Cellphone Distraction: It's not just a Cager Problem

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Wlfman, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. Wlfman

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  2. car94

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    They just did a segment on GMA or 20/20 about people on cell phones walking into traffic. They were standing on the street in NYC with a full crew and filmed people walking into traffic and never looking up to see the crew or traffic. :huh
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  3. Offcamber

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    If they can't walk and talk on phone without crashing into something how can they possibly drive...

    Coming soon to the nanny state near you..... Cell phones banned from sidewalks....:evil
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    BificusRex Been here awhile

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    Is it not just a form of natural selection adapted to todays modern world??
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  6. Andyvh1959

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    I never saw it, but my ex claimed twice she had seen guys on cycles riding down busy main streets here in Green Bay, talking on cell phones. Now this was about six or more years ago, well before cell phone use in vehicles really hit the fan.

    But c'mon. Common sense should tell anyone that an activity like riding a motorcycle requires the rider's involvement.

    I woulda loved to have been riding alongside the idiot on the bike on the cell phone, revving my engine, yelling, "CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW!!"
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    You know what's worst?

    She never fucking look if another car was coming after this Kei truck.
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  9. ozmoses

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    The difference in Asia though is that there stupidity=you're on your own.

    Here, it's a payday.
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  10. Butters

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    Classic timing. I was driving in a strip mall parking lot today and some woman had her face planted in her cell phone slooooowly walking across the busy main drag of the lot (note: this is a very busy part of the lot). I passed within a couple feet of her and gave the engine a rev and she didn't even notice. I should have honked, but opted against it. So I parked and walked to store AND SHE WAS STILL STANDING IN THE TRAFFIC LANE STARING AT HER PHONE and cars were going around her. I really regretted not honking at her at this point.

    This wasn't some 14 year old girl, it was a woman in her late thirties. I hope she hasn't bred . . . .
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  11. atomicalex

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    We have already seven deaths this year in Düsseldorf (according to the local news) where people were either talking on their phones or listening to music with headphones and walked in front of streetcars.

    It is completely amazing to me that they don't even look.
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  12. hippiebrian

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    The whole cell phone thing is rediculous. People are way too attatched. Nothing is that important! I have one because I need it for work, but 90% of the time it's silenced and I check it every so often to see if I got a call. When I'm not moving (walking, driving, etc.).

    I had a chick at work ask me how did I answer my phone while riding the motorcycle! :huh:huh:huh
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  13. WilCon76

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    I have my phone for email and talking to the wife and kids. I do have a bluetooth headset that can answer my phone in my helmet. I only use it for emergencies and my wife and I chat while we ride through them. I do a lot of safety training for folks that ride at work and this is one of the biggest topics I focus on. Put down the phone and just let it go.
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    Very often I walk around with in-ear headphones and music on. For some reason it always is clear to me that I have to use my eyes more then.

    On the other hand, it is a good habit anyways, now I use both eyes and ears when without headphones and don't just trust my ears!

    The amount of people just not looking is stunning. What is even worse are people at pedestrian crossings (here they automatically have the right of way - it used to be that you had to hand signal first). Some just walk, blindly trusting that everyone respects their right of way...

    I guess some pedestrian training in a place like Tehran would help!
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  15. davidbeinct

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    I've seen it. Dude on a GSX-R. Had his helmet perched on his head like a cap, phone held up to his ear, driving down Route 1 in Mystic, CT.

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    Since we are on the topic...my MSF instructor came rolling into the parking lot holding a cellphone up to his ear and waving at the students with the other hand. Quality instruction that weekend, let me tell you.
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    I can't tell you how many times I've seen pedestrians walk across streets in Washington DC without ever looking both ways or even 10' ahead of themselves...and this was before cell phones became popular. :loco
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  18. Andyvh1959

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    I'm totally with you on this one. It simply blows my mind that anyone would want ANY form of phone contact while on their bike. One main reason I ride is because I can be alone in it. It baffles me that helmets are now Bluetooth capable. Worst idea I have ever heard of. When the ride is done, I check my phone. When I'm riding, too freakin bad. We survived for decades of motorized travel without constant phone contact, why do we "need" it now? I must be gettin old.
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