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Take a guess at why I don't ride a motorcycle anymore.
Poor lady, this makes me so sad!
@aWes0MeNeSs it was heartbreaking. Everybody at the scene knew she'd never fully recover from it.
That's just awful. Probably someone's grandmother and mother, too! All over social media, too.
I guess it's not a problem for the people in the gold Lamborghinis?
Unfortunately true. :(Also, a lot of people assume nothing bad will happen to them or that they're superior drivers to those that it did happen to, so they'll be fine. Unfortunately, that's also what everyone who has ended up killing someone or crippling them for life because they were texting and driving also thought. These people don't realize that they could be the next person on a PSA or documentary begging others not to make the same mistake and explaining how they have to live the rest of their life knowing their poor decisions resulted in a death.
@aWes0MeNeSs Exactly right.Its an unfortunate side effect of nature, we are hard wired to be positive, i think we need to be able to lie to and fool ourselves in order to remain hopeful in the worst situations.Unfortunately that means we think we will become millionaires one day but won't crash our cars.Advertising is the same thing, everyone loves to think it doesn't work on them or that you have to be stupid to think that it works.Thats why i dont watch television or read newspapers or magazines, I know that it works on me because i can still recall the adverts i was exposed to as a child 35 years ago.The only defence is to not let that shit into your mind in the first place.
I've seen a bicyclist, texting with a cigarette in their mouth all the while listening to music on earbuds completely oblivious to their surroundings.
@October808 Isn't this a fun-world!
It is. I feel though that I would enjoy it more if I stuck a stick in their front spoke as they passed by.
Unless you are left handed and have kilometers of road without a stop, yield or light, then I don't see how you can text on a motorbike. You have to hold the phone above your shoulders, otherwise you won't see it with a closed helmet and then you cannot hold it and press with the same hand if you wear even summer gloves. You would write one word per minute and never type correctly.
@themaker39 I see your technical points. But 'here' is Thailand... Motorbikes: it's basically scooters. Helmets? That's an exotic thing that foreigners have. Gloves in the tropics are not practical. The common 'biker' outfit is a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops. 'We' have an annual road death number of well over 20000; sadly. And for correct typing... well: not here or elsewhere many people still care about proper writing.
Oh forgot to mention. Fining is important as without it most people are dangerous.
Yeah, the difference between a passenger and someone on the phone is that the former can see when you're trying to turn into a busy junction and the latter can't.
Passengers can see the oncoming truck.
Those things don't kill people at nearly the rate that texting and driving does.
Impatient drivers cause bigger accidents than text and driving. In rush hour there are a lot of accidents because of impatient drivers thinking they own the road. Texting and driving is a problem but not as much as impatient drivers.
@chriss I think it's probably at the very least equal, but probably more. Hasn't it been stated that texting and driving is only second to drunk driving (or is beginning to surpass it, I don't remember for sure) when it comes to injuries and fatalities?
I was rear ended several years ago by someone texting and driving as well. She hit us at a high enough rate of speed that she was lucky she didn't hurt or kill us, or herself. I hope that was the last time she attempted that.
They cause car crashes... Fining them is only fair