Distracted Driving Needs to Be Taken Seriously
We all see distracted drivers just about every day we're on the roads. Most of the time, it's always someone talking on the phone, looking at themselves in the rearview mirror, or even eating something while they're supposed to be focusing on the roads.
According to WILX, "distracted drivers kill nine people every day across the country. That's why the Ingham County Sheriff's Office is having a special crackdown on distracted driving."
When it comes to distracted driving, in the past couple of months, I've watched drivers run red lights because they're not paying attention to their own driving skills and for the safety of other drivers.
It's come to a point where you can be driving just about anywhere and notice someone on a phone or texting while driving. And what about weaving back and forth from lane to lane?
Everyone has their idea about what distracted driving is, so let's break it down a little bit further.
According to nhtsa.gov:
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.
Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.
The bottom line here is that distracted driving is very dangerous and should be taken very seriously. And if that's what it takes by having law enforcement officials crack down on distracted driving, perhaps this will help keep more drivers safe in the long run.