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  •  This should be required reading for every driver, (13+ / 0-)

    every damn year.

    I have a plate, four screws, and a non-fused bone spacer in my cervical spine now, thanks to a sweet young thing talking on her cellphone two and a half years ago.  I HAD stopped for traffic ahead.  She hit my car's rear bumper square on at something between 35 and 40 mph.  This was on a side street.  My seatbelt was on, but didn't stop the whiplash, and the airbag never deployed.  If it had been the highway, I suspect I'd have had a broken neck and quadriplegia at the very least.

    So, four words to everyone:

    HANG UP AND DRIVE

    "Fighting Fascism is Always Cool." -- Amsterdam Weekly, v3, n18 (-8.50, -7.23)

    by Noor B on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:17:11 AM PST

    •  Oh, and BTW, (6+ / 0-)

      my car was a Prius.  Hers was a Mazda SUV.

      I now have a RAV4, with two "do not tailgate" stickers on the back.  One is reflective, the other is a therapy dog sticker on the spare tire cover.  I don't want another spine surgery, and I sure as hell don't want someone clobbering the back of my vehicle where my dog is crated.

      "Fighting Fascism is Always Cool." -- Amsterdam Weekly, v3, n18 (-8.50, -7.23)

      by Noor B on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:33:28 AM PST

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    •  Hang Up and Drive (6+ / 0-)

      EVERYONE needs to heed this. Including truck drivers.

      I commute 4 hours a day, mostly on interstates and see as many truck driivers on cell phones these days as I do 4 wheelers. And it scares the shit out of me.

      •  Agreed (3+ / 0-)
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        Today I saw a fully loaded 18 wheel dump truck at speed on the insterstate with the driver yacking away on his cell.  I put some serious distance between us as quicky as I could.

        Don't confuse my lack of religion for a lack of spirituality.

        by Mxwll on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 11:10:46 AM PST

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        •  I grew up in a truck driving family (3+ / 0-)

          And I have my own share of stories I could tell. But not all of them are "pro-trucker".

          •  I was one. (3+ / 0-)

            For a while I drove a route in Boston, this was during the Big Dig when Boston was an open crater.  It was no easy gig.  I have nothing but respect for the profession, but like any profession, it has its share of fools.  Unfortunetly this is one of those professions that a fool can wreak some serious havoc.

            Don't confuse my lack of religion for a lack of spirituality.

            by Mxwll on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 12:32:59 PM PST

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            •  Trucking (3+ / 0-)
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              My grandfather drove for an old outfit, Central Wisconsin back in the late 50s and 60s, while my dad drove for CF out of Indy. His career was ended by a careless teenager who cut him off at a highway entrance ramp outside of St. Louis one winter's evening back in the late 70s. I have nothing but respect for the drivers and the crap they have to put up with. Heck, I still carry an emergency CB in my daily driver.

              But... today's younger, less experiencd truckers seem to be a great deal more careless and in a hurry and less apt to pay attention to what's going on around them. Too many seem to drive their rigs like they drive their personal cars, tailgating and darting in and out of traffic - and that's what scares me the most. Like I mentioned in my OP, I commute almost 4 hours a day so I get to see a lot.

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