Driving Down The Interstate Of A Long Weekend Together

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DRIVE SAFE My husband and were driving down the interstate in anticipation of a long weekend together. I randomly glanced at the car to my right, I was shocked at what I saw; a woman putting on mascara, on the interstate nonetheless. I decided to observe other drivers we passed, to note their different activities. Here is what I saw, talking and texting on the phone, eating, turning to check something in the back seat, and fighting with children. I came to the conclusion that the roads are filled with distracted drivers, not all however to many. What is distracted driving? A.O. Ferdinand and N. Menachemi (2014) define distracted driving in this way, people who drive and at the same time participate in other activities that are not associated with driving; which distract them from their duty of driving (para 1). The National Safety Council (2012), shared the following story, “In January 2004, at 4:00 p.m., in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a 20-year-old woman ran a red light while talking on a cell phone. The driver’s vehicle slammed into another vehicle crossing with the green light directly in front of her. The vehicle she hit was not the first car through the intersection, it was the third or fourth. The police investigation determined the driver never touched her brakes and was traveling 48 mph when she hit the other vehicle. The crash cost the life of a 12-year-old boy. Witnesses told the investigators that the driver was not looking down, not dialing the phone, or texting.

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