By: Darrell Castle
Hello I’m Darrell Castle and I’m an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Tennessee. And on this video today, I want to talk with you about two things: impaired driving and distracted driving. When you think about it, they’re really two different things.
Impaired driving, the obvious one, is drunk driving. Or impaired by alcohol. Impaired by some other chemical or some drug.
Alcohol and automobiles have been mixing now for 100 years. Impaired driving is obvious. You’re not in control of yourself. You’re driving down the street in traffic. You’re a danger to everyone around you.
It’s very irresponsible to do that of course. I’ve had many case of people injured by drunk drivers impaired by alcohol or other impaired substances.
It’s irresponsible because you’re a danger to everyone you meet. You’ve got a 4,000 pound deadly weapon in your hand and you’re not being responsible.
There’s another type of driving that’s not impaired, but it’s distracting. And the obvious example is texting. Many years ago before texting was ever an issue, I had cases of distracted driving where people were leaning down to adjust their radio or they were talking with friends.
You see this a lot with young people. Young people have friends in the car with them and perhaps aren’t experienced enough to understand that you have to keep your eyes on the road every second. You look over to talk to your friends — you’re interacting with them — and all of the sudden you’re off the road and hit something. And somebody is badly injured.
Just the other day I saw an accident where some people were doing just that thing and caused a pretty severe accident.
It’s very irresponsible folks. You can be killed or badly injured by someone texting. Taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds at 50-60-70 miles per hour can cause your car to travel hundreds of feet without looking. You see it happen everyday in very heavy traffic where the speeds are low. But it is amazing to watch how many people are on their phones and texting while they’re driving. Don’t do that folks. Don’t make yourself a danger to other people. Be more responsible than that. Don’t take your eyes off the road to adjust your radio or talk to your friends.
Just one moment. Just one second of your life can ruin an entire life of someone else. Don’t do it no matter how tempting it is.