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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Young Texting Criminals Are Getting Worse...Much Worse

SmartphoneIs someone who sends text messages while driving a criminal?

Absolutely.

If you want to call someone who drinks and drives a criminal, then you must agree that the texting fools are just as guilty.

Had to run a bunch of errands this morning. Bank, surgical center, supermarket, etc. Between 9:30am and 12:10pm, I encountered no fewer than seven (7) individuals text messaging while driving. What did these individuals look like, you ask? You may not believe it, but they were ALL young (likely younger than 21) women. Every one. Five out of the seven looked younger than 17.

Not trying to insult anybody. Just telling it like I saw it.

What's shocking (to me, anyway) is the attitude these kids have.

While slowly making a turn into a Wal-Mart parking space, I was cutoff by a driver who was very cheerfully text messaging. She missed my car by inches and at no point acknowledged her bad driving. I gave up the parking space and followed her to until she parked. I honked, and when she rolled down her window, I let her know that she almost clipped me when she was thumbing keys on her phone (by this time she was talking on the phone, not texting.) She looked and me like I was completely mad, then left her car and made her way to Wal-Mart, still chatting on the phone, of course. I told her, in a very loud but not screaming voice, that I was going to take a picture of her license plate, and let the cops know about her crime. She was unfazed.

When I honked at another texting youngster near my house, she waved to me...with her middle finger.

When I was young, I used to quietly laugh to myself at how my dad would deal with bad drivers. Of course, there was no texting back then, but when he would get cutoff, he would pull up next to the offending car, cross his arms then shoot an extremely stern glare at the driver. I would quietly chuckle to myself, "Yeah dad...you really showed him."

My dad's response: Not good enough for today's smartphone world.

I would love to post offending license plates right here on the blog, along with a pic of the driver. But I'm sure if that's legal (please post any insight on this in the comments below, if you have any. Thanks!)

The law needs to catch up with the smartphones age we live in. In too many states, the punishment for getting caught texting behind the wheel is tantamount to a slap on the wrist. In most cases, it's essentially the same punishment as getting caught doing 40MPH in a 25MPH zone. Soooooooo weak.

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