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Can you keep your mind on the road while you talk?

Published: January 17, 2009


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Visitor Comments: 25

(25) Tehila Leah, January 25, 2009 8:17 AM

It's about time this was addressed. We need to return some sanity to our streets. Thank you.

(24) Eric, January 22, 2009 6:56 PM

Shhh....

Whatever happened to the quiet moments? We are expected to always answer the phone nowadays. Better, I would think, to be lost in thought behind the wheel, than lost in yapping. Though just as perilous...?

(23) lisa, January 21, 2009 10:11 PM

YES!!!!

You are so right!!!! No, I won't like it....but I don't like paying taxes either!!! If you really need to talk...pull over!!! Our parents didn't have cell phones....& guess what...they all survived....& while in the car they probably spoke to us.....what a concept!!! I love speaking to my kids in the car..they can't go anywhere!! I cherish that time with my kids in this crazy , too fast paced world we live in!!! All these gadgets.....they are suppose to save us time....hmmm...I don't seem to have a moment to spare....do you???? Thank you Rabbi for always bringing up topics that we can think about!!!!! Thinking...I should have some time for that!!!!

(22) yossi stern, January 21, 2009 5:58 PM

driving while talking

Yaacov, you know that Helmut could drive while doing work on a laptop. He would put on his coat and gloves and the bus could drive itself. On serious note if people recall Yosef told his brothers not to discuss the sale or Halacha on their way back to Canaan.You would think that people would get the message besides being inconsideratae.

(21) Linda Martin, January 21, 2009 11:32 AM

Messages come at the right time

In the UK one may not use a hand held phone when driving ... but I keep mine handy and switched on for emergencies - such as reporting accidents or incidents and so I can be contacted. Funny thing is, that during 1,000 miles of driving around Scotland last week my phone rang only three times ... firstly, 40 miles north of home, just before driving off onto the Motorway, as I sat consulting my map, a call came from a friend suffering deep clinical depression - and I was able to turn right around and go in the opposite direction to offer support and help, my trip could wait a day for a Mitzvah. The next day it rang as I was just approaching a pull-in at my destination, and subsequently it rang as I was stopped for five minutes with the engine off on account of road-works (neither caller had any idea where I was). How did they know it was safe THEN to phone me ... out of the 20 hours driving when it wasn't? Coincidence, maybe? But a coincidence worth a b'rache!

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