On a fairly regular basis, a letter to the editor appears on our print and web pages that takes drivers to task for various infractions such as still not getting that you yield to traffic already in the roundabout or that it’s not OK to make everyone else wait as you rush through the left turn on yellow-oops-red. There have also been a few editorials on those topics, such as texting while driving.
This one’s new, sort of: DWB. That’s Driving While Burgering.
An Illinois State Police trooper was hurt as was the Arkansas driver whose unhappy meal wound up as a crash victim a little more than a week ago. The driver was going fast on Interstate 64 in O’Fallon, but then the food went faster as the driver’s 2008 Hyundai rear-ended the stopped trooper and caved in the trunk.
“It appears it was a case of distracted driving,” state police spokesman Calvin Dye Jr. said. “Jack in the Box was all over the inside of the windshield.”
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This might become the next cause for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. He’s kept our teen drivers safer by requiring more supervised time behind the wheel before they got their licenses, by making texting and using a cell phone while driving illegal, and by getting tougher drunk driving laws and pushing use of devices that only let habitual drunks start cars if they blow into a device and it registers them as sober.
Juggling a burger and soda behind the wheel might be the next cause. Keeping troopers safer as they try to keep us safe would be a worthy cause, too.
Here’s the campaign slogan: You deserve a brake today.