texting while behind the wheel because I think it's a fear-based bogey man -- the real issue is inattention while driving.
A related issue is judgment while driving -- should you be finishing a text while going 90 miles an hour around a dangerous curve in heavy traffic? Or should you wait for a traffic jam when you've already scrolled twice through every possible Facebook post about some moron President your relative in New York voted for? Is it also a factor how competent you are at driving, or should we all assume everyone is as awful as that jerk off you had to deal with on your way to work this morning?
Anywoo, now this:
Failure to use turn signals results in two million collisions annually in the U.S., according to research by the Society of Automotive Engineers. That’s more than twice the 950,000 annual collisions attributed to distracted driving.This seems pretty bad and in terms of actual fact-based evidence, way worse in some ways -- maybe we ought to focus on this?
Drivers fail to use turn signals 48 percent of the time when changing lanes and 25 percent of the time when making a turn, according to a report by automotive engineer Richard Ponziani, who observed 12,000 turning vehicles. That’s two billion times a day that Americans do not use turn signals.
“It’s an emotional subject for drivers who are spending more and more hours in their cars,” Ponziani said. “We found it to be the No. 1 pet peeve. But simple to eliminate. Just use your blinker. There’s a chance of a crash each time you do not.”
In other news, you can pay Tom Ice's firm to do legal work by the minute.
So you can -- if you're a good multitasker -- pay a lawyer by minute for legal advice while snaking your way down US 1 -- but forget about using your blinker.
I love this town!