You're completely uneducated guess is correct - people's brains often tune out the radio when the road requires more attention. Radios are not problems unless some idiot is trying to impress the neighborhood with it instead of just listening happily to their own tunes, in which case they can no longer here emergency vehicles or even people honking at them to stop playing with the dial and go because the light turned green 10 seconds ago!
You are absolutely right about having a conversation with someone in the car. This does cause problems, but not as often as you'd think, because they tend to also see the driving situation and the attentiveness of the driver and often back off with the conversation (whether or not they even realize they're doing it).
So the problem with talking on the phone, even hands free, is that the other person is demanding your attention and they DON'T know what your driving circumstances are. You stop paying attention to them and they get mad, maybe even talking louder ("are you even listening to me?!?!"). So hands free or not, talking on the phone while driving is a BAD idea.
Don't get in one unless you plan on being an attentive and respectful driver.
What about the bored passengers?
They're there to distract the drivers.
And then what? Did he always need his friends around after that to defend himself against you? I know it didn't feel like it at the time, but frankly, you "won."
I was the fat, slow kid that a lot of people picked on. On two separate occasions - once in middle school, and once in high school, I turned on the guy hassling me and just started pounding. Got in trouble at school; in school suspensions. Neither of those guys hassled me again. My only regret is not doing it sooner and more often.
But you don't have to be a douchebag to get your message across tersely and efficiently.
Replace the italicized part with "unprofessional" to see what we can do differently to avoid problems.
Man, oh man... there's so much to what you are saying, not even all of it has to do with the issue at hand (there should be death penalty for drivers stopping past the stop line at a red light so that drivers to their right CAN'T see what's coming from the left(*)), but I have to question those statistics, too.
If the laws are favorable to pedestrians - like that they really do, literally, always have the right of way - then the "at fault" statistic is going to be skewed. The article states that pedestrians ARE cited, so there must be some restrictions, but without knowing in who's favor the laws are skewed (pedestrains vs. vehicles), a statistic like 64% being any particular group's "fault" is hard to decipher.
(*) I mean, what benefit does a person turning left get by stopping AFTER the stop line? The ONLY things they succeed in doing are blocking the view for people who might be able to make right on red turns, and (possibly) obstructing traffic turning left from the cross street.
1. post traffic cops/cameras at bad areas 2. photograph offenders 3. Track down & levy enormous fines
That's only possible if pedestrians wear license plates on their asses, because probably a good percentage of the time it's their fault.
Even Missouri gets that right.
The problem here is you think that's getting it "right."
Virtually everywhere else, if a pedestrian is hit on a roadway and they're NOT in the crosswalk, if they aren't killed then THEY'RE the ones getting a ticket for jay-walking.
And THAT is "right." And I say this as someone who prefers walking when possible.
The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.