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May 13, 2014

VILLAGE IDIOT: Driving us crazy with our distracted driving

I just saw a report that said eight out of 10 car crashes or near-crashes are caused by distracted drivers. Thank goodness I was watching TV while I was driving, or I might have missed that.

It’s one of those stories that can change your life. So I called Sue to tell her, but the cellphone reception was bad out on the interstate, so I told her I’d get back to her when I was on one of the service roads.

I wonder, though, do we really need a study to know that distracted drivers cause accidents? Or is it like one of those million-dollar studies that takes years of research to shock us with the news that mother’s milk is OK for babies to drink? Do we need a study to tell us people do insane things behind the wheel? All you have to do is pull out of your driveway to realize that the inmates have taken over the asylum.

Hang on, I’ve got to stop typing and pay attention to the guy in front of me. He’s driving erratically; he’s all over the road. I think he may be drunk. Well, at least he’s not distracted. Never mind — I just flew past him and I think he’s sober, and he wasn’t on the phone or texting. He was just updating his Facebook status. Seems he’s less distracted now that someone took a baseball bat to his left headlight.

I know a lot of people work out of their cars now. The front passenger seat is their entire office. It’s got the computer, the filing cabinet, water cooler — everything you need to run a business, right there within easy reach. The back seat is the conference room. I suppose the most common business to run out of a car is car insurance claims adjuster.

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