Texting and driving: What?

OK, so texting while driving has been illegal in the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania for, what, a couple of weeks now. It’s been on the news. It’s been talked about on social media. People have texted one another about it.

So what did I see this morning?

Driving into work on Route 30, I saw a woman in a Toyota Something-or-other texting while sitting in traffic. When the light turned green, she was still texting, head bowed as if in prayer to the Verizon gods. She didn’t move when traffic moved. And then, when she noticed traffic started flowing, she lurched ahead.

One last time: This is illegal. And texting something that, I imagine, was to the effect that “Hey, I’m stuck in traffic on 30,” doesn’t make you important. It makes you a hazard. Nothing you are doing is so important that you need to communicate right at that moment. You should do what everybody else does while stuck in traffic: Sing along to the Stones or pick your nose. So I’m told…

Just knock it off.

UPDATE: Strangely, according to state police, it is legal to text while stopped at a traffic light. The law only applies to moving vehicles and cars stopped at lights aren’t moving.

Yeah, that’s just fine. But what if you’re sitting there, texting, while everybody else is trying to move. It’s a stupid loophole.

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6 Responses to Texting and driving: What?

  1. Andy Blair says:

    OK , but it isn’t legal to impede the flow of traffic. So while people like this use this ” loophole ” knowingly or not , they are then violating another law.

  2. Jason L says:

    Yeah well have you ever heard of a horn?? Good, then use it, i’ll continue to txt while sitting at a red light, if the light turned green and I didn’t notice it, honk. Simple as that. You people never cease to amaze me at your stupidy level and how everything is someone elses fault. Take matters into your own hands and let the person know. So what are we now going to ticket those people who are off in deep thought and not paying attention to the light when it turns green? No I don’t think so and I see that more than someone txting at a light and not paying attention.

    • Barb says:

      Jason L. I have one word for you. Idiot. No, I take that back. Two words. Selfish idiot. Nah, let’s try for three. Selfish, egocentric idiot. You SHARE the road. You don’t OWN it. Yeah, what we really need are horns honking all over the place for inconsiderate, irresponsible, self important motorists. Not a solution Jason L.

    • Marcus says:

      Jason L – Why don’t you listen to your advice, take matters into your own hands, and stop saying it is the other drivers fault…..STOP TEXTING.

      If you’d be a responsible driver and pay attention at the light and stop texting, the other driver wouldn’t need to blow his/her horn at you. Man up and take some responsibility for YOUR OWN actions.

      • William says:

        Get a life. So they send a text message while at a traffic light. At least they waited until they were stopped. Some people are never satisfied.

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