This ‘invention,’ while useful as a pocket on a shirt, is detrimental to society as a whole.
One of the functions of my ‘day job’ is sales. Sales typically mean that I meet with customers, and that means I go to them.
I drive very defensively, and I don’t take my eyes off the road. My phone is set to do not disturb when it is in motion. If I were a lawmaker, I would craft a bill that all smartphones had to be that way.
I cannot count on one hand, two hands or two hands and two feet how many times in just under a 1000 mile drive I saw distracted drivers all over the road. This was young and old alike, which is scary. Old white haired people on their smartphone.
“TW, what about the passengers, their phones would not work either?”
Here is a thought, why not engage the driver in thoughtful conversation, and if they are hauling your butt around how about showing them some appreciation?
You see it all too often at restaurants, to bars, to you name it, people are on their phones. This thing must be addictive as crack for some, as they cannot put it down. It used to be the young were the violators of social norms when it came to phones.
I was at a gathering for an older person’s birthday when I noticed the younger people were talking with one another, and the older folks were on their phones. FFS people, lead by example!
The bottom line is this. If you choose to be glued to some screen, vs. interacting in person with someone that is your business.
When you are behind the wheel, then it becomes my business.
This nonsense of distracted driving is going to have an effect on everyone. Directly, or indirectly, we all will pay the price. Either through higher insurance premiums, to make up for the losses, or heaven forbid we may be at the scene of the accident.
One would just about expect a young person to push the envelope. They have, and many are dead because of it. What surprised me the most is witnessing the drivers of big rigs while on their phone. To me, that is shocking!
The folks cannot stop on a dime. They need to be on their game. When you see a large truck weaving from one lane to the next, you know that the person behind the wheel is not that bright. When those same folks are hauling gasoline or other flammable product, and screwing with their phones you know that person is a flat out, idiot.
Driving through the piney woods of East Texas, I found a log hauler doing the dance. Just how bad would it be if Mr. or Mrs. log hauler hits a tree? Would kinetic energy cause those logs to come forward?
What can we do?
You have power over who? Yourself. Put that little do not disturb when driving thing on. If the majority of people would do this, then a law would not be necessary. Making all phones so they are basically paperweights when in motion, would not become necessary. The passengers could still text and chasing Pokémon’s.
People won’t do it. They will force the lawmakers, to ‘fix’ them so when they are in motion, they just receive inbound calls and only then through the blue tooth interface.
While I would love to tell you, this is about you and your safety I must be honest. I care about myself and my family’s safety. Those that drive buzzed, or drunk, or jacking with these phones, are a menace.
If you would care to share your thoughts on this, you may just keep it civil.