“I Was Just Reaching to Pick Up My Phone!”

Why do so many negligent drivers give the excuse that they “were just reaching over to pick up their cell phone” after they have caused a tragic accident? Do negligent drivers feel this is a more acceptable or less blame-worthy response to give the Police than I was sending a text message or trying to make a call?

This week 21 year-old Chelsey Northrup was tragically killed when a negligent driver crossed the center-line while allegedly “reaching for his phone” on Parker Road near the intersection with Scio Church Road in Washtenaw County. Additionally, this week a negligent driver allegedly “reaching for his phone” crossed the center-line on the dangerous M-14 and Barton Road exit in Ann Arbor and broadsided a car driven by a woman who was 33 weeks pregnant causing her to go into contractions. These unnecessary tragedies should remind us all to put away our phones and seriously re-affirm the promises we make to ourselves and others to END distracted driving.