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General News    H4'ed 9/1/11

How Many People Have to Die Before We Get Serious About Distracted Driving?

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Message Roger Shuler

Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer

Do we have any hope of tackling a complex problem like global warming when we can't even handle the easy stuff?

I can't think of an issue that should be more easy to resolve than distracted driving. Anyone with a smidgen of common sense should see that it is uber dangerous to talk on a cell phone or send a text while trying to maneuver a vehicle. For those with no common sense, we have scientific evidence showing that talking on a cell phone while driving is the equivalent of being a drunk driver. (Texting and driving must equate to being unconscious behind the wheel.)

Want to feel secure the next time you are behind the wheel? Check out this study from the University of Utah: "A Comparison of the Cell Phone Driver and the Drunk Driver." It's scary, and it's from 2006; things have gotten much worse since then, with the proliferation of hand-held electronic devices.

If we know there's a problem, and it shouldn't be too hard to fix, why aren't we doing something about it? Why do we keep reading stories like this one out of Alabama last week? The headline: "Texting Blamed in Deaths of Mother, Infant Son on I-65."

From The Birmingham News:

A young woman who was texting as she drove on Interstate 65 in Chilton County lost control of her car and crashed Thursday night, killing herself and her 10-month-old son, authorities said. 

Randreaita Coleman, 18, was pronounced dead on the scene.

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