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2014-01-14 10:08:02 AM  
Insurance should file a claim against the driver on behalf of everyone else who pays into the pool.
 
2014-01-14 10:28:16 AM  
sadtrombone.mp3
 
2014-01-14 10:42:23 AM  
Looks more like drunk texting to me.
 
2014-01-14 11:25:59 AM  
Fark's favorite state.
 
2014-01-14 11:37:48 AM  
I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.
 
2014-01-14 11:38:58 AM  
funnycatwallpapers.com
 
2014-01-14 11:40:32 AM  
Did he complete his test message?  Important details, subby.
 
2014-01-14 11:40:59 AM  
MyBFFJill.jpg
 
2014-01-14 11:42:01 AM  

FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.


It can be done.
 
2014-01-14 11:42:17 AM  
Texting drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers.   They're everywhere, all the time, and they have no clue once they are distracted.
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-01-14 11:42:35 AM  

FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
d23 [TotalFark]
2014-01-14 11:43:24 AM  

ZMugg: FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.

It can be done.


that one is a classic.  One of my faves.
 
2014-01-14 11:43:57 AM  
Dumbass!

/You will read this in Red Forman's voice.
 
2014-01-14 11:44:25 AM  
Blame the auto manufacturer, sue, collect.
 
2014-01-14 11:44:59 AM  
...and then a 70 year old ex-cop came and shot him dead.
 
2014-01-14 11:45:16 AM  

FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.


It looks like the tree bent over a bit and lifted one corner of the car till the center of gravity was over the tires on the other side of the car.
 
2014-01-14 11:48:28 AM  

Rhypskallion: Texting drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers.   They're everywhere, all the time, and they have no clue once they are distracted.


And I would say most drunk drivers tend to drive 5 miles below the speed limit, both hands on the wheel and looking everywhere due to the fear of getting caught.
 
2014-01-14 11:49:45 AM  

d23: FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 170x254]


My parents owned 2 Corvairs - the later model with the modified suspension.  Dad said they were among the best cars he'd ever owned. Even the early models were fine if you knew how to drive them, but the rear-wheel oversteer condition wasn't something that most American drivers had ever encountered.
 
2014-01-14 11:49:52 AM  

SlothB77: Fark's favorite state.


came to say t-lay.com too busy texting?
 
2014-01-14 11:52:47 AM  
I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

img.fark.net
Like most safety devices, it is not 100% effective, as some will choose to circumvent the device's functionality, but those people are dumb.
 
2014-01-14 11:54:11 AM  
After his WTF? moment, he kneels and assumes the position. Hilarious.
 
2014-01-14 11:54:28 AM  
Losing total control

Totally losing control
 
2014-01-14 11:56:04 AM  
rlv.zcache.com
 
2014-01-14 11:56:20 AM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.


Like most safety devices, it is not 100% effective, as some will choose to circumvent the device's functionality, but those people are dumb.


I have known some teenagers who probably wouldn't shift until they finish their text. RPMs be damned.
 
2014-01-14 11:56:27 AM  
I am so sick of all this instant reply crap that we have these days. I am honestly thinking of going back to a non smart phone. I dont need to google everything in my life. And if you want to converse with me then CALL ME.
 
2014-01-14 11:59:07 AM  
I'm all for stopping people from texting while driving but this is not a good example why it's wrong. There is no way that anybody that bad at driving wasn't going to wreck their car with or without a cell phone.
 
2014-01-14 11:59:32 AM  

vudukungfu: Insurance should file a claim against the driver on behalf of everyone else who pays into the pool.


I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I would think that in 99.99% of accidents, a driver did something wrong to cause it
 
2014-01-14 11:59:35 AM  

Anthracite: I am so sick of all this instant reply crap that we have these days. I am honestly thinking of going back to a non smart phone. I dont need to google everything in my life. And if you want to converse with me then CALL ME.


But if I only text you, then I have time to think of the perfect witty line or snappy comeback!  How else can I edit my words, since my brain-mouth filter is broken?
 
2014-01-14 11:59:45 AM  
They should use that in some of those anti driving/texting adds they have been running on TV lately.
 
2014-01-14 11:59:50 AM  

ZMugg: FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.

It can be done.


How do hills work?
 
2014-01-14 12:00:34 PM  
I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.
 
2014-01-14 12:01:15 PM  

Mad Scientist: ...and then a 70 year old ex-cop came and shot him dead.


Unoriginal_Username: Rhypskallion: Texting drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers.   They're everywhere, all the time, and they have no clue once they are distracted.

And I would say most drunk drivers tend to drive 5 miles below the speed limit, both hands on the wheel and looking everywhere due to the fear of getting caught.


69% of traffic accidents are cause by sober people.
 
2014-01-14 12:03:12 PM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.


Beat me to it.
 
2014-01-14 12:03:21 PM  

FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.


You should keep a pair of diving goggles and a snorkel on you for just such an occasion. It would be surreal as hell to see a diver banging on your car door. "Wait, am I underwater?"
 
2014-01-14 12:03:34 PM  
i403.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-14 12:03:37 PM  

FrancoFile: d23: FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 170x254]

My parents owned 2 Corvairs - the later model with the modified suspension.  Dad said they were among the best cars he'd ever owned. Even the early models were fine if you knew how to drive them, but the rear-wheel oversteer condition wasn't something that most American drivers had ever encountered.


My first car in high school was my folks' Plymouth Arrow, and at time the rear-wheel drive seemed like a feature...at least handy for peeling backward out of Milwaukee snowdrifts.  Still, have to wonder what my mom's expected outcome was.
 
2014-01-14 12:05:39 PM  

FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.


I've done that, and removed mirrors with a well placed kick. I stopped when it occurred to me that no matter how big I am, their vehicle is always bigger than me, and that's what they're going to hit me with. I know from personal experience that while a minivan is kind of a pussy vehicle, it still sucks to take one to the head.
 
2014-01-14 12:06:38 PM  

FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.


The tree always wins.
 
2014-01-14 12:07:19 PM  

FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.


papyrus.greenville.edu
 
2014-01-14 12:08:18 PM  
Driver Michael Woody climbed out of the car safely following the crash and told responding officers that his only impairment was his cell phone ... he was texting while driving, something that is now illegal in Florida.

s22.postimg.org
 
2014-01-14 12:08:21 PM  
  25.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-01-14 12:08:42 PM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.


Like most safety devices, it is not 100% effective, as some will choose to circumvent the device's functionality, but those people are dumb.


At first I wondered how he could text at all while turning a corner.

Then I realized he probably was driving an automatic, and even if not this could be what happens when someone tries to text, turn and shift all at once.
 
2014-01-14 12:09:36 PM  

Egoy3k: I'm all for stopping people from texting while driving but this is not a good example why it's wrong. There is no way that anybody that bad at driving wasn't going to wreck their car with or without a cell phone.


It's a perfect example of just how incredibly distracting an activity texting is.

This douchenozzle wasn't even aware of the fact that his car was pointed at a telephone pole, 30 degrees off the intended direction of travel. I don't care how bad a driver someone is, they aren't going to make that mistake without being impaired in some way.
 
2014-01-14 12:10:51 PM  
Glad to see that you can roll a Grand Am at such low speeds. I own 2 of them.
 
2014-01-14 12:12:49 PM  
The problem with this is, every moron who texts and drives thinks they're to good at it for anything like this to happen to them.
 
2014-01-14 12:14:15 PM  

Z-clipped: Egoy3k: I'm all for stopping people from texting while driving but this is not a good example why it's wrong. There is no way that anybody that bad at driving wasn't going to wreck their car with or without a cell phone.

It's a perfect example of just how incredibly distracting an activity texting is.

This douchenozzle wasn't even aware of the fact that his car was pointed at a telephone pole, 30 degrees off the intended direction of travel. I don't care how bad a driver someone is, they aren't going to make that mistake without being impaired in some way.


Do you have any idea how often people do text while driving?  It's a lot.  Do many of them drive this poorly? No otherwise your commute would be much more interesting.  This isn't so much a case of texting while driving as it is a case of driving while stupid.
 
2014-01-14 12:14:45 PM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I've done that, and removed mirrors with a well placed kick. I stopped when it occurred to me that no matter how big I am, their vehicle is always bigger than me, and that's what they're going to hit me with. I know from personal experience that while a minivan is kind of a pussy vehicle, it still sucks to take one to the head.


I use to ride a motorcycle, but then I took a minivan to the knee.
 
2014-01-14 12:14:55 PM  

Anthracite: I am so sick of all this instant reply crap that we have these days. I am honestly thinking of going back to a non smart phone. I dont need to google everything in my life. And if you want to converse with me then CALL ME.


You don't need a smart phone to text. Pretty much all phones made since the mid 90's are capable of SMS texting. You just have to use the number keys to enter the letters. I doubt you can even buy a phone these days that doesn't have SMS & Internet capabilities.
 
2014-01-14 12:18:43 PM  

cgraves67: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.


Like most safety devices, it is not 100% effective, as some will choose to circumvent the device's functionality, but those people are dumb.

I have known some teenagers who probably wouldn't shift until they finish their text. RPMs be damned.


CSB time:

When I was a teenager, my next-door neighbor's daughter - cute, blonde and dumb as a post - had some sort of sporty Dodge coupe. The tachometer was indicated in RPMx100, not x1000 like normal today. One afternoon, I rode with her to the corner stop-and-rob and she commented that her car was a piece of shiat. Wouldn't go over 50, she said.

Because she was looking at the tach.

/lots of speeding tickets
// she blew that engine up eventually
/// we're still friends today

End CSB
 
2014-01-14 12:19:08 PM  

Egoy3k: Z-clipped: Egoy3k: I'm all for stopping people from texting while driving but this is not a good example why it's wrong. There is no way that anybody that bad at driving wasn't going to wreck their car with or without a cell phone.

It's a perfect example of just how incredibly distracting an activity texting is.

This douchenozzle wasn't even aware of the fact that his car was pointed at a telephone pole, 30 degrees off the intended direction of travel. I don't care how bad a driver someone is, they aren't going to make that mistake without being impaired in some way.

Do you have any idea how often people do text while driving?  It's a lot.  Do many of them drive this poorly? No otherwise your commute would be much more interesting.  This isn't so much a case of texting while driving as it is a case of driving while stupid.


CSB
On the interstate Sunday, there was a big old Caddy that I was passing.  I noticed something funny, turned my head, and the lady driving it was messing with some bright-green transparent plastic stencil stuff.  Like what you'd use in the 80s to draw sign waves, flowchart symbols, etc - except really big.  Macrame or something?

Anyways, I rapidly pulled away from her before she caused a clusterfark accident.
/CSB
 
2014-01-14 12:24:04 PM  
knuckledraggin.com

Was it this guy?
 
2014-01-14 12:24:16 PM  

Rhypskallion: Texting drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers.   They're everywhere, all the time, and they have no clue once they are distracted.


www.reelgood.com.au
 
2014-01-14 12:28:45 PM  

Egoy3k: Z-clipped: Egoy3k: I'm all for stopping people from texting while driving but this is not a good example why it's wrong. There is no way that anybody that bad at driving wasn't going to wreck their car with or without a cell phone.

It's a perfect example of just how incredibly distracting an activity texting is.

This douchenozzle wasn't even aware of the fact that his car was pointed at a telephone pole, 30 degrees off the intended direction of travel. I don't care how bad a driver someone is, they aren't going to make that mistake without being impaired in some way.

Do you have any idea how often people do text while driving?  It's a lot.  Do many of them drive this poorly? No otherwise your commute would be much more interesting.  This isn't so much a case of texting while driving as it is a case of driving while stupid.


Actually, I probably have a better idea than you do. I drive a motorcycle pretty much exclusively which means a) I sit up high enough to easily see into your window as I pass you, and b) I'm paying much closer attention to driving than you in the first place.

I see 50 people do things just as stupid and distracted as this every time I'm on the road. They just don't usually lead to accidents, because enough of the rest of us are shouldering the burden of care for these assholes.
 
2014-01-14 12:29:30 PM  

FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.


On Sunday, I was riding and stopped at a red light in a long line of two lanes of cars stopped at the light. Directly to my right, a woman in her 20s was sitting in a Jeep absorbed in text messaging. I was unsure what to do. I figure if I did or said anything, I would basically end up looking like the douche.

the should put a sensor in the middle of steering wheels. If it detects a text being composed within 2 feet while the car is moving, the car gets disabled for 45 minutes. That would be a good incentive not to text.
 
2014-01-14 12:29:47 PM  
A few weeks ago, I was in my usual heavy-traffic commute, and kept an eye onhis 20-something girl in my rearview mirror who was looking up and then down, then up, then down.  I was sure she was going to drive straight into the back of me, so I switched lanes.   A few minutes later she was a little ahead of me, and she had to do the brake stomp/swerve into the shoulder thing as she was about to hit the person ahead of her.   I drove past her when she started moving again and it looked like she was probably trying to reach the phone on the mat in front of the passenger seat.

If she's still alive it would surprise me.
 
2014-01-14 12:30:28 PM  
If I'm driving next to someone and I see they have a phone up and they're looking at it instead of the road, I have begun to toot my horn. It causes them to look up without panicing. I doubt it does any lasting good, but everyone's safer for the next few moments.
 
2014-01-14 12:30:44 PM  

miss diminutive: Looks more like drunk texting to me.


Having seen drunk driving vs texting accidents I would say that texting accidents are usually as bad as the .2+ drunk drivers.  Both are basically driving with a blindfold on.

It's not just texting, it's the bazillion gadgets inside the car that should be outright banned.
 
2014-01-14 12:33:41 PM  

Cold_Sassy: FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.

The tree always wins.


You saw how that tree just jumped out in front of him.
 
2014-01-14 12:38:36 PM  

IRQ12: It's not just texting, it's the bazillion gadgets inside the car that should be outright banned


www.gilacourier.com

Nonsense.
 
2014-01-14 12:39:52 PM  

Cold_Sassy: The tree always wins.


Sometimes it's not even a good contest.

img2.timeinc.net
 
2014-01-14 12:40:56 PM  
Too bad there weren't some indigenous Floridians at the bus stop.
 
2014-01-14 12:43:06 PM  

IRQ12: miss diminutive: Looks more like drunk texting to me.

Having seen drunk driving vs texting accidents I would say that texting accidents are usually as bad as the .2+ drunk drivers.  Both are basically driving with a blindfold on.

It's not just texting, it's the bazillion gadgets inside the car that should be outright banned.


Can't remember the distinction between "careless" and "reckless" driving; but it seems to me those traffic charges should cover not paying attention to the road, and driving conditions, for whatever farkin' reason.  I turn that shiat off and just listen to the radio, when I'm focused on not getting in a crash.

/i.e. driving a car
 
2014-01-14 12:43:15 PM  

miss diminutive: IRQ12: It's not just texting, it's the bazillion gadgets inside the car that should be outright banned

[www.gilacourier.com image 600x450]

Nonsense.


Simpsons did it!

Wait... :(
 
2014-01-14 12:43:15 PM  
As always, bad things happen on roads named MLK.
 
2014-01-14 12:47:35 PM  
I'm sure it was a really super-important text. Like all of them are.
 
2014-01-14 12:47:54 PM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I've done that, and removed mirrors with a well placed kick. I stopped when it occurred to me that no matter how big I am, their vehicle is always bigger than me, and that's what they're going to hit me with. I know from personal experience that while a minivan is kind of a pussy vehicle, it still sucks to take one to the head.


Texting while driving: unsafe.
Interacting with, and damaging, the cars next to you while driving: safe and righteous.

Obviously you're doing god's work.
 
2014-01-14 12:48:07 PM  
Sixy-plus posts and no discussion of Russian dashcam videos?

You're slipping, Fark.
 
2014-01-14 12:48:17 PM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

[img.fark.net image 299x376]
Like most safety devices, it is not 100% effective, as some will choose to circumvent the device's functionality, but those people are dumb.


You apparently haven't been using that device enough, or been dumb enough, to have experienced eating while using that device.

/fools prove much
 
2014-01-14 12:50:25 PM  

FrancoFile: CSB
On the interstate Sunday, there was a big old Caddy that I was passing. I noticed something funny, turned my head, and the lady driving it was messing with some bright-green transparent plastic stencil stuff. Like what you'd use in the 80s to draw sign waves, flowchart symbols, etc - except really big. Macrame or something?


God, I hope it was a spirograph.

endosymbiont: On Sunday, I was riding and stopped at a red light in a long line of two lanes of cars stopped at the light. Directly to my right, a woman in her 20s was sitting in a Jeep absorbed in text messaging. I was unsure what to do. I figure if I did or said anything, I would basically end up looking like the douche.


She's texting while stopped. Why would you do anything?
 
2014-01-14 12:52:42 PM  

Mein Fuhrer I Can Walk: Sixy-plus posts and no discussion of Russian dashcam videos?

You're slipping, Fark.


I was wondering whose camera we are watching. Maybe it's in the car of a Russian immigrant. Maybe it's in the car of someone who knew they were going to be in Florida and prepare appropriately.
 
2014-01-14 12:53:46 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-01-14 12:54:26 PM  

Somebody Else: Cold_Sassy: FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.

The tree always wins.

You saw how that tree just jumped out in front of him.


Yup, it was all the tree's fault ;)
 
2014-01-14 12:55:06 PM  

Anayalator: After his WTF? moment, he kneels and assumes the position. Hilarious.


"Dad is going to really mad!"

"C'Mon!  EVERYBODY TEXTS!"
 
2014-01-14 12:55:47 PM  

SoupJohnB: Can't remember the distinction between "careless" and "reckless" driving; but it seems to me those traffic charges should cover not paying attention to the road, and driving conditions, for whatever farkin' reason.  I turn that shiat off and just listen to the radio, when I'm focused on not getting in a crash.
/i.e. driving a car


I got a ticket for reckless driving once, but it was because of my Restless Leg Syndrome and it totally wasn't my fault, because my restless leg was twitching so bad that I hit the gas and just plowed into that guy in front of me. I tried to explain to the judge that I was a victim of "restless driving" but he didn't even find it funny, which is a complete injustice in itself.

My lawyer says that we will win on appeal, and that it will be a victory for Restless Leg sufferers everywhere. I hope so, because my legal bills are making me even more twitchy. I can't even clean my guns right now.
 
2014-01-14 12:55:53 PM  

Rhypskallion: Texting drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers.   They're everywhere, all the time,

and they have no clue once they are distracted Complete jackasses.
ftfy.
 
2014-01-14 12:56:48 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: And I would say most drunk  stoneddrivers tend to drive 5 miles below the speed limit, both hands on the wheel and looking everywhere due to the fear of getting caught.


FTFY

Drunk's don't give a fark.
 
2014-01-14 12:57:17 PM  

Car_Ramrod: FrancoFile: CSB
On the interstate Sunday, there was a big old Caddy that I was passing. I noticed something funny, turned my head, and the lady driving it was messing with some bright-green transparent plastic stencil stuff. Like what you'd use in the 80s to draw sign waves, flowchart symbols, etc - except really big. Macrame or something?

God, I hope it was a spirograph.

endosymbiont: On Sunday, I was riding and stopped at a red light in a long line of two lanes of cars stopped at the light. Directly to my right, a woman in her 20s was sitting in a Jeep absorbed in text messaging. I was unsure what to do. I figure if I did or said anything, I would basically end up looking like the douche.

She's texting while stopped. Why would you do anything?


This.

I know that in some places it is illegal to text at a red light, but as long as the phone is dropped and cars move promptly at the green, who cares what people are doing while stopped?
 
2014-01-14 12:58:15 PM  

Car_Ramrod: FrancoFile: CSB
On the interstate Sunday, there was a big old Caddy that I was passing. I noticed something funny, turned my head, and the lady driving it was messing with some bright-green transparent plastic stencil stuff. Like what you'd use in the 80s to draw sign waves, flowchart symbols, etc - except really big. Macrame or something?

God, I hope it was a spirograph.

endosymbiont: On Sunday, I was riding and stopped at a red light in a long line of two lanes of cars stopped at the light. Directly to my right, a woman in her 20s was sitting in a Jeep absorbed in text messaging. I was unsure what to do. I figure if I did or said anything, I would basically end up looking like the douche.

She's texting while stopped. Why would you do anything?


Texting while stopped at a red light is actually promoted around here as an alternative to texting while the car is in motion. There's no harm in it as long as you put the phone down when the light turns green.
 
2014-01-14 12:58:19 PM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.


Do you drive stick?  I can eat, talk on the phone, and shift at the same time... This doesn't prevent an idiot from texting, or doing other distracting things (see beginning of post)
 
2014-01-14 12:59:47 PM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

[img.fark.net image 299x376]
Like most safety devices, it is not 100% effective, as some will choose to circumvent the device's functionality, but those people are dumb.


While I agree having a stick would help, I'm driving a mazda3 6-speed, having bluetooth is even better.
Most current phones will take texts via voice and send them.

/haven't tried it through the cars bluetooth yet, but calling through it is nice.
 
2014-01-14 01:01:23 PM  
When in my van or truck, I honk at people texting, but only as I'm passing.

When on my motorcycle, I do not engage but get the hell out of their way as fast as possible, the same applies to old people and Volvos.

When as a ped, I get ready to jump out of their way at a moments notice. If I have to jump out of harms way, grab rock and throw, run away quickly if large hairy strong man, stay and yell if small weak human.
 
2014-01-14 01:02:42 PM  

SoupJohnB: IRQ12: miss diminutive: Looks more like drunk texting to me.

Having seen drunk driving vs texting accidents I would say that texting accidents are usually as bad as the .2+ drunk drivers.  Both are basically driving with a blindfold on.

It's not just texting, it's the bazillion gadgets inside the car that should be outright banned.

Can't remember the distinction between "careless" and "reckless" driving; but it seems to me those traffic charges should cover not paying attention to the road, and driving conditions, for whatever farkin' reason.  I turn that shiat off and just listen to the radio, when I'm focused on not getting in a crash.

/i.e. driving a car


Most states have distracted/careless driving laws.  The thing is that it's nowhere near as demonized or punished the same as DUI even though the outcome is exactly the same.  They are both willful negligence.  It's a rare occurrence you see someone so drunk they are all over the road, it's a daily occurrence with phones.

It's so bad that I won't cross a street at a stop sign until I make eye contact.
 
2014-01-14 01:03:05 PM  

funzyr: If I'm driving next to someone and I see they have a phone up and they're looking at it instead of the road, I have begun to toot my horn. It causes them to look up without panicing. I doubt it does any lasting good, but everyone's safer for the next few moments.


Nah. The reaction you get:  QUIET!  HOW RUDE!   I'M ON THE PHONE!
 
2014-01-14 01:03:23 PM  
1. If you don't notice a police car behind you, you're really not paying attention.

2. No seatbelt? Moron.
 
2014-01-14 01:04:02 PM  

SmellsLikePoo: Do you drive stick?  I can eat, talk on the phone, and shift at the same time... This doesn't prevent an idiot from texting, or doing other distracting things (see beginning of post)


I love t9wording on a flip phone because I can type with the same hand that I am shifting with.
 
2014-01-14 01:05:03 PM  

SmellsLikePoo: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

Do you drive stick?  I can eat, talk on the phone, and shift at the same time... This doesn't prevent an idiot from texting, or doing other distracting things (see beginning of post)


Not safely, you can't.
 
2014-01-14 01:07:06 PM  

Koodz: SmellsLikePoo: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

Do you drive stick?  I can eat, talk on the phone, and shift at the same time... This doesn't prevent an idiot from texting, or doing other distracting things (see beginning of post)

Not safely, you can't.


I never claimed safety, I simply stated that a manual transmission will not stop people from behaving stupidly.
 
2014-01-14 01:09:37 PM  

Watubi: vudukungfu: Insurance should file a claim against the driver on behalf of everyone else who pays into the pool.

I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I would think that in 99.99% of accidents, a driver did something wrong to cause it


It's one thing to mis-operate your vehicle, it's something different to be operating a device other than your vehicle while driving.
 
2014-01-14 01:09:47 PM  

SmellsLikePoo: Koodz: SmellsLikePoo: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

Do you drive stick?  I can eat, talk on the phone, and shift at the same time... This doesn't prevent an idiot from texting, or doing other distracting things (see beginning of post)

Not safely, you can't.

I never claimed safety, I simply stated that a manual transmission will not stop people from behaving stupidly.


Gotcha. Agreed. I performed most of my great acts of teenage idiocy with a shifter in my left hand.

However it was before the days if GPS, in-dash video, and smart phones. Only rich kids even had a dumb phone. I wouldn't have survived it today.
 
2014-01-14 01:11:16 PM  

Cybernetic: Car_Ramrod: FrancoFile: CSB
On the interstate Sunday, there was a big old Caddy that I was passing. I noticed something funny, turned my head, and the lady driving it was messing with some bright-green transparent plastic stencil stuff. Like what you'd use in the 80s to draw sign waves, flowchart symbols, etc - except really big. Macrame or something?

God, I hope it was a spirograph.

endosymbiont: On Sunday, I was riding and stopped at a red light in a long line of two lanes of cars stopped at the light. Directly to my right, a woman in her 20s was sitting in a Jeep absorbed in text messaging. I was unsure what to do. I figure if I did or said anything, I would basically end up looking like the douche.

She's texting while stopped. Why would you do anything?

Texting while stopped at a red light is actually promoted around here as an alternative to texting while the car is in motion. There's no harm in it as long as you put the phone down when the light turns green.


Except that they don't go when the light turns green, because they're looking down at the phone. They wait to notice the movement of other vehicles in their peripheral vision, which means they keep everyone behind them from making the short left turn window.
 
2014-01-14 01:14:27 PM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

[img.fark.net image 299x376]
Like most safety devices, it is not 100% effective, as some will choose to circumvent the device's functionality, but those people are dumb.


Because it's impossible to steer with your knee while you load a bowltext?
 
2014-01-14 01:14:38 PM  
His insurance company should permanently cancel his insurance. There's no way in hell this dude should ever be on the road ever again.
 
2014-01-14 01:18:55 PM  

FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.


I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!
 
2014-01-14 01:21:25 PM  

Z-clipped: Cybernetic: Car_Ramrod: FrancoFile: CSB
On the interstate Sunday, there was a big old Caddy that I was passing. I noticed something funny, turned my head, and the lady driving it was messing with some bright-green transparent plastic stencil stuff. Like what you'd use in the 80s to draw sign waves, flowchart symbols, etc - except really big. Macrame or something?

God, I hope it was a spirograph.

endosymbiont: On Sunday, I was riding and stopped at a red light in a long line of two lanes of cars stopped at the light. Directly to my right, a woman in her 20s was sitting in a Jeep absorbed in text messaging. I was unsure what to do. I figure if I did or said anything, I would basically end up looking like the douche.

She's texting while stopped. Why would you do anything?

Texting while stopped at a red light is actually promoted around here as an alternative to texting while the car is in motion. There's no harm in it as long as you put the phone down when the light turns green.

Except that they don't go when the light turns green, because they're looking down at the phone. They wait to notice the movement of other vehicles in their peripheral vision, which means they keep everyone behind them from making the short left turn window.


My experience is that people in general are awful about making left hand turns, especially in turn-at-signal-only situations.
 
2014-01-14 01:23:19 PM  

Alexei Novikov: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!


So now instead of them using their phone, they're paying attention to you and your little play. Brilliant.
 
2014-01-14 01:24:49 PM  

Marshmallow Jones: A few weeks ago, I was in my usual heavy-traffic commute, and kept an eye onhis 20-something girl in my rearview mirror who was looking up and then down, then up, then down.  I was sure she was going to drive straight into the back of me, so I switched lanes.   A few minutes later she was a little ahead of me, and she had to do the brake stomp/swerve into the shoulder thing as she was about to hit the person ahead of her.   I drove past her when she started moving again and it looked like she was probably trying to reach the phone on the mat in front of the passenger seat.

If she's still alive it would surprise me.


Happened to me last night on my way home from work. Left lane comes to an abrupt stop, lady behind me is texting her BFF Jill and doesn't notice, continues racing towards me at 50mph+. She must have looked up right before she was about to hit me and noticed it was too late to brake, so she swerved into the HOV lane where she hit another car. That accident looked like it was only cosmetic, but holy hell was I shaken up after almost getting plowed into at that speed.
 
2014-01-14 01:31:22 PM  
73 degrees and scattered clouds...
nice

/tfa
 
2014-01-14 01:40:44 PM  

SmellsLikePoo: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

Do you drive stick?  I can eat, talk on the phone, and shift at the same time... This doesn't prevent an idiot from texting, or doing other distracting things (see beginning of post)


I had a friend who could roll a joint while driving stick. At night.

/fat joints
 
2014-01-14 01:40:52 PM  
and how swell would it have been if there had been someone on the sidewalk just then...

lh3.ggpht.com
 
2014-01-14 01:51:56 PM  
endosymbiont:
the should put a sensor in the middle of steering wheels. If it detects a text being composed within 2 feet while the car is moving, the car gets disabled for 45 minutes. That would be a good incentive not to text.

My suggested solution has always been to remove all air bags and seat belts on the drivers side, and put a 12 inch steel spike in the center of the steering wheel.
 
2014-01-14 01:55:38 PM  

mantabulous: Happened to me last night on my way home from work. Left lane comes to an abrupt stop, lady behind me is texting her BFF Jill and doesn't notice, continues racing towards me at 50mph+. She must have looked up right before she was about to hit me and noticed it was too late to brake, so she swerved into the HOV lane where she hit another car. That accident looked like it was only cosmetic, but holy hell was I shaken up after almost getting plowed into at that speed.


Sounds terrifying.  Now imagine you were sitting on a motorcycle, instead of inside a 2-ton steel box with airbags.  This is why I cut traffic, filter up to the front at stop lights, and drive 10+mph faster than traffic on the highway.  At least that way, I can see and avoid the nonsense, instead of being at the mercy of the willfully distracted.
 
2014-01-14 01:56:41 PM  

Car_Ramrod: Alexei Novikov: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!

So now instead of them using their phone, they're paying attention to you and your little play. Brilliant.


I actually had one person, who was driving like an idiot while texting, thank me for the reminder, Trolly McTrollsalot.
 
2014-01-14 01:58:50 PM  
Nice to see him praying to Allah at the end, praise be upon him.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-14 02:03:06 PM  

weltallica: Nice to see him praying to Allah at the end, praise be upon him.


But he's supposed to unroll his prayer car, not roll up his prayer car first.
 
2014-01-14 02:04:50 PM  

FarkerSnow: Car_Ramrod: Alexei Novikov: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!

So now instead of them using their phone, they're paying attention to you and your little play. Brilliant.

I actually had one person, who was driving like an idiot while texting, thank me for the reminder, Trolly McTrollsalot.


thestrawfeminist.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-14 02:09:22 PM  

Car_Ramrod: My experience is that people in general are awful about making left hand turns, especially in turn-at-signal-only situations.


My experience is that people in general are awful at paying the appropriate amount of attention when driving in any situation.  That doesn't mean that texting isn't a huge farking problem that makes people who do it much more dangerous (and obnoxious) behind the wheel.
 
2014-01-14 02:09:41 PM  

ltdanman44: FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.

[papyrus.greenville.edu image 850x385]


Well, duh.  Physics, imagine that.

Let me rephrase this in physics words.

I was surprised that the vehicle had sufficient kinetic energy to raise the center of mass high enough so that it rolled over.  From what I saw in the video, the tree wasn't acting as an inclined plane.  The vehicle had an inelastic collision with both the pole and the tree, and then rolled over.

I suppose that after striking the pole, the tires & suspension system on the right side were oscillating such that there was positive z-axis momentum (and therefore negative x-axis angular momentum) when the car-tree collision took place, and enough positive x-axis momentum was converted into further negative x-axis angular momentum to complete the rollover.

But I'm still surprised at how quickly that happened in a sedan.

/yeah, that's right. I used the right-hand rule.
//positive x-axis = direction of travel
///positive z-axis = up
 
2014-01-14 02:17:23 PM  

Car_Ramrod: Alexei Novikov: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!

So now instead of them using their phone, they're paying attention to you and your little play. Brilliant.


Yup, and if you give me a pissy face or flip me off I'll take a mirror. You can whine all you want about interacting and distracting the allready distracted till you're blue in the face. Ever use your horn?  same farking thing!

The problem has become so bad that there really is nothing left to be done than to make your own personal contribution to the education of these irresponsible assholes. I can tell you that after one of my "lessons" the driver will at the very least think twice about using that phone behind the wheel. I'm doing these things after I've almost been killed, so safety is moot at this point.

You also might be interested in the advanced course I will be teaching in the spring when people start driving with their windows down "try to get your phone back from the guy on the bike who is allready gone".
 
2014-01-14 02:24:19 PM  

FrancoFile: ltdanman44: FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.

[papyrus.greenville.edu image 850x385]

Well, duh.  Physics, imagine that.

Let me rephrase this in physics words.

I was surprised that the vehicle had sufficient kinetic energy to raise the center of mass high enough so that it rolled over.  From what I saw in the video, the tree wasn't acting as an inclined plane.  The vehicle had an inelastic collision with both the pole and the tree, and then rolled over.


~ Moments before he hit the bus stop pole he tried to quickly turn away to the left loading up the weight bias on the right side of the car.

~ He hit the bus stop pole which hooked the right front suspension yanking the car back to the right transferring all that weight plus a little spring help from the preloaded right suspension to the left side of the vehicle as it slid up the bus stop pole.

~ The bus stop pole he impacted bent back to the tree acting like a nice low-friction ramp for the right front suspension to slide up to the point where the front of the vehicle impacts the tree.  The tree then acted like a spring and when it snapped back gave him that last little nudge that pushed him over.

He did an unintentional Scandinavian flick with a less than satisfactory but hilarious outcome.
 
2014-01-14 02:26:35 PM  

SmellsLikePoo: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

Do you drive stick?  I can eat, talk on the phone, and shift at the same time... This doesn't prevent an idiot from texting, or doing other distracting things (see beginning of post)


Sure, with speaker phone on in low traffic while traveling in a straight line, it can be done. Start adding traffic, corners or a hand-held phone and either your car is a mess or your transmission is.

Either way, "can do" is not the same as "should do" and the fact that you've done it at all doesn't say much for your driving.
 
2014-01-14 02:28:34 PM  

wingedkat: SmellsLikePoo: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

Do you drive stick?  I can eat, talk on the phone, and shift at the same time... This doesn't prevent an idiot from texting, or doing other distracting things (see beginning of post)

Sure, with speaker phone on in low traffic while traveling in a straight line, it can be done. Start adding traffic, corners or a hand-held phone and either your car is a mess or your transmission is.

Either way, "can do" is not the same as "should do" and the fact that you've done it at all doesn't say much for your driving.



I drive a stick, but I won't even consider answering the phone unless I'm on a highway, in good weather and moderate traffic, in 5th gear.
 
2014-01-14 02:35:02 PM  

FrancoFile: wingedkat: SmellsLikePoo: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

Do you drive stick?  I can eat, talk on the phone, and shift at the same time... This doesn't prevent an idiot from texting, or doing other distracting things (see beginning of post)

Sure, with speaker phone on in low traffic while traveling in a straight line, it can be done. Start adding traffic, corners or a hand-held phone and either your car is a mess or your transmission is.

Either way, "can do" is not the same as "should do" and the fact that you've done it at all doesn't say much for your driving.


I drive a stick, but I won't even consider answering the phone unless I'm on a highway, in good weather and moderate traffic, in 5th gear.


Same here. There's nothing that can't wait 5-15 minutes for a call back.
 
2014-01-14 02:40:17 PM  

FrancoFile: wingedkat: SmellsLikePoo: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

Do you drive stick?  I can eat, talk on the phone, and shift at the same time... This doesn't prevent an idiot from texting, or doing other distracting things (see beginning of post)

Sure, with speaker phone on in low traffic while traveling in a straight line, it can be done. Start adding traffic, corners or a hand-held phone and either your car is a mess or your transmission is.

Either way, "can do" is not the same as "should do" and the fact that you've done it at all doesn't say much for your driving.


I drive a stick, but I won't even consider answering the phone unless I'm on a highway, in good weather and moderate traffic, in 5th gear.


I also drive a vehicle fitted with an automatic transmission. I will not answer my phone while the vehicle is in motion.
 
2014-01-14 03:13:46 PM  

cgraves67: FrancoFile: I'm shocked at how easily that car rolled over while traveling at such a low speed.

It looks like the tree bent over a bit and lifted one corner of the car till the center of gravity was over the tires on the other side of the car.



The tree was just minding it's own business and some guy comes right up and hits it in the face? Tree is all "GTFO!".
 
2014-01-14 03:14:30 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.

[img.fark.net image 299x376]
Like most safety devices, it is not 100% effective, as some will choose to circumvent the device's functionality, but those people are dumb.

While I agree having a stick would help, I'm driving a mazda3 6-speed, having bluetooth is even better.
Most current phones will take texts via voice and send them.

/haven't tried it through the cars bluetooth yet, but calling through it is nice.


I have a Mazdaspeed3 6-speed... I get stabby when BT phone call rings cutoff my BT audio stream.

I think the Cradled Phone button on the steering wheel is synonymous with the fark-off button on the phone, but I've just gotten used to using the volume and auto track forward/back buttons : )
 
2014-01-14 03:37:35 PM  

theslowblade: Car_Ramrod: Alexei Novikov: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!

So now instead of them using their phone, they're paying attention to you and your little play. Brilliant.

Yup, and if you give me a pissy face or flip me off I'll take a mirror. You can whine all you want about interacting and distracting the allready distracted till you're blue in the face. Ever use your horn?  same farking thing!

The problem has become so bad that there really is nothing left to be done than to make your own personal contribution to the education of these irresponsible assholes. I can tell you that after one of my "lessons" the driver will at the very least think twice about using that phone behind the wheel. I'm doing these things after I've almost been killed, so safety is moot at this point.

You also might be interested in the advanced course I will be teaching in the spring when people start driving with their windows down "try to get your phone back from the guy on the bike who is allready gone".


static.planetminecraft.com
 
2014-01-14 03:47:34 PM  

hutchkc: theslowblade: Car_Ramrod: Alexei Novikov: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!

So now instead of them using their phone, they're paying attention to you and your little play. Brilliant.

Yup, and if you give me a pissy face or flip me off I'll take a mirror. You can whine all you want about interacting and distracting the allready distracted till you're blue in the face. Ever use your horn?  same farking thing!

The problem has become so bad that there really is nothing left to be done than to make your own personal contribution to the education of these irresponsible assholes. I can tell you that after one of my "lessons" the driver will at the very least think twice about using that phone behind the wheel. I'm doing these things after I've almost been killed, so safety is moot at this point.

You also might be interested in the advanced course I will be teaching in the spring when people start driving with their windows down "try to get your phone back from the guy on the bike who is allready gone".

[static.planetminecraft.com image 769x595]


Got back from lunch, read his little hissy fit, and was going to post that exact picture. Well done.

It's more likely I'm going to bed and wed Jennifer Lawrence than it is that they'll do, or have done, anything of the sort. This sounds like something they thought about late at night, "Oh man, that's what I should've done. Oh that'd be perfect!"
 
2014-01-14 03:48:58 PM  

Anthracite: I am so sick of all this instant reply crap that we have these days. I am honestly thinking of going back to a non smart phone. I dont need to google everything in my life. And if you want to converse with me then CALL ME.


I did it a while ago and am much happier with it, plus no one wants to steal my phone and if I drop it or something then oh well no big screen to break. I also switched to prepaid because I don't want to be on my phone all the time, have it turned off at home (have a landline) and don't respond if someone texts me instead of calling. Now I sound like one of the old people on Fark.

/shame that the driver missed the telephone pole
 
2014-01-14 04:05:00 PM  
Got back from lunch, read his little hissy fit, and was going to post that exact picture. Well done.

It's more likely I'm going to bed and wed Jennifer Lawrence than it is that they'll do, or have done, anything of the sort. This sounds like something they thought about late at night, "Oh man, that's what I should've done. Oh that'd be perfect!"


Well, I draw the line at property damage, assault, and robbery as the other gentleman suggested, but sweet due, Jennifer Lawrence is foine! Good for you! Are you going to scissor your vaginas together?
 
2014-01-14 04:10:56 PM  

Car_Ramrod: Noticeably F.A.T.: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I've done that, and removed mirrors with a well placed kick. I stopped when it occurred to me that no matter how big I am, their vehicle is always bigger than me, and that's what they're going to hit me with. I know from personal experience that while a minivan is kind of a pussy vehicle, it still sucks to take one to the head.

Texting while driving: unsafe.
Interacting with, and damaging, the cars next to you while driving: safe and righteous.

Obviously you're doing god's work.


Either I need to get my sarcasm detector recalibrated, or you need to read slower, because nowhere in my comment did I say what I did was safe or right. In fact, I said the exact opposite.
 
2014-01-14 04:12:24 PM  

Car_Ramrod: hutchkc: theslowblade: Car_Ramrod: Alexei Novikov: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!

So now instead of them using their phone, they're paying attention to you and your little play. Brilliant.

Yup, and if you give me a pissy face or flip me off I'll take a mirror. You can whine all you want about interacting and distracting the allready distracted till you're blue in the face. Ever use your horn?  same farking thing!

The problem has become so bad that there really is nothing left to be done than to make your own personal contribution to the education of these irresponsible assholes. I can tell you that after one of my "lessons" the driver will at the very least think twice about using that phone behind the wheel. I'm doing these things after I've almost been killed, so safety is moot at this point.

You also might be interested in the advanced course I will be teaching in the spring when people start driving with their windows down "try to get your phone back from the guy on the bike who is allready gone".

[static.planetminecraft.com image 769x595]

Got back from lunch, read his little hissy fit, and was going to post that exact picture. Well done.

It's more likely I'm going to bed and wed Jennifer Lawrence than it is that they'll do, or have done, anything of the sort. This sounds like something they thought about late at night, "Oh man, that's what I should've done. Oh that'd be perfect!"



It's a daily "hissy fit" as living in Boston I rarely have a commute that doesn't involve someone who thinks that their rolling living room lifestyle is more important than my getting where I need to go with all my limbs still attached. I used to just do the whole let it slide thing but as the years went on, and the behavior more flagrant I started with kicking side panels, which led to punching windows, which led to breaking mirrors off. Hell, if the authorities don't give a crap and won't do anything about it who else is going to?

It's not about being a badass, it's about taking a stand on something. You can be quick as you like with the meme draw to compensate for your lack of making a difference on...well anything. But it doesn't make you smarter, or better than anyone else. People are just a bunch of glassy cow eyed entertainment junkies living in their own little world wrapped in a 2000lb bullet.

People need to get pissed  and do something about it. It's the only way our species is going to survive. This issue is the one I'm owning, and happily I might add for the last two years. The open window phone grab shall be my  coup de grace and may well get me killed or arrested in the process. But you know what? Totally worth it.

/bonus phone
 
2014-01-14 04:49:45 PM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: Car_Ramrod: Noticeably F.A.T.: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I've done that, and removed mirrors with a well placed kick. I stopped when it occurred to me that no matter how big I am, their vehicle is always bigger than me, and that's what they're going to hit me with. I know from personal experience that while a minivan is kind of a pussy vehicle, it still sucks to take one to the head.

Texting while driving: unsafe.
Interacting with, and damaging, the cars next to you while driving: safe and righteous.

Obviously you're doing god's work.

Either I need to get my sarcasm detector recalibrated, or you need to read slower, because nowhere in my comment did I say what I did was safe or right. In fact, I said the exact opposite.


You never said it wasn't right. You only said you stopped only because you realized cars are bigger than motorcycles, and not the normal reason of "it's a shiatty thing to do".
 
2014-01-14 04:50:07 PM  

Car_Ramrod: Alexei Novikov: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!

So now instead of them using their phone, they're paying attention to you and your little play. Brilliant.


At least their not texting anymore
 
2014-01-14 04:53:07 PM  
What about treating Texting While Driving cases like DUIs?  Let's say he can't regain his license for at least a year.  He really could have killed somebody, or even a whole family, you know.  When he does get his license back, his car has to have a special license plate - one totally different from any of his state's normal plates.  He will have this special license on his car(s) for the rest of his life indicating that he has been and could still be a menace to society.

The other part of this two-part punishment is Public Shaming.  "Don't be a Michael Woody!"   "Don't drive like Michael Woody!"  "Yo momma drives like Michael Woody!"  "Keep off of the highways, streets and sidewalks when Michael Woody is on the road."  And, the ever-popular: Michael Woody is a dick!!!

/should he be forced to have a (permanent) tattoo on his forehead saying: Menace to Society?
//should there be some kind of nationwide alert when this fool gets his license back?
///should there be some kind of built-in device in his (next) car that will end a text to everyone within 100 miles of every time he starts his car to drive anywhere?
 
2014-01-14 04:53:44 PM  

theslowblade: I used to just do the whole let it slide thing but as the years went on, and the behavior more flagrant I started with kicking side panels, which led to punching windows, which led to breaking mirrors off. Hell, if the authorities don't give a crap and won't do anything about it who else is going to?


This is the worst super hero origin story I've ever heard.

theslowblade: People need to get pissed and do something about it. It's the only way our species is going to survive. This issue is the one I'm owning, and happily I might add for the last two years. The open window phone grab shall be my coup de grace and may well get me killed or arrested in the process. But you know what? Totally worth it.


As long as you're admitting it's a stupid plan, that's something, I guess.

I wonder if you do the same thing to all bad drivers, or all people that make an error in driving, or just the ones with phones.
 
2014-01-14 04:58:10 PM  
I have been known to lay on the horn for 5-10 seconds every time I see somebody texting while driving.  You know, when they are in the lane next to me.  And, this happens at least once or twice a week.

/not gonna let the ignorant a-holes kill somebody if I can do something to stop it
 
2014-01-14 04:58:56 PM  

KingKauff: Car_Ramrod: Alexei Novikov: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!

So now instead of them using their phone, they're paying attention to you and your little play. Brilliant.

At least their not texting anymore


Maybe for the duration of their interaction with the crazy guy on the road next to them, but as soon as they're out of sight, they'll be back on their phone. "Asshole can't tell me how to drive." I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying that's how it is.

This road vigilantism is dangerous and can get out of hand. If you want to possibly give your life over something like this, instead of just getting the fark away from them, that's your choice, I guess. I just find all this phone rage machismo a little nuts.
 
2014-01-14 05:09:37 PM  
This is an issue that needs dealt with better than society is doing now.  If you care about little kids.  If you care about people like your parents or grandparents.  If you care about anybody other than yourself - unlike the sorry excuses for human beings who text while driving - we've got to come up with workable solutions better than we're doing now.  Don't be silent.  Speak up to anybody and everybody that will listen.

/this is an issue whose time has come
 
2014-01-14 05:20:45 PM  
He didn't crawl to safety, the tard had no belt on, he fell out.
 
2014-01-14 05:24:46 PM  

cryinoutloud: SoupJohnB: Can't remember the distinction between "careless" and "reckless" driving; but it seems to me those traffic charges should cover not paying attention to the road, and driving conditions, for whatever farkin' reason.  I turn that shiat off and just listen to the radio, when I'm focused on not getting in a crash.
/i.e. driving a car

I got a ticket for reckless driving once, but it was because of my Restless Leg Syndrome and it totally wasn't my fault, because my restless leg was twitching so bad that I hit the gas and just plowed into that guy in front of me. I tried to explain to the judge that I was a victim of "restless driving" but he didn't even find it funny, which is a complete injustice in itself.

My lawyer says that we will win on appeal, and that it will be a victory for Restless Leg sufferers everywhere. I hope so, because my legal bills are making me even more twitchy. I can't even clean my guns right now.


You shouldn't be allowed to drive. Just like people on benzos, SSRIs, and others.

Get off the road.
 
2014-01-14 05:26:54 PM  
It's not machismo, or some origin story, it's nearly having your life taken by irresponsible people a the reg. there is no getting away from it because its everywhere, every day. Take a bike to work every day for a month or two, you'll see how long it takes before you're having to beat on a car just so they know that you're in that lane they are moving into.

It used to be we just had bad drivers, pain in the ass and dangerous. Now with smart phones their number is legion, and people are dying, getting maimed and losing their means of transportation every day. And I love my pocket computer/communication device, but I'm not going to endanger someone else's life for it.

I tried putting together a  scheme for sticks ring the windshield with a thoughtfull message, but you have no idea how hard it is to unpeel one of those things with one hand. I figured it was much safer to just smash the mirror. This isn't a movie and I'm not trying to be a hero, I'm just trying to get a few people to respect the lives of the other tax payers that they share the road with.
 
2014-01-14 05:34:33 PM  

Car_Ramrod: Noticeably F.A.T.: Car_Ramrod: Noticeably F.A.T.: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I've done that, and removed mirrors with a well placed kick. I stopped when it occurred to me that no matter how big I am, their vehicle is always bigger than me, and that's what they're going to hit me with. I know from personal experience that while a minivan is kind of a pussy vehicle, it still sucks to take one to the head.

Texting while driving: unsafe.
Interacting with, and damaging, the cars next to you while driving: safe and righteous.

Obviously you're doing god's work.

Either I need to get my sarcasm detector recalibrated, or you need to read slower, because nowhere in my comment did I say what I did was safe or right. In fact, I said the exact opposite.

You never said it wasn't right. You only said you stopped only because you realized cars are bigger than motorcycles, and not the normal reason of "it's a shiatty thing to do".


And you read into that deeper and got "doing god's work"?
 
2014-01-14 05:40:31 PM  

smoky2010: Glad to see that you can roll a Grand Am at such low speeds. I own 2 of them.


Cars aren't that difficult to roll.  They're very light for their size, and it doesn't take much to overturn one.  Top heavy vehicles may roll easier, but all cars require little relative force to flip.
 
2014-01-14 06:04:48 PM  

LiteWerk: What about treating Texting While Driving cases like DUIs?  Let's say he can't regain his license for at least a year.  He really could have killed somebody, or even a whole family, you know.  When he does get his license back, his car has to have a special license plate - one totally different from any of his state's normal plates.  He will have this special license on his car(s) for the rest of his life indicating that he has been and could still be a menace to society.

The other part of this two-part punishment is Public Shaming.  "Don't be a Michael Woody!"   "Don't drive like Michael Woody!"  "Yo momma drives like Michael Woody!"  "Keep off of the highways, streets and sidewalks when Michael Woody is on the road."  And, the ever-popular: Michael Woody is a dick!!!

/should he be forced to have a (permanent) tattoo on his forehead saying: Menace to Society?
//should there be some kind of nationwide alert when this fool gets his license back?
///should there be some kind of built-in device in his (next) car that will end a text to everyone within 100 miles of every time he starts his car to drive anywhere?


we nd a txt ofndrs lst
 
2014-01-14 06:13:22 PM  

DigitalCoffee: we nd a txt ofndrs lst


It would be rendered useless as soon as it started filling up with 18yo guys texting their 16yo girlfriends, and guys who got caught drunkenly pissing on their phones.
 
2014-01-14 06:47:19 PM  

Unoriginal_Username: Rhypskallion: Texting drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers.   They're everywhere, all the time, and they have no clue once they are distracted.

And I would say most drunk drivers tend to drive 5 miles below the speed limit, both hands on the wheel and looking everywhere due to the fear of getting caught.


Around here a texting driver is an impaired driver, the same as if under the influence.  More than once I've followed someone who drove at erratic speeds and had trouble keeping the vehicle between the lines.  They tend to choose the center lane of a three lane interstate.  They may drive as low as 55 or 60 mph, when everyone else is going 65 or better.  They start to cross over into the left lane until they become aware and self-correct.  They go a little further and they start to cross over into the right lane until they catch themselves.  Did see an exception recently.  A lady in the far left, high speed lane was texting or something with the phone help up in front of her, while driving 65 in rush hour traffic.  Amazingly, she was not involved in an accident.

At times I fancy myself as an undercover cop, and I have the urge to pull up behind them, turn on the lights, and get them over to write them a ticket.  And, to find out what was so important as to risk people's lives, including their own.

And, this doesn't just happen out on the highway.  Have seen stories where texters  in residential areas have failed to stop at an intersection and run over people crossing the street at a stop sign or traffic light.
 
2014-01-14 06:49:31 PM  

Car_Ramrod: Alexei Novikov: FarkerSnow: I ride a moto and just knock on texting driver's windows and yell at them.

/if I'm bigger than they are.

I usually honk and put my thumb and pinky up to my head like a phone and then point down while shaking my head. It's surprisingly effective. Only aftermarket part I've bothered to put on was a louder horn. I try to remember that motorcycles are just hard to see, but get off the frogdamned phone!

So now instead of them using their phone, they're paying attention to you and your little play. Brilliant.


0/10

Nice try, but no cigar. Back to trolling school with you.
 
2014-01-14 06:56:05 PM  

Jesstur: He didn't crawl to safety, the tard had no belt on, he fell out.


He's a pro, he knows the cop can't really prove he wasn't wearing a seatbelt if he was already out of the car.

A coworker buddy had a bad accident on ice one year.  He was already out of the car by the time the police arrived, but the cop decided to write him up for no seatbelt.  Buddy then lifted his shirt and showed the fresh seatbelt bruise.

/of course the cop was following him
//he was the only car of MLK
///just in case you missed it
 
2014-01-14 07:43:32 PM  

LiteWerk: I have been known to lay on the horn for 5-10 seconds every time I see somebody texting while driving.  You know, when they are in the lane next to me.  And, this happens at least once or twice a week.

/not gonna let the ignorant a-holes kill somebody if I can do something to stop it


So you're one of the people who lays on the horn while I'm glancing down to advance songs on my phone.

Got it.
 
2014-01-14 07:46:13 PM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: LiteWerk: I have been known to lay on the horn for 5-10 seconds every time I see somebody texting while driving.  You know, when they are in the lane next to me.  And, this happens at least once or twice a week.

/not gonna let the ignorant a-holes kill somebody if I can do something to stop it

So you're one of the people who lays on the horn while I'm glancing down to advance songs on my phone.

Got it.


I can't speak for LW, but if I'm on my horn it's because in your quick glance down you still managed to try to run me over.
 
2014-01-14 07:57:40 PM  
I totalled my car last year texting and driving. i am a farking retard and don't know what i was thinking. its worse than drunk driving and if you do it your a stupid shiat. as i was a stupid shi as well. i thank the lord no one else was involved i couldn't have lived with myself. i should have died myself in the crash but somehow ducked as the 6x6 railroad tie came through the windshield.
 
2014-01-14 09:41:41 PM  

Noticeably F.A.T.: PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: LiteWerk: I have been known to lay on the horn for 5-10 seconds every time I see somebody texting while driving.  You know, when they are in the lane next to me.  And, this happens at least once or twice a week.

/not gonna let the ignorant a-holes kill somebody if I can do something to stop it

So you're one of the people who lays on the horn while I'm glancing down to advance songs on my phone.

Got it.

I can't speak for LW, but if I'm on my horn it's because in your quick glance down you still managed to try to run me over.


I really did have someone honk at me like this once.  No, I was not trying to run him over.  He was in the adjoining lane.

Maybe I'll bake me some of those iPhone cookies and take a bite out of one next time it happens.  With a big grin on my face like this: :D
 
2014-01-14 10:46:41 PM  

theslowblade: I figured it was much safer to just smash the mirror. This isn't a movie and I'm not trying to be a hero, I'm just trying to get a few people to respect the lives of the other tax payers that they share the road with.


No. It is not safer to do this and no, you won't get people to respect anything or think about what they are doing if you commit a crime against them.

/Two wrongs do not make a right
//Just get out of their way or let them pass
///Defensive driving will save your life
 
2014-01-14 11:25:11 PM  

PleaseHamletDon'tHurtEm: So you're one of the people who lays on the horn while I'm glancing down to advance songs on my phone.

Got it.


In Ireland (ROI), the offence is actually holding a mobile device while driving. You don't have to be calling, texting or even advancing a song. Just holding/handling it. They have also extended it to include texting on a phone that is in a hands free cradle which would also include advancing a song on an iphone, even if it was in a hands free cradle. So, you're not allowed to touch your phone while you drive.

Now, in saying that. I've no problem with someone texting at a red light or advancing a song on their phone if the situation is right. On a motorway (interstate) or dual carriageway (highway) when there's no other traffic around and the road is straight enough. Looking at a device for a second or 2 should be absolutely fine (we check our mirrors in that time too). It's the muppets that constantly do this in fast moving, heavy traffic that need dealing with.

Distracted driving is dangerous. No matter where the distraction comes from. Unfortunately, phones are the major distraction with drivers these days. Maybe phone makers could design a system that will lock your keypad down (allowing only remote devices to control it) once you're travelling at over 30Kmh(20Mph), though that would screw with you if you were on a bus, train or were a car passenger :p

/Please remember: You're driving a 2 ton piece of aluminium at speeds of up to 120-130Kmh(70-80Mph).
//You need to concentrate on driving, especially if there are other 2 ton pieces of aluminium flying around on the same stretch of tamac (asphalt).
 
2014-01-15 12:59:02 AM  
Looks like the engine was still running while upside-down. So, not only is the car trashed but the engine won't even be salvageable when insurance sells it to a wrecking yard.
 
2014-01-15 01:27:12 AM  
It's a daily "hissy fit" as living in Boston I rarely have a commute that doesn't involve someone who thinks that their rolling living room lifestyle is more important than my getting wh ...

Yeah, but still... nothin' better than splitting lanes and dividing your commute in half because of it, right buddy?

Everyone's all in traffic and I'm just like BRAAAAAAAP!!!
 
2014-01-15 01:58:55 AM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I have this crazy idea for a device to help prevent texting while driving accidents. It works by requiring both of the driver's hand to be occupied for proper operation.


Almost all the cars in Europe are stick shift and I still see people texting while driving, which is particularly scary when you throw traffic circles into the mix.
 
2014-01-15 03:02:15 AM  

theslowblade: It's not machismo, or some origin story, it's nearly having your life taken by irresponsible people a the reg. there is no getting away from it because its everywhere, ever


Advice from a fellow rider:  I used to do the kind of rough shiat you're talking about when I was younger.  It's not worth it.  The more you try to get them to respect your presence on the road, the more likely you are to get killed.

Get yourself a literbike, learn to handle it at high speeds, and just go the hell around everybody.  Remove them from the equation, and you'll benefit twice: 1) no more stress in traffic and 2) you get to your destination in half the time.  Just remember... when you see flashing lights, don't slow down.
 
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