Just for fun, while waiting on a Blue Line platform today, I counted texters on the Kennedy. Out of 47 cars passing by, I counted five people texting -- actually holding up their devices and typing stuff in while their cars were in motion. One was actually holding the device in one hand, typing with the other hand and steering with her knees. Traffic wasn't that slow, either -- texters were going at least 30 mph while doing this juggling stunt.
On New Year's Day, Illinois became the 19th state to ban texting while driving. It's also now illegal to e-mail while driving or talk on a hand-held cell phone driving in a highway
construction zone or a school zone or to surf the Internet by cell
phone while driving.
Maybe these folks didn't get the memo. Or maybe they realize their odds of getting caught are slim -- and if you don't get caught, it's not wrong, right?
They say God looks after fools and children. He doesn't, actually. Fools crash their cars, sometimes into children. So put the Blackberry down, and drive.