Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cell Phone Carnage

The debate rages, as to how much motorists are distracted by cell-phone conversations, and whether driving-while-talking should be illegal.

My own opinion on the matter is... most people can probably do fine, talking and driving. Some people can't chew gum and drive at the same time. Unfortunately, we have to pass laws to protect other citizens from the Lowest Common Denominator... so perhaps restrictions are justified. Unfortunately.

There is a sad story today about a teenage girl in Kent, Washington, who was hit by the Amtrak as she walked across the railroad tracks, yammerin' on her phone. (Link to story HERE.)

What a shame.

But on the other hand... thank goodness she wasn't driving, huh? If she missed the train while walking, surely she could've missed another motorist, or a pedestrian, or a cyclist, while driving.

1 comment:

Clancy said...

My only wreck in 4 years of bike commuting, came from answering the cell phone.