Talking Ourselves to Death (5/29/07) - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Talking Ourselves to Death (5/29/07)

It's been estimated that motorists who use cell phones while driving are four times more likely to get into injury accidents than those who don't.73 percent of people talk on cell phones while driving.

Do the math, and it's pretty clear we have a problem.  And if you think that's a problem, it's also estimated that 19 percent of people text-message while behind the wheel!  Why this is tolerated?

The law rightly and severely punishes people for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. But impairment is impairment. And someone yammering away on a cell phone - not to mention typing away on it - when they should be concentrating on driving, is just as dangerous as a driver who's had one or two drinks too many.

And I'm not exaggerating. Insurance companies say it's so.

An automobile in motion is a potentially deadly weapon. Operating one demands your total attention. Which is why I think talking on a cell phone while driving should be classified as reckless driving and punishable as such.

I don't want to take anyone's cell phone away. I know having one can be invaluable in case of emergency.  But when they become more likely to cause that emergency in the first place, it's time to say "enough."

What do you think? Call us at 588-2433 and let us know.

I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.

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