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Roadside Chat - Don't be a wildcard. Put the phone down.


10-1 dont be a wildcardPredictability, it’s one of the things that contributes most to safe driving. Understanding what to expect from other drivers and alerting other drivers to your intentions - these two actions prevent unexpected movements that can cause crashes.

When a driver clicks on the turn signal, you can be pretty sure that the vehicle is going to turn a corner or switch lanes on a highway. That predictability is also the reason stop signs and other roadway signs are effective. For the most part, you can count on other drivers to do the predictable thing when there is a sign to guide them.

However, when your focus is on something other than driving while you’re behind the wheel, you aren’t as predictable as you could be or you might miss clues from other drivers about what they are intending to do.

You may have seen the comparison that at 55 miles per hour, sending or reading a text is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. For an average of 4.6 seconds, you totally miss what is going on around you. That’s plenty of time for a crash to happen.

Every decision behind the wheel can change the course of your or someone else’s life.  Would hearing the change in course of Jacy’s life change your decisions? -

So far in 2021, there have been 254 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of 11 since last Friday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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