These people are driving others crazy

Print Article

There are times for diplomacy, for the gentle dispensation of information or mild persuasion to effect change for societal benefit.

This is not one of those times.

When you consider the danger some drivers are creating, nothing less than a verbal 2-by-4 to the backside will do.

So here we go:

If you are one of the drivers The Press front-page story referred to Wednesday, wake up.

First, if you see any sort of emergency response vehicle or vehicles pulled over on the roadís shoulder, the law requires you to move over one lane if there is one. You are required to create a safety buffer zone; itís not just the considerate thing any conscientious citizen would do automatically.

Driving right next to an emergency roadside situation is bad enough, but whatís stunning is that according to many who risk their lives by responding to these situations, an increasing number of lookie-loos are whipping out their cellphones and trying to capture video as they breeze on by.

If youíre making a case about how social media is bringing out the very worst in us, hereís Exhibit 4,398. It defies both logic and common courtesy to realize that an increasing number of drivers would risk the lives of their passengers, themselves and innocent bystanders for an 8-second blurry clip they can post on their Facebook page.

We confess to being disgusted to the point of feeling like throwing up.

Speaking of throwing, the immediate reaction is to throw the book at these drivers. Putting only yourself at risk is a personal decision with consequences, but putting others in grave danger is inexcusable.

This phenomenon that statistically grows worse by the day needs to come to a screeching halt before more people are maimed and killed.

Pay attention to the road.

Think of someone besides yourselves.

Live to drive another day.

Most importantly, drivers: Put your damned phones away.

Print Article

Read More Editorial

Singing out loud for unsung tax-time heroes

April 17, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Admit it. Even though Tax Day expired 30 or so hours ago, your face is still twitching. The anxiety remains painfully fresh. Well, as much agony as most Americans endure this time each year, think a...


Read More

Nessís vision is something we can all see

April 14, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Itís one thing to put major corporationsí mighty mission statements up on a screen, particularly when theyíre absurdly optimistic ó yet come true. But itís quite another thing when you lead a local ...


Read More

When life gives you lemons, make beer

April 12, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press Loss is an unavoidable part of life. How can we appreciate, truly appreciate, all the bounties and joys in this brief time we have on Earth if there is no loss? Without pain, how do we fully underst...


Read More

Standing O for Brad, raspberries for Legislature

April 10, 2019 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press When Gov. Brad Little was introduced at Mondayís annual economic development luncheon in Coeur díAlene, the crowd of more than 400 gave him a standing ovation. Without polling every one of those 409...


Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2019 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy