I have been forced to travel the interstate to work since the advent of road construction season in West Fargo. I am not a fan of the ins-and-outs of closed lanes and detours – my theory is that there are more fender benders in these areas. The risk manager in me seeks to avoid such things – so the interstate it is.
It was on the interstate that I saw the new electronic traffic billboard that carried one of my favorite messages today: DNT TXT & DRV
I find this message to be incredibly timely. With the nice weather I think folks tend to believe their capability for multi-tasking is increased. I have been watching other drivers these past couple of weeks and there are very few folks who are solely focusing on the act of driving. And yes, I own a bit of distratction myself as I was observing the other distracted drivers and becoming cranky in the process.
I’ll be the first to say that I am not a perfect person and certainly not a perfect driver. But one thing I don’t do, and would never do, is text and drive. As I have said many times before in my blog, that behavior is incredibly dangerous. I had hoped that when North Dakota passed the law that prohbited such behavior while operating a motor vehicle that it would slowly become extinct – no such luck.
I still regularly see folks texting and driving. One the days that I am up by the college I see texting and driving multiple times a day. I have seen near misses between cars and walkers on the campus by drivers who were texting. The other day I saw a young lady almost hit someone head on because she was texting and veered into oncoming traffic. I wanted to follow her to wherever she was going and to give her a lecture about how dangerous her behavior was and the damage she could do to her family and others’ families by texting and driving. Ultimately I refrained from being a vigilante lecturer, but every single day the urge to lecture someone else arises. I don’t think these texters realize that I already have four children and a bucketload of students to lecture…I don’t need more folks to lecture.
So I ask you – you who continue to text and drive – to stop this behavior so that I can be relieved of the urge to follow you and lecture you. I don’t want you to hurt yourself or others for a text message – too many folks have been injured and killed already because of folks who thought they could handle the multi-tasking of texting and driving.
As the sign said – DNT TXT & DRV – and as I add – PLEASE!!!!!!!!
One thousand and seventeen of the new forty – obla di obla da