Lew Leone is the vice president and general manager of WNYW-FOX 5. He is taking to the airwaves with his thoughts on current affairs. It's called "Lew's View." The views expressed are not necessarily those of the station or its employees.
As I was walking down 3rd Avenue recently a woman heading uptown walked right into the glass shelter at a bus stop.
When I drive into and out of Manhattan every day I see countless drivers texting behind the wheel.
Riding the subway, New Yorkers are wired in with their headphones in place and eyes fixated on their screens. While technology has many benefits there are serious consequences as a result of these distractions.
Just last week, an eight month old baby was killed in a freak accident when a distracted bus driver knocked a light pole into her carriage. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued alarming statistics on the number of accidents caused by distracted drivers. Young people are among the worst offenders and most at risk due to inexperience.
I think the federal government, the media and groups like the Ad Council have done a good job getting the word out and communicating that we have a problem. Distraction.gov is the government’s official website where drivers can take a pledge to drive phone free. However, the problem is not getting better and we will continue experience unnecessary tragedies as a result.
What can be done? Well the good news is that New York has instituted more severe consequences for texting and driving. It is very easy to catch offenders because they are everywhere. Hopefully this will help.
On a personal basis we must all take this problem seriously and act responsibly.
I keep my cell phone in my jacket pocket in the back seat to avoid any temptation. As far as riders being plugged in and absorbed in their technology on the subway, my solution for that is try having a conversation with a tourist or fellow New Yorker, they often make my day.
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