Distracted Driving

Have you ever thought of your car as a weapon? How about that vehicle that your son or daughter is driving, ever thought of it as a large boulder barreling down a hill out of control? Recent developments in driving behavior, in drivers, of all ages, demands that we take a closer look at distracted driving.

No, automobiles are not yet fully considered by our society to be instruments of extreme danger. However, no one should forget that their use, rather, the privilege to use them, on the highways of the Commonwealth of Virginia carries with them certain dangers. At those moments, those drivers are not paying attention to how they are driving or others are driving, those vehicles are not being driven; and, if you get my imagery, you can see my point about a car that becomes a weapon or an aimless boulder rolling down hill.
Think about it, if you pay attention to the world around you, at all, when you're driving, you see people everywhere being distracted every way. There are the "low hanging fruit" of the distractions, which include texting and talking on the modern development called the cell phone. But, the subtle distractions still remain, which may include smoking, changing the radio, attending to a young child, or putting on makeup with the car still in motion in traffic.  No matter what the distraction, if it draws our attention away from our foot on the gas pedal, our hands on the steering wheel, our eyes on the road or our head on a swivel, that distraction is not as important as the consideration that we have to have for ourselves and others.

When one sits behind the wheel of a motor vehicle in the Commonwealth, he or she is expected to conduct themselves with a greater degree of responsibility. A driver must operate his vehicle with a degree of thought and respect that shows a clear ability to be mindful of the dangerous instruments of travel that they are operating. In doing so, the driver is expected to manage the operation of the machine in such a way as to enable the driver to anticipate and avoid collisions, as well as stay between the lines and within the speed limits.  To not do so is to drive recklessly.

Literally, we do not want to see harm come to anyone we love or anyone that we could have saved.  Morally, let's put the distractions down and away, let's protect our passengers and insist that our loved ones protect themselves and their passengers. Nothing is as preventable as distracted driving. Do everything you can to prevent needless damage and injury.