To School: Don't Mix Your Cars, Cell Phones
By JOHN M. DERBY
August 17, 2017
images of the young woman who was driving with her cell
phone on as the car went out of control and crashed, are
still very clear in our mind. The death of her sister, who
was in the back seat of the car, is also part of the aftermath.
All right, we admit, we have been guilty of answering a
phone call on our cell while driving, but we are trying
to not let that distraction happen, and instead pull off
to the side of the road if it is so important to answer
the call will wait and there is just no excuse for making
calls while driving. This accident could have been prevented
if the driver was not on the phone taking a video of herself.
Police also alledge that her blood tested over the legal
enough, driving under the influence is a felony but operating
a cell phone while involved in an accident is only a misdemeanor.
is another factor right now which adds to the high risk
of driving and cell phone use and that is the number of
students on the sidewalks going back to school.
motorists we need to be specially careful because kids often
do not have safety on their mind.
riders take up part of the roads and since they have every
right to their share, drivers need to give them plenty of
year additional cars are added to the street traffic just
prior to the start of classes. School buses have helped
to remove some of these students from the sidewalks, but
this comes at a price as the students miss the exercise
they need to build their healthy bodies.
is no simple answer to the cell phone abuse problem. With
each passing year, younger and younger students seem to
find it necessary to have their own personal cell phones.
As a distraction, there is nothing worse.
businesses have stopped allowing employees to use them while
at work. Cell phones are restricted in many public buildings
and public meetings. Doctors offices ask that they be turned
off and it is just good manners to prevent them from ringing
while other people are trying to enjoy lunch or dinner at
a nice restaurant.
manners should be a bigger factor in the use of cell phones
but this is not always the case.
leaves common sense. We know that cell phones are a major
distraction and today driving takes all the attention we
can provide. Even the phones which do not require hands
on, are still a distraction to the driver who needs to have
his or her full attention on the road, and the other drivers
and pedestrians who are around the vehicle.
a minute the next time the phone rings while you are driving,
and ask yourself: “How important is this call?”
... “Can it wait until you get to your destination?”
... “Can you afford the consequences of an accident
which could have been prevented, if only the cell phone