Cell Phones and Driving

OH.MY.GOD. I am so tired of almost getting killed by people who are on their cell phones and not paying attention to what they’re doing.

Last night, some dude in an ugly beat up red Ford pickup was in front of me, chatting away on his cell phone. So, annoyance one: when the light turned green he didn’t notice until I politely honked at him. No real problem there, just a “rawr, move” feeling. So then he turns and I get in the lane next to him cause I don’t want to drive behind him too long. So we’re driving along, him in the left lane, me in the right lane… THEN HE TRIED TO CHANGE LANES, RIGHT ON TOP OF ME. Yes, that’s right folks, he was too busy talking to turn his head to the right to make sure that there’s nobody there. So, I hit the brakes and lay on the horn, and the bugger STILL doesn’t turn around. Nothing. No flinch, no “I’m sorry I almost smushed you” wave, he just keeps on changing lanes like nothing happened. GRRR.

A couple weeks ago I almost got hit by a lady who ran a red light while she was chatting on her phone. Yeah. I mean, not only was her light red, but there were cars in the intersection!! How retarded do you have to be to not notice that?! Srsly.

Ok, so I do admit to occasionally gabbing on my phone while I’m driving… but when I do that, I pay MORE attention than normal to my driving. I’ve never run a red light or stop sign because I was on the phone. I’ve never tried to change lanes on top of somebody already there. I don’t cut people off or try to smush myself in small places.

So, my beef isn’t really with people talking and driving… my beef is with people who DON’T PAY ATTENTION to what they are doing because they are on the phone. Though sometimes I wonder.. maybe these people are always terrible drivers. Who knows. All I know is that one day, the people like me who are actually able to talk on their phone while driving without being a hazard to other people will not be able to talk on the phone anymore. Damn the stupid people that ruined it for the rest of us!!

*rabble rabble*

So, tell me about the times people have tried to run you off the road, or stories about why you hate other drivers…

Tags: cell phone, driving, near miss

4 Responses to “Cell Phones and Driving”

  1. Colin B. Apr 17, 2008 at 11:01 am #

    I know what you mean. I find it stupid that they can’t pull over to talk on the phone for a few minutes.

    I think everyone hates the other drivers. I found that I have a very mellow approach to it though (compared to other people). I’m just cautious and let the others do whatever as long as I am way back and safe. I don’t yell or try to overtake them and if someone tailgates me then I slow down just to make them pay. If they want they can pass me by. I will not go any faster just because THEY want me to.

  2. yoshi Apr 17, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    I can’t wait till it’s illegal to talk on the phone and drive at the same time. What will people do? I can’t wait.

    Well, at the very least, they will have their bluetooth headsets in and I guess they’ll still be talking then. So I guess that probably won’t help. But still, I really do hope that law passes sometime soon.

    As for my stories of stupid people not paying attention while driving, I’ve got way too many of them. Of course, I’m of the opinion that every other driver on the road sucks, so I’m probably not the person to ask. hahaha!

  3. Aimée Apr 17, 2008 at 11:53 pm #

    Hmmm… I’ve been in an accident and I was on my phone at the time, but I really don’t think that was the cause at all.

    I think making it illegal to speak on the phone and drive is a bit absurd.  I for one use my phone a lot of the time for directions, or alerting people of my whereabouts, and other such rather necessary phone calls.

    I hate people who can’t drive though, regardless of their reasoning.  Even small infractions peeve the fuck out of me – leaving blinkers on, driving too slowly, hugging one side of the lane, etc.  If you have a license, why not prove to me you got it yourself instead of driving like a dumbass?

  4. Sonia Child Apr 18, 2008 at 1:41 pm #

    Yeah, you already know how I feel about this, child :p

    Don’t know if you heard, but they already passed a law down here prohibiting cell phone use while driving.  I think they’re going to enforce it this summer.  Either way, I REALLY don’t think that’s going to help improve the way people drive around here—- LA will ALWAYS have shit ass drivers :p