There is some evidence that despite our penchant for multitasking, we aren’t as effective at it as we think. Our brains work in mysterious ways and it seems that when we are concentrating on something, the brain puts other functions on autopilot. That’s kind of a simplistic way of putting it since what happens actually is that our response time to other stimulus is slowed while we are concentrating on something.

When I’m behind the wheel of a car, I have the radio on. I find that when I’m concentrating on driving, I don’t really hear what’s playing on the radio. When I actually listen to the radio and drive, I find that I tend to not stay in the center of the lane. I’m also unaware of my speed. What do you think happens when you are driving while talking to someone on a BlueTooth or other hands free device? If you are actually paying full attention to your driving, you would not remember half or more of what was said to you. If you do remember half or more of the conversation, then you weren’t paying attention to your driving. It’s called distracted driving, and it kills.

On Friday an employee of a local Humane Society was on her way home after work. She was driving a familiar road while talking to a loved one on a BlueTooth. She struck and killed 2 black Labrador Retrievers belonging to my step-mother.

Buster and Junior were penned up in their play yard. My brother had just gotten home from work and it was such a nice day he was outside doing yard work. The dogs were excited to see him and were being rambunctious in the pen. They kept jumping on the gate which finally popped the latch allowing the gate to open and the dogs to run. At first they ran around him in circles full of joy at seeing him and probably to a large extent their freedom. A close friend of the family arrived and parked across the road for some reason. This caught the attention of Junior who ran out to greet him followed by Buster in hot pursuit. They never made it to him. Both hit by one car driven by the woman who was talking on her BlueTooth.

Junior took a full body hit and lived just a few minutes. Buster was hit in the head, crushing his skull and breaking his neck. They were both hit at full speed which is supposed to be 35 mph. Both dogs were thrown more than 20 feet in opposite directions. According to the driver behind her, who saw the dogs, she was traveling faster than he was and he admits to doing 40. He saw the dogs heading for the road and was honking his horn in an attempt to get her attention. It was an exercise in futility. The honking horn brought out half the neighborhood who witnessed the entire tragedy. She never applied the brake, she took no evasive action to avoid them. Had our friend tried to run across the road to stop them from entering, she would have hit him. She didn’t see either the dogs who crossed a yard and the oncoming lane to her left until it was too late. She was driving and using her hands free BlueTooth. She told the sheriff she didn’t have time to stop. She also denies speeding. I can only hope that she actually has a conscience.

She didn’t receive a ticket for speeding since not applying the brakes leaves no skidmarks for examination to determine what her speed was. Since the use of BlueTooth technology is legal, she walked away from this free and clear. Just a few dents in her car and a broken headlight. We’ve lost two beloved pets after 5 minutes of frolic to a multitasker who believes she can drive safely while using her BlueTooth. My brother is blaming himself for not checking the gate latch to see if it was secure. Our friend is blaming himself for stopping by unexpectedly causing Junior to run to him. We are devastated by our loss.

An addition to this post addressed to the Volconvo Debaters. I followed pingback to read you.

Contributing factors:

The gate latch which popped.  My brother not having control of the dogs in the yard. ALL OF WHICH HE IS ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY FOR.

Frank parking across the road instead of in the yard which, because they LOVED Frank made them run to him. FRANK IS BLAMING HIMSELF FOR THE ENTIRE ACCIDENT.  He’s not responsible, but he is accepting responsibility.

The driver on her BlueTooth. WHO DID NOT EVEN SEE THE DOGS UNTIL SHE HIT THEM, THAT’S WHEN SHE APPLIED THE BRAKE.  Who told people at the scene one thing and then LIED to the sheriffs when they arrived.  You intelligent debaters can feel free to leave me your comments right here explaining exactly how she didn’t see those dogs at all, and is unwilling to accept any part of the responsibility for her own LIES!

WE, the people that loved those dogs and for three years took better care of them than many IRRESPONSIBLE pet owners do, had our caring wiped out in 5 minutes.  This wasn’t a situation where there was a continued disregard for the safety and welfare of those dogs.  We are responsible for those dogs being in the road. She is responsible for having control of her vehicle and she didn’t because she was talking on her BlueTooth. Oh…BTW, she is getting a ticket for this.

It seems that on Friday she lost control of her vehicle as she turned onto the road and tore up someones front yard. The owner filed a report with the sheriff’s department giving a description and the 3 license plate numbers he read. IT WAS HER CAR. She may have been doing 55 mph in a 35 mph speed zone, so don’t tell me she doesn’t have any responsibility in this.

By Butterose

Smart assed step-mother of 3, grandmother of 3. Insane enough to have lived with Hubby for 24 years now. What can I say, I liked his kids? We share our lives with family and our cat.

6 thoughts on “I Hate BlueTooth Technology”
  1. I arrived at this article b/c I was searching for others’ experiences with BT instability. I’m sorry the dogs were struck, but I don’t think it’s fair to blame the driver unless it’s certain she was speeding or otherwise legally negligent. Dogs are not humans but live in human communities. Therefore, their human owners must be 100% responsible for the dogs’ actions. From your description, the animals escaped their enclosure and got into a fatal accident–which is always a possibility when a species that cannot reason the way humans can interacts unsupervised in a high-tech human community.

    You have an important point about the brain’s actual limits in multi-tasking, yet our culture demands people multitask more and more–at work and elsewhere–and drivers, independent of BT, already multitask while driving (thinking deeply about work, home-life; listening to music…). So it’s unreasonable to single out BT for this reason.

    It also strikes me as noteworthy that the comments here reflect an emotional bias–the question of the driver’s culpability is clouded by commenters’ emotional attachments to their dogs. I doubt people would have cared as much had the woman run over a squirrel or non-domestic animal, which US drivers do to the tune of millions a year without much public consideration.

    I realize this is a personal blog, but I felt compelled to add my two cents. Thanks to the blog owner for allowing dissenting opinions and, again, sorry for the OP’s family’s loss.

  2. You should have named names. That woman should be downright ashamed of herself. What a horrible person.

  3. She got Buster 2 days after Dad died in 2007. He carried Dad’s nickname and in many ways some of Dad’s character traits. My bro moved in with his Mom a couple of months later so she could keep her house. He brought Junior, who was named after our youngest bro. (sibling rivalry) They were just these big, adorable loving, too big to be lap dogs but they were anyways kind of sweeties. They didn’t deserve this. They were only just over 3 years old each. Junior, (the brother) buried them side by side at the top of the hill behind the house. I’m trying not to hate the person that did this. Keeping myself focused on that BlueTooth.

  4. Very sorry to hear about Junior and Buster Butterose…and i agree what everything else you said/implied. When behind the wheel of a car everyone should be doing one thing…driving. A car is a dangerous weapon and she’s lucky it wasn’t a child.

    I once had the same thing ( almost ) happen to my German Shepherd ‘ Sparky ‘ , about 30 years ago, who was hit and killed by a car speeding and the driver buggered off. I buried her by the river that she loved to play in.

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