Driving home one afternoon from work, I ended up getting stuck behind a SUV who seemed to be going about 5MPH less than the rest of the traffic. Given that everyone was passing us and I had no opportunity to do the same I found myself taking a few deep yet obviously annoyed breaths. They turned onto another major street, as did I, and I noticed the driver was talking on her cell phone and having what appeared to be a fairly animated conversation.
While she was on her phone, not only was she holding up traffic, she was annoying me and the other people whom were behind me. I was still stuck behind her and hoping her distractive driving would not put me in jeopardy. After a couple of more minutes, I was able to pass. The other car behind me was able to pass as well however he wasn’t as polite as me, he honked and let her know how unhappy he was with her.
Now with that whole situation, there were a few things that made me think. First off, the guy behind me obviously had zero patience. We were only stuck behind her for about 3 or 4 minutes. Second, why was she not using her Bluetooth that her vehicle has in it?
The state of California passed and implemented a law in July of 2008 requiring hands free headsets to be used while operating a motor vehicle. If you receive a ticket for using your phone without a headset you’ll be fined. While the law is a hinderance to some, to others it is a breath of fresh air.
Using your phone while driving can have distrastrous results. It’s very easy to become hands free, considering many newer vehicles come pre-installed with Bluetooth software that allows you to sync up your phone to your vehicle. You can buy Bluetooth and regular wired headset pretty much everywhere. I even saw a Bluetooth Headset at a convenience store last week. Wired headsets are available in many locations as well and a less expensive alternative compared to Bluetooth.