Texting and driving- an accident waiting to happen

By Cathy Thurber

Just the other day I was driving home and noticed that the car driving towards me was slowly moving towards my lane.  The gentleman driver wasn’t even looking at the road; he was busy texting on his phone.  Luckily his car did not go into my lane and someone behind me honked, causing him to pay attention and get back in his lane.  The driver had been so engrossed with his phone that he wasn’t even glancing at the road in front of him.  It was an accident waiting to happen.

That got my thoughts churning.  I know that Ohio’s state legislature had been talking about a statewide ban against texting and driving, but at this point there is no prohibition against it.  Certain municipalities have issued distracted driving laws, but it’s ok to text and drive elsewhere in the state.  And seeing this guy slowly drive into my lane made me think of all the drunk driving laws.  I know you’re not incapacitated when you’re just texting, but the level of attention you’re paying to what’s around you has got to be about the same.  Don’t get me wrong – I have texted while driving before.  But after watching how distracted that driver was coming towards me, I realized how I could be putting people in danger with every tap on my phone’s keyboard.

I read that the National Safety Council estimates that 200,000 crashes are caused every year by drivers that are texting; and those who drive while texting are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident.  Whether or not the state is going to pass legislation on this, don’t you think it’s just common sense to NOT take your attention off the road for those long moments?

Everyone that texts while driving is being neglectful to all the other drivers on the road….not to mention those kids that may be sitting in the backseat!  For God’s sake, put the phone down and pay attention to the moving vehicles surrounding you!  You won’t catch me texting while driving anymore.  I have a future I want to experience and I need to be alive to do it.

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