Morning Meeting: Distracted Drivers

Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 at 9:00 am
By: Karen Sherman
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We hear so much about distracted teen drivers — texting, tweeting, etc — but what about distracted adult drivers?  I’ve seen them everywhere, and I’ve even been guilty of it in the past.

One study shows texting (or using your mobile device for any other activity) while driving could be worse than drunk driving.  But do more experienced drivers feel they’re invincible and they couldn’t possibly be in a crash?

What’s so important that it can’t wait until you reach your destination — is it e-mail or looking up a phone number or reading about Lindsay Lohan on TMZ.com?

Why do we feel the need to be so connected?  I read yesterday that some people think something’s wrong if they don’t get a reply to their message within five minutes.  Have we become that impatient?

There are tools out there to help.  A service called DriveSafe.ly reads your text messages out loud while you’re driving and lets the sender know you got the message.

But nothing beats putting the phone down.  I know that’s something I’ve been working on.  And you know what?  No one was upset with me for making them wait for a reply.

What do you think about distracted driving?  How many times do you see adults typing away on their phones while driving?

We’ll hear from drivers tonight on KELOLAND News.

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2 Comments

  1. Squibby says:

    Throw the book at this kid. 99.9% of the time when I or someone has been cut off it’s usually by someone babbling on their cell phone, totaly oblivious.

  2. Randall says:

    I think the penalties for using a cell phone while driving should be exactly the same as drunk driving.
    The people getting hurt are hurt just as severely, the people getting killed are just as dead.

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