Smart phones, dumb drivers in Delaware
December 14, 2012By Rob Tornoe for NewsWorks
All it really would take is a moment of inattentiveness on my part for something terrible to happen
Here is Rob's commentary
A few years ago, when states started toying around with the idea of legislating distracted driving rules, I felt like it was just more government run amok. "Department of Wasted Time" I decried in several political cartoons I drew at the time.
Boy, was I wrong.
A good friend of mine was one of the victims. He was given a ticket after he pulled out his cell phone to check his email at a red light. A cop happened to see it, pulled him over and gave him a ticket.
As first, I was sympathetic with my friend, and my old anger over good intentions run amok began to bubble over. But then I thought about all the horrible incidents I've read about in
The statistics are even more sobering. In 2010, 3,092 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, and another 416,000 were injured. Last year, 147 crashes in
All because someone couldn't wait to answer the phone, or send a flippant LOL text message.
I'm guilty of it, too. I'll catch myself from time to time taking a call while I'm driving. I even justify it to my friends and family. But in the end, all it really would take is a moment of inattentiveness on my part for something terrible to happen, all because I couldn't wait ten minutes to check my voicemail.
Rob Tornoe is a political cartoonist and a WHYY contributor. See more of his work at RobTornoe.com, and follow him on Twitter @RobTornoe.