Drivers, stop looking at your phones!

LETTER

As I have been driving around Gisborne during the day, particularly at school drop-off times, I have been noticing the number of drivers who are “driving with their heads down”. They look like they are asleep but are obviously looking down at their phones.

I have seen women who have dropped their kids off at school doing it. I have seen men with their company names written on the side of their vehicles doing it.

I too have a phone and when it goes off it is so tempting to just check it. However I do not. Ever. That is my rule.

On Friday morning two Lytton students stepped out in front of my car as I was turning into Lytton West. Being an observant driver who is mindful of children not always looking, I pre-empted that they might not see me coming, which they didn’t, and I stopped. When they realised I could have hit them the look on their faces was terrified at first, followed by relief and then they laughed. They are kids and they don’t think sometimes, do they?

I am writing this to all Gisborne drivers who hopefully still read the paper and not just your cellphones to say: If I had been checking my phone on Friday as I was driving along, I could have been responsible for two possible deaths.

Just like that. In an instant.

Stop looking at your phones as you drive!

And you know who you are too.

Careful Driver

As I have been driving around Gisborne during the day, particularly at school drop-off times, I have been noticing the number of drivers who are “driving with their heads down”. They look like they are asleep but are obviously looking down at their phones.

I have seen women who have dropped their kids off at school doing it. I have seen men with their company names written on the side of their vehicles doing it.

I too have a phone and when it goes off it is so tempting to just check it. However I do not. Ever. That is my rule.

On Friday morning two Lytton students stepped out in front of my car as I was turning into Lytton West. Being an observant driver who is mindful of children not always looking, I pre-empted that they might not see me coming, which they didn’t, and I stopped. When they realised I could have hit them the look on their faces was terrified at first, followed by relief and then they laughed. They are kids and they don’t think sometimes, do they?

I am writing this to all Gisborne drivers who hopefully still read the paper and not just your cellphones to say: If I had been checking my phone on Friday as I was driving along, I could have been responsible for two possible deaths.

Just like that. In an instant.

Stop looking at your phones as you drive!

And you know who you are too.

Careful Driver

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