Friday, 07 September 2012 09:53
Recently I set out to run a few errands; I needed to take heavily traveled Hicksville Road, which is one lane in either direction. I quickly realized the small van in front of me was driving at about 20 MPH. I looked in my rear view mirror and there was a caravan of cars and trucks behind me. Just as I expected, the van’s driver was on his phone. He was oblivious to all the honking that was going on behind him. There was no escaping him until I drove up to the intersection. I wanted to give him a disgruntled look but I knew it was fruitless since he wasn’t remotely aware that the symphony of blaring horns was being directed at him.
That was just one violation in the course of the day. It seemed that whenever I stopped at a light there were drivers on their phones. This is a common occurrence not only on local roads; parkway driving doesn’t fare much better. The texting is out of control also. I saw a driver with reading material propped up on the steering wheel and a phone cradled in his neck – driving in the left lane no less. The ability to multi-task is great but not while driving. While doing my round of errands, I am aware there are people all around me talking on their phones. The guy pumping my gas, one hand on the pump the other on his phone. Then there was a gentleman in the supermarket who was calling home to see if he could substitute one cereal for another. Walking through the mall I observe men, women and teenagers – all on their phones. While in a dressing room, I think someone is talking to me from the next stall only to realize she was on her phone describing what she was trying on to the party on the other end. This is how it went the entire day. I know first hand that one of the privileges that is taken away from kids when they are out of line – their phone.
At the end of the day my husband and I go down to the beach to walk the boardwalk and watch the sunset. There are couples walking hand in hand, and one of them is on their phone while the other partner takes in the view solo. Cell phones are definitely needed in today’s world but so are laws. With all the manpower we have on the streets more diligence should be paid to these offenders and between all the other infractions, speeding, red light observance and expired registrations, a more aggressive approach to enforce these laws with fines just might help with the deficits that both counties are experiencing while at the same time making driving safer for the rest of us that have respect for the law.