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Texting while driving can leave huge regret

Distracted driving is extremely dangerous, claiming 3,166 lives in 2017 and causing many more life-threatening injuries.

Texting while driving is the most alarming and growing driver distraction, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Recently, our community experienced two very serious cycling accidents. By all indications, they were caused by distracted drivers. Both injured cyclists were very experienced and riding on a road with a wide shoulder when, without warning, they were struck by vehicles.

Both drivers walked away without a scratch but will carry a heavy burden knowing they made a terrible mistake with dire consequences to the cyclists and their families.

If they had one do-over day in their life, it would be that day. Both cyclists were rushed away in an ambulance, lucky to be alive. They may never fully recover from their injuries.

Could any text or phone call be so important that it could not wait for a safer time?

Most — but sadly not all — drivers are courteous, respectful and mindful of runners, pedestrians and cyclists. Drivers, please find the wisdom and self control to always buckle up, don’t drink and drive and only, text, talk, play with the navigation system, book reservations, etc. when it’s perfectly safe — like stopped in your driveway.

Keep all eyes on the road.

Additional information on what communities can do to prevent distracted driving can be found at https://www.nhsta .gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving.

Ed Donahoe

Hollidaysburg

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