Roadkill Is Not Pretty

Alright, so this is going to be a bit of a rant. As I was walking home from class tonight I had an encounter that made me start thinking a little deeper about the ease of instant communication and the hazard it poses when not used properly or safely.

I had just started across a cross walk, minding my own business, at a light with the walk signal on (in other words, safely and legally) when this twit on cell phone comes inches from plowing me into the pavement. Now I’ll grant it was dark and she had a car full of friends, but excuse me… I don’t think that’s a valid excuse. Put the phone down girlie and pay attention to your driving.

I love my cell phone almost as much as I enjoy driving but have I ever been that oblivious or that hooked on my instant gratification (read: cell phone) that I’ve done or almost done heinous damage to innocent pedestrians? Not that I know of. OK, so that isn’t saying much but at least I have no questionable tissue samples lodged in my tires or heart stopping moments that wake me up in the wee hours.

To elaborate on “properly”: There are alternatives to a hand held cell phone. Yes folks, in this age of quick and easy communication, there are gadgets to make it both safer and more convenient to have that conversation that can’t wait until you park your car. Try Bluetooth, try using your speaker phone, heck – try waiting until you are stopped at a light and ask them to call you back using that great technical innovation called speed dial. Picture: Sticker Giantphone.gif

1 Comment

  1. Close call! These days you have to not only be a defensive driver but also a defensive walker. I once ended up on a hood of a car when I was walking across a crosswalk in daylight at the University of Maryland! While we’re on the topic of appropriate cell phone use, let me also add that public places, such as buses and trains, are not appropriate for cell phone conversations. Okay, I feel better now — I hope you do too.

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