A temporary end to distracted driving?

Those of you who've been reading my blogs know that I have a thing about distracted driving. I don't want drivers who are talking on the phone or texting or fiddling with their MyFord Touch anywhere near me when I'm on the road. Drivers should pay attention and drive.

It's in this spirit that I make this observation: Hurricane Irene is stalking the East Coast and I see her as the one gal who might be able to put the kabosh on distracted driving -- at least for a little while.

Let me explain:

Let's assume Irene causes massive electrical and network outages in this country's most populous region. That's right: No Internet; no data; no cell phone service.

Now, I wish no one ill, but on the upside folks would be forced to live like it's 1994! Think about it: People forced into actual face-to-face interaction again -- complete with eye contact -- while not driving! Gasp!

People would have to drive their vehicles with their mind, eyes, ears and hands all focused on the road again. All focused on the act of driving.

Oh the humanity!

But to me, ahhhh, what a world that would be.

As John Lennon once sang: "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one."

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