Watch out! That car's without a driver! Can't see any heads!
Day after day we hear of those tragic accidents and the number of victims that fall for those reckless drivers keeps raising. I have lived in England for years, and I think some of the rules and regulations that run their traffic systems should be adopted all over the world. Cell phone use while driving for instance, hundreds of accidents take place every year because of someone not paying enough attention to what is on the road because he or she were chatting on the cell phone with one hand, or texting, and with the other they might be steering the wheel, if not eating, or wearing make up, or changing CD's, or taking something out of the glove compartment, and the list goes on. They banned the use of cell phones while driving, unless you are using hands-free devices, or bluetooth devices, and I applaud them for that. If you need urgently to talk to someone, pull over, and stop being a danger to yourself and others on the road. It only takes a few minutes from your time to spare lives. And for the comment on cup holders in cars, yes, the car is not a mobile restaurant. If someone wants to eat, stop by a proper eating place and eat, unless you want to turn your car into a tip and a garbage container. I have seen some cars that stink due to food leftovers and wrapping papers in between the seats, not to mention the stains on their floors and seats from fizzy drinks and coffee! And how many hands do you think you have? what if someone pulls in front of you while you are holding your burger and your coke? Who is holding the wheel for you then?
In today's world things have changed to be more self-centered. "I can do what I want, and no one has the right to tell me what to do or not to do!". So what about those people on the other end who get hit by you while you are everything but driving? Don't they also have rights? Lets talk about duty for once? The moral duty to respect others and try to earn their respect?
GPS devices can also distract you, but when I use my TomTom, I set it up before I move the car, and if I need to change something I find a safe spot to pull over or a gas station to do it while stationary. It is not rocket science! Or if you have a passenger in the car, ask for their help!
I know what I said might upset a lot of people out there, but hey, you wouldn't know until you loose someone dear to you because of an irresponsible person with their hand everywhere but on the wheel. Technology is made to serve humanity, but it is like everything else out there, when misused or abused, it can have regrettable consequences, and it is our responsibility to know how to use them the right way.
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