Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I'm submitting a new law...

I know a lot of states in the U.S. are making it illegal to talk on the phone while driving, or creating rules that you must have a hands-free phone for your car.

I totally agree with passing the law. I HATE people who talk on the phone while they're driving. It's one of my pet peeves. I'm a pretty laid-back driver. I haven't gotten a ticket- any type of ticket- since I was 16 years old.

If you do the math, that was 15 years ago.

I make friends with cops.

I wear my seat belt.

I'm a safe driver, what can I say?

So I'll let other drivers do just about anything to me without a reaction. Stick your butt out the window for all I care. I'll just smile and wave for you to go on ahead of me.

But if you're talking on the phone, and not paying attention to where the hell you're going (but pretending you know what's going on- um, sorry but we can see you dont), you're going to get a big middle finger from me.

My kids still think of that finger as "tall man" so I can use it without consequence.

I'm also thinking about creating a new law. I know that talking on a cell phone can be very distracting to a driver, however, I think that driving with screaming, fighting kids in the car is even more dangerous. When my kids are strapped in, a foot away from each other, with nowhere to go, I can almost guarantee an argument. The newest is

"MOOOMMMMM! Ava is touching my seat!"

Ava, dont touch Jack's seat.

(Ava shrieks, Jack makes a spitting, swoofing sound)

Jack, dont use "the force" on Ava in the car, please....did I seriously just say that? (He's big on Star Wars right now)

"MOOOMMMMMM! Ava is looking at me!"

Ava, please stop looking at your brother. Dear god, where's the Xanax when you need it.

"Jack! Dont wook at me, Jack. Dont wook at me, Jack. Dont wook at me, Jack. Dont wook at me, Jack. Dont wook at me, Jack. Dont wook at me, Jack. Dont wook at me, Jack. JACK!"

(Ava is still working on her English, and she seems to think that saying the sentence 50-times over is more effective)

Do you see? I'm supposed to drive with this going on 2 feet from my ear?

As opposed to a simple phone conversation "Hi, how are you? I'm fine, thanks."

Umm, yea. So I thought a new law would be smart: no driving with kids in the car! But then I thought again, and realized that I would never be able to go anywhere, since I have my kids with me pretty much non-stop, all day, every day. (I'm getting tired just thinking about it...)

So maybe I can invent a car that has a separate, closed off, air tight, kid proof, and most of all sound proof area.

Then, they can just fight it out (they're strapped much damage could they do?) and I could drive in peace.


Nicole said...

OMG I totally agree with you! Maybe some little bubble helmets to put over their heads that are sound proof! Or maybe just a bubble on my head. How would you like to pull up next to me in my car with a globe on my head and me just smiling away! LOL

If feel ya Tash.

Cathie said...

That would be called a taxi cab-with the little plastic between the front and back seats.

Jacob is so into the Force right now, he says things like 'that is not the lunch you want to make for me' LOL

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you knew this, but my DH runs a company that sells and outfits police cars. I keep threatening to get a police partition in my next demo so I can lock the buggers back there, turn up the music and tune them out.

The Mom Jen said...

Totally want those Limo windows between the front seat and the kids...the more soundproof the better!

Piece o' Coconut Cake said...

Since I have an only child (and, oh yeah, it's staying that way) I luckily don't have to go through that but I am the oldest of 3 and I remember sticking my gum in my sister's hair (while we were in the car)because she was annoying me.

Miss Yvonne said...

At least they have car seats to keep them somewhat separated. My sisters and I were just flying around in that backseat, back in the day when no one strapped in or used car seats. Man, the slapping was fast and furious!

Big Red said...

Just put your least favorite kid in the trunk. :)

Anonymous said...

I hate when people are stuffing their faces while driving. Annoys me.


nope said...

So for years of long commutes and incredibly long corp. conf. calls.. I would schedule some calls on my drive time... Either the drive in or home - I didn't care - it was production time as opposed to down time... I was always responsible about it and to be honest with you - I found that when I no longer did this... I drove worse. I got SO USED to being on my phone when driving - and being extra careful - I forgot how to just drive.

NOW - with Aiden in the car... and the constant - Mommy, I dropped, Mommym, I want... DUDE _ I am 4'11" -- I can not drive my car and reach into the back seat to retrieve what you dropped. How am I supposed to drive with a child who does not understand the world does not revolve around his every whim! UGH

NucMEd is Hot said...

I love the law! Can you also add no driving while you are being slightly ignorant in any way shape or form. This would cover the people that drive and just plainly shouldn't!

Merrie said...

The drive fighting -- my least favorite event. I'll vote for your law, sister!

Unknown said...

LMAO, I agree with Heather!!

TTownDiva said...

Ya you guys definitely need a taxi or a cop car! I don't know how you do it!

Jess said...

wow, I was literally laughing out loud and trying to stifle it as I sit in a computer lab...I can just picture this happening and it cracks me up!!!

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