Recently, while reading this article about "Back-to-School Safety" (re: drivers), I found myself in agreement with and very interested in most of the suggestions. Here are the highlights:
Be familiar with school zones.
Stop for school bus lights.
Obey crossing guards.
Anticipate the worst.
Be careful around parked vehicles.
Turn your headlights on.
Avoid using cell phones when driving.
Don't honk at pedestrians or bicyclists.
I must say, though, that I had to pause at the seventh suggestion:
Avoid using cell phones when driving. Cell phones are a known distraction. Never use hand-held cell phones while driving, and never use hands-free cell phones while driving in school zones or areas with children. The same goes for activities that distract the driver, such as changing CDs, looking at notes and reading maps.I'll give them some points for acknowledging the fact that there are of other things, within and without the vehicle, to distract drivers. Still, I'm still bugged by the idea that the mobile phone is the worst of them - worthy of a special mention or statewide legislation.
I don't see anyone out-lawing cheeseburgers, cd players, or hyper-active five-year-olds. All of which have caused drivers to divide their attention at one time or another.
Safety's the bottom-line, of course, but I remain skeptical that mobile phones make THAT many bad drivers. It seems far more likely, to me, that bad drivers happen to use mobile phones.
I can agree to look out for the kiddies, though.