Distracted Driving -The “It Won’t Happen to Me Excuse”

According to a recent article in the News Observer in Blue Ridge GA, even though all texting while driving is prohibited in Georgia, there are those still willing to violate the new law and they can be seen frequently on the roads, holding the phone low in their laps attempting to drive and text in an even more compromising position. You may have even thought to yourself, “I am just going to take my eyes off the road for a second and sent a one word reply, it won’t happen to me!”

Guess again. According to Kansas City attorney Doug Horn, a national distracted driving expert, “Because of the severe force of impact, distracted drivers are potentially more deadly than drunk drivers, who, even with their slowed reaction time, sometimes manage to partially brake and lessen the impact of the collision.” And Horn adds that running red lights (or stop signs) at full speed, swerving into oncoming traffic and rear-ending stopped vehicles are the three types of behavior resulting from distracted driving that are causing the most severe injuries and fatalities.

You can read the remainder of the article by visiting this site .

Though we tend to think teens and under 21 drivers  in GA are the major offenders, apparently many business men and women in older demographics are attempting to respond to emails and conduct business while behind the wheel. Its hard to break the cycle, especially if a parent is advocating young adults stop texting while driving, while continuing the ill fated practice.

Just stop. It can wait. Taking your eyes off the road to read ANYTHING is dangerous. The life you save may well be your own.

 

 

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