With the recent revelation of how the U.S. government hid and withheld reports and stats on the dangers caused by distracted drivers on cell phones, it makes me remember the many instances in which I have had to react aggressively in order to avoid an accident caused by some mentally challenged driver who is oblivious to those around him or her.
I have been run off the road at least two times and in both instances the driver seemed not to even realize what they had just caused. Study after study has showed that talking on the cell phone while driving is the equal to driving under the influence. Even our government has concluded that talking on your cell phone, while driving, can increase the risk of an accident by three or four times. But for some reason the National Highway Safety Administration, while under the Bush Administration chose to hide their studies.
Whether it was out of fear of losing support from wealthy special interest groups or just out of simple incompetence, one thing is true, people’s lives are being lost to the idiocy of those who choose to stick that phone to their heads and forgetting that they are behind the wheel of a 3700 lb weapon and it is every driver’s responsibility to make sure they are in total control of that weapon.
That is why I personally believe that as more and more lives are affected by the conscious decision to disregard the safety of others by talking on a cell phone, should be regard the same as someone shooting into a crowd. If you cause an accident, while talking on a cell phone you should be prosecuted and it should be regarded as a felony. Then and only then perhaps that moron driving next to you who is swearing side to side think about it twice before he or she choose to make that call, which in the majority of instance can wait.
Meanwhile I take my father’s advice and I advice you to do the same, “Always drive as if everyone else on the road is blind, deaf and dumb.” So far it has worked for me.