A few days ago I saw this story in the Chicago Tribune.
"Crash scene photographs showing dark red polish splattered over the dashboard, air bag and passenger door of a car were displayed during the trial of a motorist who allegedly was painting her nails before she slammed into a motorcyclist.
Lora Hunt is on trial for reckless homicide in the death of Anita Zaffke of Lake Zurich, who was struck from behind as she sat on her motorcycle at a red light near Lake Zurich on May 2, 2009."
The Tribune later reported:
"Had Lora Hunt been eating a sandwich or dialing her cell phone instead of polishing her nails when she struck and killed a motorcyclist, she would not now stand convicted of reckless homicide, her lawyer contends.
But prosecutor Mike Mermel said there's a big difference between polishing nails and other forms of distracted driving."
But you know what? I'm wondering. Is polishing your nails while driving a whole lot different from people who text while they drive? Or eat fast food while they drive? Or any number of things I hear about.
I'm just amazed at the stupid and reckless things people do while driving. I still see too many people driving and talking on cellphones. They are not paying attention and as soon as you see someone with that cellphone at their ear, you have to really watch out because they're apt not to be paying complete attention to their driving.
Painting her nails was a dumb thing for Lora Hunt to do, but it's not the only dumb thing people do while driving. I hope this incident will wake people up to the dangers so we don't have another tragic death that devastates so many loved ones.