A Disturbing Trend....

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Hategear, May 1, 2004.

  1. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    This past week, I saw two people driving 65-plus MPH on the highway, while reading. Were they reading road maps or driving directions? No, sir! The man I saw reading was reading some sort of parts catalog and the woman I saw was reading a book! In the last few months, I've seen a man shaving, a woman brushing her teeth, a man reading a catalog and a woman reading a damn novel, all while driving their cars. And you thought driving while talking on a cell phone was bad. What is up with these people? You know, I understand that people these days are busier than ever and that in order to do some of the things they need (and want) to do, they are "required" to multi-task, but reading a book while you're driving? Holy cow!
  2. In Illinois, they said it's illegal to drive in the fast lane, but not illegal to read while driving... :meh:
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    That's nothing, people are installing LCD screens in their dash, overhead, and even in some cases their Steering wheel. Granted, most people that do this probably only watch while stuck in traffic, that doesn't mean there won't be any that will watch while driving. or at least get their attention severely split.
  4. I really don't understand how people can do that. Whenever I have to glance at the directions I or a friend have written down to get somewhere that I'm not familiar with, I have to hold the paper with my thumb against the steering wheel, and I only glance quickly at it in hopes that I won't distract myself from the road for too long. Ideally, I'd have someone read the directions to me, but there are just some times when you have to drive alone.
  5. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    I've looked over while in traffic and saw Porn playing on
    a neighboring car LCD.

    Talk about distraction.
  6. I'd say :D :rolleyes:
  7. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    -they should be shot on sight for risking everyone else's lives.
  8. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    except this guy, he should get whatever PeeWee got, then be shot.
  9. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Lowell, MA

  10. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Yeah. There was an article in our local paper a few weeks ago about a woman that was upset, because her 4-year-old daughter caught a glimpse of a porno movie playing in the car next to them. Again, what the hell is wrong with people? Has the whole planet gone mad?
  11. yes.

    my sister once spit on a cops car while she was brushing her teeth in the car. she was late for theater practice, and it was the kissing scene.

    anyways, i find it really hard to do ANYTHING while driving, let alone read or shave, or watch porn.
  12. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    My father can change his pants while driving a manual transmission. I've also seen him eat a bowl of cereal through Boston rush hour traffic. The thing is, he's a kick ass driver! He used to race, so no matter what he's doing his eyes never leave the road. I'm paranoid so I don't even talk on the phone.
  13. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    There was a news report on our local station recently about people watching porn in their car DVD players, and how people driving next to them can see it.

  14. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    I would call bollocks bliss, but a friend of mine was scary like that too, he could do all sorts of amazing things(that didn't require vision) and never have his eyes leave the road.

    My brother is a cell phone distributor(owns and operates his own business), he is very connected with the whole cell phone thing, he also rides motor bikes. But he isn't stupid, when he gets a call he pulls over, or at the least, picks up blindly and says "Driving, Call you back in a second"(that's when he's in his car, not his bike ;)

    just the other night, I AIM'd him, and he responded telling me htat he was having a late night canyon ride and he had just hit PCH. :D His phone has AIM in case you were wondering ;)
  15. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS

    Most flip out LCD-screen cd/dvd players will not open unless the car has the emergency brake on, but I don't know if the same thing goes for the seperate monitor and dvd player units. My friend's dad fixes up wrecked cars and then sells them as a hobby/side business and he installed a flip out screen cd player in a recently sold car, and told me all about how he had to hook it up in a certain way to make the unit think that the e-brake was always on.
  16. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Yeah, this kind of crap pisses me off. I see people driving stupid enough, but READING? A few years back, My mom started doing it whil at a stoplight, and I was getting mad. I can hardly talk on a phone while doing ANYTHING else. Unless I have a hands free thing.

    I do believe people should have their licenses suspended for doing something so stupid as having a novel/book/etc. on the steering wheel. And I mean, suspended, for a year. A map is acceptible. A screen not displaying car info such as guages, directions, etc, should not be legal to be in the drivers path of view. In front of the passenger seat would be fine, but NEVER in front of the driver. That would be another cause for license suspension. We could have a TB petition to make that fed law! Woowoo!
  17. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Yes, I'm not talking about those, I'm talking about people who actually have Screens/players installed and watch them while driving. Which does happen.
  18. JazznFunk

    JazznFunk Supporting Member

    Mar 26, 2000
    Asheville, NC
    Lakland Basses Artist
    In addition to bass playing, I'm also an auto enthusiast, and a driving purist. That said, anyone doing ANYTHING other than DRIVING while in a car should be dealt with. When you're playing bass you don't do anything else, right? I feel that driving is an experience, not a daily drudgery function. As such, one should devote their full attention to it. Not to mention the fact that your life as well as those around you are at stake should you feel the need read, talk, watch TV, etc. while behind the wheel. Need to talk? Pull over. Need to watch TV? Go home. Insurance rates would go down a lot if people would pay attention to their driving and to traffic more often.
  19. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    My father is good with anything like that, supreme hand eye, very good at spacial relation type things, probably the same as your friend. He's the guy that can catch whatever you throw at him, from anywhere except directly behind. He can't be hit in the head with a football, I defy anyone to try it. I have for years, and though he doesn't always (mostly, he does) catch it, it never hits him. :ninja:
  20. cheezewiz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Just more proof that "people are stupid". I'm constantly amazed at the things people do while operating a several thousand pound piece of machinery capable of causing death.