Distracted Drivers

It is hard to believe that the publicity surrounding the effects of distracted driving has made no apparent dent in this dangerous practice. Leaving my office each evening I count numerous drivers on the phone as they hit the streets. Stopping at a street corner every driver seems to have a phone pressed to their ear as they roll through the crosswalk without looking, narrowly missing pedestrians and sometimes other cars.
Within days one motorcyclist was killed and another injured by a distracted driver in our county. The increase in high speed rear end collisions is largely due to drivers who do not even brake, they have no clue traffic ahead has stopped.
Driving while talking on a cell phone is equivalent to driving after several drinks. Texting while driving is even worse, yet we see drivers doing both everywhere we go.
How can this practice be stopped? Major penalties are one way. Making sure juries hear about it is another. The best way is personal responsibility. Don’t answer or attempt to initiate a phone call while driving. Your life depends on it.