Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hang Up and Drive!

The Indiana Legislature had a distracted driving law up this last session and I believe that they let it die in committee. Regardless, just because our elected officials don't think that it is a problem doesn't mean that it isn't. As a daily cyclist, I do have some concern that someone will be checking their email or texting and prevent me from going home that day. We have the responsibility to get the word out to all elected officials and to our friends and coworkers that this behavior is unacceptable.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood wants you to concentrate on your driving. Don’t answer that cell phone call. Don’t check your e-mail. And don’t even think about sending a text. Just drive.

In an interview for the POLITICO video series “The Politics of America’s Youth,” LaHood laid out his argument: “If you have an emergency in your car, pull over, grab your cell phone, talk to whoever you have to talk to,” he said. “But when you’re driving from one place to another, there is no message, either text or phone, that’s important until you get to your destination.”

And no, just checking your e-mails at a red light doesn’t count as safe. LaHood says electronic devices should be stashed in the glove compartment where they can’t wink, blink or ring their way into your brain.

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