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2010-04-20 / Editorial

Bee Editorial

Cell phone use can wait when you’re on the road
Kenmore police believe that an accident that occurred Monday on Delaware Road was the result of the female driver using her cellular phone while operating a vehicle.

The police chief noted that drivers can be easily distracted when talking on a cell phone, even when using a hands-free set.

If such was the case, and the driver was indeed talking on her cell phone, we hope she’s learned a valuable lesson from her accident — during which her vehicle struck both a utility pole and a tree before tipping over in the roadway.

Fortunately, the only major issue caused by this accident was a brief power outage in the area, which upset a couple of Sabres fans because they couldn’t watch the playoff game versus the Bruins.

The situation could have been a lot worse.

We hope the woman realizes how lucky she is that she didn’t harm anyone, such as another driver or a pedestrian walking along Delaware. That area of the village serves as a main pedestrian route. There are middle and high schools, a library and a church within walking distance of the hundred of homes in the area, so driving safely in this 30-mph zone should be a motorist’s main priority.

When you are traveling along any stretch of roadway and your cell phone rings, or beeps because you have a text message, think twice before reaching for it. This applies to pedestrians and bicyclists, too, because you should be aware of what is going on around you at all times.

Is a phone call or a text worth your life, or the life of someone else?

There is no reason that anyone should be using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. If you suspect that the caller or texter may have an urgent message, then pull over to the side of the road before using the phone.

We hope that this accident serves as a reminder to everyone that doing anything — combing your hair, applying makeup, reading a newspaper, drinking — other than concentrating on your driving can easily lead to an accident.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Web site, driver distraction is thought to be the cause of nearly 80 percent of automobile accidents in the United States, resulting in about 2,600 deaths, 330,000 injuries and 1.5 million instances of property damage annually.

We hope that our readers aren’t eager to become part of those statistics. Simply drive your vehicle from point A to point B without any in-car distractions. Problem solved.

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