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August 27, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Avoid distractions behind the wheel

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It can be eating, texting, doing your makeup or even changing the radio station. Anything you do while driving can put you, your friends or family in serious danger.

Driving is dangerous if you don’t do it safely.

When you’re driving, your mind should not be focused on anything but driving and staying safe.

Texting while driving is extremely dangerous because you are staring at your phone and not paying attention to what is in front of you.

You could be heading through a red light and you would not even notice.

Cellphone use has increased in the past couple of years.

Another huge distraction while driving is eating food or drinking. It is very common for people to get food in a drive-through and drive while they eat.

It seems like everyone wants to be distracted while they drive nowadays.

Distracted driving is very dangerous and a huge cause of death in the United States.

It does not matter if you are a pro driver or not; you can still get killed.

If you are driving, think about whether it’s safe to do something that might distract you. If it is not safe, is it really worth putting your life in danger?

Be smart about your decisions while driving.

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  1. Freeman:

    Your father is a genius! Now I know where you get it from.

    CarmineD

  2. My question? Are LV drivers so stupid they have to be told it is dangerous to drive while distracted? My answer? Of course. Any of us putting any amount of time behind the wheel see just how stupidly dangerous many of our fellow motorists are and how blatantly irresponsible they are, as well. It's a "demolition derby" on steroids on Valley roads. To counteract that, I drive extremely defensively and am very cautious entering major intersections. One never knows when one of those whackos will run a red light.

  3. I agree with Jerry in the need to drive defensively in Las Vegas. This is a madhouse here on the roads.

    While we know that hands on cell phone use is against the law, there is still the potential for distraction by carrying on a conversation on the cell phone without touching it. There are all kinds of ways that can be a distraction.

    Driving an vehicle requires one to be at full attention of what they and others around them are doing.

    The danger of drinking and eating while driving is the potential for choking, which can cause a serious accident because of the loss of control of the car.

    There is another potential dangerous driving issue. Shift workers, especially night shift workers, can have sleep problems that make them less able to drive safely. The same goes for truckers.

    Then there are those who legally medicate with meds that warn against driving, and those who take illicit drugs and alcohol then drive under the influence.

    We cannot control others, but we can control how we drive to avoid the others, or not become the cause of others losing their lives.