Back to the original story, it's not that the girl willfully ignored the cop while he shouted at her four time with a megaphone, but that she didn't hear him at all...
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People who think they can talk on a cell phone or, worse, text on a cell phone while riding a bike, driving a car, or just walking on the sidewalk without an increased risk to themselves or others are deluded . Deluded in just the same way and to the same degree as a drunk driver who holds the same opinion. If observing the people around you isn't enough to convince you of this there are scientific studies that show just how debilitating it is. The human brain has a limited amount of attentional processing power and talking on a cell phone, with or without a hands free headset, takes up too much of that limited resource to deal with the unexpected while navigating traffic. People think they can drink and drive, or text and cycle, because, most of the time they can. Most of the time nothing happens, but not all of the time. Sometimes a kid runs out in the street after a ball, or another person is texting on their phone and BAM! For that matter people walk in front of trains, TRAINS!!!, while talking on their cell phones. Don't believe me? Google it.
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