An Olathe woman was injured in a car accident last night, apparently distracted by her cell phone. Police say around 9:40 p.m. last night, the woman struck a barrier on the ramp between Interstate 435 West and Interstate 35 North. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
This incident highlights why many states are outlawing texting while driving, and pushing to ban the use of cell phones in automobiles all together. Drivers are simply too distracted while using cell phones on the road, and the results are often dangerous for both themselves and other drivers.
With accidents becoming more and more common due to mobile phones, all states should pass legislature to ban texting while driving, and enforce stricter penalties for passengers who violate traffic laws or get into accidents while talking on their phone. With many hands-free options and the option to text at a red light or stop, drivers need to be smarter on the road, or incur stricter penalties.