Mickey's Moments: Distracted driving battle

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Drivers in this province are just not getting it – myself included. Something needed to be done.

Mickey Djuric

Everyone breaks the law while driving whether it’s intentional or not.

The four main problems we as drivers create are excessive speeding, texting while driving, driving under the influence and not having children properly secured.

With deaths on the roads remaining consistent throughout the years, the Saskatchewan government decided more drastic consequences needed to occur.

On June 27, harsher traffic laws took into effect. Some new laws include mandatory booster seats for children under seven years of age, seven day vehicle seizures for excessive speeding and immediate roadside vehicle seizures for impaired driving.

My favourite law change, however, is vehicle seizures for distracted drivers.

When I wrote the news story about these law changes for the Times-Herald I was unsure how I felt. Is it absolutely necessary to get your car impounded for changing a song on your phone while driving? (I have always been against texting while driving, but have used my phone in other ways that have distracted me.)

Then I had a moment of clarity and realized, yes it is absolutely necessary to impound a vehicle for distracted driving, because there are people like myself, who just don’t get it. Sometimes admitting to the problem is the first step to fixing it.

Now when I get in my car I hide my phone in my glove compartment. No way can I afford to lose my car just because I want to skip a song.

This week I got the pleasure to cover many Canada Day events in the community and it made me realize how connected we are to each other here in Moose Jaw. A driving related death would totally shake this community and affect each and every one of us.

I don’t need to be contributing to anyone’s sorrow which is why it is no longer worth it to speed to arrive a few minutes earlier. It’s not worth it to text someone while I’m driving, and it’s not worth it to have a few drinks and get in my car to drive home.

It’s best to unite as a community for celebrations opposed to mourning and it’s important we all remember the responsibilities we signed on for when we all got our driver’s license.

After all, driving is all about trusting who’s in the vehicle next to you. Can I trust you?

Mickey Djuric can be reached at 306-691-1263 or @Mickey_MJTimes

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Moose Jaw

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