Me and three other cars were passed on the right this morning by a police cruiser (#545). It was at the same place as my pre-Christmas encounter with Santa. He had no flashing lights on. If he was in a hurry passing us didn't do much for him. We were on Arsenal Street, a street of three way stops and stoplights--a street where even if you go 20mph over the limit when you can (which he did at least) you still end up at Grand Blvd at nearly the same time as those who keep closer to the posted speed limit. Since I was going straight and he was making a left turn, I ended up next to him at the light.
As I waited for the light to change I noticed he was looking at his cellphone. I didn't actually see him texting, but the way he was holding his phone certainly made me suspicious. I will admit his other driving behavior might have prejudiced me just a little.
I mentioned this episode to my friend Chris who responded, "Cops run two or three radios, a cell phone, and a laptop all while in their cars... hmmm."
It does make one think doesn't it? I'm not sure where this belief that humans can multitask came from. We can't. Some of us have hummingbird brains that are able to jump from one task to another and back without losing our place, but no one truly multitasks. And, whenever someone tells me they function better when they are multitasking I can't help but think of the folks who tell me they actually drive better after a few drinks.
- 17F/-8C with a few clouds for the ride to work.
- 35F/2C and still dark for the ride home.