I could probably write a blog every day I hit the highway. Today it’s back out to Assiniboia where I’ll been on location promoting the Spring Fever Lotto. This will be the second of three runs I’ll make out there and I’ve written a few blogs over the years on things I’ve noticed during my travels.
On one of my trips back from Assiniboia last month, on the #1 highway between Moose Jaw and Regina, I noticed the vehicle in front of me wasn’t exactly traveling in a straight line. She wasn’t all over the road, but it appeared she was having a hard time keeping it between the lines. I thought it might be a little early in the evening to find an intoxicated driver on the road, so I had a pretty good idea what the problem might be. I just had to get a closer look.
This young lady was going a little below the posted speed limit so I thought I’d pass her and get a look in her vehicle. It turns out my suspicions were right. The reason she was having a hard time going in a straight line was in the palm of her hand, and it wasn’t the steering wheel. It was her cell phone.
As I passed her vehicle, this lady had her left hand on the wheel while her right was cupping her cell phone, which her eyes appeared to be glued to. That’s not such a great idea when you’re in the city doing 50, but it’s an even worse idea when you’re doing double that speed on the highway.
You’d think the person doing this would notice a vehicle beside them and suddenly pull the phone down to their lap. Not this gal. She was totally oblivious to the fact there was a highway in front of her, let alone the fact that there was someone beside her snooping on her!
I didn’t stay beside her for long. I didn’t want her to swerve over and take out the side of our station truck.
Driving and texting. Will it ever end?