How a frightening trip to the ER changed my resolve about distracted driving

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  • Wonder Provo, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 1:00 p.m.

    I occasionally check my phone records against times when I know my teenager is driving. I've told her if there is ever a text sent during that time, she'll lose car privileges, no ifs, ands or buts.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 9:25 a.m.

    As a previous poster mentioned, the story that KSL ran last night on this subject was excellent. That poor young woman who almost lost her life, and may still lose her leg, all over a text message that said "ha-ha." How very tragic.

    This all comes down to selfishness. Too many self-centered, self-absorbed people out there driving who think sending text messages are more important than public safety.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    School parking lots are publicly owned parking lots and with students less than 18 years old. Many parents provide their children with cell phones and texting still happens whether the parent acknowledges that or not. Parking lots are safe and there is normally no horse play in them, not. Peer pressure is very high for these students and that is why we still pay for drivers under 26 at a higher than normal rate. There is a lot of peer pressure at school, rich or poor, privileged or not, young and younger, at school or not.

  • bikeboy Boise, ID
    Feb. 20, 2013 8:58 a.m.

    As a transportation cyclist, my biggest fear nowadays is that I'll get plowed by a distracted driver. Distracted driving so very commonplace any more, and usually when I see somebody driving very poorly, when they get closer the reason is apparent - their attention is focused on that little electronic gizmo.

    Until there's a stigma attached to it - like drunken driving - I don't see much changing. How many innocents will get maimed or killed in the meantime?

    (Unless I'm mistaken, traffic laws don't apply to privately-owned parking lots. Any recovery for loss would be in the civil courts, and most likely negotiated between the insurance companies.)

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 8:40 a.m.

    We have a MUCH bigger problem to address than simply jeans.

    The question that really needs an answer is why our legislature refuses to outlaw texting and talking on our highways. I sent an email to Gage Froerer, my representative urging him to amend the pending law that will outlaw such things only for teenagers. That needs to include ALL drivers.

    But no reply from Mr. Froerer.

    KSL ran an absolutely excellent piece on distracted driving last night. It's a problem that goes far beyond just texting and talking, but it is one that MUST be addressed.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 8:15 a.m.

    Parking lots at grocery stores and malls are horrendous risks for a person walking, standing, or just getting out of the car. However, driving into a school parking lot, whether elementary, middle and junior high and especially, high school is putting your life into the hands of teenagers who are much more agile and quick to respond, if able. If able, means if not texting, e-mailing, ear buds in listening to the latest, or just messing around with the passengers along for the ride. There aren't too many older people with slow reflexes and especially not going too fast in a school parking lot, but plenty of youth especially young men think they can react so quickly that no one is in danger.

    This is a great story, especially thinking about the last thing you said to your children and potentially didn't say.

    My wife fell on ice and broke her femur. As one said, she looked exquisite on the ice for 30 minutes waiting for the ambulance in her fancy dress, etc. However, with all the pain at the hospital she didn't have very much of a problem allowing them to cut it.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Feb. 20, 2013 6:09 a.m.

    Nice story, heart felt. I know how much jeans cost and you have my sympathy. Free agency, gives us enough rope [leeway] to hang our selves. I don't use a phone in the car but I use up all the slack in the rope going too fast. I have to change my ways to. I don't want to hurt any one because I had a stupid thought go through my head. I know because of experience, God can make a way where there is no way. I hope we all can see how dangerous free agency is to others when we are only thinking of our self, when we should be looking out for the other gut.

  • fowersjl Farmington, Utah
    Feb. 20, 2013 6:02 a.m.

    I've been hit twice in parking lots by distracted drivers. One driver backed up, hitting me in the knees with the bumper. I went down, but reached up and grabbed hold of the bumper and she kept backing up, dragging me. Holding on to the bumper saved my life, as she was driving an old station wagon with a very low frame. The oil pan certainly would have crushed me. Tore up my brand new jeans, so I have great sympathy for you, Susie. Am very wary in parking lots.