By: Joe Burke
It should come as no surprise that the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended all drivers be banned from using cell phones, in any manner, while operating a vehicle. The efforts to ban cell phone use and texting, while driving, have been going on for a while now, with texting the primary target.
The results of distracted driving are becoming catastrophic! More than 3,000 people died in highway crashes last year as a result of distracted driving. I wholeheartedly agree with their recommendation but my daily experiences, on the road, indicate most drivers do not.
As a real estate appraiser, I am on the road a lot. I still, with regularity, see drivers of all ages and both sexes texting and/or talking while driving; some even steering with their knees. However, there is more contributing to this problem than just cell phones.
With all of the efforts directed at one source of distraction, our law makers and law enforcers seem to be ignoring another prevalent driver distraction...pets!
I am appalled at the number of adults I see, operating a motor vehicle, with the pet dog in their lap and in many cases with the dog's head sticking out of the driver's side window, effectively blocking the side-view mirror.
What's more shocking is that I still, on occasion, see drivers with a young child standing on the seat next to them...with no child restraint.
There's a lot more to driver distraction than just cell phones. We need to address it all.