What is an impaired or distracted driver? It is an unsafe driver because he or she is not paying attention or is not capable of safe driving because he or she is not physically able to drive safely. We all know about drivers who are impaired because he or she is under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medications. Anyone who drives when they are impaired puts all of us, our children, families and friends at risk of being seriously injured or killed. There is no excuse for someone putting all of us at risk by driving when they are not capable of driving safely because they are impaired.
Distracted drivers are drivers who are driving recklessly because he or she is not paying attention. The driver can be distracted for many reasons. However, these days, there are two distractions that are rampant in Las Vegas and putting all of us at risk of injury when we drive. The distractions are texting while driving and using the cell phone while driving. We have all seen it. Someone weaving all over the road as he or she dials the cell phone or texts a message. Nothing is so important that it cannot wait a couple of minutes until the person could pull over and dial or text in safety. But no, they must respond now.
In my opinion, it is a matter of selfishness. In the distracted or impaired driver’s mind he or she is more important to the rest of us. For some reason the rules of the road apply to us but not to them. Their text or phone call is more important than our health and safety. I would not mind if their negligent, careless and reckless behavior only put the distracted and impaired drivers at risk of injury. Unfortunately, it puts innocent people like you, me and our children at the greatest risk of harm. We have enough problems with auto accidents in Las Vegas. We do not need people intentionally driving when they are not paying attention or are physically incapable of safe driving. I say get off the road until you are ready and able to pay full attention to driving.
What should you do if you see an impaired or distracted driver? Slow down. Get away from them. Take an alternate route. Do not confront them. Just stay as far away as you can. If you have a passenger, have him or her call the police or highway patrol and notify them. You should never attempt to call yourself because you would then be distracted also.