Weird thing happened to me yesterday. I was driving west-bound (and down) on the beltline in the middle lane, between Rimrock and Park, when I notice out of the corner of my eye that a vehicle approaching from the rear in the left lane was closer than it should be. Like almost close enough for me to reach out and touch the fender.
I looked over in time to catch the driver of a (perhaps at one time, although not any longer, good times) van not just texting on his silver flip phone, but looking over his glasses to do so. You know the move. The guy wasn't a senior citizen, but he was of a certain age where seeing text up close requires pushing his glasses up or down. I guess he might have been actually dialing the phone and not texting, but id didn't really make a difference. He was clearly distracted and his performance behind the wheel was affected.
My window was open and his was open, so as he passed, I yelled "Hey!" I guess I thought he needed to know that he was veering off course and that somebody was paying attention to what he was doing. When I caught up to him a few seconds later, his glasses had returned to their normal position on his face (I noticed that they were tinted. Not full-on sunglasses, but maybe the kind that get darker when you go outside.) and his phone had disappeared. I expected a dirty look or some other gesture from him, but instead got only a sheepish look. Busted.
I've been commuting daily on the beltline for years and continue to be amazed at what people are up to in their cars there, especially during rush hour. It's like simply driving a car safely isn't enough of a challenge and they have to mix in using the phone, eating, constant lane changes and blatant tailgating just to keep from being bored or something.