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(ABC 27)   After countless hours of research, the most dangerous driving distraction is.......kids   (abc27.com) divider line 129
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2013-03-20 03:05:30 PM  
Cheap foam earplugs prevent child abuse, auto collisions, job loss from lack of sleep.
Strap down the kids, and use them. Even in the car.
 
2013-03-20 03:07:15 PM  

Zul the Magnificent: I drive by the local university several times each day, and can confirm that there are FAR more distracting things than kids.

/sometimes they wear yoga pants.
//or short skirts.
///or tight jeans.


Damn...tell me about it. Try doing that with 2 kids in the car. I'm surprised I haven't ended up driving down the sidewalk.

"What are you looking at Daddy?"
"Why are you driving so slow Daddy?"
"Why did you circle the block Daddy?"
"What does ''dat ass' mean Daddy?"
 
2013-03-20 03:11:59 PM  

Carousel Beast: meat0918: MaxxLarge: bdub77: Have I covered all the bases?

None of the snark changes the fact that kids just plain used to behave better in public, because their parents weren't indulgent hipster jagoffs who let the tiny assholes get away with bloody murder. Kids acting up and pitching tantrums in public used to be a shocking rarity.

No they didn't.  It's the same damn complaint every farking generation.  "Kids these days!!!"

Kids have always misbehaved in public.

No they haven't.

/You sound like a child


I stand by my statement that kids have always misbehaved in public at times, and I say that because every older generation has the common complaint of "the kids today suck" and lamented that they are all horrible little shiats with bad parents.  It is as common as complaining about taxes.

Well, these new parents had parents of their own, so maybe some of the blame lies with grandma and grandpa too.

And I say this as a parent that has taken their kids out of a store before and made them sit in the car crying and pleading to go back in while mom finishes up shopping.  Now all I have to do is cite that as a reminder, and they rethink their behavior.
 
2013-03-20 03:15:34 PM  

bdub77: Have I covered all the bases?


You forgot to mention anything about the asshole breeders who act like they are doing us a favor by shiatting out a bunch of kids and forcing us to put up with them in places they don't belong, like nice restaraunts, movie theaters, airplanes etc.
 
2013-03-20 03:23:11 PM  
Over 40 years too late, Ric:
www.paparazzizoo.com
 
2013-03-20 03:29:37 PM  
Tommy: You're drivin' along, la-de-da, woo. All of a sudden there's a truck tire in the middle of the road. And you hit the brakes. EEEEEEEEE! Whoa, that was close. Ha-ha. Now let's see what happens when you're driving with the "other guy's" brake pads. You're drivin' along, you're drivin' along, the kids start shouting from the back seat, "I gotta go to the bathroom, Daddy!" "Not now, damn it!" Truck tire. EEEEEEEE! I CAN'T STOP!
[Slams model car into lighter]
Tommy: There's a cliff! AAAAAHH! And your family's screaming,
[sets car on fire]
Tommy: "Oh my God, we're burning alive!" "No! I can't feel my legs!" Here comes the meat wagon.
[Imitates siren]
Tommy: And the medic gets out and says, "Oh my God". New guy's around the corner puking his guts out.
[Imitates retching]
 
2013-03-20 03:35:00 PM  

spidermilk: I hate the people who drive with dogs on their lap. Sorry but it makes me insane-



Recently saw a couple stop their jeep in the middle of the road while in the center lane because their ugly rat-size dog jumped out the window and began running against traffic.  They left both their car doors open with the guy chasing the dog(against traffic) while the woman was calmly walking around like she was in her front yard instead of a road filled with cars.

I can only hope the dog escaped from the 2 crazies and someone destroyed their jeep.
 
2013-03-20 03:52:58 PM  

bdub77: Relate story about one time a baby or toddler was bad on your flight because you f*cking paid $1000 to be crammed into a sardine can going 500mph and you can't be bothered to buy a nice $200 pair of noise cancelling headphones that will last you the rest of your life.


I rarely fly, but what is it with this parent attitude of "our kids are out of control in public so you deal with it by buying xyz!"  It would be like an obese man whose fat is rolling/pushing into your seat insisting you to buy another seat so you can deal with his overweight problem.  Maybe you need to pay to sedate your kid on the flight if your parenting skills are that bad instead of expecting others to pay for your child problems?
 
2013-03-20 03:53:10 PM  

meat0918: Carousel Beast: meat0918: MaxxLarge: bdub77: Have I covered all the bases?

None of the snark changes the fact that kids just plain used to behave better in public, because their parents weren't indulgent hipster jagoffs who let the tiny assholes get away with bloody murder. Kids acting up and pitching tantrums in public used to be a shocking rarity.

No they didn't.  It's the same damn complaint every farking generation.  "Kids these days!!!"

Kids have always misbehaved in public.

No they haven't.

/You sound like a child

I stand by my statement that kids have always misbehaved in public at times, and I say that because every older generation has the common complaint of "the kids today suck" and lamented that they are all horrible little shiats with bad parents.  It is as common as complaining about taxes.

Well, these new parents had parents of their own, so maybe some of the blame lies with grandma and grandpa too.

And I say this as a parent that has taken their kids out of a store before and made them sit in the car crying and pleading to go back in while mom finishes up shopping.  Now all I have to do is cite that as a reminder, and they rethink their behavior.


And I say there are levels of scale you haven't considered with your brilliant "cliches prove everything" argument.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=chimping+out&oq=chimping +o ut&gs_l=youtube.3..35i39j0i5.2800.3955.0.4043.12.11.0.0.0.0.160.851.10 j1.11.0...0.0...1ac.1.4PohAjWAgRs
 
2013-03-20 04:04:24 PM  
Are we there yet?   Are we there yet?   Are we there yet?
 
2013-03-20 04:12:18 PM  

StokeyBob: Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?


I will turn this internet around if you don't knock it off...
 
2013-03-20 04:17:23 PM  

Kahabut: meat0918: Carousel Beast: meat0918: MaxxLarge: bdub77: Have I covered all the bases?

None of the snark changes the fact that kids just plain used to behave better in public, because their parents weren't indulgent hipster jagoffs who let the tiny assholes get away with bloody murder. Kids acting up and pitching tantrums in public used to be a shocking rarity.

No they didn't.  It's the same damn complaint every farking generation.  "Kids these days!!!"

Kids have always misbehaved in public.

No they haven't.

/You sound like a child

I stand by my statement that kids have always misbehaved in public at times, and I say that because every older generation has the common complaint of "the kids today suck" and lamented that they are all horrible little shiats with bad parents.  It is as common as complaining about taxes.

Well, these new parents had parents of their own, so maybe some of the blame lies with grandma and grandpa too.

And I say this as a parent that has taken their kids out of a store before and made them sit in the car crying and pleading to go back in while mom finishes up shopping.  Now all I have to do is cite that as a reminder, and they rethink their behavior.

And I say there are levels of scale you haven't considered with your brilliant "cliches prove everything" argument.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=chimping+out&oq=chimping +o ut&gs_l=youtube.3..35i39j0i5.2800.3955.0.4043.12.11.0.0.0.0.160.851.10 j1.11.0...0.0...1ac.1.4PohAjWAgRs


All the internet is doing is revealing what's been there for a while.  Teenagers are dumb shiat attention whores.  Some grow out of it.  Some don't.

Plus you rarely see what happens at home if and when the parents get wind of what their kids were up to.

I thought we were talking about little kids anyways, not teens with no parental supervision?
 
2013-03-20 04:26:26 PM  
phenomenonsofhistory.com

Car Pool Day
 
2013-03-20 04:31:55 PM  
pdee: "In a sane world we would now start a conversation about what is acceptable risk rather than anything in the name of safety."


In a sane world we would have started that conversation a long time ago, before we reflexively criminalized anything that gives cooped-up drivers access to the outside world in the name of OMG WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!!!.
 
2013-03-20 04:34:54 PM  
Really, No Maude Flanders "Won't someone STOP thinking of the children." reference

\leaving dissappointed
 
2013-03-20 04:42:14 PM  
bdub77: The information age and the rise of two-parent family income homes has brought with it tons of parental challenges, including parental advice which is so overwhelming it's very likely 'don't hit your kids because studies have shown that it doesn't work and may in fact make your kid violent'

But we're in a thread where a study is saying the most dangerous driving distraction is kids, so obviously we're talking about the kids that ARE misbehaved. I hope you see the juxtaposition here.
 
2013-03-20 04:46:39 PM  

PyroStock: spidermilk: I hate the people who drive with dogs on their lap. Sorry but it makes me insane-


Recently saw a couple stop their jeep in the middle of the road while in the center lane because their ugly rat-size dog jumped out the window and began running against traffic.  They left both their car doors open with the guy chasing the dog(against traffic) while the woman was calmly walking around like she was in her front yard instead of a road filled with cars.

I can only hope the dog escaped from the 2 crazies and someone destroyed their jeep.


My dad once worked for USPS, one story was how a rat-size dog was tearing the pant legs of the carriers on a regular basis.  As this was more than annoying since the carriers had to keep buying new pants, much joy was given when another USPS carrier came down the road as the dog was making its way to the route guy and the truck made quick work of the dog.  The owner went down demanding payment for the animal, she was shown the total for the pants.

I would say this is not what you should've done, but who am I kidding.  That is exactly what you should've done.
 
2013-03-20 05:18:18 PM  

MaxxLarge: bdub77: Have I covered all the bases?

None of the snark changes the fact that kids just plain used to behave better in public, because their parents weren't indulgent hipster jagoffs who let the tiny assholes get away with bloody murder. Kids acting up and pitching tantrums in public used to be a shocking rarity.


cant remember how many times i saw kids getting spanked on the cereal isle in the grocery. now the parents would be tazed and arrested and the kid made a ward of the state , for its own good.
 
2013-03-20 05:37:00 PM  
Proper use of the obvious tag.

csb?

A few years ago I'm cruising along in the right lane at 40 MPH (speed limit 40). All of a sudden an SUV in the left lane swerves in front of me and jams on its brakes. I was sure I was going to hit them, but somehow I ended up stopped about a foot away from their rear bumper.

I took a couple of seconds to breathe a huge sigh of relief and collect my wits and just as I was about to get out of my car to confront this biatch and ask WTF? she drove on as if nothing had happened.

I resisted the temptation to follow her and I still wonder what the fark would cause her to do that and the only explanation I can think of is that she had a brat in the car and pulled over to get it under control - which nearly caused an accident that could have at least in theory killed her little brat.

In retrospect, I wish I had been driving a beat up old pickup truck with a dashcam and slammed into her. Given the suddenness of her swerving in front of me and jamming on her brakes there's no way in hell anyone could blame me if I had hit her. And even with my quick reaction time, I seriously doubt a beat up old pickup truck could have stopped without hitting her.
 
2013-03-20 05:59:00 PM  
Much to the dismay of my wife, I tend to live my life trying to make as little of an inconvenient impact on others as I can, sometimes to my own detriment. One of the things that is required to accomplish such a lifestyle is a good sense of awareness of both yourself and your surroundings. I'm not sure whether my parents specifically thought of that sort of thing when raising me or not, but they tend to operate in the same way. Anyway, I'm finding that most people are either oblivious to the fact that what they're doing is dangerous to or inconsiderate of others, or they just don't care. It's not even strictly tied to relatively young parents; it seems that the majority of people are wired one of those ways. If there's one thing I hope to be able to teach to my child at an early age, it's to be aware of what's going on around them, how their actions are perceived by others, and how their actions affect themselves and others. Hopefully that's not too unrealistic.
 
2013-03-20 06:22:52 PM  

Happy Hours: Proper use of the obvious tag.

csb?

A few years ago I'm cruising along in the right lane at 40 MPH (speed limit 40). All of a sudden an SUV in the left lane swerves in front of me and jams on its brakes. I was sure I was going to hit them, but somehow I ended up stopped about a foot away from their rear bumper.

I took a couple of seconds to breathe a huge sigh of relief and collect my wits and just as I was about to get out of my car to confront this biatch and ask WTF? she drove on as if nothing had happened.

I resisted the temptation to follow her and I still wonder what the fark would cause her to do that and the only explanation I can think of is that she had a brat in the car and pulled over to get it under control - which nearly caused an accident that could have at least in theory killed her little brat.

In retrospect, I wish I had been driving a beat up old pickup truck with a dashcam and slammed into her. Given the suddenness of her swerving in front of me and jamming on her brakes there's no way in hell anyone could blame me if I had hit her. And even with my quick reaction time, I seriously doubt a beat up old pickup truck could have stopped without hitting her.


So, it has to be a brat.  I've had people pull that same crap, so it really could be a whole lot of personal issues that is really just her fault.  It could've been a road rage incident because she was mad at you for going the speed limit.  I have seen plenty of those idiots.
 
2013-03-20 09:27:14 PM  

lack of warmth: So, it has to be a brat.  I've had people pull that same crap, so it really could be a whole lot of personal issues that is really just her fault.  It could've been a road rage incident because she was mad at you for going the speed limit.  I have seen plenty of those idiots.


I've thought about it. I don't believe that I pissed her off in any way, so I'm not even considering road rage as a possibility. I was behind her the whole time. Well, actually, behind and one lane over to be more exact.

Maybe she had a stroke or maybe her husband told her he was farking a tranny and wanted a divorce. I'm just saying that getting a brat under control is my best guess.

It was the 2nd scariest moment that I ever experienced behind the wheel of a car. I really wish there had been a cop around that had witnessed it.

/the scariest moment involved a very icy road and my car almost doing a 360.

The woman in the SUV who suddenly stopped only had me shaking for about 10 minutes. That near 360 had me shaking for at close to an hour.

Hooray for me! No collision in either case. I do have a much greater respect (fear) for icy roads since the near 360 though. A cop actually saw me do that. I don't know if he was being lazy or respected me for keeping it on the road, but he didn't pull me over. That same day one of my co-workers was ticketed for failing to control his vehicle when he ended up in a ditch. It could have been the same cop for all I know. It was the same stretch of road.
 
2013-03-20 10:30:27 PM  

december: I'm getting a kick out of these replies since just this morning the guy behind me in a Honda Civic with tricked out rims was driving with his 2 or 3 year old daughter on his lap.

In what universe does any rational person think this is a good idea?


I know what you mean, man. Those things usually take ridiculous sized tires that run you as much as the wheels every year. Not to mention those idiots never recalibrate their speedometer or odometer...
 
BHK
2013-03-20 10:34:33 PM  
Being a motorcyclist, my worst fear is a minivan driven by a soccer mom with multiple children. They are the most erratic drivers of all.
 
2013-03-20 11:48:11 PM  
I've runover several kids, and it is a distraction.
 
2013-03-21 12:14:01 AM  

MaxxLarge: I didn't say it was unheard of, just that it wasn't as common. I guess your family was just ALWAYS part of the problem.

And anyway, "kids have always acted up!" is a weak-ass "defense." Yeah, because it's A-okay for everyone to slide down to the level your bloodline apparently occupies, rather than try to shoot for good behavior from the ones who are capable of it with a little encouragement.


Part of the problem? What problem? We never caused harm to anyone. Sorry we had fun with one another. And a defense of what? You made the argument that kids are worse now than the used to be, and there's absolutely no evidence of that. That's "weak-ass". I'm sorry my bloodline isn't as pure as yours apparently is, guv'nor.

MaxxLarge: There's a reason why THIS has been on my profile for at least a few years now:


Because everyone else has also noticed that you can't make a quality post unless it contains a clever rhyme?
 
2013-03-21 01:16:59 AM  
I believe I've said this all along from when the first laws banning cell phones and texting arrived.  Congrats people, only now are you realizing you shiatheads created NEW LAWS to prevent texting-related crashed (which only account for less than 1% of distracted driving crashes).

You're all idiots.  Thank you and watch for me, capably texting and driving while performing my everyday work.

BAN FARKING KIDS IN CARS!
 
2013-03-21 01:32:59 AM  
And yet, your insurance rates go DOWN when you have kids.

WTF?
 
2013-03-21 11:02:01 AM  
skrame: Part of the problem? What problem? We never caused harm to anyone. Sorry we had fun with one another.

You no doubt irritated the living $#!+ out of countless people by being a self-indulgent little asshole. Not that you care, I'm sure.And not that it seems you invested a lot of effort to grow past it, either.
 
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