If you read this blog with any regularity you know that I view texting and driving as a scourge on the well-being of mankind (and no, I am not exaggerating my viewpoint). Every single day I see folks texting and driving. Every single day my irritation rises to the point that I want to roll down my window and lecture people. Cheyenne is horrified at the thought that I would and immediately deploys calming techniques when my eye starts to twitch while looking at a texting driver. The reality is, texting drivers are busiest texting while sitting at stop lights. There is no talking to them – or yelling at them (which is my intent) – they are oblivious to what is going on around them.
I saw alarming dashboard camera footage of an accident this evening on Facebook. It is scary how quickly the accident happened. The entire video is only 30 seconds long. The accident itself took a handful of seconds. Watch this video here.
I do not know all the particulars of this accident or why it happened. The point is, seconds matter in such situations. Distracted driving – anything that takes your eyes and attention off the road – is dangerous. Texting has been shown to be one of the most dangerous distracted driving behaviors you can engage in. I do not understand why more isn’t being done to address this epidemic.
Lately, I have also become less and less tolerant of folks who text and walk. I see folks do this at the store, walking down the street, or traversing through crowded university hallways. I find myself having to navigate around these folks so they do not run into me. This irritates me. These folks are hazards to themselves and others. See a very interesting ABC News report clip about this here.
If you must text, step to the side of the aisle, sidewalk, or hallway and stop to text. You are not only saving yourself and others from potential injury, you are also saving others from being irritated with you as you navigate these spaces oblivious to those around you who are not texting and trying to shop or get somewhere. 99.9% of the time, the text you are sending or reading can wait. And if it cannot wait – you can get yourself to a place where you are not inconveniencing and possibly injuring others.
I am becoming a crotchety old lady on this front. I am so over the lack of social mores regarding cell phone etiquette, particularly texting. I know the day is coming soon when my patience and decorum will completely evaporate and I will become that crazy woman who stops and lectures strangers on the ills of texting and walking and texting and driving. Not that this is a a major leap for me as I have been doing it on my blog for years, but the intensity of my message is sure to be more palpable when I am there in front of them. Stay tuned for news reports of the crazy lady who verbally accosts folks who text irresponsibly. I hope I can start a movement of other like-minded crazies.
Day one thousand three hundred and twelve of the new forty – obla di obla da