I hear ya ! I write tickets weekly for distracted driving to and from clocking in at my precinct. Each week I see something new. This past Friday while sitting in rush hour traffic at a major intersection, a 22yr old female pulled up next to the passenger side of my clearly marked unit and proceeded to text as she inched forward in traffic. She would stop and start holding up traffic even more. I pulled in behind her, activated my lights and subsequently wrote her a moving violation citation that is costly and will show up on her driving record. I will keep doing this until distracted drivers get the message. I'm especially protective of my fellow bikers. I've seen the cereal eaters, laptop users, shavers and eye liner users, lap dogs that become mini missiles in a rear end collisions, and of course the highly intoxicated soccer mom's coming home from a game with the neighbors kids in the mini van as well. I pray I live long enough to see it change. Thanks for sharing this clip.
I am glad to hear it. I do see the CHP here in Cali lane splitting very slowly so they can look in everyone's windows as they pass, I can only assume it is with the intention of catching people who do this.
Honestly, I think this kind of thing is just as dangerous as DUI. I don't say that to diminish the danger of DUI, but to suggest distracted driving kills too. I wish the penalties were similar... e.g. get caught texting, etc. while driving and lose your license for a good long time: do not pass go, do not collect $200... done. That -might- cut it back.
This is far from being a Scientific Test, but it does show that Texting or Reading while driving is at least as bad as Drunk driving, but probably worse, why the fines for distracted driving do not line up more with those for a DUI is beyond me. The fine in Cali for a first offense is like $159.00.... useless.
I read an article the other day in which they sited rear end collisions with motorcycles becoming the most common type of hazard. Electronic devices were the cause of most driver distractions.
That is scary to think about.
Isn't it funny how inventions we create to help and improve our lives get used to an excessive and dependent level. So much so they become more of a hazard than a benefit. It's all because of greed. Slayer what you said is completely correct and all that is derived from personal greed, selfishness, and entitlement.
"But I need to talk to my friend right now, I'll be safe when I do it. I won't cause and accident. I'm a good driver."
And now we are designing more and more cars with lcd touch screens that create even more distractions. If it isn't bad enough with what we bring along for the ride now our cars are adding to the problem. Follow me for a second please...I am going to assume all of us have owned a cellular phone with actual buttons on it. Same as a car with a conventional radio and climate controls. Once we learned where the buttons were we could pretty much operate it without actually looking at. But what happened when you switched over to a phone with a touch screen? You had to actually take the time and look where you were placing your finger. The same applies to a touch screen in a car. Where you could once reach over and pick a radio station blindfolded now requires you to actually remove your eyes off the road to make sure you touch the correct spot. And now Chevy is making their vehicles wireless hotspots. Just another self induced distraction if you ask me.
I totally agree with you on this, more LCD touch screens that require on to look at the screen to know what they are doing is way more dangerous than the older tactile tech. I do know some companies are working on an LCD screen with a tactile input so you can feel the screen for certain bumps before pressing the selection. That is at least a step in the right direction.