Hope he gets 30 years......
Hope he gets 30 years......
Words to Ride by: Patience, Anticipate, Paranoia
Shep Brown MOA 27510
"Igor" 82 RS "Inga" 04RT
Be as obvious as possible, but, treat them all like deer. - Bob
Larry's River, Nova Scotia, CANADA
Foxboro is the next town over from me...a little more info.
"Well they say.. time loves a hero but only time will tell.. If he's real, he's a legend from heaven If he ain't he was sent here from hell" Lowell George
2009 F800GS 1994 TW200
As a LEO, I'd have to say that distracted driving is the damnation of this country. Texting and being sooo constantly connected to our "smartphones" is an epidemic in todays world. Now, they have started installing internet search engines in the dash of new cars. "Bing" at the touch of your fingers while hurdling down the freeway at 80 mph...just what we need
2010 RT Ostra Grey
My first bike was destroyed when an elderly lady (on the way to church) waited until the last minute and turned in front of me. I hit just as she reached a right angle. Jumped off the pegs and got by with scrapes. Bike was all over the intersection. Over a quarter century later, any car stopped in the oncoming lane with the blinker on still has my undivided attention.
R75/6, 2004 R1150RTA.
I treat deer with the same vigilance that I treat a left turning texter or somebody who stops at a perpendicular stop sing to my right and has a dent in the left front corner panel.
We all know there are distracted drivers. I've had a young female cross into my lane while driving my car, and she was head-on into me. Fortunately, she looked up from her cell phone at the last minute and swerved back into her lane.
The real question is...when does the incidence of death and destruction reach a level that regulators get serious about BANNING the use of digital technology in a MOVING vehicle? Could disabling mechanisms be put in place that would jam these gadgets unless the vehicle were STOPPED?
It used to be that owning a mobile phone was a sign of power and status. Now it's a sign of slavery...don't people get that?
Sorry for the rant...
P.S. My bike is equipped with "hazard flashers"...it's tempting to turn them on when approaching intersections...they almost look like flashing police lights. Anyone ever do this?
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Cagers are extremely distracted these days, whether they have passengers or not.
On the cell phone, texting while driving, playing with their "SYNC" system, swapping out CDs or playing with an iPod, eating while driving, drinking and spilling while driving, smoking and dropping ash in the lap while driving, conversations (heated at times) with passengers in the front and rear. The list could go on and on. Accept the fact that the person behind the wheel is oblivious to you as they have too much going on in the cage.
I personally have adopted the "Ride like you are invisible" attitude. I am a daily commuter on my GSA and as big as the bike is, I cant tell you how many times a week that someone doesn't see me. Lights on, hi-vis jacket ... it doesnt seem to matter. The cagers that are driving at the same commuting times... are off work, heading home and are in a decompressing stage... sort of zoning out and trying to wind down on their way home or the next event in their life.
I've been cut-off, merged in to, rode up on from behind, and just about any other violation you could think of. I think I'm still here because I ride defensive and ride like i am invisible. Don't fall prey to the idea that you have the right of way. Anytime you approach an intersection or far that matter a vehicle that potentially could cross your path at the last minute should always be met with ... slow your speed and cover the brake preparing for a last minute stop. Remember you are invisible.
My apologies for the soap boxing... but riders have to accept that they damn near dont exist in the eyes of the cager. You are always at the disadvantage with 2 tons of steel.
Ride safe my friends and ride like you are invisible.
This is why I:
a) always ride well behind the car in front of me
b) always ride on the left side of the lane (more visible to on coming traffic)
c) wear Hi-Viz cloths/helmet
d) am EXTREMELY cautions and try to make eye to eye contact with the turning car
Is this a guarantee of safety? no, but it's not going to hurt my odds..
RIP to the rider and my condolences to his family.
2012 R1200R - Classic / ESA II, ABS II, ASC, Heated Grips, Sports Windshield, Computer.
2005 Honda Shadow 750 Spirit (on cragslist).
Don't issue drivers licenses until age 25. That's when the adolescent brain begins to function properly. Ban cell phones and any other kind of communication devices when a vehicle is in motion and enforce the ban vigorously.
I could go on about the dumbing down in our schools and parental failure to teach accountability but I'm just wasting band width.
'03 R1150R, '03 F650GS, '97DR200SE,'78 Honda CT-90, '77Honda CT-90