Amazing Levels of Stupidity (aka, Ice Storms and Driving)

I continue to be amazed at the stupid things we humans do. My latest examples come from the ice storm that we had in Northern Virginia this past week. The storm was a "spring" storm, in which several inches of nasty, freezing "stuff" fell from the sky. Some of the precipitation was more like rain. Some of the precipitation was more like tiny round snowballs. In any case, by the time the storm ended, we had several inches of this "stuff" piled up around the area. Oh, and the weather folks said that the temperatures would fall rapidly once the storm ended.

So, silly me, I would have expected people to do some really obvious and logical things, like ...

  • \* Clean the snow/ice/stuff off their cars (especially the windows).
  • \* Shovel their driveways and sidewalks (before the temperature dropped, such that the remaining stuff became harder than most rocks
  • \* NOT TALK ON THEIR CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING

Yes; that's right. In the middle of this ice storm, when the roads were an incredible mess, almost every driver that I saw was talking on his (or her) cell phone while driving! I am not a big advocate of legislating this issue (I am politically libertarian). However, this behavior is just plain stupid. It is bad enough that people talk on their cell phones when driving on a normal day, on dry roads. However, to do so while on roads that require more than all of your attention is just am amazing level of stupidity. Oh, and, to make matters worse, most of these people who were talking on their cell phones were driving in the passing lane (inasmuch as there were multiple lanes at all on the roads) but not actually passing anyone and therefore making even more of a problem. Sigh. You would think that I would come to accept the stupid things that humans do, but I guess I never will.

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