Thursday, July 14, 2011

55 - You can't hide

Her life and the lives of others were in her hands. 
She knew what she was doing 
was illegal and dangerous. 
Weaving from lane to lane, 
in denial of her actions, 
she felt she was still perfectly capable of driving. 
As long as her phone was at her right ear, maybe no one would notice.

In Oregon we have a law that you can't use your cell phone while driving unless you use a hands-free device. I am amazed at the people who think they can get away without the hands-free by trying to hide their phone against their right ear....away from the more "exposed" traffic side. Who do they think they're fooling? Of course these are the same people who think as long as the phone is in their lap, they can text and drive, too. I say "STOP"! Put the phone down. Go to a store, any store, and buy a cheap hands-free for $25. Come on. Quit risking your life and the lives of others. Better yet, get secure enough with yourself that you don't need to be "connected" 24/7.

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Unknown said...

I know they say that talking / especially texting is more dangerous than drugs.

55 reasons to drive safe

Scarlet said...

Yes, that is also illegal here in Canada yet some peeps try to do it. *shakes head*

Brian Miller said...

ugh yeah i so know this...i get sick of trying to dodge cell talkers...

hedgewitch said...

Yeah, that's one of my pet peeves too, I also hate windows tinted so dark you don't know *why* the person is weaving all over the road, or even if it's a person driving--some I've seen,could be a farm animal. An inebriated farm animal. Great 55 and WTH weds. below, as always, MM.

G-Man said...

In Michigan you can talk but NOT text.
It doesn't seem to stop the dweebs from texting anyway.
Most excellent 55 MM.
Thanks for the Social Commentary.
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Maude Lynn said...


Me said...

Yep, an excellent law. But I too see many people flouting it. Frustrating, especially when they are obviously struggling with basic driving skills while doing it.

Well said!

Kris McCracken said...

People can be profoundly stupid when it comes to making decisions. All the risk that one takes for such precious little reward...

Cloudia said...

Honolulu has the same law and the same idiots!

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Sharon Day said...

The thing that cracks me up the most are drivers who hold their cell phone with their left hand to their right ear because they want their right hand to steer. It's like doubly dangerous. This is why I don't own one. I don't want to become a robot that thinks she must call people in the grocery store, while waiting in line, on-call like a doctor 24/7. I have this thing called "life" and an answering service.

Stranger said...

We have the same law here in California. What I find worse and more annoying is the people who put their phone on speaker, but hold it to their mouths to speak, as though that qualifies as hands free.
I admit I'm becoming quite prejudice, assuming all those people who do such things are short on intelligence, lazy and selfish.
Anger riling 55, sir. Happy weekend.

Pheromone Girl said...

I'm commenting from my phone. Standing in my bedroom. Does that make me sad, lazy, or better than texting and talking drivers?

By the way, hands free only makes it LEGAL here... NOT safe.

Olivia said...

Quite right!
The same is the scenario here. That reminds me even I could do with one. Although I don't drive but could become a lil savvy.. :)
The old set broke!

Hugs xox

MorningAJ said...


I always think it's strange that it's illegal (in the UK) to use your phone but not illegal to drive along drinking a huge carton of coffee. Ah well.

I'm up here.

A Daft Scots Lass said...

Lekker 55!!

Zeba said...

Hear Hear!

Cad said...

VERY dangerous - driving and mobiles don't mix...

the walking man said...

I gotta, just canna live wiout ma phone! spot on Dude!

Bubba said...

Cell phone? What's that?

Call me at work or call me at home. I'm rarely more than a half hour from either one during the week.

And don't call me on the weekends!

Leo Godin said...

The sad thing is most people doing this will never realize how many accidents they almost caused. They are oblivious; thinking they drive fine.

How many times do we see someone on the phone or texting that almost hits us, but just keeps on texting like nothing ever happened. They do that because to them, nothing did happen.

I want to keep a camera pointed out my window to video them. Then I could put the videos with their license plate on Youtube. That would be fun.

Margaret said...

... YOU are correct and I WILL go today and get one... Can't believe I haven't done that. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Great point! We don't have that law in Texas yet. I hope it happens soon!

Anonymous said...

Great post. Driving should be an unplugged time.

Isabel said...

agreee with the post so much. sure hope more people stay unplugged while driving.

hope said...

I got behind some guy doing that who made us sit through 3 lights. On the 4th light I blew my horn and made a "hang up the phone" motion.

He turned red and stepped on it...but not before I saw his personalized tag indicated he was a lawyer!

Katherine said...

Ít is illegal in all states of Australia to use a mobile phone whilst driving. I think it should be made a world wide law!

Sandra said...

Not to mention, many cell's even come with a headset so people don't even have to fork out $25 if they're too effin cheap...and $25 is a small price to pay for the potential repercussions of talking while driving. Great post MM!

Scott M. Frey said...

nice, monkey man!

Linda Bob Grifins Korbetis Hall said...

a thrilling story in 55.
fantastic write, plus the image, superb entry.