We’re all guilty of checking our cell phones for messages, missed calls and social media updates while driving. As tempting as this action can be, it’s one which comes with a lot of risk. Recently, The National Safety Council has found that as many as two in three drivers pulling into shopping centers, parking garages, and parking lots are distracted. And further, that one in five accidents happens while in these locations.
The leading culprit for such collisions is cell phones. One researcher involved in the study says many people understand the risks associated with using a phone while on a highway or busy road. But in a parking lot, they’re going much slower and this speed offers a “false sense of security.” It’s true that a driver’s speed is significantly less than main roads; even so, the consequences have proven to be deadly.
In October, 2016, 24-year-old Maria Cruz Gonzales-Cortes was pushing her 15-month-old baby in a stroller across the parking lot of a laundry mat. Video footage shows a distracted driver striking the mother and child, killing Ms. Cortes. The baby survived and is being cared for by family members.