Drivers need to put their phones down

April 26, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

There has been much discussion around the issue of texting while driving being unsafe, and still, people are on the fence. Time to get off the fence and take a stand.

Last Wednesday, my wife and I were entering the H-E-B Plus! on Navarro. As we approached the marked crosswalk with a sign telling folks to stop for pedestrians, a 30-something young man in a tan Chrysler 300 blew through the crosswalk while sending a very important text. In doing so, he nearly hit my wife in her wheelchair. Several people witnessed this and were as angry as I was, and an H-E-B employee asked if we were all right.

We share this because after watching this crosswalk for a few moments, we saw four other folks drive through the crosswalk on their cellphones, never stopping or even looking for people walking in and out of the store.

Next time, it might be a small child. We don't hold the store owners responsible in any way. If we did a survey, we would see the same level of callous indifference in any parking lot in Victoria.

There is one thing we all can do to make others aware of this danger.

When you see someone driving in a parking lot with a phone in their hand or at their ear, speak up loudly and warn others: "Careful! Person with rocks for brains driving with a smartphone!"

Dan Martin, Victoria



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