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Texting at stoplights no solution

Published 12:42pm Saturday, April 20, 2013

To The Editor:

Okay, it looks like because of texting while driving, municipalities/the State etc are going to have to spend millions to revamp stoplights!

What am I talking about?

Well there is a new problem that I have been running into recently at stoplights. People think they are doing the right thing (and I guess it’s better) by not texting while driving, so they wait till they get to the stoplight. Look around next time you are at a stoplight. Over half the people there are starring into their lap.

The problem with that is the light changes, they are slow to go and I get caught by the red light AGAIN as they scoot under in the nick of time.  So I guess an audible traffic light is in order or needs inventing. It will give a different tone for each color of the traffic light to alert those in the middle of those very important text messages.  For green I’m guessing maybe the tone should emulate the sound of a car horn… oh well I guess I can do that and save the tax payers all that money that would be spent on audio visual traffic lights. I’m brilliant! So take heed all you traffic light texters, If you don’t go, I’m gonna blow.

Jeff Turner

  • FromHere

    Somebody needs to writing some tickets! If you’re sitting at a stoplight, you’re still driving.

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  • Jeff Turner

    I also just found out my spell checker does not recognize the word texting.

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  • Jeff Turner

    Ive even had to make a cell phone rule on Eco-Cruises! Believe it or not when I’m donating my time and taking groups out on the river for FREE, people want to look in their lap and text. So no cell phones in use on the boat, chaperones can use them for emergencies of course, but I’m not competing with 10 people taking phone calls or texting. I’ll take you to shore!

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  • happycamper

    Who ever thought that a “portable phone” would cause such a multitude of issues? I mean, it SEEMED like a good idea! Not so much!

    My golf buddies can’t leave their phone in the car for 4 hours while we play. Talking during my backswing?! How about talking ALL the time. And forget about the “ringtones”!

    I sing in the church choir. The guy who sits beside me is reading off his smartphone during the entire service (Maybe I should give him a break since he’s reading the Bible!)

    Can’t get through the express lane at the grocery store because some dolt is talking on their phone instead of paying the cashier.

    My wife and I went out to a nice restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. So, as we tried to carry on a conversation, the person at the next table was talking loudly on her cell phone. Kinda kills the atmosphere!

    And my own children sit around in a family grouping … no, not talking to the family members they haven’t seen in months … but texting the guy they saw yesterday.

    Call me an old fogey, but I long for phones that stay at home … where they belong!

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  • Maxdoubt

    Geez Jeff. Audible tones? Really? Get with it! Wouldn’t it make more sense for them to get an app that would use their GPS to locate their relative proximity to the light and text them a notification when the light has changed? ;)

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    • 1stAmendment

      A super long, flexible, electric jolt cattle prod.

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