Thursday, May 09, 2013
I would bet the experience I am about to share is very common and will become more so as time passes unless someone who cares makes some clever changes.
It was a beautiful late afternoon as I walked with Bailey, a neighbor and 5 of Baily's closest friends. I looked up at a young girl heading straight for us in her car, eyes down at the phone in her hand. Lucky for us she was driving the speed limit as she glanced up and swerved. Had she been speeding we would not be okay.
I have been assured by many people they can text and drive safely. I wonder if the same people would bet their lives on it, as they are willing to risk ours.
I am so very grateful this girl looked up just in time to avoid murdering us. Does it surprise you to read she did not seem in the least bit worried as she drove off looking back down at her phone?
Why do we have laws about driving with hand held devices if no one obeys or enforces them? It is time to get very punitive about this matter before these young drivers not only ruin our lives, but theirs as well.
I have no doubt some clever lawyer will argue for the guilty texting teen driver in a tragedy as the innocent because authorities knew of the problem and sat on their hands.