Okanagan Panorama

Sunday, 29 May 2016 18:26

Distracted Driving Not Okay!

Texting-While-DrivingDistracted Driving Not Okay!

 

While out for a walk in my neighborhood the other day I noticed a small white car approaching me, unusually slowly. I figured it to be my neighbour, who tends to do so. As the car passed me I was startled to see a young woman behind the wheel, her hands on the bottom of the steering wheel and her two thumbs pecking away on her smart phone. She would take the odd peek at the road ahead, then go back to her pecking away on her phone.

Smart phone … stupid driver! If she lived in the neighborhood, what could be so important that she would have to text somebody, only minutes after leaving home?

What will it take for people to understand that we have a distracted driving law and that it applies to everybody? It applies when you are out in traffic. It applies when you are in your own neighborhood. It applies to everyone.

Then there are those that still choose to talk on the phone, while they are driving. There is hardly a day go by where I don’t see someone yacking on a phone held in one hand up to their ear, while steering with the other. While totally anecdotal, the biggest offending demographic that I see, is young to middle-aged men, driving large pick-up trucks. Apparently, having the label of contractor or tradesman gives them rights that others don’t have, or so they would have you believe.

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