OK, maybe not All bad driving – but a lot of it, anyway.
Hop into your WayBack machine and journey back around 20 years ago. Observe how, when we saw someone weaving around the road, or driving way too slow, we knew they were drunk. Also observe that when we saw someone walking down the sidewalk having a conversation with no one, we assumed them to be schizophrenic. Today things are different.
When we see someone crossing into adjacent lanes, braking for hallucinations and the like, we can now be pretty sure they are either texting or dialing the phone. It’s dangerous – and Stupid. But it happens every single day.
There is a very simple solution to this “problem”. Since too many people think they can drive and text at the same time (they can’t) why in the world don’t we just solve the problem for them? How? Simple.
Disable dialing on all phones when moving more than 5 miles per hour. Most phones in use these days have GPS and accelerometers built-in. This means the phone knows when it’s in motion. Simply mandate that all phones cannot be dialed (except via voice dialing) when going more than 5 miles per hour. Have an emergency key combination (9 +1 pressed simultaneously) to call 9-1-1 for emergencies.
Naturally there would be the option to permanently override this for emergency personnel, the Secret Service, FBI and similar agencies. But the rest of us have to learn that every thought does not have to be communicated while we should be concentrating on driving.
And while we’re at it, how about programming the accelerometer to know when a crash has occurred and cause the phone to either dial 9-1-1 or ask if it should dial for you. Another simple solution.
We have the technology. All we have to do is use it.
OK, I’m getting down off my soapbox now…