Drivers, get off your Phone

So I watched a little bit of a documentary regarding people using their phone whilst driving.

Well, I watched part of it. I found myself getting really angry about the general hubris and lack of giving any sort of shit about others from the people being interviewed. I’m sure that it lead to these intelligent people reaching some sort of eye-opening revelation.

I don’t understand the attitude that people hold that make them think that it is okay to pay more attention to what is on their phone than their immediate surroundings.

Okay, I get it, all these people need to stay on top of their social life. After all, there are more important things than the heavy chunk of material that you’re driving around and making sure that you don’t cause an accident.

There are priorities and quite clearly the fact that you are in something that you have to go through testing and provisional periods to be able to use meaning you need to pay attention to what you’re doing is not high on the priority list.

I don’t understand this attitude.

Why can’t people get off their fucking phones?

It’s like if you tell someone that they should stop speeding because, despite their not having an accident yet, that does not mean that they won’t, they tell you that you’re not really in a position to talk because you don’t drive and haven’t been driving for close to twenty years.

I’ve been in a car accident before. Twice. The first involved a kangaroo. It was an unfortunate thing that happened due to the kangaroo changing direction at the last minute. The second time was due to someone doing an illegal u-turn and not bothering to pay attention to what they were doing.

The second one was nowhere near as bad as the first. It was slow.
The first was pretty bad, but luckily enough the kangaroo did not end up going into the car.

These did not happen because someone was on their phone.
These also did not happen due to someone speeding.

They still were not pleasant experiences.

The moment you tell someone who is telling you that you need to obey the law when you’re driving that they’re not in a position to talk about something as you’ve been driving for a while and they haven’t, you reveal how little you consider the risks of driving.

Driving is a privilege. It is not a right.

If you think that it is perfectly acceptable to break the law whilst driving (sans very specific circumstances), then please hand in your license and don’t think about driving until you pull your head out of your ass.

I’m sure that myself and many others do not want to be in a car accident because someone thought that speeding was acceptable, or thought that what was happening on their phone was far more important than paying attention to what they were doing and hit a pedestrian, cyclist or other driver.

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About Stupidity Hole

I'm some guy that does stuff. Hoping to one day fill the internet with enough insane ramblings to impress a cannibal rat ship. I do more than I probably should. I have a page called MS Paint Masterpieces that you may be interested in checking out. I also co-run Culture Eater, an online zine for covering the arts among other things. We're on Patreon!
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