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(Oregon Live)   Fewer drivers getting away with hit and run accidents because of cell phones. On a related note, more drivers getting involved in hit and run accidents because of cell phones   (oregonlive.com) divider line 66
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2008-06-02 05:36:33 PM  
I've gotten the plate number of a hit and run driver before. Busted, sucka.
 
2008-06-02 05:59:18 PM  
Nice headline. I can't wait until July 1st, when people have to switch to hands free here in California. I've been nearly run over by several people who had their damned phone plastered to the side of their head.
 
2008-06-02 06:14:27 PM  
FuturePastNow: I've gotten the plate number of a hit and run driver before. Busted, sucka.

Same here. Jackass was right in front of me and hit a pickup truck in the other lane, who was stopped at a red light. Followed him back into his apartment complex, then called the cops and gave them his license plate number. He admitted to the cops that he hit the other guy. The cop taking the report said that if I hadn't reported his license plate number, they never would have caught him.

So instead of just stopping and exchanging insurance information and possibly just getting a ticket, he got a license suspension and still had to pay for the other guy's damage.
 
2008-06-02 07:16:45 PM  
I drive better when I'm on my cel phone.

/and drunk
 
2008-06-02 07:24:30 PM  
Just this afternoon I was behind a stupid biatch yakking on her phone. She goes to change lanes, never minding the car that was already in that lane. He has to swerve to keep from hitting her and tags the curb pretty good. I'm sure he has a nice road rash on his rim and most likely knocked it out of aliment. Biatch never knew what she caused, or at least acted like she didn't. Last I saw he was forcing her to stop. I would have waited around but my hamburger was getting cold.
 
2008-06-02 07:46:05 PM  
I'm reading and typing this while using my iphone as I drive an 18 wheeler so I'm getting a kick..
 
2008-06-02 08:29:56 PM  
homerdrew415

Lookout!! Wrong la
 
2008-06-02 08:29:58 PM  
That headline made me lol - and I almost crashed.
 
2008-06-02 08:30:14 PM  
PSA: When you are being pulled over for doing something stupid, please hang up your cell phone. The likely hood of the police officer beating you increases with something in your hand that isn't a steering wheel.
 
2008-06-02 08:32:35 PM  
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2008-06-02 08:35:51 PM  
Just the other day saw some girl on a cell drive through the barricades into a construction zone, she was on a cell phone, as was the girl behind her who fallowed her in. What is worse is these new touch screen phones pull even more attention off the road.
 
2008-06-02 08:36:00 PM  
I call in all kinds of dangerous drivers on my cell phone.
 
2008-06-02 08:36:58 PM  
Talking "handsfree," by itself, has almost nothing to do with improving safety. This is because the safety issue isn't holding the phone to your ear. That's the easy part.

The safety issue is fumbling with the phone while squinting at the display to look up a contact. Or trying to see which key is which while you punch in a number with your thumbs. You ever watch someone trying to drive while setting up a call? The chatting isn't the problem. The dialing is the problem.
 
2008-06-02 08:40:56 PM  
Nakito: T

The safety issue is fumbling with the phone while squinting at the display to look up a contact. Or trying to see which key is which while you punch in a number with your thumbs. You ever watch someone trying to drive while setting up a call? The chatting isn't the problem. The dialing is the problem.


Chatting on phone is also the problem.
 
2008-06-02 08:41:02 PM  
Seen women drivers on cell phones on icy roads. See if you can top that!
 
2008-06-02 08:41:57 PM  
Nakito: Talking "handsfree," by itself, has almost nothing to do with improving safety. This is because the safety issue isn't holding the phone to your ear. That's the easy part.

The safety issue is fumbling with the phone while squinting at the display to look up a contact. Or trying to see which key is which while you punch in a number with your thumbs. You ever watch someone trying to drive while setting up a call? The chatting isn't the problem. The dialing is the problem.


I'll agree with that. And texting. Which I admit to having done once or twice, and know I shouldn't.

For me, a passenger is more dangerous than me talking on my phone. Phone is easy, with a passenger occasionally you accidentally look at them while talking.
 
2008-06-02 08:43:10 PM  
homerdrew415: I'm reading and typing this while using my iphone as I drive an 18 wheeler so I'm getting a kick..

I lol'd.

I decided to do the world a favor and not drive. I have little to no attention span and I like to daydream in long car rides so I realized driving isn't for me.

/I walk everywhere so I have all my strength in my legs
//you should see these gams!
 
2008-06-02 08:44:30 PM  
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Anyways, on topic, I can understand needing to use your cellphone for a minute or two while driving, there are always circumstances. Nonetheless, I'm still waiting for them to ban it in my state. I simply hate seeing it happen, especially near-accidents. Obviously real accidents too, but still....
 
2008-06-02 08:46:02 PM  
So I have to deal with hit and runs and cancer thanks to my cell phone?

Forget this I'm all about pagers.
 
2008-06-02 08:48:07 PM  
Merltech: Seen women drivers on cell phones on icy roads. See if you can top that!

Women driver on a cellphone in a large SUV passing my then-SO and myself at about 45 mph in a blizzard, spinning out, and our car passing though the rotating expedition of death like cogs in a gear.
She was driving and about had a heart attack. I told her to accelerate so we wouldn't get hit.

Compared to an Asian woman driver on a cellphone this is nothing, but I have yet to see one of those, maybe they only survive long enough to explode at the end of the driveway.
 
2008-06-02 08:48:47 PM  
Nakito: Talking "handsfree," by itself, has almost nothing to do with improving safety. This is because the safety issue isn't holding the phone to your ear. That's the easy part.

I've got to disagree with you here. I ride a motorcycle every day, the last three times someone either tried to merge into my lane or pull out from an intersection in front of me they had their phone on the left side of their head, with the phone and their hand blocking their peripheral vision. Looking down at your phone while driving causes a safety issue, certainly, but to say that holding the phone to your ear doesn't is just stupid.

The last time it happened, I was riding in the second lane from the right. As I started to pass a large SUV that was in the far right lane, the driver started to merge into my lane. I looked over at her and saw that she was on the phone. I waited until she was about two feet from me and punched the her window. The "oh, shiat!" look on her face as she quickly swerved back into her own lane, dropping the phone and using both hands on the wheel was priceless.
 
2008-06-02 08:50:04 PM  
The problem becomes worse when the driver's on a phone... While driving a big car.
 
2008-06-02 08:54:56 PM  
I still think you need to take an IQ test and score above 125 to be eligible to get a driver's license.
 
2008-06-02 08:58:35 PM  
timujin: Nice headline. I can't wait until July 1st, when people have to switch to hands free here in California. I've been nearly run over by several people who had their damned phone plastered to the side of their head.

It's going to be great. I hope they ticket without warnings. People are going to freak.
 
2008-06-02 08:59:46 PM  
Nakito: Talking "handsfree," by itself, has almost nothing to do with improving safety. This is because the safety issue isn't holding the phone to your ear. That's the easy part.

The safety issue is fumbling with the phone while squinting at the display to look up a contact. Or trying to see which key is which while you punch in a number with your thumbs. You ever watch someone trying to drive while setting up a call? The chatting isn't the problem. The dialing is the problem.


Years ago, I almost entered the Broadway tunnel in SF while argueing with my wife on the cell. Swore off driving and talking right then.

Dialing, searching for a number and texting are bad, but so is chatting. Just get behind someone on a cell, in the fast lane doing 45, and not realizeing it, and you'll see what I mean. I don't like nanny state laws as a rule, and really hate another excuse for the cops to harass, but I like this one.

BTW, what the Fark is everyone talking about? I use my cell about 5 minutes a day and I'm a self employed consultant.

/hang up and drive
 
2008-06-02 09:01:51 PM  
when old people start texting and driving I start working from home
 
2008-06-02 09:03:37 PM  
i'm disappointed the passenger doesn't talk on the phone and relay messages to the driver when in the car by most cases. the driver seems to be the master of the ship and all phone calls,climate control or radio dial tuning must be done by them. it shouldn't take the family 15 minutes worth of phone calls between driver and whoever to arrange to have the snowflake picked up at the mall.
 
2008-06-02 09:04:43 PM  
In British Columbia, reporting bad drivers is a pain. The driver challenges. You have to go to court to witness. The government prosecutor changes charges from 'road rage' to 'bad driver', to make sure of a charge sticking.

/Besides, if I ever reported everything I see. I'd spend all day/week in court.
//And they have something called 'The police' to patrol roads looking for bad drivers......
///Or is that roadblocks and speed traps?
////Glorified 'meter maids', is what the cops is...
 
2008-06-02 09:05:47 PM  
Admit it, if you're talking on a phone while driving, neither activity is getting your full attention.

Something's got to give.

Keep it short, keep it safe!

AND:
BBRModitha Quote 2008-06-02 08:30:14 PM
PSA: When you are being pulled over for doing something stupid, please hang up your cell phone.
The likely hood (sic) of the police officer beating you increases with something in your hand that isn't a steering wheel.


On that note - perhaps zipping up is also a wise suggestion...
 
2008-06-02 09:09:11 PM  
Yeah, I was walking back to my car at a gas station when some kids all blazed on pot bounced their front fender off my door, I raised my hands and they just peeled off,

luckily i saw their plate and got the number, they were busted less than 30 minutes later at their house

suck it biatch
 
2008-06-02 09:09:27 PM  
timujin: Nice headline. I can't wait until July 1st, when people have to switch to hands free here in California. I've been nearly run over by several people who had their damned phone plastered to the side of their head.

I don't think the law is going to have very much effect here in LA. I'm predicting it will be heavily enforced for the first month or so, and then it will just be something else the cop can tack on when writing up a more serious traffic offense (speeding, or part of an accident report).
 
2008-06-02 09:09:36 PM  
mkiii: i'm disappointed the passenger doesn't talk on the phone and relay messages to the driver when in the car by most cases. the driver seems to be the master of the ship and all phone calls,climate control or radio dial tuning must be done by them. it shouldn't take the family 15 minutes worth of phone calls between driver and whoever to arrange to have the snowflake picked up at the mall.

When I am driving and need to call for directions I have a passenger call. No passenger? Time to pull off the road before calling. Too hard to process a list of directions while driving.
 
2008-06-02 09:10:04 PM  
every time I see someone talking on a phone while driving I get those "put them into the wall" thoughts.

they're good thoughts.
 
2008-06-02 09:10:35 PM  
People like you all are the reason I keep a stolen tag on my car.....geeez.
 
2008-06-02 09:12:58 PM  
....stolen plate helps with the red light cameras too, dual use.
 
2008-06-02 09:13:18 PM  
no excuse for stupid, champ.

but then again. stolen tag. aren't you a respectable citizen.
 
2008-06-02 09:14:23 PM  
GunshipPolitico: Merltech: Seen women drivers on cell phones on icy roads. See if you can top that!

Women driver on a cellphone in a large SUV passing my then-SO and myself at about 45 mph in a blizzard, spinning out, and our car passing though the rotating expedition of death like cogs in a gear.
She was driving and about had a heart attack. I told her to accelerate so we wouldn't get hit.

Compared to an Asian woman driver on a cellphone this is nothing, but I have yet to see one of those, maybe they only survive long enough to explode at the end of the driveway.


Nope, not surprised. I've gotten so that I'm always thinking where to drive my car in case of something like this.

Everyday I become even more tempted to buy a dash cam. I'll have to see if they make HD versions.
 
2008-06-02 09:16:23 PM  
ubertwit: no excuse for stupid, champ.

but then again. stolen tag. aren't you a respectable citizen.


Apparently the joke did not work.

/I keed I keed......sorry world.
 
2008-06-02 09:18:00 PM  
NightOwl2255: Just this afternoon I was behind a stupid biatch yakking on her phone. She goes to change lanes, never minding the car that was already in that lane. He has to swerve to keep from hitting her and tags the curb pretty good. I'm sure he has a nice road rash on his rim and most likely knocked it out of aliment. Biatch never knew what she caused, or at least acted like she didn't. Last I saw he was forcing her to stop. I would have waited around but my hamburger was getting cold.

That's a case where I would slam my brakes on, but not swerve. If they hit me, they hit me, but I'm not at fault for damages. Why people feel the need to swerve is beyond me. Only time I ever do anything near swerving is when I know there's no other cars around and I know where I am on the road. Any other time, it's safer to accelerate or slam the brakes on, and if needed, let the car hit you. I've seen way too many cases where instead of getting a scratch on a bumper (and have the other party pay for it), people try to swerve out of the way and end up flipping the car or driving into a tree/mailbox, causing WAY more damage.

My method is give the car a "friendly" blaring of the horn while slamming on my brakes. Typically makes them get the picture.
 
2008-06-02 09:20:23 PM  
pro tip: back peddling is not a trait to pride oneself in.
 
2008-06-02 09:23:24 PM  
You're all a bunch of narcs
 
2008-06-02 09:29:11 PM  
Two stories:

1) I was driving on a major highway out of Chicago, and this b*!ch on a cell phone tried merging into me. I hit my brakes and ended up hitting my rim on the median. She drove off without even braking, probably not even realizing what the hell just happened. I was shook up, but then it quickly turned into rage.

2) My friend was turning left on the intersection with a green arrow. Another guy coming from the opposite direction (who had a red light) ended up T-boning my friend and then promptly speeding off. Another guy from behind immediately got on his cell phone and followed the offender who was arrested a half-hour later.

So yeah, cell phones love em and hate em.
 
2008-06-02 09:29:42 PM  
eabod: I drive better when I'm on my cel phone.

/and drunk


I like to to the same but add flapping to porn on the DVD too.

/Must drive with 1 leg at the same time
 
2008-06-02 09:34:19 PM  
timujin:
I was riding in the second lane from the right. As I started to pass a large SUV that was in the far right lane, the driver started to merge into my lane. I looked over at her and saw that she was on the phone. I waited until she was about two feet from me and punched the her window. The "oh, shiat!" look on her face as she quickly swerved back into her own lane, dropping the phone and using both hands on the wheel was priceless.


I almost had a similar incident while riding in to work one morning. Some girl yapping on the phone was driving a car front of me. As I went to pull into the turning lane she suddenly merged into my lane as I was passing her and nearly rammed me from the side, cutting me off. I grabbed the brakes and turn to look at her and she was looking right at me, on the phone with this "oops" look on her face, and still pulling into my lane! She was so close I would have swung my fist and hit her window but I was too concerned with getting the bike stopped and not flying over the handlebars. No "sorry" from her, not even an apologetic wave...she just kept on going, still yapping on her stupid phone.
 
2008-06-02 09:54:32 PM  

Sign I want to put on the back of my truck:

"If your mommy talks on the phone when she's driving,
She doesn't love you very much"


/currently, I just have a "hang up and drive" magnet
//any good suggestions for GOOD (inexpensive) vinyl stickon letters?
///DecalZone.com is too expensive (but good quality)
 
2008-06-02 09:57:36 PM  
YouPeopleAreCrazy: Sign I want to put on the back of my truck:
"If your mommy talks on the phone when she's driving,
She doesn't love you very much"

Hey, it isn't just mommy. Tell daddy to hang up too.
 
2008-06-02 10:05:26 PM  
You really, really shouldn't drive with 1 hand on your cellphone.

It makes getting away a lot harder.
 
2008-06-02 10:28:10 PM  
dustman81: FuturePastNow: I've gotten the plate number of a hit and run driver before. Busted, sucka.

Same here. Jackass was right in front of me and hit a pickup truck in the other lane, who was stopped at a red light. Followed him back into his apartment complex, then called the cops and gave them his license plate number. He admitted to the cops that he hit the other guy. The cop taking the report said that if I hadn't reported his license plate number, they never would have caught him.

So instead of just stopping and exchanging insurance information and possibly just getting a ticket, he got a license suspension and still had to pay for the other guy's damage.


I've gone so far as to block them leaving with my own car. Probably very stupid, but seriously, man up and take some damn responsibility.
 
2008-06-02 10:29:47 PM  
Haoie: You really, really shouldn't drive with 1 hand on your cellphone.

It makes getting away a lot harder.


How else are you going to enter the code for the cache of weapons?
 
2008-06-02 10:29:48 PM  
I wish there were cameras everywhere.

On cops, and on you.

I constantly see people breaking rules. This affects my quality of life. I wish you would stop that crap.

More cameras plz. Tons of them.
 
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