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Dallas, Drivers and Detention

24 Oct

Distractions while driving: Danger!I’ve seen most every kind (I could ever imagine) of idiot on the road since moving to Dallas (TX) in 1984. Sadly, the [driving] conditions are becoming progressively worse now that smart-phones have become so popular.

These devices not only give people the opportunity to text and drive but to check a multitude of apps on their phone (such as Twitter, Facebook and online games, just to name a few). The “addicted” are never out of touch with their digital lives.

Traffic and road rage is a growing problem here in Dallas. Road construction is a part of the problem but the ever-growing number of cars on the road should be our primary focus. People’s unwillingness to pay attention to what is going on around them, combined with ever-increasing traffic, road construction and repairs (because our city engineers cannot finish one freaking project before starting three dozen others)… These things are making all of us more and more stressed, angry and insensitive.

(For what it’s worth, here is a wonderful link for discovering where road construction and repair projects are going on in the State of Texas.)

Only the other day I told my brother and mother, “HIV won’t be the death of me; stress from driving in this damned city will bring about my demise long before my immune system is ever able to fail me!” What’s sad is that I was being serious!

I’m not saying people can’t return a quick text when they’re waiting for a signal light to change to green (provided you have WONDERFUL peripheral vision and are aware of when the light changes). However, when the light does change to green, DON’T sit there on your ass finishing a text message, holding everyone up behind you in the process. Put the damned phone down and DRIVE. Pay attention to what’s going on around you and remember that, first and foremost your attention and your priorities should be on safely maneuvering your vehicle from Point A to Point B —- all while minding the road rules and practicing just the tiniest smidgeon of damned courtesy. (Allow others to merge into the lane in front of you when they’re nice enough to use their signal lights, asshole. You might want the same favor returned to you one day.)

IDEALLY, you won’t text behind the wheel; even at a red light. If you are driving, DRIVING should be your #1 priority. Not texting, applying makeup, shaving, reading the business reports for your morning meeting (the ones you should have read the night before or while having breakfast) or reading the morning newspaper.

I once saw a man trying to juggle a cup of coffee, an electric shaver AND a newspaper, all while purportedly paying attention to the road he was traveling upon. That man was a freaking danger to himself and all who were in his vicinity!!! I got the hell away from his vehicle as quickly as I could.

When I initially moved to Texas, the drivers (with the exception of those in Houston and in Austin) did not seem as bad. In fact, MANY were downright polite but as the years have progressed, driving has become more of a chore and much less enjoyable. The metroplex (Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding suburbs/cities) has grown exponentially with the migration of hundreds and thousands of new residents each day; I can’t help but link the changes in driving habits to the addition of these new drivers now maneuvering our roadways.

What I’m about to say will likely come across as “regional prejudice” but if the shoe fits, wear it.

A good many of those migrating into the state of Texas hail from our neighboring states to the north and to the east (yes, Yankees). Mulling over why drivers have become increasingly rude and inconsiderate here in Texas, one cannot disregard the presence of these “new drivers” who have travelled from the east and to the north of us.

To put it another way, the prevailing change in attitude has presented itself ALONG WITH an onslaught of Yankees and you people can’t drive worth a #### (sorry but it’s true). You make me want to replace my vehicle with a “monster truck” so that I can simply run your sorry, inattentive, rubbernecking arse over (but I digress).

Along those lines, please consider yourself placed “in detention” until such time as you can drive responsibly without gawking at the accident on the other side of the medium (thus causing a shit-storm for the flow of traffic on our side), can effectively merge and you are willing to allow those signaling (that they too would like to merge into another lane of traffic) to do so safely without feeling as though you’re a total asshole.

But don’t just take my word for it; click here to read about “The Five Most Dangerous Driving Distractions” or
here for another person’s take on distractions to avoid while driving.

Thanks for visiting,
Michael

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50-years old and determined to sail through life with a smile (but sometimes brash as hell). LOL. Born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico but having lived more than half of my life in Texas. Raised with a strong faith in God but describe myself more as simply a faithful person rather than a Christian. (Too many people rely on their religious 'beliefs' as an excuse to maintain a closed mind rather than emulate the loving nature I believe Jesus Christ did represent.) Registered as a Democrat but fiscally I'm probably more likely to identify with the Republicans. Am equally disgusted with both parties at the moment and tired of the status quo in Washington, D.C. I'm a spiritualist who believes you should reach for your dreams and believes you can attain them, for the only thing that really stands between you and your goals ... is yourself. Favorite quote of recent is "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, the present is a 'present' (a gift)..." —Author unknown

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  1. MichaelM

    October 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    By the way, some of my best friends are “Yankees” (but you STILL can’t drive worth shit). LOL!!!