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Shuttle riders need cell phone etiquette

Opinion by Cindy Wendt


The 15-minute shuttle ride between the windward and downtown campuses is a great time to finish up a reading assignment before class or review notes for an upcoming quiz or exam.

It is an opportunity to listen to music; it’s a chance to gather one’s thoughts and prepare for the remainder of the day.

If nothing else, the 15-minute ride over the Pali allows for a quiet, air-conditioned break in an otherwise fast-paced, overwhelming day of college life.

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It is not a good time for endless cell phone conversations to which 14 others (driver included) are forced to listen. There is a time and place for almost everything, and riding the HPU shuttle is neither the time nor the place to share a one-sided conversation about plans for the upcoming weekend or other personal conversations. Continuous one-sided chatter distracts other riders, making reading and studying nearly impossible.

“It’s like they think we are not even here,” said shuttle driver Harvey Weinstein. He has heard conversations that range from boyfriend issues to personal biological problems.

Weinstein said he has even had to tell cell phone users to “cool their (bad) language.” Drivers understand that some brief cell phone conversations are made by passengers for purposes such as telling family members or friends to pick them up at the destined campus. “What annoys me,” Weinstein continued, “are the passengers who are on their phones when I pick them up, they talk the entire ride, and they are still talking when they get off the shuttle.” Weinstein admitted that extended cell phone conversations are one of the reasons van drivers do not allow passengers on the vans during their breaks.

Not only are cell phone conversations distracting, they are potentially dangerous when they distract the drivers. The van drivers battle traffic for several hours a day. Adding inconsiderate passengers to the stress of driving reduces shuttle safety (and can lead to nervous breakdowns.) For the safety and sanity of everyone who rides the shuttle, students are asked to respect passengers and drivers by keeping cell phone conversations short.




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