There is an article in today's Telegram called "Man charged with impaired driving after accident." The accident took place on Topsail Road in Paradise and the man charged with impaired driving failed the breathalyzer when RNC officers came to the scene. Fortunately, no one was injured in the car accident.
The words "impaired driving" elicit somewhat of a shocking reaction in most people. An education campaign against drunk driving has drilled into most minds that drunk driving causes accidents including injury and death. We all accept that and know we shouldn't drive drunk.
What about distracted driving? Recent studies show that distracted driving puts road users at a similar risk to impaired driving. Yet, when we see drivers texting, most people aren't nearly as shocked.
RNC Stg. Sean Ennis wants to educate people on the dangers of distracted driving. He says we wouldn't give our kids a pack of beer and keys to the car, but we would give them a cellphone without a head set and car keys. We'll tell them not to drink and drive, but we won't tell them not to talk on their cellphone or text while driving. There's something wrong with that.
We need to make the seriousness of distracted driving a more prominent issue.
We should be just as outraged at the news of distracted driving as we are at the news of drunk driving. Consider this when you reach for your phone while driving or see someone else doing it.