I understand that the recent catastrophe here in a local town was picked up by the national news: Five recent HS grads killed in a flaming collision with a semi-truck. What has only recently been released is that cell phone company logs show that someone was using the driver’s cell phone to send text messages just before the accident - and the return text message happened approximately at the same time as the collision. People have been very, very careful to avoid saying that the girl driving was texting when she went across the median to kill herself, her friends, and totally devastate the poor schlub driving the semi truck. There’s room to argue that it could have been one of her friends doing the text messaging, and the fire and heat of the crash was so devastating that there’s no hope for trace evidence to indicate who might have last held the cell phone.
But with that background I think the reader can understand why I am concerned that the driver of the RTS bus I just got off was text messaging while he was driving. One would think, with that kind of recent history that anyone with a brain would know that driving while texting is a Bad Idea[sup]TM[/sup]. Alas, some people think that they’re safe from the law of averages, or from consequences.
I’m going to contact the RTS management to remind them that using a cell phone while driving is, at the very least, a show of poor judgement. Considering that NYS has one of those stupid cell phone laws on the books, I’d suspect that it’s actually illegal. I’m not going to rat out the specific driver - they’re going to get one free hit from me, here. But I’m also going to make it clear that if I see the same behavior again on any bus, I’m going to report the driver, and raise as big a public stink as I can.
In spite of the recent explosion in NYC it’s been something of a slack news summer, up here. I suspect the local paper would love this lead, don’t you?