The title’s slightly misleading, granted, but read on and it’ll make sense. Thanks to the Seattle Times, we’ve found that a gentleman in Seattle was oblivious to the traffic that had stopped dead in-front of him during his commute, thanks to his tapping away on his BlackBerry device. As a result, the “53-year-old man’s minivan smashed into a car, setting off a chain reaction that included three other cars and a Community Transit bus, which was carrying 28 passengers.” No injuries or fatalities, thankfully.
Speed and drugs (I thought they were the same – ha) are the cause of 93.5% of Seattle’s car accidents. The sleuths down at the precinct are busy putting together a list of the other 12 causes that fill in the remaining 6.5%, and you’d never guess what turns up at number five.
“Operating a handheld communications device â€” such as a cellphone or BlackBerry â€” is No. 5 on the new list.
The top 4 are: distractions outside the vehicle; unknown driver distraction; miscellaneous distractions inside the vehicle; and interacting with “passengers, animals or objects in the vehicle.”
Put it down when you’re driving, folks. Cannot stress that enough, especially around this time of year. Please and thanks.