Editorial: Texting and driving

The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

Have you ever been driving down the street or highway…and someone cuts you off to change lanes or make a turn?  You pull around to discover that the other driver is talking or texting on a cell phone.  Or maybe you've done it yourself…I know I have…missed an exit or turn because I was concentrating on my phone conversation.  Some sobering facts were released this week by the National Safety Council.  They report that close to 30% of auto crashes stem from cell phone usage.  1.4 million from cell phone conversations….almost 200,000 from cell phone text messaging.   With all the smooth-driving comforts of today's vehicles, sometimes it's difficult to remember that you're not sitting at home or in an office chatting on the phone.  Across the country laws are being passed to limit cell phone usage while driving…especially text messaging.  But if we all just give it a little more thought while we multitask when steering a couple thousand pounds of life-threatening metal….Is it really necessary to legislate common sense?

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