BMW CCA Windy City — October 2015
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The Steering Wheel

As some of you know I spend several days a week driving around on suburban streets and highways. Driving a van, gives me a better view of what some drivers are doing in addition to operating theirvehicle. I will tell you now that is is not forthe faint of heart. I know that there is a concentrated effort by our law enforcement community to stem this behavior, but I see it every day. We all know the dangers of driving while texting ortalking on a hand held cell phone. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Distracted driving is the number one killer of American teens. It far outstrips drinking and driving for all age groups. I would like to share some of the stupid driving distractions that I have personally witnessed overthe past couple of weeks. If this does not scare you, it should.

Drivers sending and receiving text messages as they are driving down the street. Talking on hand held cell phones is very common and against the law in this state. These are the two most common distractions and are almost the norm. Here are some additional things to watch out for; The application ofvarious forms of make up orthe removal of the same. Shaving and the grooming of one's hairto include the application of shaving cream and / or hair products. The reading ofnewspapers, books, whetheron paperor tablets. The reading ofstreet maps again on paper ortablet format. I even saw a person working on a jig saw puzzle. The ingestion ofall types offood and drink. I have seen people eating out of cereal bowls and even casserole dishes with utensils. Hot soup, tacos, chili dogs, hamburgers, french fries, ribs, wings, fried chicken, jelly donuts, chocolate, as well as all types and sizes of carbonated beverages.

I bring this up because this bad behavior seems to be growing not shrinking. It is up to us to make our feelings known. Please speak to your kids, your family, your coworkers, and anyone else who will listen. It is never Ok to divert our attention away from the road while we are driving. NEVER. It is truly a life-and-death situation, with as many as 3,000 people losing their lives in distracted driving accidents each year.

Don't be a statistic and please don't make me one either. PETE AUMENT
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