Distracted driving angers reader
| Posted: Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 06:00 am
On Sept. 29, at 9:25 a.m., I was following a dark-coloured car on Boudreau Road, headed west. The car was being driven erratically, crossing the centre line several times and changing speeds by more than 10 km/hr.
I thought about calling the police, as I was sure the young man in a hat might have been drunk. I couldn't call the police without holding my cellphone, so that was out of the question while driving.
About 100 metres before reaching the Bellerose intersection, the car braked for no apparent reason, then proceeded into the left turn lane another 50 metres ahead.
He stopped for the red light, a full foot over the lane marker on the right. I stopped beside him and looked directly at him. He didn't notice me at first because he was looking down at his cellphone and holding it with both hands and texting. I realized the young man wasn't drunk, he had been texting the whole time. When he looked over and saw me, he lowered the phone and stared straight ahead. The light changed and we were separated.
Young man, if you are reading this letter, please stop texting and driving. Seriously, I am asking you from the heart. Aside from the danger to everyone else sharing the road with you, I am afraid most for my kids, my sweetheart, her children, and the rest of my family. Please put the phone away and text when you get home. Thanks.
Ken Klak, St. Albert