Our readers in Tennessee who are familiar with previous posts here know that the danger of distracted driving is widespread throughout the state, and throughout the rest of the country as well. These days, most people seem to willingly put their own lives and the lives of others in danger simply so that they can send or read a text or email, or even look at the internet while driving. We have all seen these drivers on the roads by now, and we shake our heads at the reckless behavior.
Many of our readers in Tennessee have probably seen the recent reports about collisions at bus stops in a couple of states in the region - Indiana, Pennsylvania and Mississippi. In one of the collisions, three siblings died when a young woman driving a vehicle hit them while they were attempting to board their bus at their assigned bus stop. In that collision, the school bus stop sign was on and, since the young driver disregarded the sign, she has been arrested due to the deaths she caused. The recent collisions in Pennsylvania and Mississippi also involved the deaths of children at bus stops, and were equally tragic.
By now most people in America, including our readers in Tennessee, are well-aware of the danger that distracted drivers present to all others on the road. Public and private awareness campaigns have informed the public for years now about this danger but, unfortunately, distracted drivers are, perhaps, more common now than ever before. The primary reason: smartphones.
Many of our readers in Tennessee have probably seen news stories about how teenage drivers on the roads today are presenting more of a danger to other drivers than older drivers do. This is nothing new, as it only makes sense that younger, less experienced drivers would be more prone to causing car accidents. However, today's teenage drivers are likely more distracted than young drivers of years past because of one, simple reason: smartphones.