Mar 2, 2010

A Texting While Driving Story

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While driving southbound on I-75 today on my way to my office hours at Bowling Green State University, I came upon a driver in the left lane whose behavior could best be described as "erratic." The female driver was weaving a bit in the lane and driving at varied speeds.

70... weave... 55... weave... 70... that sort of thing.

I finally got annoyed enough to pass her on the right side, making sure to provide a wide berth to avoid being on the receiving end of one of her swerves. As I passed I noticed that the driver's head was down and she was committing the act of texting while driving. One wonders what could possibly be so important to cause a driver to text while driving; I suspect it was some personal drama involving a significant other, but there would be irony if the driver was checking out free insurance quotes on her cell phone.

I will save the pontificating about the dangers of this activity for another post, but I happened to catch a view of the vehicle in my rear view mirror as we approached a curve in the highway past the Luckey-Haskins exit. The driver did not notice that the road was curving, and she hit the gravel shoulder at about 65 mph.

Lurch left. lurch right, skid left, skid right.

I thought I was about to watch this smaller SUV go into an out-of-control roll, but the driver managed to get her vehicle straightened out at the last second. This could have been luck, skill, or divine intervention, but somehow a potentially fatal accident was avoided.

So to you texting drivers out there: take note. This was a near miss, and I am documenting the event with the hope that just one texting driver wakes up. For the rest of us: keep your eyes open and assume the worst in every driver you encounter, as defensive paranoia while driving is still the best way to avoid accidents.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Think gene pools and improvement of the human species!!! Let them text I say!!

Mad Jack said...

Turn on your dash cam and pass the footage to the Ohio State Highway Patrol - right after you post it on YouTube.

People like that drive me to distraction. I this dumbbell wants to kill herself, there are simpler methods that do not inconvenience people as would an auto accident on the expressway. Why not choose a fall from a high place, or a .45 slug through the cranium? Just inconsiderate of others, I guess. Her parents are probably the same way.

historymike said...

Anonymous:

While I understand the sentiment, I disagree that the human race is better off when every impulsive person dies. I probably would be dead a hundred times over if this were my fate for every reckless act in which I engaged.

I am getting better as I age, though, or maybe I am just losing my taste for thrill-seeking.

historymike said...

Interesting idea about a dash-cam, MadJack. I suspect I could have enough material for a blog post five days a week just by driving around 30 minutes a day and documenting highway idiocy.

(mulls over idea)

Anonymous said...

My only sibling almost died within the past year due to a texting while driving incident.

I suppose all of the horrendous pain and the month long hospital stay still seem "lucky" when compared to death.