Vail Daily’s view: Hang up the cell while driving
Vail, CO, Colorado
The Rocky Mountain News reported recently that at least seven people in Colorado have died in traffic accidents in which someone was distracted because of using a cell phone.
The latest was Nov. 25 in Fort Collins, when a 9-year-old girl was killed by a driver who was talking on a cell phone.
Now, some Colorado legislators are talking about introducing a bill that would ban the use of cell phones while driving.
With some reservations, we believe it’s high time that happened. Everyone who commutes in our valley probably has a story about some dingbat driver on the interstate who, almost inevitably, was yakking obliviously on a cell phone.
And our valley hasn’t been immune from serious injury and death thanks to phone-distracted driving by young people.
Study after study indicates that being distracted by a cell phone conversation can be almost as bad for your driving skills as drinking.
And we can’t help but believe that young people texting ” and texting remains primarily something the under-30 set dominates ” is even worse.
Young people ” in this case, those 21 and younger ” are, by definition, inexperienced drivers. Throw in an attention-diverting activity like texting, and trouble is almost sure to crop up somewhere along the road.
Now, there are plenty of things that distract drivers every day, from changing a radio station to arguing kids to … well, you get the idea.
And, no, we’re never going to be able to ban all distractions a driver might face.
In this case, though, we’re all for a new law that would restrict cell phone use only to hands-free devices and ban texting all together.
In the meantime, please hang up and just drive, OK?