Let Linda Brown’s tale be a lesson to those of you who insist on tinkering with your smartphones while cruising busy Ontario roads. It may also be a wake-up call for many bikers who ride for kicks or out of necessity.
The Toronto Sun reports HERE that the motorcyclist may lose her leg after a driver rammed their SUV into her just ONE DAY after the province toughened distracted driving laws.
Brown, who has had five surgeries on her crushed foot and leg since the early September crash, was driving her beloved Harley on Lakefield Road near Peterborough when the SUV crossed the yellow line and slammed into her.
The driver escaped unscathed and is now facing distracted driving charges.
The OPP reported that in 2013, fatalities caused by distracted driving beat out those caused by impaired driving and speed-related deaths. Police say that too many motorists believe they can safely multi-task between the steering wheel and their smartphone while on the road.
Brown – who has been nicknamed “Pinky” because of the pink Harley Davidson she rides – is urging others to think of her story when they considered reaching for their smartphone while piloting a vehicle.
Do you think anybody will hold off on checking a text after reading Brown’s tragic tale? What will it take for motorists to keep their eyes on the road where they belong while the vehicle is in anything but neutral? If you’re an avid biker, are you considering hanging up your helmet due to the increased danger on the roadways?