Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Why People Should Pay Attention While Driving
My husband called from work a little while ago and said he had been an hour late today due to a train accident. Seems a woman was talking to her husband on her cell phone when she went around lowered train crossing gates and was t-boned by the express Metra train. I feel for her husband's loss, but come on! It was careless on her part to do what she did.

I see so many people doing things in their car, talking on phones, reading newspapers, etc... and not paying attention to their driving almost every day. But to go around lowered gates??? That takes some semblance of awareness and she paid the ultimate price. Her life. And it is absolutely tragic.

It's horrible, but people do things like that every day. I've caught myself answering my cell phone while driving and noticed that I don't pay as much attention, so I turn off my phone now when I'm in the car. I don't want to be another story in the paper.

I remember hearing that Chicago was thinking of passing a law to make it illegal for people to use their cells while driving. I am all for it! Maybe it will save some lives.

Others may object to this by saying the government is trying to tell us how to live our lives, but seriously, if someone is careless enough to go around lowered gates with an express train coming due to the fact that they are talking on a cell and doing something other than paying attention to where they are going, maybe we need Big Brother in this case.

Think about this lady's husband. He was talking with her when she was killed. What could he have heard at the time of the crash? It's just plain horrible and I feel for him.
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I'm just a mom of two, a crafter of jewelry, and to keep my sanity among the Yankees (kidding)I write southern-themed poetry, short stories and memoirs. I have been published on the web on sites such as USA Deep South, Southern Humorists, Muscadine Lines - A Southern Journal, Mosaic Minds and Long Story Short. I am also a contributor in Dew on the Kudzu and Weight-Loss Articles.com where I write dieting humor.

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