appeared that no cellphones were involved with this incident except for everyone calling 911 afterwards.
in recent years i don't touch the phone whatsoever while driving except rarely when my child is counting on me for example. The iphone is really difficult to dial while driving for me - not enough dexterity/skill. but i understand that there are people with better dexterity and skill that they can dial a phone or text a message just fine *while driving*.
my old LG phone was very ergonomic to position on steering wheel, but iphone is not. i suppose i'll have to use a 35mm camera next time I want to take photos while driving - it's still legal to take a 35mm photo while driving isn't it? (if not, then write your legislators now, nanny-state proponents !!!!)
in 2005, the early days of "unlimited text messages" I drove cross-country and took 50 or 100 cellfone photos along the way, and back. can anyone be more superlative than 'stupidest thing ever' such as above - was that MORE stupid than the stupidest thing ever? I got really good at timing it so I could send perfectly photos of the interstate-sign of interest, or the bizarre swarms of locust-like beetles in nevada.
I'll suppose I may reconsider my plans to take 10 rolls of 36 exposure verichrome-pan photos using a zoom-lens while driving at interstate speeds on my next long drive. :|
But next, could the nanny-statists here write their congresspeople and ask to make it illegal for drivers to practice intricate nasal hygiene while driving?
[except in NH of course, where we will continue to "pick free or die".]
#4031 of 4067 Re: 7000 miles, 100 cellfone/MMS photos @ 70 mph !! oh the humanity! [elias]
Oct 25, 2011 (5:36 pm)
How many people take a picture with a 35mm vs how many people do you observe using the cell phone while driving?
The number of people on the phone, swerving, slowing down/speeding up, hitting locomotives, has been a problem for years.
My new car has bluetooth so I don't even have to touch the phone or take my hands off the wheel to answer a call, yet I avoid having anything other than cursory conversations.
Hopefully as we get more experience in life we *should* grow smarter and understand why we should focus on driving, but sadly there seems to be missing some common sense.
#4032 of 4067 NTSB proposes nationwide ban on driver cell use
Dec 14, 2011 (8:47 am)
So, we are moving in the right direction to get the driver-cell talker issue resolved.