Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Death wish

One of these days I am going to kill someone and chances are they won't even notice I've done it. I drive into work every day (I know, carbon footprint etc but there are no buses that go the way I need to go in the morning to get the kids to school and then to work so I'd have to take about 4 different buses and that would mean getting up yesterday to be there in time so, no) Husband and I drop the children off in the vicinity of school, then I drop husband off and then I go to work (husband only works about 500 yards from where I do, so it's not so bad).

But nearly every morning I come close to maiming or injuring someone. People going to work nowadays are in full 21st century armour - iPod earphones in and mobile phone held about 12 inches from their faces as they text away. They are completely oblivious to what is going on around them and I cannot count the number of times I have had to brake sharply to avoid a pedestrian who has wandered into the road I am turning into, without looking, and then looks positively astonished to see a car! On the road! About to knock their legs out from under them! I am convinced that we are shortly going to discover that the statistics for pedestrians injured in accidents with cars are soaring due to the iPod/mobile effect. And that is why my 7 year old is getting neither an iPod nor a mobile phone for Christmas. At least that's my excuse.

1 comment:

  1. Many of the states are banning cell phone usage in cars while driving. You make a good point, however. Cell phones, ipods, etc. are as much of a distraction for pedestrians as they are for drivers. Good luck not hitting any.