For hell’s sake, get off the phone!

Ok, cell phones have been around for like almost 20 years now, probably 10 years since they became affordable? Have we still not learned that talking and driving is a no-no? I don’t care if you’re going 65 down the Reagan or 15 down Odgen, its just plain stupid. I’m losing track of how many near death collisions I’ve had involving a driver on a cell phone. Now granted i’m on a bicycle riding around downtown, and its commonplace for everyone driving downtown to be magically mesmarized by all the tall buildings, yellow cabs and street performers but Jesus can you please make your phone calls when you’re not operating a 3 ton moving machine? And can you please let me know you’re going to try to kill me by kindly using the turn signal on your Hummer, so i can at least make my peace with God before I go down in a bloody mess? Look, I’m not against the cell phone, but the technology exists to make these phones hands-free and as smart as a people we think we are, its still hard for some of us to walk and chew gum at the same time. So please invest the 9 bucks for the hands free device, plug it in and talk ’till all your precious minutes are up. And that goes for all you iPod junkies too! Watch the road!

3 Comments so far

  1. (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2004 @ 9:13 am

    FYI: Recent studies have shown that hands-free calling really isn’t much safer…

  2. Chicago Chick (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2004 @ 1:47 am

    I was under the impression that listening to your iPod (Walkman was what I was told) or any such personal music device while driving was illegal in Illinois.

  3. Fuzzy Gerdes (unregistered) on August 4th, 2004 @ 5:46 am

    According to
    “Do not … wear a headset while driving. Headsets are defined as any device, other than a hearing aid, that allows the wearer to hear or receive electronic communications. (The use of a single-sided headset or earpiece with a cellular or other mobile telephone is not prohibited) Motorcycle, motor-driven cycle and moped operators may use intercom helmets that permit drivers and/or passengers to speak to one another”

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