I had to run into town for a bit of business and for some groceries.
I assigned myself the task of counting 100 vehicles on the highway and in town as I traveled to note how many drivers were using mobile phones as they drove (Yes, there ARE at least 100 over here where I live in West Texas).
Starting at the ranch gate, I began counting.
First vehicle was a pickup; no...but he waved as he passed with his index finger like friendly folks do out here. Next, a Ford Taurus. Yep, the gal was on her phone. Next vehicle, no. Next vehicle, no. Next vehicle, yes. And so on, and so on.
I passed 16 vehicles on the highway. When I got into town, there was a pronounced increase in the number of drivers on their phones.
When I got to 100, I quit counting.
Results? 46 using mobile phones; 54 not. The most common characteristic demonstrated by folks on the phone was that they would drive well below the speed limit. I guess that's safer, right?
Anyway, did my business, bought some groceries and headed back out to the ranch deciding to count another 100 vehicles.
One, no. Two, no. Three, yes.
I had counted about 40 vehicles as I neared the city limits when...
Yep...my mobile phone rang...
and I answered.