So, you pull up behind a guy at a red traffic signal.
He's going where you're going.
The lane to the right of you (normally for straight-through and right-
turns) is filling up with cars.
Then, the light goes green...and the IDIOT in front of you, puts on
his left-turn signal.
20-30 cars coming from the other end, later..HE gets to make the left
turn at the VERY end of the yellow..and there you are, like a farking
idiot waiting for the light to change.
Is it wrong for me to get totally pissed at that?
Lean heavily, without cessation, on the horn ... even if she doesn't remove
the cell phone from her ear and go straight, you'll have at least vented
some artery clogging frustration.
... and what's with the these 20 something females tailgating on the freeway
at 80 while driving with one leg cocked up in the seat?
Sheeesh, talk about faith in brakes ...
I'm slowly coming around to the opinion that all cars should be
equipped with cell-phone jammers or some other technology to render
cell phones unusable in a moving car. This is one where people will
_not_ engage in any kind of common sense and laws prohibiting
cell-phone use in cars seem to be substantially unenforceable.
Perhaps the operative word is "moving". I suspect that an emergency
call from a moving car, especially one made by the driver, is even
more dangerous to other parties on the road than one of the
"Whatcadoing? I'm bored." variety.
If the phone call is important, why not pull off the road at a safe
spot, stop the car, and make the call safely.
I've found that when I'm driving, even phone calls made by other
passengers are distracting.
My bet would be that the bulk of those emergency calls would, by
default, be made from the side of the road.
Yessir. On my way back from my daughter's wedding, last Saturnday
night my other two sweet daughters both flipped open their cell-phones
and set the entire backseat aglow in fluorescent blue light...
As we were on a dark country road, that startled me. Them little
suckers really light up!
If they're talking on them in the day-time, and I'm driving...that
doesn't bother me so much.
Because if it is truly an emergency there may not be a safe stop and
stopping at the time the emergency is in progress may be the most unsafe
action you can possibly take, maybe???
It's a two-edged sword--the casual usage is bad, but there are valid
reasons for not disabling the facility entirely.
Actually the multiple calls in to the 911 switchboard do "jam" it with
repeated reports of traffic accidents where none of the passerbys stop to
see if there are injuries, medical emergencies, entrapment, or other
serious conditions that you just can't tell by cruising by at 65 mph. So,
yes, cell phones can be a lifesaver but also can be an impediment to
efficient dispatch of emergency services.
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The ideal solution is for God to alter the human race so that nobody
natters on a cell phone while driving unless they have a bonafide
emergency to report. But that's not gonna happen so we do the best we
can with what we've got.
Then there's the folks who have no idea where on the road they actually are
and don't realize that had they stopped at the scene we'd have a valid
location. Not a lot of good when they're five miles down the road and
clueless on landmarks. Snowmobilers were another pet peeve. We'd pull the
sled in five-six miles before we found the accident, when we could have
accessed it from a half mile if they'd had some idea where the were.
Not that dispatchers are blameless. I've had mine delay sending us because
they weren't sure we were the responsible agency or the closest to the call.
It's a lot better than it was in the analog days where you just got a tower
as a position on your console. Drove up and down a lot of empty highway
because for some reason the tower farther away captured the call.
Bluetooth is a good idea. I use it rather than the radio to talk to the
hospital, because I can keep both hands on the wheel.
Actually, keeping only 911 open could be a bad thing too. Let's say your
passenger has a special medical condition and starts acting up. If you
call 911, you might get someone who's only able to operate the
switchboard and read first reponse cards. However, if you call their
doctor (yes, special cases are indeed special) you can get instructions
on what to do.
Before you respond with how unlikely it is, remember that 1 in 1,000,000
means that it should happen once. Godwin's law is a Usenet specific
example of this.
Wise is the man who attempts to answer his question before asking it.
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Well, since we are engaging in hypotheticals, I suspect that one would be
in much greater danger pulling to the side of the road and making an
emergency call if the subject of that call were the fact that one was being
followed down a dark road by a suspicious vehicle. Would think that it
might be best to keep moving while making that phone call.
If you're going to be dumb, you better be tough
Another example of the usefulness of making 911 calls while moving -- not
merely hypothetical, but drawn from my own multiple experiences -- is calling
the State Police to report a dangerous driver (usually an apparent drunk, but
most recently a bozo driving 75mph on the interstate at 9pm with no lights),
and being able to give the dispatcher continuous updates on the vehicle's
location until they're able to get a patrol car out there to pull him over.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
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