People who use cell phones to talk are a scourge on the roads. But while there is evidence that talking on the cell phone, whether holding it in one’s hand or using hands-free devices, creates cognitive distractions sufficient to increase the risk of accidents and thus both should be banned, at least people have their eyes on the road and their feet on the pedals.
Those who text or read while driving are an obvious menace and I cannot for the life of me understand how anyone would even think of doing such a thing, though of course one sees it happening all the time. But this latest episode, captured by an appalled couple who observed it, really takes the cake. It shows a woman using her foot to steer while texting with both hands, and even doing this on a highway.
The people in the other car tried to get her to stop but failed.
The Delongs followed the woman’s car for quite a while, and her distracted driving continued.
“For a good 20 minutes we were in her vicinity whether it was beside her or behind her,” Sarah said.
Sarah and Shawn did try to get her to stop her dangerous activity.
“At one point we beeped at her and I yelled ‘get off your phone!’ And she looked and smirked at me and went right back to doing whatever it was on her phone,” Sarah said.
People just don’t realize what a lethal weapon a car is, capable of taking someone’s life in the blink of an eye, and how carefully it should be operated.