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Old 10-08-2016, 12:34 PM   #1
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If you like driving. Get off your mobile phone. It's killing people.

I'm the Motorcyclist You're Probably Going to Kill Chris Cantle October 7, 2016

Just for the sake of clarity, it'll probably be me you kill. Remember the massive uptick in deaths on American roads? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tells us it's come primarily at the expense of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists. And around The Drive offices, that's me.

I could almost feel this latest data set in the wind. The roads feel more dangerous. The close calls are more frequent than they used to be—so frequent I hardly even think about them afterwards. My last two came in quick succession. The first was on a highway in Orange County.

It was a badass truck, big Chevy C10, all matte black and lowered, so I admired the thing as it pulled alongside me. And I felt the rumble of its exhaust reverberating off the concrete wall to my right, and took some pleasure in it, then turned my attention back to the traffic ahead of me. I don't know if the driver of the Chevy signaled before he swerved into my lane, but he didn't slow, so when he hit me it was a hard broadside. Some animal instinct and peripheral vision told me he was coming. Nowhere to go. I stood up just a little on the footpegs, the same animal instinct said maybe I'd have a little more control. And I loosened up as best could, the same animal instinct said that any panicked control inputs would only make for more trouble. Then I let the impact just firmly shove me a few lateral feet.

I took most of it on the leg, and the rest went into the bike’s crash bars and saddlebags. If you let them do their work, motorcycles have an amazing knack for straightening themselves out. This one did, and I stayed up. Mostly, I stayed lucky. Luck is important.

The driver was the nicest guy in the world, kinda guy I'd have a beer with. Kinda guy that would have showed up at my funeral. He gave me a giant hug as if to feel that I was still whole and I could feel him shaking from the adrenaline. I'm certain he was as surprised to hit me as I was to be hit. I'm equally certain he was on his phone.

A month later it almost happened again on my walk across Los Angeles. A big, new Ford pickup ran a stop sign as I sauntered through a crosswalk in Los Feliz. I jumped back. The guy missed me by inches. Me and my big straw cowboy hat. Me and a fluorescent yellow backpack. I couldn't have been more visible, but you have to look in order to see, and this was buried in his mobile phone.

Stand at any intersection as cars back up behind a red light. One after the other, necks crane downwards, faces light up in that blue-white glow. Indifference has become our routine. While the head of the NHTSA calls this latest increase in traffic deaths a crisis, I call our lack of attention a pandemic. We have to do better. Better at driving, but better at living too.

Or, in my case, I won't get to do either.

If you feel like you've earned the responsibility of controlling a 4000-lb metal bludgeon at 80 miles an hour. If you give a about reading motorcycle stories. If you think it's unfair that the spike in fatalities is coming at the expense of the least protected of us–the pedestrians and the bicyclists and motorcyclists–while modern cars coddle and protect their negligent drivers. If you find 17,775 traffic deaths in the first six months of the year offensive. If you like driving. Get off your mobile phone. It's killing people.
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Old 10-08-2016, 12:46 PM   #2
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I was behind and almost and I mean inches head on collision on 149 just an hour ago.

Oncomming driver was certainly on his phone and he drifted over the double yellow in a corner.

I pulled up next to the driver and shook his hand. I thought for sure all 3 of us were gonners.
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Old 10-08-2016, 02:20 PM   #3
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Was on the Beltway this morning and was waiting to change lanes because of an oncoming motorcycle. The car behind me didn't signal and just moved over on top of the motorcycle. After the car was 3/4 of the way in the lane the motorcycle got by him by squeezing in along the divider wall.

Very close call, would have been very bad. Fully dressed cruiser with loud pipes that didnt seem to make a difference in the awareness of the cager.
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:25 PM   #4
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I see it all the time on the seawall. People staring at their phone and not what is in front of them. Ive had plenty of close calls in my truck from these phone zombie idiots. I want to be back on two wheels, but living down here makes it hard to justify when i cant enjoy just cruising around.
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Old 10-08-2016, 05:09 PM   #5
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If you like driving. Get off your mobile phone. It's killing people.

I hate the fuggin govt, and govt intervention into our lives...but I stand behind banning the use of mobile devices while behind the wheel.
I understand the consequences of my actions prior to engaging in those actions. . .there are certain situations in life where the risk is totally worth the reward.
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Old 10-08-2016, 10:40 PM   #6
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You just don't get it. They don't give a fruck about driving or other motorist but the cellphones are an addictiion. They should be put on the DEAs schedule 1 lists.
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Old 10-09-2016, 12:23 PM   #7
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why do you think the biggest innovation in cars right now is is all the self driving bull ?- it will hit the brakes for you if you are not looking - it will swerve back in to your lane if you start to drift out - cruise control that will speed up and slow down automatically - all so you can fumblefuck with your phone instead of driving. the biggest thing the auto makers push now is the improved connectivity/sync/wi-fi, etc all so you can do even more things in your car other than worry about driving. don't expect it to get any better
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Old 10-11-2016, 12:16 AM   #8
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I really don't know what the deal is but the driving in this city is just getting worse and worse and worse. My blood pressure is off the charts these days anytime I'm behind the wheel or on two wheels from slow, inattentive drivers who aren't paying attention. Doing 10-15 below the speed limit in a travel lane with your head slumped sideways drooling on your shirt is just as bad as having your face buried in your phone. I'm going to lose it one day and just not let off the gas and let the cummins do whatever it wants. Ready to get out of Houston and leave it behind for good. I have literally sat at intersections before where we sat thru the whole green light without anyone moving, without anyone blowing on their horns because they were all on their phones or just asleep. I just cant handle it anymore.

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Old 10-11-2016, 08:29 AM   #9
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Almost got side swiped going to the NW bike night yesterday. Jackwagon was coming off 249 onto 1960 and plowed all the way over to the left lane without looking.

He was promptly stoped at the red light. I pulled up in front of him, looked and beeped my horn. The wouldn't look up from his cell phone---no acknowledgement. Be careful out there.
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Saw this Hispanic fothermucker today on 59 in a beat up red pickup on 2 (two) phones. One phone in each hand and driving with his forearm.
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