In the full swing of summer, many of us are traveling and bringing along a book to read. As a librarian, I do not endorse reading while driving, which seems to be equally as distracting as texting and driving.
Yes, my comments are a tad tongue in cheek, though recently, a New Jersey transit operator was caught reading while driving a bus with 40 occupants on it.
A commuter snapped photos and said the driver was reading while driving in stop-and-go traffic on Route 80 East in Wayne, New Jersey.
“First, he took out a pamphlet, and he’s reading a pamphlet. And it looked like it was vacation pamphlet, maybe planning a trip – I’m like, ‘OK, it’s summer. This may be quick.’ He put it down,” said the commuter, who did not want to be identified. “Next thing, the driver takes out a hardcover book from off the dash.”
The woman said she took the pictures of the driver on the 324 bus during rush hour.
In one photo, the NJ TRANSIT driver had one hand on the steering wheel and reading material in the other hand. Afterward, he put his book on the steering wheel.
The rider said it went on for 10 minutes.
As a librarian, is it necessary to state that reading while driving is a hazard to those on the road? While I strongly promote the necessity of reading and literacy, please do not read while driving.
Hmmm………. scary stuff. Now I have heard it all.