Denver Traffic Nightmare About To Get Worse 

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Denver, Colorado-Texting and Driving Through The Mile High City

Cristal M Clark 

I know everyone thinks our issues with driving in Denver are those getting high, actually that is just a small fraction of our issues. 

Did anyone catch the news reports last week stating that by 2040 Denver traffic will have increased over 40%? The news is leaving the Mile High city scrambling looking for ways to help relieve our already terrible congestion. 

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Overall, because the population has grown, so has traffic, that’s a given, what amazes me are the rude, inconsiderate, aggressive drivers, the individuals who are playing about on their cell instead of bloody well driving down the road, then we have the bicyclists who blow through stop signs and lights, cyclists and motorcyclists who ride in between cars in traffic(which by the way is technically not legal in Colorado), skateboarders doing the same thing down both Colfax and Broadway, now we have scooters doing the same thing, pedestrians who refrain from utilizing the crosswalk and who just pop out in front of you and RTD. 

Yes RTD. Who in the hell decided it would be smart to allow for RTD to pick up and drop off passengers right after the stop light thus holding up traffic (these stops need to be before the traffic light), not to mention RTD is out on roads like Alameda, Federal, parts of Sheridan where the lanes are already so narrow not all cars, trucks or trailers can even fit into a single lane, and here’s RTD. 

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The reality is that this is all a normal day in just about every Americans life who drives to and from work in and out of any major city. Today while I was driving home, I noticed the woman in front of me was playing about on her cell, she would fail to move at every single green light, then would snap her head up and gun it. We all know what’s going on when we see the individual in traffic whose head is pointed at their lap. We are rolling along up this bridge in Stapleton/Northfield when I notice the traffic in front of her is, for lack of better words, not moving. I slow down noticing that she is not slowing down. As you might have guessed, she did ass end the gentleman in front of her. Idiot. She was too busy texting on her phone. 

Nothing and I mean nothing is that important that you should be texting and driving, what’s more is that with hands-free your Google Assistant or Siri will read and respond to those super important texts, emails and dial a number for you should you need to call someone. 

The rest of the way home I made it a point to look around and count how many people were fucking about on their cell phones instead of paying attention. I counted 55 individuals driving through the city of Denver, right through the city, playing on their phone. Every stop light, coming up to every light, moving forward after the light changed. It was truly both amazing and sickening. 

When you think about all of the other variables I listed above, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, aggressive drivers, why would anyone text and drive? 

All of the individuals I saw tonight are all adults, you know the same people who complain about those careless teen/irresponsible younger drivers? The adults who tell these younger individuals that they cannot text and drive? The adults who will pay for an app to put on their child’s cell that prevent that child from texting and driving? 

Is that not truly disgusting? Not one of the people I counted on the way home was a teenager or individual who was over 21. IT was all older working adults, 30 and over for the most part. Some of the younger individuals I saw driving where just careless, rude or inconsiderate.

I would wager a bet, if the police had the ability to watch for every driver texting and driving they could net 3x’s as many offenders to that of drunk drivers. 

That leads to one fact and that is distracted driving causes more headache and accidents than we realize. Why pay some app developers to stop our kids from texting and driving when the problem seems to be the adults failing to practice what they preach?

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Why don’t Apple and Android make a fix that will not allow you to disable bluetooth when you are in any car and blocks all texts and emails for instance you see nothing until you get to your destination and turn the car off. Yes I am talking about a dick move here, all phones automatically pair with all car bluetooth even if you don’t own the car and you do not have the ability or option to shut that off, that way you can’t drive your friends or rental car into a crowd, someone’s home or the back of another person’s motorized transport. 

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They could create it so you have 5 minutes once it pairs with the car to get your music going, get your map set and then that’s it. If you need to know about your text or email, you tell Google Assistant or Siri to read it to you, you can verbally respond and that’s all you get. 

We clearly as a society cannot seem to follow the rules, be safe when we drive, we cannot decide on our own not to text and drive, so Android and Apple should take our ability to endanger the lives of others away. 

Having this technology is not a right, someone created it and now we are abusing it. By taking away our ability to hold our phone and physically text and drive rather than verbally it would help some of our traffic woes and it would force people to learn how to use our voice assistants. Even maps now do not need us to really type things in, we can tell Waze, Google and Apple what we are trying to find and our voice assisted apps will guide us to that destination.  

Yes before anyone points this out, this an aggressive and bold suggestion, the reality is, society is not willing to change its behavior, so we need a solution that will make our roads somewhat safer by removing a distraction that is abused every minute of every day. 

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Or we can keep this up and insurance companies can just sue Apple and Android for not opting to disable our ability to surf the web, play Pokemon, text, read emails all while we drive…I mean shouldn’t Apple and Android be forcing us to use our voice assistants when we drive?

It’s a lot like when a bar continues to serve someone who shouldn’t be served, these companies know society is abusing certain elements of their software, it still does not excuse them from being held accountable negligence is not at least last time I checked an excuse to ignore the problem. 

Cristal M Clark

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