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Distracted Driving Strikes Twice

Steve Wagner

Two recent car accidents have made us stop to reflect on distracted driving, yet again. When will this issue come to an end?

The first accident, a semi-truck crash on I-65, was a simple issue of the driving leaning down to “mess with his radio”. The distraction was enough to cause him to run off the road and hit an abandoned car.

The semi was carrying 17,000 lbs of chemical potassium hydroxide, a highly flammable chemical. What followed the accident was exactly what you’d expect; a massive fire, HAZMAT teams, and hours of struggle to extinguish the flames. We are thankful the car the driver hit was abandoned and not a police car, someone pulled over for car trouble, or anyone else that likely would have been killed in this accident. The truck driver is potentially facing charges for reckless driving.

The other car accident was nothing more complicated than a man who was distracted by his cell phone. His distraction caused a four-car pile up at the intersection of U.S. 20 and County Road S 500 W. While the injuries in this accident were minor, one car was totaled, and a motorcyclist was run off the road and into a mailbox.

All we have to say about this issue is: Put Down The Phones. If you must “mess with your radio,” wait until you are at a full stop, or pull over to do it. Take responsibility for yourself and for those around you, and let’s put an end to distracted driving once and for all.


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