Triangle readers, or at least the ones who e-mail me, are not sold on the arguments by two local drivers who explained why they need to use their phones while they drive – and how they think they can do it safely. (See this week’s Road Worrier column with angry comments.)
In the first three weeks of January, I’ve received calls and e-mails from a few dozen folks alarmed about the danger of phone-distracted drivers. This has been on our minds ever since we learned that Erin Lindsay-Calkins of Efland was talking on her phone when she crashed through a rail crossing gate on Dec. 22 and stopped in front of the train that killed her and her 5-year-old son, Nicholas.
A lot of readers protested this week’s column quoting drivers Gilda Branch and Susan Jancuski about how they phone and drive:
All this column served to do in my mind is solidify the necessity to make it illegal for anyone to talk on their cell phone while driving, period. You two ladies are not ones I'd care to be sharing the road with, unfortunately, I probably am. – Amy Burling, Durham
These women you quoted remind me of my buddy who’s had too much to drink but still thinks he can drive. – Randy Wilson, Raleigh
Your summary of their safe driving and phone talking is a joke and that’s what makes men think women are terrible drivers. … I hope you really get reactions to this article…negative ones! – Marti Hall, Garner
Nobody contacted me to voice support for Branch and Jancuski. In fact, a lot of readers scolded the Road Worrier for uncritically airing their point of view. ... [MORE]