Thursday, August 17, 2006
Distracted driving... Without a cell phone
Two houses down from me lives a single mom of two little girls and the owner of two dogs that poop in my yard a lot... What? Let them poop in her back yard? Why? That's gross! What? Walk the dogs on a leash and pick the poop up like other sane residence of my neighborhood? Unheard of!
Anyway, her girls go to the school I work for. Being that I am working hard to be more calm, more loving, and really just trying not to get worked up about things, I really HATE it when she leaves to take her girls to school minutes after I leave. Why? Because all I can do it look in my rear-view mirror and be amazed that any woman would drive so wrecklessly.
This woman's driving habits CONSUME me. So I try to let her get ahead of me or just leave late for work.
Today, I timed how much time she looked a the road and how much time she was distracted.
This is NOT a revisit to the cell phone debate... Why? Because not once, during the 22 minute drive, did she use a cell phone.
Perhaps now you can see why I don't let her behind me; because I, too, don't watch the road... I watch and see who distracted she is...
announces checking her face in her mirror, turning around to tell her kids something, reaching over to the passenger side for God knows what, and just generally looking around in a daze this woman spent an average of (NO LIE):
17 seconds for every minute watching the road as she drove.
This with two kids in the car...