Let me paint you a worded picture…
In an area off the western tip of Montreal, there stands a road where the speed limit is 50km/h. I seem to be one of the extremely rare ones that actually drive at the limit. In the interest of full disclosure, I have received one speeding ticket in over 20 years of driving and that was for going 57 in a small 30 zone, it was my fault and paid the ticket.
In this particular area of town, the main street is a 50 zone, but this being the burbs, people disregard it in droves. Today was no exception.
I was driving my car with my son in the backseat and noticed that a car was fast approaching and had to slow down because I was in front of her. I looked again in the rear view mirror and noticed she was reading a text on her cell phone. A little later, a cat came in front of my car and my first instinct was to brake. I looked in the rear view mirror and to my horror saw the young female again looking at her cell phone reading a text. It was her friend that alerted her to my slowing down and she slammed the brakes. I raised my arm, no i did not give her the finger, but raised my arm so that to show my displeasure at her again reading a text. It was her reaction to that move of mine that surprised me. Instead of giving me a signal of apology, she got upset (road rage?) and started high beaming me until she turned off.
Now imagine she had hit me and injured my son badly. I would have mentioned the texting, it would have been verified and she would have been charged. I guarantee you that she would show up in court dressed very well-looking as sweet as can be and maybe even crying. This girl’s mommy and daddy would come giving glowing testimonials as to her great character, her friends would all show their support and she would probably get away with little or no jail time. She would have convinced the court that she’s really a softy when in reality her reaction to what happened today would prove otherwise. We have seen this before, just ask little Bianca Leduc…oh, we can’t…because she’s dead or maybe we can ask Patricia Jolicoeur, no, she’s dead too. All this while my poor little guy would be suffering…(The very thought of him suffering at all makes me ill)
I have had enough of this nonsense of texting while driving. There is nothing more dangerous other than drinking and driving on the road today. The amount of disrespect shown by these drivers is shocking.
It seems we can’t do anything about this. If I had said something. I would be accused of road rage and with or without my son in the car I try to stay calm at all times. (Best lesson in Driving School..defensive driving!) If someone tells one of these
idiots drivers they would likely be met with at best a finger or a “fuck off” or at worst a severe beating and maybe even death. So no one does anything.
Please don’t tell me it’s just young people who do this. I have seen mothers with their very young children texting while driving. Men and women in business suits, texting while driving. Older people texting while driving. Too many people do it and it has to stop. This is not a young person’s problem, this is everyone’s problem.
A word of advice to that angry female…..slow down and please, before you kill someone, STOP TEXTING WHILE DRIVING!
But what do I know, I’m just a bus driver