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Texting without thinking

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

I don’t know if I’m just noticing things as I get older or what, but it seems that lately I’m noticing some stupid people out and about.

Don’t get me wrong we’ve all done stupid things at one point in our lives. Some of them probably more stupid or worse than others, but I’m noticing a trend lately and it’s got me worried.

The other morning as I was sitting at the entrance of Hogan’s Mill preparing to turn right onto the Dry Ridge Bypass, I observed a man, driving a maroon Chevrolet, drive past.

The man was intent, but not on the road in front of him, but rather his cell phone as he was sending a text message.

I pulled out behind him and followed along until he turned off. He didn’t really swerve that much, but he kept right on texting while driving.

How do I know he was texting? Because he was holding his cell phone in his left hand, which was also on the steering wheel and using it to also push buttons.

The same situation occurred a couple days later as I was driving south on U.S. 25. I noticed a car closer to the yellow line than I liked but still in his lane, but it kept coming at me and coming at me. Finally, at the last second, the driver whipped back into his lane. Again, I saw the cell phone in his hand that was on the steering wheel and it looked like he was pushing buttons, which I’m guessing meant he was texting and driving.

Who hasn’t taken their eyes off the road when they’ve been driving or answered their cell phone when it rang and they were driving?

But texting???

I realize that a lot of people are more adept at multi-tasking than I am. I can text, but if you are waiting on a text message from me, it’s gonna take me awhile and there’s no way I could do it and drive my car.

I personally like to send the pre-programmed text messages from my phone that make absolutely no sense or do not pertain to the text I received. This little game drives my 17-year-old insane. She’ll text and tell me she’s headed here or there and I’ll send back “In a meeting” or “On my way” or I might throw in “Give me a call or can I call you?”

The Kentucky Legislature passed a bill and the governor plans to sign the bill that makes it a crime to text and drive. Call me old fashioned or even wacky, but I thought it was common sense that you shouldn’t be doing anything that distracts you while driving.

But it’s not just texting. I’ve seen drivers watching a movie and even reading a book while driving.

Maybe the legislators should pass a law that makes stupidity a crime.

(Jamie Baker-Nantz is editor of the Grant County News. She can be reached at 859-824-3343 or be email at jbakernantz@grantky.com)