Distracted Driving - Has the Stupidity Reached its Peak?
Another day, another reason to marvel at the stupidity of distracted drivers.
I say marvel, but really I’m talking anger and disgust.
What’s got me so pissed?
And the results are hardly surprising.
Apparently 90% of Canadians say they’ve seen other drivers on the phone. While 80% say they've observed other drivers texting.
But it doesn’t stop there.
61% of Canadians have reported seeing people distracted by their radios or GPS. 40% say they’ve seen drivers turn around to yell at passengers in the back seat. A staggering 66% have seen motorists driving with their pets on their lap. And a mind blowing 24% have seen drivers make out while behind the wheel.
Apparently distracted drivers are into everything from pets to passion.
So it’s tempting to write the results of this survey off as just a litany of the silly things people do while behind the wheel.
But here’s the thing. It’s not cute.
Distracted drivers are 20-30% more likely to be involved in a car accident. Accidents that kill, maim and rob families of their loved ones.
There were 51,000 tickets handed out to distracted drivers in BC during 2012 (the last year that figures were available). That same year 81 people died as a result of distracted driving.
Surveys like this may make us shake our heads at the antics of other drivers. Maybe even laugh at them. But really, these results should leave us disgusted at the disregard some drivers have for other users of the road.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about the RSA survey is that ,while the majority of Canadians were willing to remark on other motorists’ behaviour, very few were willing to fess up to their own distracted driving.
Drivers have to stand up and speak out.
And it’s time drivers faced up to their own responsibilities and correct their bad driving habits.
Really, isn’t it about time we started demanding that drivers get their own affairs in order rather than just pointing the finger at other motorists?
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