It's getting worse.
It's getting worse.
Ride or Die
It will keep getting worse until we start imposing some genuine penalties for this sort of behavior. Sometime in the future, we will look back and marvel at what motorists got away with.
"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
Capo [dschaw'-poe]: 1959 Modell Campagnolo, S/N 40324; 1960 Sieger, S/N 42624
Peugeot: 1970 UO-8, S/N 0010468
Bianchi: 1981 Campione d'Italia, S/N 1.M9914
Schwinn: 1988 Project KOM-10, S/N F804069
From the linked story:
LOCKPORT, N.Y. - Police say a western New York tow truck driver was texting on one cell phone while talking on another when he slammed into a car and crashed into a swimming pool.
Niagara County sheriff's deputies say 25-year-old Nicholas Sparks of Burt admitted he was texting and talking when his flatbed truck hit the car Wednesday morning in Lockport, which is outside Buffalo.
The truck then crashed through a fence and sideswiped a house before rolling into an in-ground pool.
Police say the 68-year-old woman driving the car suffered head injuries and was in good condition. Her 8-year-old niece suffered minor injuries.
Sparks was charged with reckless driving, talking on a cell phone and following too closely.
Vehicular cycling techniques have not been tried and found difficult. They have been presumed difficult and not tried.
Any bets on how the car got damaged, that was on his tow truck, before he caused more cell phone mayhem?
So, did he drown???
Naaaaah, he just got a ticket.
If you look back at the 50s and 60s, for example, you will notice that they got away with MURDER back then. So it's progressively getting more stringent, as far as the law goes. Lax punishment is not the problem.
The true problem is a general stupefying of the population that is leading to a giant void where common-sense used to sit.
Tangential beef --
What do you wanna bet that his texting-and-calling was at least partially work-related?
In other words, should employers continue to plan on being able to get their drivers' attention at any moment? Do they think that text messaging and phone calls really increase productivity over what was managed with the old CB radios?
Like you say, though, they're not voice calls, so they can always be put aside for later. That's what people really need to do.
I'd also guess that a reason for using cell phones is that it's cheaper than hiring a codriver to work a CB and jot down info on a notepad.