This is one topic that may offend some readers (it really shouldn’t though). I would like your opinions on this and if you agree/disagree so please read on.
In B.C., fines will be handed out starting on Feb. 1. Anyone caught driving and talking on a hand-held phone or electronic device can expect a $167 fine. Drivers caught texting or emailing can also be subject to three points against their driving licence.
I understand that there are many careless drivers out there as is and it was probably a good idea to get British Columbians voting on this issue as well but isn’t there something more dangerous than a device that you are distracted by only when you choose to? Of course there is, and if you have not thought about it please do so.
Here are some good key points to show you why I believe having pets in the car is way more dangerous:
- They move constantly
- You cannot guess what their next move will be
- They attract attention from other drivers
- Animals are and always will be dangerous and may (for whatever reason) act strange no matter how nice, friendly, or cute they are
- They are not objects that you can just turn off or ignore
- They can, may, and will react in a very bad way every once in a while and that just makes my point about them having their animal instinct/actions
I don’t know why this issue is not discussed widely and if it is, there has been no action towards this as far as I know. Many people have lost their loved ones due to car crashes while talking and/or texting on a hand held device but this is even worse. People can choose to ignore calls and messages but they HAVE TO stop a running dog or cat in the car while driving and if that animal’s behavior was sudden and unexpected, we have more problems.
I now turn to you to help out fellow drivers anywhere really not just in Metro Vancouver, vote on this issue using the poll below to let everyone know what you think about this and hopefully minimize the car accidents and crashes that occur because of this. Share your thoughts!
I would like this problem to be on the horizon for those who are in charge of making these laws in effect and it is up to you readers to spread this article around to give it the importance it needs.