Hold on I’m Comin’
It was a clear and dry evening. A friend and I had just spent the afternoon shopping and having dinner. I was low on gas; so instead of immediately getting on the freeway , I stopped at the gas station. As I pulled into the left turn lane onto I94E the arrow was green. While turning left and I could see a car barrolling towards me; going about 30 miles per hour. A 17 year boy rammed into me; so hard that my car flipped onto it’s roof . My car began sliding into on- coming traffic. All I could do was pray to God and hold on! What happened? I clearly had the right -of -way. But he was changing the channel on the car radio station – and – bam- he just took off. Never noticing that I was already in the intersection. Fortunately, he was not hurt and I was taken to the hospital then released. Thankfully, we both walked away in one piece.
This is not a blog post directed towards teenagers , twenty-somethings or any specific age group. It’s a call to ALL> I admit , I’ve never been a fan of teen drivers but not every sixteen year old is fumbling with the CD player, texting, putting on mascara or reading the paper while driving. Yes, I said it!!!!!! Reading the paper. I presume – it’s a version of texting while driving except no one responds back.
It’s really a call to the parents, friends and family members, who are actively distracted while driving with the children watching. Technology utilization is an integral part of our make-up today. We are creating a generation of unsafe drivers. I am a true believer – children mirror what they see. In January a young mother , ran a red light and hit me because she was focused on her GPS instead of the road. When I saw the two car seats in the back , I was truly disturbed. She is not the first -well seasoned driver- distracted by technology. You know who you are! We are all guilty , on some level of erratic behavior and poor judgement while driving.
Listed are the top distractions: How many are you guilty of doing on a daily basis?
Rank Order Distraction Type 1 Rear passenger interaction 2 Cell phone handling 3 Cell phone conversation 4 Eating 5 Smoking 6 Reaching for objects (undetermined) 7 Drinking 8 Front passenger interaction 9 Other: Car console interaction Pets Reading Music Grooming Other electronic device Other notable findings include: Driver distraction rate for males is higher, at 30.15 percent vs. females at 27.59 percent. The 16–29 driver age group has the highest distraction rate, at 35.46 percent. Among vehicle types, vans/minivan drivers have the highest distraction rate, at 37.64 percent.
Check out the links. The statistics are staggering. Get home safe.