Do you check your phone at traffic lights?

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  1. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    Well that was me honking to tell you to move your ass as the light is GREEN. Stop fannying about please.
     
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    No, never.

    In fact, occasionally, if I remember to do so, I forget to bring my phone with me.
     
  4. D.T. macrumors 603

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    That is _fantastic_.
     
  5. samiwas macrumors 65816

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    I do if a text came in or if I need to send one out, but only very shortly, and while checking the light every two seconds or so. Can remember the last time I had to be honked at. I agree thoroughly with your sentiment...my honking has grown tremendously in the last year or two.
     
  6. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Nope. Phone gets put on Do Not Disturb mode after selecting a playlist on the music app.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Generally no, but I can't say I've never done that.
     
  8. heehee macrumors 68020

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    Not usually. Texts depending on who and I rarely reply. Emails for sure no since it's mostly likely work related, try avoiding that even when I'm not doing anything.
     
  9. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    Sometimes. It is usually put on a either Plex or iTunes Radio and stuck in the center console until I have reached my destination.
     
  10. Huntn macrumors G5

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    Frequently, the light turns and the car in front sits for several seconds until I honk. They are messing with their phone. Driving down the road, when a car slows down and speeds up, or are veering towards the edges of their lanes, it could be drinking, but more likely it's PHONE!!! And I'm convinced that that unusually high number of accidents that occur in my planned community where the speed limit is 40-45 mph on the main thoroughfares are due to people driving in traffic, following too close and messing with their phone, so they don't see it when the brake lights come on, it seems like every frick'n day.
     
  11. dogslobber thread starter macrumors 68020

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    These are the individuals. They should lose their license and their phone privileges.
     
  12. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

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    I do on occasion. Much, much less frequently than I used to. I used to be pretty bad with texting and driving, checking social media while driving, etc. Terrible, I know. I've broken that habit though. I only check my phone if I'm at a complete stop, and it's only a quick glance. I definitely make sure to keep the stop lights the top priority over my phone - I do NOT want to be the guy holding up the line! If it is a text or something that requires a response of more than a couple words, I wait until I'm at my destination. It's just too much of a hassle and too dangerous to try and drive and send lengthy messages and whatnot.
     
  13. juanm macrumors 65816

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    I might check the notifications. I don't reply.
     
  14. Granny_Smith macrumors member

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    Of course! a quicky phone check is the only reason i embrace the occasional red light.
     
  15. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    Sure, Apple Watch. Not taking my phone out of pocket.
     
  16. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020

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    Only when I'm the front car, I do.

    That, and at Stop signs. I check it while waiting for the sign to say, "Go".

    :eek:
     
  17. bradl macrumors 68040

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    No. $163 fine here if you're caught doing it at a traffic light or stop sign; $427 if you are caught while the car is in motion.

    If the phone or whatever message is so important that you can't concentrate on driving, pull off the road. I'd rather people do that than not pay attention and hit someone.

    BL.
     
  18. UKgaryb macrumors regular

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    No! It's illegal to use a phone whilst in control of a vehicle here. Plus my car has handsfree text/calls/e-mails on the sound system.
     
  19. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

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    No, never! My phone stays in my pocket while I drive, and it's impossible for me to take it out without undoing my seat belt first.
     
  20. dogslobber thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I must say that all responders here are very sensible. I guess those I have honked at recently don't subscribe to this forum :)
     
  21. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Probably 50% of the time I am checking the phone at the light.
     
  22. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Nope, hands free notifications through my car's audio system.
     
  23. Gutwrench macrumors 65816

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    Of course I don't check my phone at stoplights because then I'd have to put my beer down.
     
  24. shinji macrumors 65816

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    I don't interact with the phone while driving, but I have a car mount so I can see notifications, GPS, etc.
     
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    Or calm down. what's the rush?
     

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