By ticketed - 28/08/2012 16:04 - United States - Bronx
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You never know if it was an emergency phone call and what if there was no way he could have pulled over or stop. It's his mom. If she wasn't in any trouble then yes he could have said "mom I'm driving can I talk to you later", in stead of continuing the conversation so it goes both ways I guess.
Your mother didn't make you pick up the phone whilst you were driving though. YDI.
Am I really the only one went the other way? Instead of telling me when I can answer a call from a possibly dead relative, let's make it ten times harder to even get a license. That way all the people who can't handle multi-tasking won't be trusted with a multi-ton machine that travels 100 mph. Just sayin
89 - I don't think that's fair on the majority of people who happen to sensible drivers. I'm an excellent multitasker but I still refuse to answer my phone when I'm driving. There's no point in taking that risk because I've worked hard for my license and I've paid a lot of money towards driving lessons etc.
No I haven't. It's not safe and it's not fair that because of my actions someone else has to pay. As well as 68- ignorance is no excuse to break the law. If you don't care enough about your country to know and follow laws, especially ones that put people at risk, then you probably shouldn't live there. I'm not saying go out and memorize your criminal code, I mean learn the basics, like don't hit others, don't steal, and don't talk on your cellphone.
89 and 98, sorry, I'm not debating anything either of you said, but the concept of humans "multitasking" as computers do baffles me. It's not actually possible, as soon as you start a secondary task, you automatically lose some of the focus from the primary task, whereas computers can allot less than their full potential to the primary task, leaving it alone when a second one is started. Sorry for the minor rant, it just always bothers me when people use that term incorrectly.
Not to be insensitive or anything but if a relative died, picking up the phone whilst driving wouldn't change that. They'd still be dead. So, it wouldn't matter if you waited a minute to either pull over or wait until you've reached your destination. You could make it so much worse if you picked the phone up and got yourself killed in a big accident, then there'd be two dead relatives for your family to grieve about.
101- don't talk on your cellphone? Like at all or just when doing something? Haha. I get the no talking on your phone while driving...I don't do it. I ignore every call or text till I'm done driving. But seriously now...if you don't care enough about your country to know the laws? When did this become about patriotism? Telling people they shouldn't live in their country if they don't know its laws is redundant...half of any country's population would be gone. If you want to call people out on their lack of common sense then great...but it's probably best to make sense when you do it.
You could be a perfect driver. Even on your phone. It takes less than a second for a driver not as perfect as you to make one simple mistake that could be the difference of you focusing 100% on the road and avoiding it. Or you focusing on what is being said and end up closing 2-4 lanes of traffic. Dead. As for texting watch one of those AT&T commercials. Those scare the shit out of me.
It saddens me on how many people reply on this comment who text/call when they're driving. Many with the excuse "What if a relative has died?" Really, you guys? If every time you pick up the phone while driving, you expect a relative to have died? It really is a bad excuse. Just admit that you can't leave your phones alone and/or don't understand the dangers well enough. And also, don't think you are one of the few people who can multitask, that just seems to be an arrogant excuse to point fingers to other people, who make the same mistake as you. Sorry for my rambling. A friend of mine died a year ago, because someone was calling while driving. And his excuse for calling? "I picked up because I was afraid a relative had died". So think of this next time you pick up the phone while driving. It might not be your relative dying or getting seriously injured, but someone else.
172 - Imagine them picking up the phone and paying for it when they get home after they ended up crashing daddy's car. I think it's better to just tell your parents that you were driving at the time of the call and then they'll trust you more with being sensible. I'm 18 and a fairly new driver and I never pick up my phone whilst driving and because of this, my parents trust me to go out more in their car.
Ok, its way too late to defend myself but for those who'll see it, I actually have answered a call while driving for a dying relative. My grandfather died less than five min after I walked in the room. Obviously not every call is going to be like that, but it does change the way you think of it. If I hadn't answered my phone I never would have been able to say goodbye to my grandfather.
209 - Not to be rude or anything, but that's really stupid. Having passengers in the car is not the same as talking on the phone. For starters, you don't necessarily have to talk to your passengers if you don't want to. Then there's also the fact that you still have both hands free with passengers in the car whereas you only have one if you pick up a phone. Also, you can always ask your passenger to pick up the phone for you. The other day when I was driving and my phone rang, I asked my friend to pick it up for me and talk to my other friend. If anything, passengers are more useful than distracting. But if they ever do distract you, you could always ask them not to.
Op didn't KNOW about the law, so its not his fault.
I've seen people killed talking or texting while driving. Distracted driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving.
^ My wife used to be a paramedic (now a nurse) and she's pretty animate about the no driving and texting/talking on cells rule. After hearing about some of the messes she's arrived to on the side of the road where they could have used a squeegee more than a stretcher to deal with what was left of the person, I'm sold on that one. :p
I've been to several serious wrecks involving cell phone use. The thing that pisses me off the most is when, and I don't mean to be stereotypical here, a younger female is talking nonstop on a phone while we are trying to evaluate them and they get pissed off at us and the police for disturbing their call. The call that they are continuing from when they were driving and caused said wreck.