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Old 06-08-2014, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Hagerman, Idaho
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At the very core of the problem, I believe from observing it, is there seems to be a basic "Me First" attitude when drivers here are behind the wheel. It does indeed scare the heck out of me when I note a big SUV loaded with kids and mommy driving with a cell phone plastered to the side of her head seeming to be in a daze as she blathers on the phone paying little to NO attention to the vehicle in front of her (usually me) and they come to a stop just in time crawling up your bumper it seems, as they can't stand the idea of being less than 8" from your rear bumper, or perhaps they will be late or out of turn in their driving experience. It gets even WORSE when you note in your rear view mirror mommie is turning her head WHILE driving forward to yell at or reprimand one of the brats in the back. This makes me want to turn off real quick instead of being a statistic. Yeah it's scary stuff these days with distracted driving all over the place here.
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:14 AM
 
Location: SLC
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Cell phone use during driving is a real problem. Yet, while there is MAAD and checkpoints for catching drunk drivers (as should be the case), there is no similar groundswell and consensus against distracted driving due to cell phone usage. Generally speaking, the legislatures are afraid to to get too tough on this - perhaps fearing for lack of popularity or thinking of their own violations. Now we even have a law against it, but I see drivers using them all the time. It'd be good to see if there is any enforcement of the law.
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Old 06-09-2014, 08:12 AM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Cell phone use during driving is a real problem. Yet, while there is MAAD and checkpoints for catching drunk drivers (as should be the case), there is no similar groundswell and consensus against distracted driving due to cell phone usage. Generally speaking, the legislatures are afraid to to get too tough on this - perhaps fearing for lack of popularity or thinking of their own violations. Now we even have a law against it, but I see drivers using them all the time. It'd be good to see if there is any enforcement of the law.
You *nailed* it right there !
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Old 06-15-2014, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Hagerman, Idaho
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Say WHAT! You must be thinking of some OTHER state. That is the polar opposite of every event at an intersection I've witnessed for the last 20+ years here in Utah. What I continually have seen is ALL drivers who come to a stop at an intersection get as far INTO that intersection as they can legally get. THEN all cars behind them snooker up their front bumpers to about the distance you might get your hand between before they are touching the rear bumper of the car in front of them. Like they are afraid they might miss their chance to get going when the light changes. Worse yet (and typical) is cars line up literally bumper to bumper to make a turn at an intersection doing everything possible NOT to get stuck when the light changes. Blowing yellow and YES RED lights after the color has changed. Apparently many Utah drivers like to play the red light timing at intersections thinking (assuming) they have those several seconds before the traffic left and right of them get their green light.........NOT. The other day it flat blew me away that while a car exhausted all the green light they had waiting for traffic to clear so they could make their left turn at the intersection, the pi$$ed off big ole' wanna be cowboy in his oversized pickup truck decided when the light turned RED he had the right to blow the intersection nearly running over cross traffic just because he was robbed of HIS precious right to get through the light regardless of what color it was. Oh if ONLY there was a cop there to see this. Then there would have been about a 20% chance they might have been pulled over.
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