Friday, March 13, 2009

Reporter busted for cell phoning while driving

From the Daily News:

I knew the area was swarming with cops. I knew it's illegal to use your cell phone while driving. I knew tickets can cost $120.

Then my phone rang, a relentlessly loud rock song designed to waken even people in a coma.

I began to move toward an empty spot behind the Port Authority and picked up my phone. "This is Edgar."

And that's when I heard the dreaded police siren. Whoop-whoop.

Hey, Einstein, it's called a Bluetooth. Invest in one.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jerk. And blueteeth are douche-like.

Queens Crapper said...

No, I'm pretty sure they apply to different body parts.

Anonymous said...

He needs to go hands-free like everyone else and make his calls from a parked car whenever possible. Driving is serious business, look what happened to Corzine because of a distracted, cell-phone using driver.

georgetheatheist said...

Why can't we hear the whoop-whooping police siren rounding up the loitering-menacing day laborers all over Queens?

(BTW are there any paraskevidekatriaphobiacs in the house today?)

italian girl said...

A bluetooth is a wise idea. I almost killed myself talking on my cell while driving this morning.

Anonymous said...

"A bluetooth is a wise idea. I almost killed myself talking on my cell while driving this morning."

I'm not even gonna touch this one.

italian girl said...
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georgetheatheist said...

"I'm not even gonna touch this one."

Me neither. We all have the Right to Life.

Snake Plissskin said...

Looks like he has a great future in journalism.

You know, recylcing press releases from hacks and calling it news,

and press releases from developers (and their controlled cultural institutions) and calling it neighborhood news

and capping off a fine career after getting everyone's trust in a community by working against their intersts at a job for city hall.

Pulitzer, Hearst, Winchell, et al weep.

Wade Nichols said...

When you are a street reporter for the Daily News and your phone rings, you pick up the phone.

NYPD Officer: OK buddy, license and registration.

Feckless Daily News Reporter Edgar Sandoval: Officer, do you know WHO I AM?? Do you have any idea WHO I AM???? I am a reporter for the NY DAILY NEWS!!!!! How DARE YOU ISSUE ME A TICKET!!!!

Trilby said...

Seriously, suggesting bluetooth as a solution doesn't address the concept that the driver is distracted by a conversation with someone who's not there, not by driving with one hand which, in itself, is not that hard to do!

Rick Wingnut said...

Seriously, suggesting bluetooth as a solution doesn't address the concept that the driver is distracted by a conversation with someone who's not there, not by driving with one hand which, in itself, is not that hard to do!

+1
Studies support this. The distraction is not the occupied hand (manual transmission, anyone?) but the DIVIDED ATTENTION. Bluetooth may be legal, but it's no safer!

georgetheatheist said...

Does anyone ever drive with their knees? I have on occasion.

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Anonymous said...

Using bluetooth is definitely less distracting than talking while holding the phone to your ear.

italian girl - wow . . .

Frank said...

The douchy reporter aside, I find the guy getting arrested for driving with a suspended license. The mf'er had the nerve to work as a delivery driver. I think his employer should be fined as well.

Here's his brother whining.
"He's driving using his cell phone one second and gets arrested the next," he told me, visibly distraught. "It's unfair."

I think that's more fair than that piece of shit deserves.

I wish more cops would pull people over in my neighborhood for stuff like this. I live right by the 112 but I'll be damned if I ever see anyone pulled over for running stop signs or red lights never mind using their cell phones.

Frank said...

Err "The douchy reporter aside, I find the guy getting arrested for driving with a suspended license more interesting."

Too early for me.

Anonymous said...

Why can't we hear the whoop-whooping police siren rounding up the loitering-menacing day laborers all over Queens?
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George, if the powers that be didn't defend the day-laborers so vigorously, and if they took the handcuffs off the cops, there wound be no stopping us in bringing all the illegal day-laborers in.

Anonymous said...

"Does anyone ever drive with their knees? I have on occasion."

Nah, I use my third leg.

Anonymous said...

If you're driving, don't use a telephone. Pay attention to driving the car, it doesn't matter if you have a bluetooth or not, you're still not paying enough attention to driving. Studies have shown that talking on the phone is more distracting than a conversation with someone else in the car.

italian girl said...

"Studies have shown that talking on the phone is more distracting than a conversation with someone else in the car."

This is so true. Even with my earpiece, I find myself not paying attention to the road. Last month I was so into my conversation, I missed my exit on LIE. I was pissed. Yet we all know we shouldn't talk on cell phones and drive and we still do. How did we ever get by without cell phones?

Anonymous said...

"This is so true. Even with my earpiece, I find myself not paying attention to the road. Last month I was so into my conversation, I missed my exit on LIE. I was pissed. Yet we all know we shouldn't talk on cell phones and drive and we still do. How did we ever get by without cell phones?"

Again, I'm not touching this one. But I hope IG is just being "dramatic."

Anonymous said...

this guy's A DICK!

nwa said...

"Why can't we hear the whoop-whooping police siren rounding up the loitering-menacing day laborers all over Queens?"

Because anti-loitering laws are generally unconstitutional. People generally have a right to peacefully stand around on a street without being harassed by cops.

If the day laborers are harassing people -- that's another story.

Anonymous said...

Because anti-loitering laws are generally unconstitutional.

People generally have a right to peacefully stand around on a street without being harassed by cops.

I WILL REMEMBER THAT THE NEXT TIME I GET SIXTY PEOPLE TO STAND IN FRONT OF WHERE THE MAYOR WORKS, CITY HALL,

OR BETTER, LETS SEE SIXTY UNDOCUMENTED ONES WITH RURAL PEASANT BEHAVIOR, NO BATHROOMS, AND HOURS OF BODEGA TAKEOUT ACCUMULATING,

SITTING ON OLD CHAIRS, MILK CRATES, OR SIMPLY PARADING FOR HOURS, WALKING BACK AND FORTH ON THE BLOCK WHERE THE MAYOR LIVES.

I BET THERE IS AN ORDINANCE. AND A LEGAL ONE TOO!

If the day laborers are harassing people -- that's another story.

LETS TRY THE NOVEL APPROACH AND THINK.

THEY HAVE NEVER PASSED A UNION MANDATED APPRECTICESHIP, THEY ARE TAKING AWAY JOBS FROM FAMILES THAT HAVE A BREADWINNER WHO DID,

AND EVEN WORSE, PEOPLE WITH THOSE 'SKILLS' ARE BUILDING HOMES THAT PEOPLE WILL LIVE IN.

I HOPE NO ONE YOU KNOWS HAS TO LIVE IN A PLACE BUILT WITH THOSE 'SKILLS'.

I THINK 'HARRASSING' IS THE LEAST OF IT, DON'T YOU?

IF YOU ARE SERIOUS, TRY, YOU MIGHT COME UP WITH A FEW BETTER WORDS.

Anonymous said...

SITTING ON OLD CHAIRS, MILK CRATES, OR SIMPLY PARADING FOR HOURS, WALKING BACK AND FORTH ON THE BLOCK WHERE THE MAYOR LIVES.
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Funny, never see this in Landmark Communities.

Funny....

Anonymous said...

Funny, never see this in Landmark Communities.

Funny....
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Then its not a real problem worth addressing....