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Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Dave!Don't get me wrong... I love my mobile phone and don't know what I'd do with out it... but any time I'm driving, I curse the day that "texting" and "mobile apps" ever became a thing.

Today I was driving the five minutes it takes for me to get to work. As I turned off my street, a car coming the opposite direction WAS IN MY LANE! I got as far off the road as I could, then honked my horn and slammed on my brakes... only to see them swerve away at the last minute, missing me by less than six feet. She had been texting or Facebooking or otherwise occupied and not paying attention. Needless to say I was pissed...

DAVETOON: Lil' Dave Drives Angry

Then...

THEN...

I took a lunch break so I could walk to the mini-mart for popcorn and a Coke. As I was crossing the street, a car came to a screeching halt IN THE CROSSWALK just behind me.

They were probably texting or Facebooking or otherwise occupied and not paying attention. Then, oops, there's a pesky stop sign and crosswalk popping up out of nowhere! Except it didn't pop up out of nowhere. The driver was just being a stupid asshole.

And I just don't get it.

If you're driving a vehicle weighing thousands of pounds that's more than capable of killing or seriously injuring somebody... shouldn't you kinda... oh... I dunno... PAY FUCKING ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU'RE DOING BEHIND THE WHEEL?!?

For some people, I guess a "minor scare" is not enough of a deterrant. They're going to have to kill somebody to get the message.

I really hope it's not me.

Or you.

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  1. I have annoyed many a friend by NOT texting or answering my phone while driving. I’m SO sorry, wait… no I’m NOT! And now that I have both my daughters at an age to get a driver’s license, I will drill these lessons into them as well. I have had many a moron run me off the roads and I will not let my kids be morons!

  2. Kyra says:

    I wish people would just turn off their phones while in the car. Or the do not disturb, so only those emergency calls would get through. I cannot believe how many people I see texting/checking email/whatever on the phone while driving, and I live in the boonies!

  3. martymankins says:

    Distracted driving comes in all forms, mostly by way of typing on a smartphone, but the others like makeup, coffee, food, noisy passengers… etc…

    Keep on avoiding those close calls.

  4. Poppy says:

    I don’t understand why people do this stuff. You can KILL PEOPLE BY TEXTNG WHILE DOING ANYTHING ELSE! And then you’ll be part of an Orange is the New Black episode!

    Oh, now I see why they think it’s a good idea.

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