For the most part, I'm not an anti-cell phone zealot. When talking on the phone, move over to the right of the freeway and cruise along. Fine by me. Except today... Typical 4-lane road, 30mph zone, I'm in the right lane of the two lanes in our direction. The left lane had to stop due to someone in front of the small pack making a left turn. No problem, right? The nose of my '01 is about at the B pillar of the Ford Escape in question who's the last one in in the left lane traffic pack who are stopping. Or so it seemed. The driver stops a bit, then darts into the right lane, where I'm at. I slam on the brakes (thank G0D for A.B.S.!!) and miss the curb. And miss the Escape. Whew. Bad enough the driver was oblivious, but a more thorough inspection of the left side mirror reveals she's on the phone. I go up next to her, we give her a few sentences out loud (her window was up), no swearing or threating or anything like that, just "PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN". All while she was still on the phone. GEEZ. She put the phone down for a minute. Then picked it back up and continued on her merry way. I'm VERY thankful nothing happened...but man oh man...how do these people go through life like this?!?!??!?!
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