I just read this article and was shocked to discover that the First Mobile Phone Call Was Placed Exactly 40 Years Ago.
40 years, really?
Hard to believe that in that 40 years we’ve raised the speed limits and lowered the threshold of acceptable risky mobile behavior caused by the distraction candy that is our cell phones.
As kids we dreamed about having the world in our pocket. . . the trouble is that now we’re all having a hard time putting it down.
This video for instance shows just how far someone will go to retrieve a cell phone. Is your cell phone worth your life? You may not go track diving but you could be engaging in behavior just at deadly.
31% of U.S. drivers ages 18-64 reported that they had read or sent text messages or email messages while driving at least once within the 30 days before they were surveyed. [Source]
This is why I think we haven’t really any common sense after 40 years when it comes to cell phones (and to be fair it’s not just the cell phones that have some of us driving dangerously.) If You Drive Like This . . . @*%! YOU!
Here is what I see on a regular basis :
– people texting while driving at over 70 mph on the highway (or at any speed for that matter!)
– parents talking/texting while driving mini vans or SUVs full of children.
– one of the couples in the restaurant that pay more attention to their phone than the person in front of them. (I’m guilty!)
– people who are shopping/dining while talking VERY LOUDLY on their cell phone.
– people who forget to turn their phone off during events, funerals or in the library.
Distracted driving is a pet peeve of mine. When you engage in this behavior you are not only risking your life – but mine and that will earn you a few curse words from me.