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No one seems to care

January 14, 2013 - Blaine Hyska
You see it all the time. You’re driving to work, or running an errand.

You notice the person in the car next to you. The driver is looking down at his or her lap — while driving, or trying to drive. It’s obvious what’s happening. The driver is texting and driving.

Cell phone marketers have done a great job of creating the illusion that you will miss something vitally important if you are not connected at all times — 24/7. They make cell phone users believe that that beep from an incoming text message is the greatest, funniest, most amazing message ever.

You’ve got to look at it or you’ll miss something great. And you don’t want to be the last one on your friends’ list to look at it, do you?

Cell phone users have swallowed the myth hook, line and sinker. They’re wired and addicted. They here the beep and grab for the phone, no matter what they’re doing.

In the process, they’re also killing people. Texting while driving likely caused more than 16,000 road fatalities between 2002 and 2007, according to U.S. Department of Transportation.

It’s as bad or worse than drunk driving. But no one seems to care.

We have a police scanner radio here in the office. Many area drivers alert the police when they suspect someone is drunk driving. Why don’t they call in when they spot someone texting and driving?

Maybe after a few thousand more deaths, they will.



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