Ouisa D. Davis: Cell-phone drivers pu...

Ouisa D. Davis: Cell-phone drivers put others at great risk

There are 15 comments on the El Paso Times story from Nov 13, 2009, titled Ouisa D. Davis: Cell-phone drivers put others at great risk. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Here's an image for you -- a woman in a tattered blue truck, yelling into her cell phone , smoking a cigarette with her left hand , careening across two lanes of traffic toward the passenger side of my almost brand-new car during rush hour on I-10. As I veered onto the shoulder to avoid the near hit, she mouths me an epithet, tossing a little of ...

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The Surgeon

El Paso, TX

#1 Nov 13, 2009
Ouisa D. Davis, I share your pain, but let me again announce that I'm implanting Miniature Cell Phones.

The cost is steep right now, but it will eventually go down from its $10,000 price tag. That's the good news.

The other good news is that no longer will Cell Phone Addicts need to wait for an extended time period for Brain Tumors to start forming, because my nifty, implanted Miniature Cell Phone is much nearer to all of those busy, busy human synapses.

See, not all news is bad news.
The Lawyer

El Paso, TX

#2 Nov 13, 2009
Sorry Ouisa but you know how sick all those Republicans are - hopefully all Republicans will get a Cell Phone implant very soon - the world will be a much better place without their never ending lies.
Freedom

Niles, MI

#3 Nov 13, 2009
And people wonder why nobody likes narcissitic lawyers.

The more Nanny laws they can pass...the more goes into their coffers as new law breakers are created.

What a vicious cycle...that has gotten completely out of control.
LLB

El Paso, TX

#4 Nov 13, 2009
I would prefer - Hang up and Drive! The only thing we are supposed to be doing while driving is: Driving!!! It even says so in the Texas Driving Handbook!!!

As the Doors once sang: Keep your eyes on the road and keep your hands up on the wheel!! And roll, all night long!

10 & 2

“Feel The Force”

Since: Dec 08

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#5 Nov 13, 2009
LLB, 10 & 2 is old school... and can actually cause you serious bodily harm in the event that your air bag deploys. People who keep their hands on top of, or near the top of the steering wheel, such as at 10 & 2 tend to come out of accidents with broken forearms because of the explosive pressure of the air bag slamming their arms into the ceiling... and still continuing to inflate, despite that arms only bend at the elbow and wrist. It's better to keep your hands at 3 & 9 these days.

I'm shocked and amazed that I'm saying this... I actually agree with Mrs. Davis... for once. Driving is not an individual activity. It's a community event, and distracted drivers put others at risk of serious bodily harm or death. Cell phone use while driving has been shown to be as bad as driving while intoxicated, and text messaging has been proven to be 25 times worse than even that in study after study. My life, and the lives of my family are far more important than that phone call that can wait an extra 10 minutes. We survived without cell phones for tens of thousands of years... I don't think the 15 - 30 minute commute to and from work, school, the grocery store, etc. is going to kill us. Like Mrs. Davis said, if it's THAT important to you, get a blue tooth device. They're cheap these days, and getting cheaper. This is a public safety issue, and those who will not comply should have their licenses suspended and be forced to pay steep fines.
TJJackson

El Paso, TX

#6 Nov 13, 2009
I saw a "Hang Up and Drive!" bumper sticker yesterday.

Gotta get one.

Since: May 09

Location hidden

#7 Nov 13, 2009
Hands free devices aren't any safer; it is the conversation that is distracting, not holding a phone. It is best to avoid all temptation and turn off the cell phone completely and eliminate all other potential distractions before beginning what is most likely the most dangerous thing you will do all day.
I wonder

El Paso, TX

#8 Nov 13, 2009
Freedom wrote:
And people wonder why nobody likes narcissitic lawyers.
The more Nanny laws they can pass...the more goes into their coffers as new law breakers are created.
What a vicious cycle...that has gotten completely out of control.
Obviously you are the stupid idiot who chats and texts while driving.......I drive 12 miles a day on our uncrowded Patriot freeway and there has not been a single day in the last 4 years that I have not had to avoid a driver swerving while chatting or who blatantly cuts people off like he or she owns the road while chatting away! This morning there were 3 such incidents all involving oversized gas guzzlers with drivers who seem to think that all the rest of us should just pull over and allow them to cut thru......one cut me off where an access goes from 3 to 2 to 1 lane in a matter of feet not yards, all while passing on the right and chatting away. a second one decided they just had to get their hummer over the spaghetti bowl ahead of the rest of the cars backed up and so was cutting in and out across 3 lanes of traffic eventually taking to the safety lane to pass a number of cars. The last was when the Navigator driving Mexican woman decided she had first dibs on the lane I was turning into, correctly I might add not and by crossing 3 lanes of traffic to get in the far right lane as did la senora while chatting animatedly on her cell. I am ready to join the NRA buy a gun and start a petition to make it legal to shoot these blots on the gene pool!
Chapa

Rio Rancho, NM

#9 Nov 13, 2009
Almost new car? Than it is a piece a piece of junk. If it was a Bugatti than it would be a different story.
Chapa

Rio Rancho, NM

#10 Nov 13, 2009
Yeah whatever Ouisa, who does not know this!!! Can't you come up with a better article?
Richard

Italy

#11 Nov 14, 2009
Someone please write me back and tell me why the El Paso Times has this moronic socialist obama lover as a columnist
josh

El Paso, TX

#12 Nov 14, 2009
well i agree that people who use cell phones when driving isn't a good idea just last year at bel air one of the teachers hit my friend and knocked her over with his car as he was parking in the band building while on his phone but they didn't do anything about it they blamed her and witnessed it in front of me i was like a good 6 ft. away and it was his fault
TJJackson

El Paso, TX

#13 Nov 14, 2009
Richard wrote:
Someone please write me back and tell me why the El Paso Times has this moronic socialist obama lover as a columnist
The Times runs liberal columnist Ouisa Davis on Fridays to balance out conservative columnist Michelle Malkin on Wednesdays.

The Times buys Malkin's column from her syndicate. Davis writes hers for free.

I like your M.S.O.L. description of Davis. Though I nearly always disagree with her, this time she's right. I hate cell phoners who think they have a constitutional right to use 'em whenever and wherever they please.
JDC

Copperas Cove, TX

#14 Nov 17, 2009
Davis says "Please, don't wait for someone to pass a law."

That gives the inference that there are no laws presently on the books, and drivers cannot be charged with any type of crime for these actions. There are laws for inattentive driving, Just enforce the laws presently on the books.
I wonder

El Paso, TX

#15 Nov 18, 2009
Richard wrote:
Someone please write me back and tell me why the El Paso Times has this moronic socialist obama lover as a columnist
Tell me why the heck it matters to an idiot from Italy?

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