Just don’t drive dumb

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If we are honest with ourselves, we have all done something while operating a vehicle that could constitute distracted driving.

Parents know the challenge of focusing on the road while a cranky kid is having a meltdown in the backseat. We try to soothe the beast as best we can, reaching into the backseat to blindly fumble for a dropped toy or to attempt to comfort the child.

Workaholics know the overwhelming mental itch when they hear a new text or email has arrived on their phone. It would just take a second to glance at it.

And we think it’s safe to say all of us, at one point or another, have been distracted by a messy burger, spilled coffee or a dropped French fry while driving. Sometimes, the wait to devour the delicious takeout is just too much.

What is it about driving that makes us forget we are operating a potentially deadly machine that is hurtling down the road at significant speeds?

We all know distracted driving is a bad idea – the stats don’t lie. Be it overconfidence in our ability, boredom or the ever-increasing urge to be in the know and get back to people as soon as possible, we ignore the risks and take our attention off the road.

There are fines if you’re caught – the penalty for distracted driving is currently set at $287 and comes with three demerit points. That is a deterrent but, ultimately, it comes down to a personal choice; is it worth the risk?

We hope you all take time to evaluate that question this month in particular as it’s Distracted Driving Month, and we hope you choose to put your safety and that of others first.

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