Shortly after clicking Publish on last week’s inaugural Observations I was faced with the greatest fear of every Pedestrian – distracted drivers. Not only did I get hit by one such driver who felt the most recent text/email from boyfriend/girlfriend/work was more important than looking out for people who have not wrapped themselves in 2000 lbs of protection but I was then hit a second time less than 15 minutes later. I am hoping that this is not an omen that I need to get behind the wheel again because well I confirmed the body transformation is well on its way having me drop almost 50 lbs (23 kg) since May when I decided to start working towards finding my 18 year old self!
I was lucky to escape relatively unscathed from these two experiences but I will be forever changed by the lack of attention paid by drivers today.
Our lives are busy, I get that but why do people need to put themselves at risk by rushing to get places. I have always believed in building in “traffic” into my commute and even though I know I can make my walk to work in 30 minutes or less, I give myself no less than 45 minutes to get to where I need to go. I was the same way when I drove, I would add 15-20 minutes to my drive just to ensure that I made it to where I needed to go, on time and not rushed.
I now watch far more closely to the people encased in metal, glass and plastic as I walk to work. In the 7 days since my “accidents” I have noticed no less than 100 drivers who had their cell phones to their ears or worse…precariously resting on their steering wheels while texting and trying to drive. So, I figured I would share one of the well made Public Service Announcements that have made their way around Social Media:
Smarten UP! Don’t Text and Drive People!!!