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October 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

This bus driver saw you texting and driving

I got this email last week from George Hickey, who told me he’s a recently retired bus driver. Hickey read my column calling for a more honest conversation about texting and driving.

Hickey’s message opened with a link to comedian Louis C.K.’s takedown of the practice on a recent episode of “Conan.” C.K. has a way of digging down to sticky truths in his jokes. This is no exception:

“Pretty much 100 percent of people who are driving are texting,” Hickey quoted C.K. in his email. “People are willing to risk taking a life and ruining their own because they don’t want be alone for a second.”

Writes Hickey:

I can second that. As a Metro bus driver looking down into the laps of car drivers, I’ve observed that most are clutching a smartphone, and that at traffic lights, afraid to be alone with their thoughts for 90 seconds they immediately start using the phone and continue to use it as they drive away.

I still don’t see any indication that the politicians and media understand the importance of preventing these drivers from using their phones while operating a vehicle. These people threaten your life and the lives of your loved ones every time you leave the house. Why treat them with kid gloves as you did in your recent article? They are contemptible.

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