How Distracted is too Distracted When Driving?
With the MN "Click it or Ticket" campaign that started Monday, I got to thinking about all of the other issues I see while driving. What I have seen in the past week alone has really made me scared to let my daughter even get her learner's permit when she hits 15.
- People on the phone, not using hands-free to carry on a conversation, or worse, looking down at their phones while they are supposed to be looking at the road.
- People not looking when they are trying to change lanes, I saw a near miss yesterday, and the driver who did not look to see if the lane was clear was on their phone.
- When people do not yield the right of way to emergency vehicles when the lights and sirens are going. I saw this just last week, the fire rescue truck had to wait for cross traffic to stop. I am just glad it was not icy, it could have been much worse.
- People not yielding the right of way to pedestrians in a cross-walk. This is very important, and I see it all the time at the 26th St and 3rd Ave crosswalk. If the lights are flashing, the pedestrian has the right of way. However, if a pedestrian is crossing in the middle of the street, they need to yield to traffic.
These are just a few things I have seen as the weather is getting warmer, and it is a good reminder for all that driving is a privilege, not a right. Moral of the story; put the phone down and be completely attentive in your driving.