Gambling with distractions
Do you think restrictions on cellphones have gone too far? Have you convinced yourself that you can use a cellphone and still drive safely?
Do you believe if it is legal to talk to your passengers it should be legal to talk to someone on a phone? Hey, I’m only asking these questions to make a point.
Accidents usually happen when two or more unforeseen, and often unrelated circumstances, converge.
Like when you have to swerve to miss a pothole but failed to notice the vehicle beside you.
Or when you are approaching an intersection with a partially obscured stop sign. Or when you are suddenly on a collision course with a skateboarder who came out of nowhere.
Or when you make a left turn before seeing the approaching motorcycle because of the glare on your windshield.
Or when you encounter a darkly dressed intoxicated man crossing the street at dusk.
Or when a woman using her smart phone steps off the curb right in front of your vehicle.
A split second can make a huge difference. If you are momentarily distracted, the results could be catastrophic. Why gamble?
Lloyd Atkins, Vernon