The Big Picture by Lennie Peterson

The Big Picture

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, about 2 years ago

    Idiots who use phones while driving cause accidents. Make the ticket $500.

  2. win

    win said, about 2 years ago

    Confiscate the phone and make them come to the station house to retrieve it.

  3. caller49

    caller49 said, about 2 years ago

    Banned them from ever purchasing a phone again.

  4. CAtransplant

    CAtransplant said, about 2 years ago

    Talking isn’t the problem when you have one button answering, a headset, and voice dialing. Texting and email are the problem.

  5. MelvinLott

    MelvinLott said, about 2 years ago

    @simpsonfan2

    Yup, I was nearly killed a few years back by someone who was exercising her rights by yakking away on a cell phone, paying no mind to those pesky traffic rules. I spent a few weeks in the hospital thanks to her talking to her friend. You know, the call couldn’t wait – she had to make it. Too bad I got in the way, right Lennie? Nothing personal, Lennie, but you’re fighting this battle on your own. By the way, the dog analogy doesn’t wash…

  6. Elderflower

    Elderflower said, about 2 years ago

    I know people who can talk on their cell, and do all their driving safely – even parellel park. Unfortunately, there seems to be way more people who only Think they can do that.

    Of course, anyone who thinks they can text and drive is just plain dillusional.

  7. burleigh2

    burleigh2 said, about 2 years ago

    @CAtransplant

    You’re exactly right, but it’s anything that takes attention away from driving. Whether it be an intense conversation (on the phone or with someone in the car), texting, or reading billboards, ANY distraction is bad, but the cell phone is what the police can prove. :-s

  8. squirrelchaser

    squirrelchaser said, about 2 years ago

    @MelvinLott

    Don’t speak for me. Lennie is not fighting this on his own. Your opinion is obviously biased due to your personal experience. I do not advocate using a cell phone while driving, it’s a stupd thing to do. But if you remember the original comic, the point Lennie was making was the ‘criminalization’ of it, and as another example of taking away of rights by the state.

  9. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @squirrelchaser

    Tell me, do you also advocate for the “right” to drive drunk? Because the accident rate for cell phone use in cars is roughly the same as drunk drivers.


    Remember that old saw about “the right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose”? You may have the right to do anything you want to yourself – but as soon as you start affecting other people, as you do on the road, then guess what – your “rights” are absolutely curtailed in order to protect the right of other citizens not to be killed or severely injured by your actions.

  10. Lynne B

    Lynne B GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @CAtransplant

    Incidentally, this isn’t true; the accident rate for hands-free is the same as for not using hands-free. The issue is driver distraction, and the fact that drivers appear to react very differently to conversations over a phone than to conversations with someone else in the car.

    http://www.bmj.com/content/early/2004/12/31/bmj.38537.397512.55

    http://www.distraction.gov/research/PDF-Files/Driver-Distraction-Commercial-Vehicle-Operations.pdf

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