Last week I paid a visit to my friend, Karen. She picked me up at home and we drove north via the 401 and 400. The posted speed limit is 100 kph. Most drivers travel at least 20 kph over that. However, we managed to find ourselves behind a driver who was travelling below 100.
“He’s probably texting,” said Karen.
“Yeah. My brother-in-law is a police officer. He said that if you encounter a driver who is traveling significantly slower than the speed limit, they are likely texting. They think that they are driving the limit, but their focus is on the keypad and not the highway.”
When Reiner and I travel, we avoid the 400 series, if it’s possible. We’d rather take an extra two hours to arrive at our destination if it means avoiding the stress of the super-highways. Because if there is a traffic jam, and the chances are about 50-50, it will take an extra two hours anyway.
Reiner picked me up on Tuesday from Karen’s. We had to take the 400 through Orillia and Barrie before we could pick up our alternate highway home. We managed to get behind a slow poke, driving 90 kph.
“He’s probably texting,” I said, and I told Reiner about Karen’s theory.
“Maybe he’s trying to save on gas,” he said.
“OK. New theory. If you encounter a driver going below the speed limit, they are likely texting. Or it’s Reiner.”
That’s the fun-at-Reiner’s-expense part. Here’s the PSA part.
Please read Wyrd Smythe’s post Jack & Bob.
According to the CDC, every day, more than nine people are killed due to distracted drivers. Every day, more than 1000 are injured. In these days of cell phones, texting and drive-through eateries, the potential for distracted driving is greater than ever. And driving is such a common activity that it’s easy to forget we’re piloting a weapon of notable destruction.
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