Fellow Heart of Dixie member Rhonda Nelson used to have a “Whine About It Wednesday” on her blog when she was still doing her individual blog (she group blogs at The Soapbox Queens now). I loved WAIW. Today, after reading an article about people texting on their cell phones while driving, I need a Talk Back Tuesday.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but what the f**k is wrong with you people?! Why would anyone take their attention off the road to text message someone? Personally, I think chatting while driving is bad enough. And yeah, I've done that, though not for very long. I have NEVER texted. Can't imagine even trying.
Apparently, the worst offenders are between 16 and 30. Yeah, big surprise. If you idiots want to kill yourselves, have at it. But how dare you endanger me and my family with your selfish ME NOW attitude? The worst part is that laws against it are practically unenforceable. People text in their laps, or with the phone even with the steering wheel — not as blatantly obvious as talking. Fining them doesn't work.
I have an idea. How about while texting and driving, you don't wear a seatbelt either? Why obey any safety rules or suggestions? It's only important that YOU do what you want and have a good time, right? Yeah, right. Come to think of it, those speed limit things? Mere annoyances stopping you from having a good time. Speed all you want. Have a drink or two as well. Text away.
But please, when you decide to run off the road, don't hit me. If you wrap your car around a telephone pole or a tree, at least you will have had a good time up to that point. You rebel without a clue, you.
Anything bugging you today? What do you think about people texting and driving? Am I over reacting? Am I a fuddy duddy? Or do I have a right to be frightened of the teen barreling toward me with her eyes on her phone instead of the road?
I think texting while driving is a BIG no no too. In fact anything that could potentially injury someone other than the person who’s stupid enough to be doing it make me furious. I never even considered that anyone would be stupid enough to do it until I saw a true story about a head on collision and the fall out because the woman was texting while driving. My conclusion is that the people who do it either have the “it won’t happen to me” attitude or haven’t even considered that they’re basically driving around with their eyes closed.
You have every right to be upset over kids texting and driving. I’ve often wondered just how many auto accidents could be attributed to cell phone usage of some sort. I’ll bet it’s a lot. I know I’ve nearly been hit or run off the road a few times by folks too into their phone conversations to pay attention.
I also hate folks who can’t get off the phone long enough to check out of the grocery store. They’re taking three times longer than necessary to unload their buggy because they have to yak at someone. I just wanna yell “Hang up the damn phone and get a move on!”
Thank you both for agreeing with me!! LOL, I thought maybe I was being a bit harsh, but it just made me SO mad.
Marilyn, I totally agree about people on their cell phones at the store. Or in restaurants where you have to hear their conversations. Drives me crazy.
Oh, Lynn! Big topic for debate! I’ve tried to teach my teens that driving is more important than chatting with friends on their cell phones, especially texting. A big No, My only hope is that my children choose to be smart. The problem is most teens nowdays can’t be ‘alone’ for any length of time. Their self-worth is measured by who they know and the conversations they keep.
In the end, this all boils down to discipline, parents placing stern restrictions on teen driving and maturity by all drivers on all accounts. 🙂