Cellphones and driving don’t mix
While it is illegal and highly dangerous, people still continue to flout the law and use their cellphones while driving.
For some reason, the overwhelming compulsion to read and send messages or answer a call can cause even people who would normally be responsible and law-abiding to put their own and other road users’ lives at risk.
Put simply, there is absolutely no excuse for it and the arguments given for doing so will never even come close to justifying the heartbreak and tragedy that occurs regularly because someone was unable to resist the temptation to use their phone illegally.
For those who feel they couldn’t possibly turn their phone off or ignore it, handsfree sets are available, and of course there is always the option of pulling off to the side of road, which is the one that should be taken if you ever find yourself needing to look at a cellphone screen or use any of the buttons on your phone while you are driving.
It is a privilege, not a right, to hold a driver’s license, and you are expected to make correct decisions regarding the safety of yourself and other road users.
The next time when you are driving and your cellphone alerts you to a message or a call, and you feel compelled to have a sneaky look or answer it illegally, ask what could be so important to risk your life or someone else’s to answer?
People still persist in using cellphones while driving.