Because of the careless driving I've seen in just the past six months, I no longer go on green for fear of red light runners. I look both ways when crossing a one-way street, and before I leave the house I ask myself if this trip is absolutely necessary. You know, worth being rear-ended or worse.
However it became standard practice in Tampa to eat, text, chat, sew, read, and more while driving, it has got to stop with you.
Accidents happen, but crashes don't have to. Last month I wasn't as careful as I should have been and changed lanes too quickly. I cut off a car that was in a blind spot but practically beside me. Thank goodness that driver was paying attention and prevented us from colliding.
These days when you see a driver swerving out of their lane for a few seconds, it's almost guaranteed they're texting. Every time I'm sitting at a red light I watch the passing cars to see how many drivers are looking down for 3-4+ seconds as they text. It's too many to count. I can forgive ignorance, but this is plain stupidity.
I know we all lead very, very busy lives but no message is so important that it's worth killing or maiming another living soul. For one, I can't believe it's not yet illegal. But it's even harder for me to believe that I know good people who drive and txt and are unaware or unconcerned about how dangerous their behavior is to themselves and the people around them.