Keep your eyes on the road

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, July 25, 2017

At least once or twice a day I see the same risky behavior occurring in a vehicle.

As I approach the oncoming vehicle, I can clearly see the driver’s face, and their eyes. The scary part is, their eyes are not on the road, instead the driver is looking down at a cellphone.

And it’s not just the people who are looking down at their cellphone that scare me.

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Other times I see a woman flying down the highway, eyes on the mirror in front of her, putting on makeup or just fixing her hair.  Each time she has to put on makeup near her eyes, they close for a split second.

It’s just as bad as fixating on the phone.

Both of these acts are dangerous that make me cringe each time I see it occur.  I can understand the urge to read the text that just came arrived on your phone.

It’s like a package you didn’t order that just came in the mail.

You want to open it as soon as possible to discover the contents. Is it from your significant other sharing sweet nothings, or is it from a family member with potentially life changing news?

The thing is, it’s not going anywhere. That text will still be there when you come to a stop light, or arrive at your destination.

To those of you who do this regularly, you may be thinking, “but my multitasking skills are good enough to keep me safe. I can text and drive with ease.”

The thing is, your safety is not just based on your own multitasking skills, but also those of the driver in the oncoming car, who may cross the centerline.

If your eyes on not on the road, you won’t be able to avoid a head on collision.  When two vehicles collide, that text or social media post you were intent upon just became a lot less important.