Can you hear me NOW? *$^#@!
A state-wide new law banning hand-held cellphones while driving can’t be enacted soon enough for me.
I nearly got creamed while walking to my office this afternoon, by a woman driving a luxury sedan (I’ll not mention the make, as that would be reinforcing a stereotype) while, YES, holding her cellphone to her ear while making a right-hand turn on a red light.
In her rush to shave 2 whole minutes off of her travel time, she shaved a few years off of my and a few others’ lives, by lurching forward checking for oncoming vehicular traffic, while the pedestrians to her right were several steps into the crosswalk. Luckily I had a long roll of construction drawings in my hand, which I waved out in front of her to catch her eye before she swung full out into the turn. She jerked to a full stop, and I noted that although she did not end her cellphone conversation, she DID take time out of it to mouthe what appeared to be several curse words in our general direction. Niiiiice.
Now, one could argue that holding her cellphone was not the CAUSE of her negligent driving, but it seems reasonable to ME that driving involves the multi-tasking of several physical acts, and the less one engages in competing, extraneous ones (holding cellphones, applying mascara, etc..) that the more energy they can give to the IMPORTANT ones, like, oh, PAYING SOME #_@&-ING ATTENTION.