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Can reading ever be a bad thing?

The answer to the above question is, emphatically and unequivocally, yes! If, for example, one is driving a vehicle full of people on an interstate highway, one should not be attempting to read at the same time. If that sounds too obvious to need to be stated, check out this story and video on Gawker about a bus driver in Portland, Oregon who was caught on video reading his Kindle 2 while driving. His lawyer claims he wasn't actually reading, but since the man clearly presses the page forward button a couple of times, I don't buy that for a second. Not surprisingly, the story got a a lot of local press, at least partly because it happened on a stretch of I-5 known as the Terwilliger curves. If they name the curve, that's a clue that you need to pay attention.

I guess sometimes the convenience of an eReader is a bad thing.





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peadarog
Sep. 18th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Sounds like one of those occasions where the "read aloud" feature would be a better option ;)
karen_w_newton
Sep. 18th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
True! I know people who listen to audiobooks while commuting. I've done that myself, but I have a carpool and we all have to agree on the book. Besides, I don't like reading only in 40 minutes bursts, But, I would certainly use my Kindle's robot voice rather than truly reading while driving! However, unless the guy used headphones, it would be impossible to hide that from the passengers. According to the video, Portland bus drivers aren't allowed electronic devices, not even iPods for music. He needs to just give it up and drive-- if he still has a job.
mtlawson
Sep. 18th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Curse that technology!
karen_w_newton
Sep. 18th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
I dunno. If it weren't for cell phone/camera technology, we would never have proof this guy was nuts.
mtlawson
Sep. 19th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
Oh, I know. I should have used a smiley.
karen_w_newton
Sep. 19th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Well, I could sort of sense a half-smile in the post, but I still had to stand up for technology.
bogwitch64
Sep. 18th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
@$$hat. Seriously.
paulwoodlin
Sep. 19th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
Well, considering how many people talk on their cell while driving, we shouldn't be surprised someone would be reading, too.
karen_w_newton
Sep. 20th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
I see a big jump from talking on a device while driving to staring at something other than the road for prolonger periods of time. But texting now, that's even worse than reading because it takes your hands off the wheel as well as your eyes off the road.
lunalila
Sep. 20th, 2010 10:52 am (UTC)
Unbelievable!
karen_w_newton
Sep. 20th, 2010 11:47 am (UTC)
It is, isn't it? Glad I wasn't on that bus.
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