DWD is “driving while distracted”. We have heard and read so much about DWI and DUI (driving while intoxicated or under the influence) associated with vehicle crashes, but not nearly as much as DWD. Yet, today we are finding ever so many auto collisions and resulting injuries caused by DWD. It is true that texting gets most of the press, as does cell phone use, which activities seem almost universal. But, there exist other multi-tasking that can be just as dire, ie, eating, drinking coffee or soft drinks, changing the radio station, talking to other occupants, or one of my favorites, “grooming”. How often do we see lipstick or cosmetic applications while watching oneself in the rear view mirror?
The point is, let’s not stop with the repetitive criticism of texting and cell phone use. These other “distractions” can be just as lethal.