Saturday, March 27, 2010

no texting while driving

Some guy in Massachusetts died in a car accident yesterday. He had been sending text messages while driving. His death is sad (he was 21), and illustrates the dangers of distracted driving.

If all driving-while-texting (or cell-phone talking) incidents were single car crashes, well I'd be tempted to let nature take its course. But they aren't. The driver yesterday lost control and hit a tree. But he could have lost control and plowed into an oncoming car. Or onto a crowded sidewalk. Or into a storefront.

Cell-phone driving impairs people much like driving while drunk does. Texting while driving is even worse. There is a reason that states should ban these practices. Because the market won't, and evolution won't work fast enough to save the innocent bystanders.

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