The dangers of distracted driving were made painfully clear last week, after a three-car crash in Florida sent two people to the hospital. The driver who caused the accident was distracted by reaching for a CD, and crossed over the center median into oncoming traffic. Florida Highway Patrol Troopers charged the driver, 21-year-old Euiara Miller of New York, with careless driving.
I blogged back in September about the dangers of distracted driving. While texting and driving seems to be the scapegoat these days, there exists a myriad of other distractions drivers face while driving – talking on a cell phone, listening to the radio, or even eating. Studies have confirmed that distracted drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers! The Florida legislature has several proposed bills that seek to ban texting while driving. This is a step in the right direction, but this most recent accident only highlights the fact that distracted driving can take numerous forms. Real change has to start with drivers themselves.