It can wait

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - OPINION -

I was bi­cy­cling around Lake Hefner re­cently when I was passed by a car driven by a 20-some­thing woman, who was star­ing at a cell­phone she was hold­ing in front of her face. This oc­curred on the road that goes along the dam on the north side of the lake. This road is nar­row enough that ve­hi­cles can travel in one di­rec­tion only. On the lake side of the road is a rock wall. On the other side is a ca­ble fence. I was in the bik­ing lane next to the ca­ble bar­rier and she passed within 3 feet of me go­ing the op­po­site di­rec­tion. If she had drifted into my bi­cy­cle lane, I would have had nowhere to go. Star­ing at your cell­phone while driv­ing is il­le­gal in Ok­la­homa, whether you are read­ing text or watch­ing a video or look­ing at pho­tos. Please do not do this. You could kill a pedes­trian, a jog­ger, an in­line skater or a bi­cy­cler. We have all seen driv­ers dis­tracted by an elec­tronic de­vice driv­ing as if they are drunk, drift­ing in and out of their lane. The Leg­is­la­ture has passed a law, but ob­vi­ously many Ok­la­homans still dis­obey it. Deaths have de­creased, but we must do bet­ter. Re­mem­ber: It can wait!

Ervin Yen, Ok­la­homa City Yen, a Repub­li­can, is a mem­ber of the Ok­la­homa Se­nate.

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