redkitchenette

 
 
   This past week, was tiring! It seems like we were doing something everyday, and it isn't stopping now. I'm tryin to make it to a meetup tomorrow, but I'm a little bit nervous!
   Dav and I went shopping for clothes today. She has grown out of pretty much all her cool weather clothing. I've got some stuff for her that's the right size, it's just all spring/summer clothing because I had no idea I would have a six month old in 12-18 month gear! Plus, there is a package waiting for me to go and get in the morning that has more for her and a jacket for me (Thanks Lala and Papa!).
   Twice today, my bear and I were almost hit by other drivers. One lady in a little car crossed the center line and almost hit us head on. Of course, she had a phone up to her ear. Then, when we were less than two minutes from home, a young guy (looked like a teenager) in a big pick-up truck almost ran us off the road. It looked as though he were texting, but I can't be positive. He was definitely doing something with his phone, though.
   This is something I just don't understand. I am not by any stretch the world's best driver, but I pay serious attention to what I'm doing when I'm behind the wheel. I figure if I am responsible for a couple of thousand pounds of metal hurtling along at high speeds around lots of other people, I probably shouldn't be trying to do anything else at the same time. Since people started using cell phones so much, people act like it's isn't acceptable to just let your phone ring. I never feel like I have to pick up. If I'm busy with Dav, whether feeding or just playing with her, I'm not going to answer my phone just because it rings.  I usually put it on silent when we leave the house just so I'm not distracted by the ringing while I'm driving. I can't imagine a phone call that can't wait until I'm at my destination, or at least pulled off the road. According to the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, cell phone distraction of drivers causes over 2,500 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year.
   Okay, okay, I'm off of my soapbox for the night. Be safe y'all!
 


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07/06/2010 14:46

Yep, they say that cell phone texting is worse for attention span than drunk driving.

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