Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Is it me? or is the world wackier than ever?

If you've visited me before you know how peeved I get by distracted, inconsiderate drivers. To me, it seems like it's common sense, shouldn't ADULTS realize how dangerous it is to be distracted while driving or for that matter walking! We need to remind children to look both ways before crossing the street, but geeez really, Do adults need that reminder now? Apparently, They Do! The following article from the washington Post made me realize, this childlike distractibility is reaching ridiculous proportions. Next they will be needing to print instructions in the newspaper, reminding adults 'Do not run while holding scissors', and "make sure you tie up your shoe laces too". I realize of course, that many kids are the ones having accidents, but you know what? If you're not old enough to instinctively know the following rules, you shouldn't own distractible gadgets.- tell me what you think..

It wasn't the bumps and bruises that surprised emergency room physicians when they started looking into the dangers of texting. It was the FATALITIES. "it's like walking blind", says Linda Lawrence, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, who has heard of people stepping into moving traffic, blackberry in hand.
Unlike speaking on a cell phone, texting requires users to divert their eyes, Lawrence says. The growing number of users of iphones, Blackberrys and other handheld devices has made texting-on-the-go a risk for people of all ages. Lawrence's group offers this advice:
1. Don't text while engaged in physical activities that require sustained attention, such as biking, in-line skating and playing sports.
2. Never text while driving.
3. Keep your phone of BlackBerry accessible, so you don't have to rummage for it.
4. Turn off the device, or ignore the call or message, whenever responding might be dangerous.
5. Avoid sending messages when you're out alone at night or in a crowded area where you could be the victim of a pickpocket.


Giggles said...

I'm such a polite driver and let everyone in. I notice the busier a person is the less tolerant they are of letting people in. Aggression scares me! Last night I was driving down a road, there were only three of us, a transport truck who road my ass then changed lanes, the next one also very aggressive was no other than a smart car. I pulled into the next to have it buzz by me, not a very smart car if you ask me! It is very difficult to maintain the speed limits when everyone is in a hurry forcing you to speed up!
I've heard that people are more cautious when they use their cell phones. I think it's crazy when I see people trying to park while talking, that's just ludicrous! Imagine a world without cells and blueberries, yeah that's how I lived the majority of my life!! It was good!

Hugs Sherrie

Queen-Size funny bone said...

I think they should simply make a device that is built into the car that if the key is in the car it blocks cell phone signals therefore rendering the gadget useless.