New York passed a law banning the use of hand-held mobile telephones while driving and Los Angeles recently passed it as well – But I’ve noticed people are pretty much ignoring it. We’re still in the grace period so hopefully soon I’ll start seeing blatent law breakers getting pulled over. Now many states are considering hopping on the no phones while driving bandwagon. Personally, I think it’s a good idea. It’s too bad that we actually need this law because you’d think that most people wouldn’t need to be told their constant phone use is interfering with their driving. It’s common sense. But, clearly it’s not the people with common sense that are the ones abusing their cell phones. The guy in the two toned ‘95 Honda Prelude who’s rolling calls – I mean, who are you talking to anyway? Your pot dealer? How about putting the two hundred dollars you spend on your cell phone bill every month into at least a new paint job?
I can see making a quick call now and then but a lot of people take it way too far. This law is for you Blondie Mom in the Lincoln Navigator bitching out your nanny and blocking traffic while I’m trying to turn into the parking lot at Ralphs to buy another tub of Nestle’s Good Starts.
I wish the dirty looks cell phone abusers got from people were incentive enough. The most offensive part to me is that these entitled people are so busy yammering they don’t even notice when you flip them the bird. I realize I sound like Archie Bunker right now but it is a pet peeve.
Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you are being forced to steer with your thumb then you are doing too many things. Snub the cigarette out, put your lip gloss away, stop fidgeting with the radio, you can change Dave Matthew’s to Matchbox 20 when you get to a red light, put down the yogurt, commit the directions to memory, and pull over to the side of the road while you’re writing a text, Unfortunately the law doesn’t cover that and MAKE YOUR DAMN CALL.
Cause you know that stupid old person, or Asian, or woman that you just put your phone down to scream at out the window? Well, guess what, – you are that person, my friend. They say that talking on your phone while driving is worse than driving drunk so for god sakes at least don’t talk on the phone while you’re drunk driving.
P.S. I am still doing Dear Crabby on Friday so if you have a situation, send it my way at firstname.lastname@example.org