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How many of you text while at the stoplights?

Anonymous
Posted by Anonymous
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Bangor Maine Police Department
about 3 months ago
Missed Connections.
You didn't notice the light had turned green. You also did not notice that I had serendipitously been forced to stop directly beside you. I was going the opposite direction.
I was the guy in the black and white car. We were three feet apart. I was listening to Fleetwood Mac. My door sticker read, POLICE. You did not notice.
The cars in front of you had pulled away from the light and there you were, alone, vulnerable, head down. Were you sad? Nope, you were texting.
The folks behind you were patient, friendly, possibly missing out on the lunch special at Panda Garden. All because you did not look up.
I am sure the message was important. I cannot question your motive for being 25 feet back from the green traffic signal. Stopped. Focused. Self absorbed.
I don't like the song "Tusk" so I was not singing along. Who could sing along with that song? So, since I was unable to move forward from my light, I continued watching you. I felt creepy, but I was stuck there as well.
You provided the much needed entertainment that Stevie Nicks could not bring me. If it had been Supertramp, I would have been singing and might have never noticed you.
I looked down at the black siren control in my cruiser. The air horn button beckoned me. Inviting me to startle you to get you to move along. I couldn't do it. I wanted our eyes to meet organically. With no loud noise to interrupt our Chi.
When our eyes met, you were embarrassed. You knew exactly what I was thinking. You read my mind.
Yes, it is illegal to text while in traffic, even at a light. You blushed. I smiled. I mouthed he words, S-T-O-P I-T. You understood. You pulled forward and were able to get through the green light just in time for the two cars behind you to get to the red light.
We always hope for voluntary compliance. Texting while in a motor vehicle AND on the roadway is illegal. Even at a traffic light.
I hope you remember our time together.
Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people's things alone, and be kind to one another.
We will be here.

Note that this was in Bangor, Maine.
Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:45 AM
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caustinb
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:47 AM
Not at lights. I like to be ready when the light changes.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:47 AM

I do sometimes. It is illegal in my state and you can and will get pulled over and get a ticket for it. 

MrsBieg
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:50 AM
Not me.

And y'know...its illegal for a reason! ITS DANGEROUS!! Folks need to keep their BRAINS on the road!
Raeann11
by Emerald Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:52 AM

Nope. I don't have a cell phone. When I did I turned it off in the car.

mmm2015
by Eldouchedegrande on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:55 AM
Texting in a motor vehicle is illegal? Hmmm pretty strict.

I'm sure he missed spoke.
IAMmomtotrips
by Platinum Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:56 AM
I don't touch my phone in my car. My husband was killed by a man texting and driving.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:56 AM

I have. I don't know if it's legal or not. I've never missed the light though.

highlandmum
by Spunky on Jan. 18, 2017 at 11:59 AM

Nope, my cell phone is in my purse in the back seat.

B1Bomber
by Ruby Member on Jan. 18, 2017 at 12:02 PM

I don't text, but I will change my music or scroll a few directions ahead in my maps sometimes. 

PrettyWings29
by Caribbean Queen on Jan. 18, 2017 at 12:03 PM

I don't. 

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