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August 30, 2012 - Rob Weaver
Confession time. As someone who thinks texting and driving don’t mix, I have to admit to answering the call of the cellphone twice while driving recently.
The most recent time was while driving my truck. I was in a parking lot at the time, but still was piloting a moving vehicle. I did stop and -- due to the manual transmission -- could not continue without putting the phone down. But parking lots are accident-prone zones; I’ve seen more collisions and near misses in parking lots than roadways.
The other occasion was earlier this summer. I was riding a motorcycle when I felt a familiar buzzing on my torso -- usually a sign a bee or hornet had flown under my shirt and was about to sting. Instantly, I took my left hand off the handlebar and began trying to squish the bug before it could attack. Instead of finding an insect-sized lump, I encountered my cellphone, set to vibrate and tucked in the inside pocket of my riding jacket.
No harm done -- I didn’t get stung or get bug guts on the inside of my shirt -- but the phone did distract me from paying full attention to the road.
Lesson learned. I’ll try to make sure the phone is set to ring, not vibrate, before riding.
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