Driving, distractions don’t mixPublished 10:44am Monday, April 25, 2011
Thursday’s statewide increased law enforcement focus on distracted driving made a lot of sense.
Clearly, distracted driving has become a major issue on the road. From cell phones that allow us to check e-mails and text to GPS navigation systems to radios that have multiple bells and whistles, there is an abundance of new things that can distract us from driving.
Those distractions have led to tragic results. Driver distraction accounts for 20 percent of all crashes annually, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 injuries.
All of such tragedies could have been prevented. Driving requires our full attention. Turn the cell phone off, let our passengers do the navigation, and keep our car stereo button pushing to a minimum.
When you’re behind the wheel, make driving safe your number one priority.