In this case technology is the problem, but in another it could be the solution. Cars that are self-driving are not too far off in the future. Taking distracted drivers out of the equation entirely could be a good thing.
'06 BMW R1200RT
'74 Moto-Guzzi 850-T
My "personal soapbox", i.e., primary driving concern remains to be that many cannot "drive" in the first place-the cell phone,speed,eating,parenting,reading,primping,etc. , issues are another layer on that basic issue.
Now, do I even want to ask, "what is Facetime"? No, I really don't care much but ignorant & curious...
On a private note I "sort of enjoyed", if you get my drift, the IP's clip above, as it reminded me of my 1969 Ft. Wolter,TX rides with an IP that was chain smoking his way through each days ride, having told me early on that he was going through a divorce & thus to explain his behavior...
"If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.
In this case the authorities had an extremely difficult time explaining their initial reaction.
Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
"The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution." - Bertrand Russell
Twice in Fairbanks I called in a seemingly impaired driver. On both occassions the police kept me on the line until they contacted the driver. In one case I got a follow-up call telling me the driver was DUI.
Tm Pterodactyl MT Outpost
Good thing none of our motorcycle bretheren ride distracted, especailly not those "worlds toughest," "safe," long-distance riders.
My "other story" on this same page is some years back while driving back from KS to KY in the middle of the night-was after midnight- we came down the exit ramp on I-64 in Frankfort , KY too meet!!!!!!! another car which I avoided by driving onto the shoulder!!!! As we came to the stop sign at the lower end of the ramp, there is a state police car and the officer is shaking down what looks to be a hitchhiker. The guys "stuff" is spread around the general area at the base of the stop sign. I pull over, yes I was "energized" by the past moments & I get the officers attention verbally to which I'm told to essentially bug , "don't you see I'm busy". Well it seemed important to me that someone had just entered the I road in the wrong direction! so I ask him again for his attention to which I was told to "get out of there now". It wasn't like he had his weapon out on the hitch guy either. I went to the 1st gas station and called from there. Not either of these is a great advertisement for what is a respected police organization,huh?
I can even see a Beemer under all that stuff!
2008 R1200RT (Biarritz Blau)
Excuses are the rocks upon which our dreams are crushed - Tim Fargo
Lexington,KY Herald-Leader paper yesterday states that a fed grant will be paying overtime for 2 officers per day to catch texting drivers-one to drive one, to watch. I worked with criminals professionally & think I have a fair understanding of the criminal mind (does anyone?) & the traditional "boogeyman" but as they say, "they are now us"?