I don’t think before last night I really had a good understanding about the dangers of being on a cell phone while driving. Last night I got a real clear message — and it wasn’t a text message.
While heading north on Route 202 I figured I’d check in with my sister to see what was the plan for the upcoming holidays. See, she lives in New Jersey so we always need to make a plan when it comes to getting together.
Now PennDOT as you may know is doing lots of work on Route 202. But you know, no one told me I had less room to maneuver these days.
This is the part where you can feel free to beat me up.
Yes, with the cast on the right hand, I still felt in control enough to search for my sister’s number in my new cell phone. So I did — and probably came within six inches of having a face-to-face conversation with the concrete wall to my left.
The phone went flying out of my hand — on purpose — and I vowed to never do that again. And I mean talking while I drive. I must say I don’t think I have ever texted while I drive. I’m nuts but not that nuts. But I have spent time talking. Not any longer. And just in time.
According to the Associated Press, states should ban all driver use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices, except in emergencies, the National Transportation Board has said.
The recommendation, unanimously agreed to Tuesday by the five-member board, applies to both hands-free and hand-held phones and significantly exceeds any existing state laws restricting texting and cellphone use behind the wheel.
At this point I can’t argue with them. We all think we’re capable of more than we really are and regarding cell phone use, it’s a decision that could kill you. It has killed people.
I am now totally behind the notion of no talking or texting while driving. And I am grateful that I didn’t crash my car or anyone else’s with my bad choice.
The phone stays in my coat pocket until I stop somewhere. And that’s a promise.
— Andy Hachadorian