While many of us are guilty of it, driving while talking on or sending a text message from a cellular device is a serious matter.
According to statistics by the National Highway Safety Administration, 5,500 people were killed in accidents involving a distracted driver in 2009, while another 448,000 were injured. Those numbers have certainly increased in the three years since the research was conducted, a trend that must be stopped.
With a new distracted driving law, passed in June and taking effect July 1, state officials are taking a stand against those numbers, which they hope will decrease even more once distracted driving becomes a primary offense in 2013.
There are enough distractions while operating a vehicle without worrying about a cell phone. From increased traffic on our rural roads to the unpredictable deer that can do severe damage to a vehicle and its driver, safe driving should be the responsibility of the driver in all situations.
When taking into account students are returning to school this month all over the state, some spending up to an hour on the bus at the beginning and end of each day, the risks caused by distracted driving aren't worth the potential harm.
What may seem like an important message or call at the time can always wait, and can also potentially save a more serious call having to made as a result of an accident.