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Driving While Distracted

by Tom Michaels posted Jun 17 2011 11:51AM

Driving While Distracted

I was driving down the Bossier Teague Parkway the other night.  In front of me was a white car that was going slow, then fast, then slow, and… weaving from side-to-side.  I finally decided to hit the gas, and hurry around it.  At first, I thought the person was a drunk driver, but as I got up beside them, I could see that the lady was texting on her cell phone.  C’MON people!!!!  It was one of those cases, where I thought “where’s one of those cops that I see on the Teague all of the time, NOW?”  But, they (the police) can’t be everywhere at once.  I know that you’ve encountered unattentive drivers, who were talking on their cell phones, or texting, haven’t you?  They’re driving TERRIBLE, too, aren’t they?  I’ve been around some people that, as soon as they get into their car, they feel a strong urge to immediately get on their cell phone.  If it’s absolutely necessary, I have been known to talk on my cell phone while driving, but most of the time, I try to stay off of the phone, while I’m behind the wheel.  AND, I certainly do NOT text back-and-forth with someone, while I’m behind the wheel.   Why do people immediately feel an urge to get on their cell phones, or text, as soon as they get behind the steering wheel in their vehicles?  I guess there are arguments about talking on the cell phone and driving.  I understand the different views.  BUT, you’ll never convince me that texting while driving, is safe, because EVERY person that decides to text and drive, is putting others in danger.  If you feel a strong urge to text while you’re behind the wheel, how about pulling over out of the way, stop and text, instead of being an inconsiderate jerk, and driving like a drunk, and endangering the rest of us?

“In 2008 almost 6,000 people died and more than half a million people were injured on U.S. roads, in crashes that involved distracted drivers.  Distracted driving is anything that takes the driver’s hands off the wheel, or eyes off of the road, for more than 2 seconds, or INTERUPTS CONCENTRATION”.  – taken from an article in June 2010 issue of Consumer Reports

-Tom Michaels

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