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A Litmus Test For Future Drivers, Employees, Spouses and If It's Not Too Much to Ask, Voters

Updated on August 2, 2019
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Ignore the in-my-face obvious issues and lend all of my attention to unwarranted, groundless non-issues? Not happening!

Blindfolded while operating a motor vehicle
Blindfolded while operating a motor vehicle

D.W.B. (Driving while blindfolded)

So the smashed up vehicle pictured above, is of a recent accident, but it is not your typical run-of-the-mill accident....for you see, the young female driver, who was behind the wheel, was driving while blindfolded!

Now, along with D.U.I., there will be a whole new thing, a brand new charge will now need to be added to the list of infractions in Police Officer‘s ticket books.....

D.W.B. (Driving While Blindfolded) because this isn’t the first car smashed while an Operator has made a decision to drive blindfolded and, sadly, it will not be the last, because it’s now, a thing!

In fact, we will never know how many times this will have happened, because family members, in an effort to save their reputation and protect their good name, will be keeping these ‘incidents’, under wraps. Shhhh, let’s not mention this ever again honey.

This is happening quite regularly, due to the release of the movie, ‘Bird Box’.

In the make-believe, pretend, not real, fantasy.....in this movie.....people are blindfolded, for their own safety. I’ll not say more than that, don’t want to spoil it, but the people attempting it...in real life, are obviously NOT doing it for safety reasons. Quite the opposite, they are walking into walls, potholes, light poles, tripping over curbs, driving into and over things and they are occasionally driving straight {or maybe...not so straight} into other cars!

To say this is a very bad idea would probably be the understatement of the century, correct?

But, it is actually happening.

Sandra Bullock stars in Bird Box
Sandra Bullock stars in Bird Box

A proposition

If this is going to continue for some time and be an ongoing thing, I propose that we use it to our full advantage.

For starters, it would be a great line of questioning for those seeking to vote in our elections, become motor vehicle operators on our highways and byways.....for becoming a spouse\parent, for deciding if one is really ready to leave the basement of their parent’s home, etc., should I go on?

I could.

A type of litmus test or aptitude test...what could we call it?

Ideas?

While we think on that, the line of questioning would go something like this:

Miss Jones, before I bestow this great honor upon you and before I hand over what you should regard in high esteem, your Voter Registration card, I have a few questions for you.....

Mr. Smith, before you leave this building today, with a license to drive, the lives of those around you at your mercy, I have to first ask a few questions of you.....

  • Are you a citizen of the United States Of America? (first things first, right?)
  • Do you think it is a good idea to blindfold yourself and while still blindfolded, walk into traffic, through a park, enter into a mall or a shopping center? Why or why not?
  • Would you ever consider taking your car key, along with a bandana, getting into your car, placing the bandana over your eyes, checking the rear view mirror to make sure your bandana is sufficiently covering your eyes and that you can’t see a damn thing, before starting the engine and driving away? Why or why not?
  • Would you try it, but only if and when you were double dog dared?

A great idea, right?

If there is even the slightest hesitation to any one of these questions,

- REJECTED -

We could do some serious weeding out before the next election.

We could change the world and maybe even get some very bad drivers off the road...to boot!

Make a difference

Okay, I am having a little fun with this, but this is so very disturbing and I cannot believe it is happening.

It’s crazy enough to chase after imaginary Pokémon or to get out and run alongside a moving car to a certain song, but, to be in a moving car, as the official driver/operator.....with a blindfold on, well that is insanity!

Back in my day (that makes me officially sound old), you know back in my day kids, we had what we called Chinese Fire Drills (I did not name it, do not claim it) In this drill, when we would come to a complete stop at a traffic light or stop sign, we’d get out, circle the car, go back to our seats, occasionally changing positions, so someone new could possibly be driving, once we started moving again.

That’s it.

Probably not a good idea, someone could have been hurt by another vehicle while circling the car, but pretty tame comparatively.

This is very serious. Another understatement? Most definitely.

Will someone have to die, before those that choose to be this reckless, wise up or will a tragedy only entice the thrill seeker, enhance the experience?

It is all so crazy, not sure how else to describe it.

For those that have enough free time to even consider doing something like blindfolding themselves and walking or driving into traffic, might I suggest doing something more rewarding and far less dangerous?

With eyes uncovered and wide open, clean up trash along the highway or along a stretch of beach. Check with your elderly neighbors, see if you can help them out with chores, run an errand for someone that is shut in due to sickness.

Random acts of kindness beat random acts of stupid every single time!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 A B Williams

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    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Funny, I did think of that movie right away, but didn't think of Chris O'Donnell as a kid, more of a young man. Oh well, no matter...mystery solved!

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      OK.....not that it really matters in the grand scheme of your article here, but the movie is 'Scent of a Woman' and the only relevant scene is the driving part. Al Pacino is the man I couldn't think of. Who forgets his name, besides me? LOL. My mind works in mysterious ways!

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itr0jcR0S4s

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Lol...two weeks from now in the middle of the night!

    • shanmarie profile image

      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      First thing I tried. Maybe tried the wrong search phrases and description. Oh well. It will hit me when it's no longer the least bit relative.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Shannon, Google? I've entered bits and pieces of information before and found my answer. Worth a try. :)

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      I only think of it because even the passenger was smart enough to be scared of the idea of a blindfolded driver. But it does bug me that I can't remember it. Not sure I ever knew the title of the movie, but I can picture the actor's face and it is still nagging at me. I want to say it's a movie from the 1990s.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Pop, clearly!

      My concern is for those that cross the paths of those that think this is normal behavior.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Tim, it is just the places my mind goes and then, I share those places with ya'll. :)

      Have a great week!

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      breakfastpop 

      2 years ago

      Clearly, there is no end to how stupid people can be.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Thanks, Abwilliams and Shanmarie,

      It's o.k., Shanmarie, they both make me laugh until I fall down.

      But there was a movie I saw about a blind mountain climber who went to Tibet and climbed a mountain, escorting children with vision loss. The guy is world famous. Again, even this guy had an assistant with him who could see.

      I'm thinking - how would that work with choosing a spouse? If you are dumb enough to drive in traffic blindfolded, should you be allowed to have children? Great point, Abwilliams.

      How can they know when they reach the voting machine? They might drive right by it, or into it.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Yep, ‘Here’s Your Sign’.... Foxworthy is the, ‘You might be a redneck’ guy.

      I cannot help you with the movie title Shannon, drawing a blank, maybe someone else can. It drives me crazy (not so crazy I’d drive blindfolded though ;-))when I can’t remember a movie or show title or an actor’s name.

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      "Here's Your Sign" was actually from Bill Engvall, Tim, but he has collaborated with Jeff Foxworthy, I believe. Blindfolded drivers certainly deserve a sign.

      Speaking of movies and blindfolded drivers. . ..what was that one movie with the young boy who takes care of a man while his caretaker niece has to go somewhere? Man, I can picture the actors and can't recall their names. There's a scene where the blind mine has the boy drive an expensive sports car blindfolded....or maybe the blind man is the one driving. They nearly crash several times.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      I do not remember that from the 90s Leland, but it doesn't surprise me at all.

      You just might be onto something, "watch" the movie blindfolded. Love it!

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Hi Tim, I love the idea of students coming to a better understanding of the plight of the blind. For them to be able to come to a better understanding of what it must be like to live life in a wheelchair, to not have use of one's arms or legs or whatever affliction would be of great benefit to them, as they learn and grow and come of age.

      Hollywood will be Hollywood, they will always push the envelope and come up with unusual plots, it's unfortunate that people are so gullible to try these things at home. I guess that's why there are warnings on everything! The average person is offended by so many warnings, well....now we know, some people need those many warnings...maybe some people should come with warnings. :)

      Thanks Tim, always good to hear from you.

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      Leland Johnson 

      2 years ago from Midland MI

      Hi AB- This might be a metaphor for life nowadays. A lot of people seem to be bumbling and stumbling their way along. It's amazing that this is happening. There was a movie back in the 90's where these guys laid down in the middle of a highway at night as a stunt. This action was mimicked by quite a few teens around the country resulting in death and serious injury for many. I think it's a token of a lack of originality. At any rate, I haven't seen the movie, but if I do I think I'll put on a blind fold first. This was a fun one.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Abwilliams,

      I think I'll skip this movie. Wasn't it Jeff Foxworthy who said: "Here's your stupid sign!" The thought that these guys would even consider doing that is absurd and beyond common sense.

      I'll share with you something we had to do in one of our classes to better understand people who have vision loss and their various situations. We had to go to dinner and eat blindfolded in a public restaurant. However, the professor and a qualified O&M specialist was with us. (O&M specialists teach people who are blind how to work with dog guides, use canes, etc.) Driving blindfolded is equal to someone wanting a death wish.

      I guess they are running out of ideas in Hollywood. I suppose next they will try plugging their ears while answering calls using old-fashioned technology, at a 911 center.

      Great write up.

      Points well taken as always.

      This is why I keep coming back. I'm like Shanemaria.

      We love your humor, which makes good points.

      Happy New Year!

      Sincerely,

      Tim

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      That's kind of how I feel about it. I'll watch it when I get to it. Maybe. I keep saying I want to watch it and end up watching something else instead.

      You know, this kind of reminds me of when I was a kid playing out side with my neighbors. We blindfolded each other and took turns leading the blindfolded person around. I thought it would be funny to lead my friend into a tree. I didn't mean to hurt her, but she ended up with a bleeding, fat lip because she bit her lip when she bumped into the tree. I felt so bad for days!! I thought for sure she'd never speak to me again.

    • abwilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      A B Williams 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks Shannon. Guess what? I haven’t watched the movie either. I’ve had it explained in enough detail to feel as if I have seen it. I will watch it eventually....maybe!

      Oh The Shining, the creepy twins, red rum....Nicholson, such a good suspenseful thriller, not a lot of blood and guts, just enough suspense and surprises lurking around each corner.....down each hotel corridor, to make you jump right out of your seat.

      Good movie!

      You are right, there is nothing funny about people getting hurt and nothing funny about this blindfolded foolish business.

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      Shannon Henry 

      2 years ago from Texas

      This is why I like to read your work! Your title caught my attention and I wondered what kind of fun was in store to read this. I haven't even watched the movie yet. My daughter (who doesn't flinch at watching Stephen Kind) stopped watching the movie on her first try because she said it scared her. She ultimately finished it and decided it's not so scary. But now I want to see what creeped her out when Jack Nicolson doesn't bother her one bit in 'The Shining.'

      Anyway, I'm off topic. I am familiar with the previews and the premise of the movie. I just can't imagine anyone actually being stupid enough to drive blindfolded. Then again, teens are stupid enough to swallow tide pods and stuff a condom up their noses. And adults....well, "hold my beer: incidents are unfortunately all too common. Waht's the word for when someone laughs at someone else getting hurt? Hold on....gotta go look it up. . . .Schadenfreud. Stupidity is not funny when it comes at the cost of hurting innocent people. And not funny when someone dies.

      Love the last line of this piece, by the way!

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