Drivers: Please Slow Down To Text
. . . because, then it’s really quite safe to do so. And I’m sure that you can hold your phone in a hand that’s resting on top of the steering wheel, so that you can keep an eye on the road ahead AND on the text message you’re composing or reading.
Or at least that’s what Philippa Curtis, of Suffolk seemed to be claiming as the defendant in a case at Oxford Crown Court. She’s standing trial, after her car struck Victoria McBryde’s broken down vehicle while she was texting at 70mph. Ms McBryde suffered a fatal brain injury.
Even though the evidence of her own experience that texting while driving (texting+driving=dead person) is a stupid, inconsiderate, dangerous thing to do, Phillipa Curtis still told the court that
she could send and receive messages without taking her eyes off the road
Yes, and drunk drivers can also sit behind the wheel, staring glassy-eyed at the road ahead. But scarily enough, they’re less likely to crash than someone who’s trying to compose a 160-character message.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 12/18/2008
- Total Time: 1:13:00.00
- Calories: 951
- Distance: 18 miles
- Average Speed: 14.79 mph