Distracted Driving, Distracted Shooting?

Texting while Driving

By Chief Kevin Wilkinson, Neenah Police

Operating a vehicle, even at 25 mph, is like handling a firearm. Both are extremely deadly if not done with care. When we use terms like "distracted driving" or "inattentive driving," we need to understand that it is every bit as dangerous as "distracted shooting" or "inattentive handling of a firearm."

Texting while driving has been proven over and over to be a very dangerous activity. It is plainly forbidden by law. Yet it continues to occur and cause accidents, injuries and loss of life.

Getting behind the wheel of a car is one of the most potentially dangerous things we will do in the course of a day. If we are not careful, we can harm ourselves, our property, and our loved ones. Worse, we could end up sitting in front of a judge and jury, answering to headline news of how our distraction cost someone's life.

The message is simple: Put down the phone and drive.