Even with cities and states across the country passing ordinances and laws about cellphone use and driving, it seems that every day there is a story in the news about a car accident due to distracted driving. The reality is that texting and talking are not the only causes of distracted driving. Any kind of multitasking that goes on behind the wheel can cause a driver to be distracted. Even in the second it takes to adjust the thermostat settings, a tragic accident can occur.
You see at least one every day on your daily commute to and from work: a driver who is multitasking while behind the wheel. From playing with the radio to eating and even engaging in some personal grooming, many people seem to think that they should be getting other things done while driving. Recent studies have given more weight to something most of us already know: texting while driving is the most dangerous kind of distracted driving.
The restaurant business, at least when it comes to fast food, seems specifically created to cater to eating and driving. Yes, technically speaking, you can hit the drive-thru and then go home to eat. But how many times do you simply want to eat while you drive?
You're heading to work when a teen driver flies by you in the other direction, staring down at her phone as she drives. You shake your head and keep going. At the next intersection, the car ahead of you doesn't move when the light turns green, the young driver looking back and talking to his friends in the back seat. Then, as you slow to turn into your parking lot, a car full of teens with the music blaring rear-ends you. As you get out of the car, wincing in pain, you notice that the driver of the smoking vehicle behind you is already posting a picture to Instagram.
You drove home after a long day at work thinking nothing of the commute. You had only a few miles to go when a driver came seemingly out of nowhere and collided with you. Just before the car accident, you noticed the driver was turned away, seeming to look at something on the seat instead of the road ahead. That distracted action was a choice, and it's one that has now left you with injuries.
While most motorists drive appropriately in rush hour traffic, some don't take the steps necessary to remain safe. Instead, they take risks that put everyone on the road in a dangerous position.
As if there weren't enough things in the world to distract drivers, digital billboards have appeared along interstates and highways in the city of Little Rock.
Pokemon Go recently took the world by storm, and now people are seeing a Caterpie to the left, a Weedle straight ahead and a Pichachu lurking somewhere to the right. Which to capture first? For a driver, the time it takes to make that decision and click on the critter may mean a car accident or death.
Law enforcement officers in the Little Rock area are cracking down on distracted driving -- and for good reason:
In today's world, it seems that everyone is online and connected through their smart-phones and similar devices. Of course everyone knows - at least in theory - that it is dangerous and perhaps even illegal to text while driving, but very few really understand the extent of the risks involved.