I think many of us, myself included, have got a text or email message while driving that we felt compelled to open and read while cruising down the road. Think of what happens when your spouse or teenager does this at the kitchen table or during a conversation. You totally lose that person for several seconds while they process that information. Now, think of how much distance they will cover if doing 30, 50 or 65mph down the road. That is a lot of distance to cover with no attention to what is going on.
This excerpt from the article is particularly disturbing.
"It's convenient," said Robert Smith, 22, a recent college graduate in Windham, Me. He says he regularly texts and drives even though he recognizes that it is a serious risk. He would rather text, he said, than take time on a phone call..."I'm pretty sure that someday it's going to come back to bite me," he said of his behavior.
Mr. Smith, it would be horrible if you got into a crash and injured yourself, but I don't worry about that. What I worry about is, when it "comes back to bite you" that it will be when you ram your vehicle into my wife, one of my sons, my mom or my nephew and end one of their lives and ruin dozens of lives they touch because of it. If your time is so valuable that you would risk the lives of those around you while propelling a 3,000lb piece of metal down the road at 60mph, then you need to hire a chauffeur. Is your time valuable enough to do that? Here is a free clue. If you cannot afford a chauffeur to drive you around, then your time is not as valuable than you think.