Yesterday there was a lot of news about the dangers of texting while driving. I know, you’re shocked. Amid all of the stories about how dangerous it is to ride a motorcycle you never read “Motorcyclist Crashes While Texting” or “Motorcyclist Rides into Crowd While on Cellphone.” You don’t see it because it doesn’t happen.
Why do drivers continue doing something so obviously hazardous? It’s because the hazard, is usually, to someone else, the pedestrian that gets hit or the motorcyclist the driver cuts off, they suffer while the driver is unscathed. The driver can feign sorrow while apologizing but he’s not hurt or dead.
Riders know, in most cases, doing something else while riding that monopolizes their concentration may cause their own injury or death. That huge difference makes riders much more attentive. You still hear about motorcyclists riding off into the woods but the rest of the headline often is “while rounding a curve at 130 mph” or “while intoxicated.” Drivers head off the road at normal speed while sober, but with thumbs busy on the phone or just talking.
Many are now calling for laws to forbid texting while driving though drivers may ignore them even if passed. Laws or not, it’s still up to you to keep yourself safe and out of the way of these misguided missles. I’m seeing a rising number of these clowns too busy with their phones to drive, so be careful on your bike, they really are out to get you.
Link: Detroit News