By Paul Gorski
If you get stuck in the new roundabout at Main and Auburn, just tweet your friends or family for help. No, I am not serious. You should never text, tweet or post to Facebook while driving — that is distracted driving and an accident waiting to happen. This is my “let’s fight distracted driving” column.
Before the explosion of high-tech phones, tablets and the like, I used to see distracted drivers shaving, putting on makeup, and reading the newspaper. Today, I see young and old drivers texting, tweeting and reviewing their Facebook pages on new gadgets while driving 70 miles per hour in construction zones. I see this from the comfort of a double-decker coach bus, so I’m allowed to be distracted.
If you are the offending distracted driver, why do you want to put yourself or fellow drivers in harm’s way? What is so important that you are willing to crash into a construction barricade or kill a construction worker? Or risk your own life? I’ve seen drivers working on tablets while passing other cars. That’s just nuts. Put the technology down while driving.
And if you are the person they are communicating with, don’t answer them. Tell your friends or family you can wait until they get home to hear from them. You don’t want to finish the text or tweet while in the hospital emergency room. It might make for a very depressing Facebook post, too.
Distracted driving has become such a national issue there are public service ads and websites dedicated to fighting the problem.
Visit http://www.distraction.gov/ to get the facts about distracted driving and what you can do to help prevent it. Thank you.
Paul Gorski (www.paulgorski.com) has been a technology manager nearly 20 years, specializing in workflow solutions for printing, publishing and advertising computer users. Originally destined to be a chemist, his interest in computers began in college when he wrote a program to analyze data from lab instruments he hard-wired to the back of an Apple IIe.
From the Oct. 16-22, 2013, issue