Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Driving by Example

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Driving by Example

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Driving is serious business, requiring concentration, caution, and common sense. Isn't that what we tell 16-year-olds as they get their licenses?

Unfortunately, it isn't what a lot of their elders practice. Recent evidence of that comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which issued an advisory about the hazards of mixing cellphones and other gadgetry with driving.

The agency cited growing data that drivers distracted by phone conversations or on-board computer screens can cause collisions. It also warned the manufacturers of such equipment that they should take safety into account in designing their products.

An official warning is not a law, and efforts to pass laws regarding cell-phone use while driving have failed in the United States, though a number of other countries have such laws. But the warning should cause people to reconsider their habits on the road.

At the least, it may be best to forget the phone when the traffic is bad or the weather severe. …

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